Saturday, September 19, 2009

Teachers Learn Too: Developing a PLN

This summer I have learned so much about technology and teaching. Almost all of my learning has come from the internet and the connections I have made online. One of the most important things I have learned is how to develop a PLN. My PLN is still very much in development, but I add new contacts everyday.

What is a PLN?
PLN stands for Personal Learning Network. It is a group of professional educators that you connect with online to share resources and advice. PLNs are develop through social networking sites, such as twitter or facebook.

What are the benefits of a PLN?
When you make connections to other professionals in your area you expand your knowledge and access to resources. You are no longer limited to your own knowledge and experiences, but now you can tap into the wealth of knowledge from others who have been there and done that. You can find the answers you need almost instantly.

How do you get started?
The very first thing I did to develop a PLN was join a social network. I joined Classroom 2.0, a network for teachers who use Web 2.0 technology in their classroom. Then the I joined Twitter, which had the largest impact on developing my PLN. I'm now connected to hundreds of educators instantly. Here I have gathered some of the resources that I have used to learn more about PLNs and how to connect with teachers.

Twitter Resources
100 Terrific Twitter Feeds for Teaching Advice
What is #Edchat? Teacher Reboot Camp
Follow Education PLN Builder on Twitter

Other Resources
Classrooms 2.0
Free Technology for Teachers: Two Guides for Constructing a PLN
The Innovative Educator: 5 Things You Can Do To Begin Developing Your Personal Learning Network
The Fischbowl: My Personal Learning Network In Action
Creating a Personal Learning Network with Web 2.0 Tools (Building a PLN)
Creating an Online Personal Network


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