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3 Ways to Instantly Grow Your Personal Learning Network

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Imagine a network of leaders from every sector of education: public schools and early learning centers, colleges and universities, museums and libraries, nonprofits and corporations. It’s the Remake Learning Network , a professional network of educators and innovators working together to shape the future of learning. And although they’re an impressive group, representing over 250 organizations, they’re doing what you should be doing: forming a Personal Learning Network (PLN) that benefits both themselves and the wider education community.

What Is A Personal Learning Network?

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What Is A Personal Learning Network? What is a personal learning network, or rather a Personal Learning Network? How about a Professional Learning Network? Interestingly, that view will continue to change as technology evolves. What Is A Personal Learning Network? . by TeachThought Staff.

Build Your Personal Learning Network #WTI15

Reading By Example

I had the privilege of presenting at the Wisconsin Technology Initiative on December 5, 2015. My topic was how to get started in building one’s personal learning network. Teachers in mathematics, science, technology, physical education, art, social studies, and special education were represented. Personal Learning Networks.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

Kleinspiration

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting many of my virtual friends face to face in San Diego at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference. I would like to reinforce the positive influence of social networking. Because of social networking and the opportunities to connect at conferences and workshops, I''ve made some incredible friends. Drum Roll. et al.

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter

EdTechSandyK

The Personal Learning Network (PLN) that I''ve built on Twitter over the past couple of months has become an amazing resource for learning about what''s going on in the educational technology world. I was excited when I had an opportunity last week to present using Twitter as a tool for personal learning to some of my colleagues. Well, that''s it!

Making Time vs Finding Time

A Principal's Reflections

First and foremost, make the time to learn, grown, and get better as opposed to finding the time. There is nothing more important to an educator, outside of working with kids, than professional learning. Through social media a Personal Learning Network (PLN) provides a great antidote to the age-old time excuse. It is never easy in the role of a teacher either.

The Limitations of Being a Disconnected Nomad

A Principal's Reflections

You see, prior to 2009 I was adamantly opposed to even the thought of using social media for both personal and professional reasons. As a result I chastised my friends and made sure that the environment at my school was not only free of this stupid entity, but also other forms of distracting technologies that would interfere with student learning. Image credit: [link] ?I

Mind technology

Learning with 'e's

Can technology help us to think more clearly? Personally, I don''t find it that onerous. I am constantly learning new things, discovering new people, being challenged to think in new ways using this stream of information. The tools I use are a kind of mind technology, a means of extending my cognitive capabilities, enhancing my thinking, memory and recall.

A little more conversation

Learning with 'e's

Now it depends on how you define CPD, but for me it is the personal learning you require to sustain, enhance and extend your own capabilities within your professional practice. This learning can come in many forms. My Personal Learning Network (PLN) is the vehicle that carries me to this learning, and social media is the highway that enables me to get there.

The #blimage challenge spreads

Learning with 'e's

We anticipate that #blimage will grow even wider in its influence, because it has an appeal for everyone who is thinking about education and learning. It has spread across all sectors of professional practice, from primary, secondary and tertiary education, into the workplace learning sector. I would argue that this is learning technology at its very best.

How to Introduce a Young Scholar to Twitter

ProfHacker

[ Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. I’ve learned from years of trying that nobody “gets” Twitter when you talk to them about it, and that part of the power of it is in the capacity to make global connections to knowledgeable others. Please share in comments!

Connectedness as the Standard

A Principal's Reflections

My personal and professional journey in this area is well documented and something that I regularly present on. couros/79 9 Here is my quick list of reasons why all educators should become connected and form their own Personal Learning Network(PLN) : We become the epicenter of our learning and determine what, where, and when we want to learn.

Skills for Learning 2.0

Learning with 'e's

I have been thinking and writing about ' Learning 2.0 ' for some time now. This is the argument that there has been a paradigm shift in the way students learn - from 1.0 This shift seems to run parallel to the development of the web over the last decade, and resonates with many who observe 21st century, digitally mediated learning in all its forms. This is no longer the case.

