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. One thing I''ve learned about using the web and Web 2.0 There’s only so much info a person can take in!

Work Smarter, Not Harder

A Principal's Reflections

During my years as a teacher and principal, I would spend countless hours planning, researching, and attending professional learning events to hone my craft in order to become a better educator. Now, this represented an excellent first step, but probably the most impactful shift to the way I not only thought but worked, came in the unsuspecting form of a little blue bird and a tool called Twitter in 2009. I have a secret to share. In my humble opinion, I am not very smart.

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Why Connect?

A Principal's Reflections

I was honored to have been interviewed for Educational Leadership, ASCD's flagship magazine, on the power of Twitter as part of a Personal Learning Network (PLN). As you will see, the true power of connected learning is what you glean from the people you engage with. Did you have any initial challenges or reservations about it—and if so, how did you overcome those to develop a robust network and community? How does one go about building a network, really?

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. It is also extremely important for district and school teams to collaborate in person on specific goals. edWeb Personal Learning Network PLN

Relationships Are Everything

A Principal's Reflections

Will and I met virtually on Twitter way back in 2009. Our connection began like many other educators who use social media as part of a Personal Learning Network – we wanted to learn, grow, and get better. Over time we began to communicate and collaborate across an array of social media networks exchanging ideas, providing support, and dispensing out advice. connected educators Personal Learning Network PLN relationships Will Deyamport

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] Being a disconnected nomad limited my ability to lead and learn.

Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences With Technolgy

EdTechSandyK

This content below is written as a reflection on what I learned in week four of the Teaching with Technology course I am taking as I pursue a master''s degree in educational technology leadership. The two themes that stood out the most for me during Week 4 of Teaching With Technology were "cooperative/collaborative learning" and "contextual/situational learning". I found that I love learning "across space"! The power of cooperative learning, or as Pitler et.

Why Every Leader Needs a PLN

A Principal's Reflections

The concept of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) has been around for a couple of years now. Carve out a little time each day (15 – 30 minutes) and use one of many available free tools to learn. Learning has been, and always will be, a pivotal component of this process. With time always being in short demand, leaders must be on the forefront of leading the learning themselves if that is what they expect of others. Learning is the fuel of leadership.

Musings & Lessons Learned from NECC09

The Daring Librarian

Musings, & Lessons Learned from the NECC Conference, 09. then think about the ONE thing you would like to learn or apply to your career in the next year. " pace yourself, you can''t learn AND use everything you hear about ALL the time! Build your PLN (Personal Learning Network) you''re not alone.even if you''re the only one in your school trying new things.you''re not alone if you join and participate and develop your PLN.

#NECC09 Conference - Washington, DC

The Daring Librarian

lovely, smart, & cool colleagues who can continue the discussion about Educational Technology - expanded my Personal Learning Network! i learned to stay mum about who i really was.doing my thing and being internet aware.lots of pseudonyms! (click for full size image) WARNING: rambling post with many parenthetical interjections - also, this post originally was on my Second Life blog.and i brought it over here! don''t worry, it''ll make sense eventually.

Learning Transformed #LT8Keys

A Principal's Reflections

It has been quite the ride since I changed my perspective on teaching, learning, and leadership eight years ago. Prior to 2009 I basically saw technology as just an add-on and something that could spruce up a lesson. Social media had to be blocked for all and I, for one, wasn’t going to waste any of my precious time using it professionally or personally. Learning spaces had to conform to the perceived rule of law in education.

Connect, Share, Learn

A Principal's Reflections

It has been an incredible journey since I decided to become a connected educator back in March of 2009. Through connected learning and sharing, I have become better equipped to lead change at New Milford High School and to begin to transform the teaching and learning process. cell phones) in the classroom, establishment of our own Academies, conversion of existing spaces into those more suited for 21 st Century learning, and the effective integration of Web 2.0

Digital Leadership – LIVE Blog of Eric Sheninger Keynote at Leading Future Learning 2015

EdTechTeacher

Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and Scholastic Achievement Partners (SAP) , kicked off the 2015 Leading Future Learning conference with his keynote on Digital Leadership. It’s not so much that our students learn differently, it’s that the environment in which they learn has changed. They want to be engaged in learning. Professional Learning.

Supplement Your Professional Learning with edWeb

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His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. 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. This post was written by Eric Sheninger.

Do You Have the Backbone for a PLN?

My Island View

The discussion around technology in education often revolves around wha t technology can or can’t do in regard to affecting kids’ learning. Technology’s effect on education is difficult to assess, because it is not just the technology that affects the learning.

New Posted Resources 01/12/2010

The Web20Classroom

Don''t Be illTwitterate or aTextual tags : Twitter , favorite YouTube - Personal Learning Networks tags : PLN , favorite Ipod Apps To Get Kids Reading And Learning tags : ipod , apps , favorite The End of Techno-Critique: The Naked Truth about 1:1 Laptop Initiatives and Educational Change tags : 1to1 , favorite Podcasting Tutorials tags : podcast , favorite What Do Educational Innovators Really Do?

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Android Apps Anyone?

