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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. 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.

PLE Construction Zone Designing for what I want to learn and what I must learnManaging and organizing my spaceConnecting to best resources and tools I like to useDesigning a safe learning environment In these columns, we will list tools that link to pages where they are described with hints on teaching Possible Tools and Teaching Tips for Portal Creation 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)

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. Step 10: Making Connections Welcome to the final step in our free professional learning series on building your PLN. The aim of this step is to explore: What you can gain from connecting with other classroom teachers.Tips for connecting with different educators from around the globe.Your challenge task to help you continue building your PLN. This following information was written by Shawn Avery, a sixth grade teacher at Dennett Elementary, in Plympton, Massachusetts. He has a passion for teaching and trying to find new ways to engage students by integrating technology into the classroom.

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. 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.

PLNs, Where Do We Begin? Recently, I did a technology training workshop via Skype to teachers in Michigan. I have to thank Dave Sapp, a wonderful technology specialist, for this opportunity. I am located in Germany so I really enjoy doing Skype training with people from all over the world. Your Most Powerful Search Engine is Your Personal Learning Network (PLN) The use of search engines like Google, Yahoo, or Bing for research is commonplace in today’s online world. In fact, many of us go to these sites instantly when the need to find something first arises, be it something as trivial as finding out when a movie is playing, or as part of a multi-million dollar workplace project. These search engines have redefined how we find information, and quickly become the primary way in which many people perform research. But not for me. I still use these search engines for low-impact searches. However, when there is more consequence to my research, I am increasingly calling upon a different type of search engine for my research: my Personal Learning Network, or PLN.

Defining Inquiry Learning: Part 1 The above “Tagul” word cloud is a visual definition of what “Inquiry Learning” looks like through my eyes. I placed it in the shape of a checkmark since I think that is what most of us as students look for to show we are on the right track. However, when you look at some of the words I have used as descriptives being correct or right doesn’t necessarily fall into place. Larry Ferlazzo on Pinterest Log in Home Categories There’s more to see... Come take a look at what else is here! He used Pinterest to redo his floors

Personal Learning Networks (PLN) = An Attitude of Gratitude Anyone who believes they got where they are by her- or himself is pretty much lying. We all have someone who helped us get here. In my case, I have a whole host of “someones”. And I would be remiss if I didn’t say so. I hope you know who you are, as they are too numerous to mention here. 10 steps to erase your digital footprint MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ are social media websites that can be mined by potential employers for personal information. If privacy settings are not at their highest, this could mean viewers can access pictures, posts and status updates best kept within your private life. One thing to remember is that the Web often forgets about context -- and so Tweets can be misconstrued, events from years ago can end up hampering your prospects, and your profile may not show you to be the type of person a company would want to hire. In relation to accounts you actively use, check your privacy settings. For Facebook, head over to account settings through the top-right button, and then select 'privacy' from the menu on the left.