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20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network - Getting Smart by Miriam Clifford

20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network - Getting Smart by Miriam Clifford
“20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network” by Miriam Clifford first appeared on the InfomED blog. Networking is a prime form of 21st century learning. The world is much smaller thanks to technology. Learning is transforming into a globally collaborative enterprise. Take for example scientists; professional networks allow the scientific community to share discoveries much faster. Just this month, a tech news article showcased how Harvard scientists are considering that “sharing discoveries is more efficient and honorable than patenting them.” As educators, we aim to be connected to advance our craft. Learning networks are based on the theory of connectivism, or learning from diverse social webs. What are some ways to grow your PLN and improve the quality of your interactions? 10 Tips For Using PLN’s Keep the spirit of collaboration as your driving force. 10 Tools & Strategies for Establishing a Productive PLN Use Diigo, Evernote, Pocket, or Delicious to bookmark links.

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Social Media: The New Knowledge Channel Give someone a paycheck and they’ll fish for a week. Give someone knowledge and they’ll fish for a lifetime. What people love about social media is the accelerated distribution of knowledge. What marketers love about social media is the accelerated distribution of media…that is why business leaders think of social as a new media channel. Rob Tarkoff writes: Social Media — It’s Not Just Another Channel. How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PLN For many people, Twitter conjures up the worst of the internet: disjointed, meaningless phrases, unrecognizable abbreviations, and endless drivel about where someone's getting their double mocha today. So, Why Tweet?!?! For the inquisitive educator, there are some jewels herein that can lead to stimulating discussions, new resources, and an ongoing supportive network. You just have to know where to look.

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True, the key element are people who believe in network and people who are committed to the idea of networked learning. And maybe the most important is to to be motivated to learn :-) Maybe the challenge is in the lack of motivation to learn :-) by beatajg Feb 24

Very good article. I found new sources of knowlegde thanks to it. Sadly, the important part of building a quality e-learning network is finding the right people, and sometimes it's a big challenge. by dagensmedia Feb 24

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