Supplement Your Professional Learning with edWeb

A Principal's Reflections

Since 2009 I have been a huge believer and advocate for connected learning and the formation of Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). Now don't get me wrong, I still highly value face-to-face experiences, as there are some natural limits to learning exclusively in a social media vacuum. edWeb Personal Learning Network PLN

?Rhode Island’s Plans to Become a ‘Lab State’ for Personalized Learning

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Scaling personalized learning across a state might sound like an oxymoron, but officials from Rhode Island’s Office of Innovation are taking on the task. The Statewide Personalized Learning Initiative just released a white paper that could inspire others to create and align the pieces necessary for expansive personalized learning efforts. “We The ultimate goal is to craft a clear vision and methodology for instituting personalized learning throughout a state. Education Technology Personal Learning Networks Community

10 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have

Educational Technology Guy

Overall, educators need to understand some basics about technology and that it is not a be-all-end-all solution to everything in a classroom. Technology can help teachers differentiate and provide new experiences for their students. Technology can also help students better understand a concept and provide extra help for them. This goes along with number 3 - self learning.

A PLN Quick Start Guide

A Principal's Reflections

The construction of a PLN enables educators to harness the power inherent in 21st Century technologies in order to create a professional growth tool that is accessible whenever, wherever. In particular, my PLN provides me with a constant supply of resources, thought-provoking discussions, knowledge, leadership strategies, and ways to successfully integrate technology.

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Taking your Professional Learning from 2D to 3D

Edsurge

Louis Technology Integration Coach Patricia Brown. Speaking on panel at the PBS Digital Innovators event, Brown talked up the rise of the online spaces for collaboration, also known as personal learning networks (PLN) as enabling anyone, even those who in remote areas or who feel more introverted, to come together to collaborate and share ideas. These networks, often found on Facebook or Twitter, are spaces where educators around the world can meet each other to share ideas and best practices. Meeting in person humanizes the online space.

How to Become a Connected Educator: Developing an Effective PLN

The 21st Century Principal

According to Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall, “Teachers must learn to model connectedness and enable students to develop personal learning networks, made up of people and resources from both their physical and virtual worlds but first, teachers must become connected collaborators themselves.” They use the crowd to learn more about the craft of teaching.

The People and Moments That Define Us

A Principal's Reflections

My father was an elementary principal for 30 years and I always admired how he was able to inspire his staff to focus on student learning. But I learned from a mentor early on that making mistakes is okay; just don''t make the same mistake twice. It was at this point that I began to take more risks to create a better teaching and learning culture at NMHS.

Three Ways That Rural States Can Become the Hotbeds for School Edtech Innovation

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Technology has been a key component in the planting, fertilization, growth and eventually, the blossoming of new statewide initiatives including distance education and new professional learning opportunities for educators that have benefitted students in a variety of ways. I argue that rural states are where edtech companies, investors, and media outlets should be looking to to see truly innovative implementation of technology. Wyoming Switchboard Network homepage. Education Technology Personal Learning Networks CommunityIt’s rural.

Sharpest tools in the box

Learning with 'e's

What about technology? What would be the 8 technologies you couldn''t possibly do without? Here are my 8 essential tools: 1) Twitter, because as I recently said in a YouTube video , it is immediate, social and personal. It connects me to my personal learning network (PLN) and is simple to use. Those are the 8 technologies I take with me everywhere I travel.

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Professional Growth

A Principal's Reflections

However, the mounting pressure from ridiculous mandates as a result of the current education reform movement and massive budget cuts across the country, have made it a challenge to learn through traditional pathways. These are not the meaningful, rich, and relevant learning opportunities that leaders of today’s schools deserve or yearn for. To view the entire series click HERE.

Voxer, Twitter, and EdCamps: How to Tackle the Harsh Realities of Finding Good Statewide PD

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Many teachers connect this way to learn about the latest in edtech tools, educational ideas and methods in teaching, and joining my fellow Nebraskan teachers for the weekly chat gives me a comfortable hour that flies by and is full of ideas and collaboration. The Trifecta of Rural PD, Part 2: Edcamps Problem Two: How do you bring educators together for a day of learning that doesn’t cost any money to gather? Many times, I have attended an EdCamp and learned more about the latest in education and brought it immediately back to my classroom. Let’s get into the specifics.

If I Could Get 1 Piece of Technology for My Classroom, It Would Be.

