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The Innovative Educator: 5 Things You Can Do to Begin Developing Your Personal Learning Network

The Innovative Educator: 5 Things You Can Do to Begin Developing Your Personal Learning Network
I write this blog to share ideas and resources with teachers, parents, and young people. This community supports those interested in sharing ideas about learning in ways that are innovative and relevant to generation text.Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in The Innovative Educator are strictly those of Lisa Nielsen and its contributors. They do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of my employer or any other entity.

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Using Twitter as a Professional Development Tool Last week during a discussion about design, Jeanette Campos asked me a fairly is simple question: What are the three artifacts that have shaped you most as a designer of creative learning solutions to complex problems? Immediately one word came to mind: Twitter. It isn't the tool itself that has been so impact full for me; it's the world to which Twitter opened up to me. I started my career as a learning and performance professional much the same way many in our field do: without any training or education on what it means to work in this field. 4 things your boss won't tell you (but a mentor will) MPW Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: Why is it important to have a mentor? is written by Penny Herscher CEO of FirstRain. The truth hurts, and yet the truth is the most important thing you need to hear when you’re building a career. Unlike a sponsor, who can advocate for you as you seek a promotion, a mentor gives you unvarnished advice. And it’s the truly valuable advice that you can’t get from your friends, or often even from your boss, that you need to know but no one wants to tell you.

Step 1: What is a PLN? Welcome to our professional learning series on building a PLN. This series guides you step by step through the process of setting up your own PLN. The aim of this first step is to: Explain what is a PLN.Help you understand why educators create their own PLN. Giving Students Ownership of Learning:Footprints in the Digital Age November 2008 | Volume 66 | Number 3 Giving Students Ownership of Learning Pages 16-19 As the geeky father of a 9-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter, one of my worst fears as they grow older is that they won't be Googled well. Not that they won't be able to use Google well, mind you, but that when a certain someone (read: admissions officer, employer, potential mate) enters "Tess Richardson" into the search line of the browser, what comes up will be less than impressive.

Building your Personal Learning Network  A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a group of people you count on to: guide you in your learningbe your source of advice and resourcesmake you aware of learning opportunitiesshare their best practicespoint you to answers and support This concept of a PLNÂ has been around for many years. What has changed in recent years though is the reach, the size and the availability of that network. The look of a PLN has changed. From 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 A visual image of participants in an open, online course- etmooc, which shows the potential to find and create personal connections as part of one’s PLN. (image credit: Alec Couros)

How to Engage Senior Leaders in Leadership Development Building Leadership The Bridgespan Group has prepared a guide to leadership development at nonprofits, Nonprofit Leadership Development: What's Your "Plan A" for Growing Future Leaders?. Alongside the full guide, we’re offering a sample of what you’ll find in the guide in a series of six articles adapted from its contents. 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom I am excited to announce that the book “50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom” is now available for sale on Amazon. The book was co-authored by Libbi Miller who teaches with me at California State University Fresno. We both are users of and fans of Google Classroom.

"Footprints in the Digital Age" by Will Richardson "Footprints in the Digital Age" by Will Richardson in Educational Leadership Will Richardson makes many good points in the article. The most profound, perhaps, is this: "This may be the first large technological shift in history that's being driven by children. PLN: Your Personal Learning Network Made Easy 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. Originally, they were your family and friends, maybe other educators you worked with, but as the internet and web 2.0 tools have become nearly ubiquitous, PLNs can include tons of different communities – social networking sites like Facebook, blogs, Twitter, wikis, social bookmarking tools, LinkedIn, and so many more.

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) by Jane Bozarth “Simply showing up is not enough. As with most things in life, you get back what you put in. If you want to build a Personal Learning Network, then you must be an active part of that network; it’s not a spectator sport.” Since Social Media for Trainers was published I’ve fielded lots of questions about incorporating social media tools into workplace learning endeavors. Another question that comes up relates to the developmental needs of trainers and instructional designers: What are some strategies for building or extending your own Personal Learning Network (PLN) via social media tools? Here are a few ideas. The question is not, “Do you need help?” The question is: “What kind of help do you need?” Personal Learning Networks are the collections of people and information resources (and relationships with them) that people cultivate in order to form their own public or private learning networks — living, growing, responsive sources of information, support, and inspiration that support self-learners. Howard Rheingold: “When I started using social media in the classroom, I looked for and began to learn from more experienced educators. First, I read and then tried to comment usefully on their blog posts and tweets. When I began to understand who knew what in the world of social media in education, I narrowed my focus to the most knowledgeable and adventurous among them. I paid attention to the people the savviest social media educators paid attention to. I added and subtracted voices from my attention network, listened and followed, then commented and opened conversations.

Early Modern Information Overload Find using OpenURL Rent from DeepDyve Early Modern Information Overload Abstract Contemporary discussions of information overload have important precedents during the years 1550-1750. An examination of the early modern period in Europe, including work of humanism, science, theology, and popular encyclopedias demonstrates that perceptions of information overload have as much to do with the ways in which knowledge is represented as with any quantitative measurers in the production of new texts, ideas, or facts.

Student Directed Planning: Fostering Student Ownership In Learning Exploring ways to motivate young students to learn is a never ending quest for educators. Literature suggests that the need to motivate students today is greater than in the past. Teachers at all levels have made efforts to motivate students and to enhance their learning by developing incentive programs, fostering self concepts and by establishing positive classroom environments. Many of these efforts have met with some success and have given momentum to the exploration of additional strategies to motivate and enhance student learning. Student Directed Planning is a practical classroom strategy that trains students to take ownership for their learning. The primary goal of the strategy is to have young students become motivated to learn by including them in the HOW of the learning process.

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