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Personal Learning Networks for Educators: 10 Tips - Getting Smart by Dr. Mark Wagner - edchat, EdTech, PLN

Personal Learning Networks for Educators: 10 Tips - Getting Smart by Dr. Mark Wagner - edchat, EdTech, PLN
By Dr. Mark Wagner I often begin my workshop on personal learning networks (PLN) for educators by asking these questions: Who is in your learning network? Who do you learn from on a regular basis? I usually ask these questions at conferences, which are frequently only annual events – and rare treats for many educators. Learning to Network and Networking to Learn 1. 2. 3. 4. Networking Tools and Anecdotes The four tips above are the core activities of building a personal learning network, and they can be applied using various tools to connect with others online. 5. 6. 7. 8. Final Thoughts These final two tips will help keep your initial frustrations in perspective, and help you avoid the temptation to focus on unimportant metrics as you grow your network. 9. 10. Note: For more on this topic, you might also want to explore Jeff Utecht’s book Reach: Building Communities and Networks for Professional Development. Note: I’ve also been writing about this topic for some time.

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.

Being a Connected Educator: Face to Face Being a connected educator means connecting with other teachers to exchange ideas, improve your teaching practice, and in turn, make a change in education. It is only through being connected that we can collaborate and help to foster learning for the 21st century and beyond. Learning should extend for teachers (and students!) beyond the walls of a classroom and take outside perspectives into account. This can be done both through in-person experiences and online. Much of what is shared during Connected Educator Month is that of the online experiences, but it’s also important to remember the valuable relationships that we build face to face. EdCamps If you’re unfamiliar with EdCamps, they are teacher-driven “unconference” events in which educators come together to talk about topics of interest and discover strategies and through discussion. Want to find an EdCamp in your area? EdCamp Spotlight: EdCamp NC Check out some photos from the event! MeetUps Stay Connected with Remind

3 Steps for Building a Professional Learning Network - Education Week Teacher Published Online: December 31, 2014 —Photo by Sean Chaffey, via Flickr Creative Commons By Brianna Crowley Recently, a colleague asked me, “What is a PLN?” She was taking a graduate course on technology implementation and was required to form a “PLN” using digital communities and tools. But after signing up for various wikis, Nings, and virtual professional groups, she was overwhelmed: “Do I have to actually log in and check all of these things on a regular basis?! Her question prompted me to articulate how I define a professional learning network (PLN) and how I have shaped my own. A professional learning network is a vibrant, ever-changing group of connections to which teachers go to both share and learn. Teachers build PLNs the same way they build any network: by investing time to find and connect with people they trust, who have shared interests and passions. Although technology is often the vehicle to build connections, a PLN is about relationships. Step One: Find the Professionals

2013-04-13 Personal Learning Networks for Educators Personal learning is one of the foundations of any educational institution - and any successful organizational change. This session focuses on tools that can be used by any educator to build their own Personal Learning Network (PLN), which not only support their own professional development but can also be an efficient means of diffusing innovation within their institution. Learn to connect with a community of like minded professionals, make contributions, have conversations, and make requests in your times of need. Powerful free tools and social media such as Google+, Twitter, and Facebook make this possible for you and your colleagues. Presentation Slides Brisbane Personal Learning Networks ‎(PLNs)‎ for EducatorsBrisbane Personal Learnin...orks ‎(PLNs)‎ for Educators

How to Create a Robust and Meaningful Personal Learning Network [PLN] This post describes how educators can develop a personal learning network that supports meaningful and relevant learning. The MOOC, Education Technology & Media, etmooc, is used here as a working example of how to develop a PLN. “My Personal Learning Network is the key to keeping me up-to-date with all the changes that are happening in education and how technology can best support and engage today’s students.” Brian Metcalfe: teacher, blogger at I wrote a post recently about how to develop a personal learning environment [PLE], the need and benefits of doing so, for educators in particular. A PLE is a self-directed learning space; a virtual framework that consists of tools to collect, curate and construct knowledge that is customized to an individual’s learning goals and interests. What is a PLN? How to use a cMOOC develop your PLN The nature of cMOOC is to learn, to connect, to share and create knowledge, which makes MOOCs an ideal venue to build a PLN. Resources

Teaching 'E-learning and Digital Cultures' | thoughts and reflections on the EDC MOOC You never forget your first MOOC, and that’s true for teachers as much as for learners. But what of the second time around – perhaps the novelty wears off and it can just be left to run itself? That’s certainly not been the case for the team for E-learning and Digital Cultures (EDCMOOC); we have been finding ourselves in a new phase of learning about teaching at scale. EDCMOOC ran as one of the University of Edinburgh MOOCs on the Coursera platform first in January/February 2013 and for the second time in November to early December. With six new short videos and videoconference via Google hangout every week (as opposed to just twice, as the first time), the teaching commentary on what’s happening within the MOOC has shifted from regular blogging to a televisual mode. The EDCMOOC team made an introductory video commenting on our themes Teaching Presence – how important is it for teachers to be seen? EDCMOOC2 has a weekly hangout Tapping into the potential of the Massive (Nurmi, 2013)

Three Easy Tips for Teachers on Twitter — Bright By Rusul Alrubail It is often said that teaching is an isolated job. Sure, we might not feel this way while we’re teaching — after all, we’re surrounded by our students. But what happens when class is over? Like Molly Robbins, Twitter for educators helped me see that teaching does not have to be an isolated job. Twitter is changing the way of professional development, teaching, and learning in education. Twitter chats: This is a great way to meet other educators and to discuss similar topics of interest. Twitter chats provide the pathway to building these connections, but they’re not what Twitter for educators is all about. Blogging: Tweeting is microblogging. 140-character thoughts on teaching, learning, and professional development. By reading each other’s reflections of classroom practices, we learn from what works and what doesn’t.

PLN: Your Personal Learning Network Made Easy | Once a Teacher.... What is a PLN? If I had to define what a ‘Personal Learning Network’ is, I would keep it simple and broad: n. – the entire collection of people with whom you engage and exchange information, usually online. Personal Learning Networks, or PLNs, have been around forever. PLNs have immense value! So, why bother thinking about your PLN? Here are some ways that educators are using their PLNs: - Professional development – learn from content-area specialists - Locate resources for your classroom, such as free websites and software - Get lesson plan ideas from master teachers - Learn about new technology and how to integrate it into your teaching - Find collaborative solutions - Find interesting links to education news Students can also reap the benefits of tapping into their PLNs. When you have a large group of people combing through vast amounts of information and collectively identifying the most useful, entertaining, or valuable parts, it only makes sense to tap into this collective knowledge!

Heli connecting ideas » Blog Archive » My favourite blogs #edcmooc wk 1 It is a challenging process to start a new Mooc even if I am quite free to just learn whatever I want. I began from the FB group and then visited regularly the course sites: checked the materials for this week and the discussion forums. I gave the address of this blog in Made by you-forum and answered to Vanessa about being a serial Moocer. This blog post is my first collection of interesting blogs in Elearning and Digital Cultures # dcmooc. Chris Swift, who was active in FB group. Ryan Tracey greeted me in Twitter and his blog is Elearning Povocateur. , provoking deeper thinking seems wonderful. Now I understood that it is better to use the alphabetical order that you can follow the list. Brittany Chan her blog heading is MOOC Nooc Catherine Cronin has a blog with her name. and she takes part in many moocs. Helen Crump her blog is Learningcreep and she follows other moocs too Michael Gallagher has a blog with two forenames and he has made artefacts already, wonderful map traveling etc.