Kleinspiration

An Elementary Teacher''s Opinion Staples recently contacted me to see if I''d be interested in reviewing a few pieces of technology. Keep in mind as you''re reading this review that I am not a technology specialist. I get overwhelmed when trying to decide what to purchase in the technology departments at stores. A Chromebook of Course! - I was blown away. What is a Chromebook?

Identity play

Learning with 'e's

This is the second post in my series of retrospective reviews on seminal books about learning and technology. I have scoured my personal book library in search of a dozen books that have influenced my own thinking, and share a synopsis of their contents with you. We live in a world far richer in terms of social networking than Sherry Turkle did in the 1990s.

Blogging as conversation

Learning with 'e's

Depending on the size and reach of your personal learning network, and the level of contentiousness your blog contains, your readership will react. How is anyone to learn anything from anyone else, if we all agree on every single point? Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s. But this was a limited view. But the best was yet to come. Thank you all.

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Common Misconceptions of Educators Who Fear Technology

A Principal's Reflections

Education is currently at a crossroads as traditional methods and tools are changing as a result of advances in technology and learning theory. We are beginning to see some schools across the country take the lead in merging sound pedagogy with the effective integration of technology. Technology is often viewed either as a frill or a tool not worth its weight in gold.

10 tips for avoiding technology overwhelm

The Cornerstone Blog

There’s one complaint about technology that I hear from almost every single person I talk to: it’s just plain overwhelming. There’s too much to learn. Between ed tech for your classroom and the technology you use in your personal life, there’s always going to be a massive amount of tools you wish you could explore and master. I’m so bad with technology!”.

I am not an expert, I simply love what I do.

Kleinspiration

just as I like for my students to think of learning as being fun. As I sipped my coffee, I enjoyed the casual exchange of dialogue surrounding classroom design, getting started with blogging, and influential members of my personal learning network. The slide above is another demonstration of the power of a personal learning network. Thank you!

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

User Generated Education

Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning. How to be a self-directed learner – finding and using resources (both face-to-face and online) to learn and improve personal interests. Self-directed Learning. How to develop one’s own Personal Learning Network (PLN). Code.org: Anybody can learn.

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School Leaders: Take the Next Step with Technology #IPDX16

Reading By Example

Our school’s faculty completed a building-wide technology implementation survey last year. It was based on Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR framework for determining how well technology was embedded in and had changed instruction. Let’s learn from and with each other! Leadership Technology #IPDX16 AcceleratED digital student portfolios SAMR

A Quick Start Guide to Participating in Twitter Chats

Tom Murray

This past week, I had the privilege of introducing US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, as a guest moderator for #edtechchat, an educational Twitter chat that I founded with four members of my personal learning network (PLN). Secretary Duncan (@arneduncan) and his Office of Educational Technology Over the course of 60 minutes, almost 2,000 people from around the world, shared about 10,000 tweets in response to the Secretary''s six questions related to being a Connected Educator.

Silicon Schools Step Up

Edsurge

That was the theme of the Wednesday evening reception for more than 200 people at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, aimed at celebrating the work of Bay area schools delivering personalized learning programs, funded by the Silicon Schools Fund. Back in 2012 , educator Brian Greenberg and philanthropist John Fisher, started the nonprofit with $12 million, and a big goal of funding 25 schools devoted to personalized learning throughout the San Francisco Bay area. All are exploring different versions of personalized learning. Promises--delivered.

Solution to combatting lonely, isolated educators: #PLN

The Innovative Educator

However, technology is providing new ways for teachers to connect with peers both near and far. In this show, listeners are invited to j oin BAM radio''s Rae Pica for a discussion about overcoming isolation by builidng a personal learning network. They are: Rob Mancabelli is co-author of Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education.

Welcome Back to School - tips, resources and more to help you get off to a great start.

Educational Technology Guy

Advice to New College Graduates about to enter the Teaching profession Summary of new teacher tips, urban schools issues, technology resources Google for Educators - Google has a huge number of free resources for teachers and students. Overview of some free technology that can help you be more organized and efficient. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

Thinking About Redefining Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

As a former Director of Instructional Technology my job was to provide technology embedded professional development (PD) to a district of 4000 teachers. Each day was filled with new and exciting challenges, trying to figure out how we could best help our teachers understand technology integration, while keeping our PD fresh and engaging. Check out this blog post to learn more.