A Principal's Reflections

Ever since becoming connected in March 2009 I have relied on two primary mobile devices. I was able to deal with the ridicule from my tweeps, but it wasn''t until my wife got sick of the fact that I still had a common flip phone that I used for personal calls that a major shift occurred. Over the years I have become quite proficient and knowledgeable about iOS apps that I rely on to increase productivity and to grow professionally through my Personal Learning Network (PLN).

Be the Example

A Principal's Reflections

After getting on Twitter in 2009 I realized that we had to be better for our kids. I spent a great deal of time writing numerous detailed memos on everything from technology tools to improve assessment, developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN), and embracing innovative ideas. The personal-best projects we studied were distinguished by the fact that all of them required relentless effort, steadfastness, competence, and attention to detail.

Help Support The ISTE12 Newbie!

The Web20Classroom

In 2009, Beth Still started the ISTE Newbie Project to serve as an example of how people who are connected to one another on Twitter can work together to do great things. For three years in a row she tapped into her personal learning network to raise money to send three different Newbies to ISTE. The Newbie for ISTE12 is one of those rare people who has found a way to give more than he/she takes from his/her personal learning network.

10 Things to Think About Before You Post

The Daring Librarian

Flocabulary: Hip-Hop Learning That is Out of this World! Over the years we've had a great educational partnership with our NYC friends at Flocabulary. I'm even a proud MC Educator or Flocabulary # HipHopEd Ambassador.

What's Hidden in You?

A Principal's Reflections

I didn’t have the “talent”, pre-disposition, personality, or character to do certain things. Our minds are often the greatest advisor that we face each day, thus it is important to constantly improve our intellectual bank and diversify our networks in order to help unlock hidden talents. Image credit: https://media.licdn.com For me, becoming a connected educator in early 2009 served as a catalyst for professional growth in ways that I could never have imagined.

Why Blog?

A Principal's Reflections

It was in March of 2009 that I decided to give this social networking tool Twitter a try. As I became active on Twitter members of my Personal Learning Network (PLN) began to suggest that I start a blog. No one person or group has all of the answers. There might not be a better conduit for learning from practitioners or medium for public relations than blogs.

Make Change Stick

A Principal's Reflections

What are the school factors that influence student learning and ultimately achievement? When I began to develop a shared vision and strategic plan for change with my staff back in 2009 I referred to the Katgar Model of Change. The Work and Fun – With any change initiative ensure that a solid foundation aligned to teaching, learning, and leadership is in place. Today’s leaders have a great advantage when it comes to learning and that is social media.

Why a Blog?

A Principal's Reflections

It was in March of 2009 that I decided to give this thing Twitter a try. As I became active on Twitter members of my PLN (Personal Learning Network) began to suggest that I start a blog. No one person or group has all of the answers. As I reflect on my continuous evolution as an educational leader I am constantly amazed at how things have changed over the course of a year and a half.

Our Work Defines Our Legacy

A Principal's Reflections

Are the memories of these individuals – whether positive or less than positive – what the other person intended? In fact, I feel that every educator who is able to help a child learn and puts in countless hours to ensure the success of students with varying ability levels has left his or her legacy in that moment. During my tenure I not only worked to improve every facet of the school, but I also became a connected educator in 2009.

Social Media is Not Just For Students

A Principal's Reflections

This is true, in many cases, when these tools are used for personal use. As I learned from my students, many more people use the social media tool, Facebook, than use Twitter. Principals can also use social networking tools for professional growth and development. My journey started in March 2009 when I took a chance and began to utilize Twitter as acommunications tool. As my network has grown, so has my growth as an educational leader.

The Administrators Toolkit Updated and Refreshed

The Web20Classroom

I originally wrote this post way back in 2009. Visit my post on hashtags and chats to learn more. Check out this post to learn more about setting up Diigo and getting all the nifty educator only features. However why not take the idea of social networking one step further and enrich the experience with video and file sharing, discussion forums, events and specialty groups. Ning bills itself as the social network you create.

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“If everything in life is a game, then we need to choose the games we play carefully.” – Szymon Machajewski, USA

Daily Edventures

By combining them both, he and his students are innovating together every day, both in person, and online. “Teaching and learning today involve tools, which are online,” says Machajewski. I use Twitter, YouTube, Blackboard, and other tools to create collaboration in engaging learning environments. Young professionals in most fields, not just the technology area, must adopt online tools to create personal learning networks and pursue learning throughout their careers.

Looking Back At 2010 And Looking Forward To 2011.

The Web20Classroom

I wrote a post on December 28, 2009 where I talked about tools that I thought would have a break out year. Here is an example I use a lot where I asked people to give me their thoughts on what a PLN (Personal Learning Network) means to them. I think the bigger story here is the fact that social networking in the classroom really took off. So if Ning is gone where can you turn to introduce social networking to your students?

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10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year 2013

The Daring Librarian

I went transparent in 2009 after being inspired at NECC-DC. You don''t want to be the last person who has their own domain or let someone else get it. Learn from my mistakes, when you sign up for the first time, use your own name or a variation thereof! Today, having a Personal Learning Network is essential to stay in tune with the trends and what''s going on. What are the geeky things that you do that we can learn from?

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10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year

The Daring Librarian

I went transparent in 2009 after being inspired at NECC-DC. You don''t want to be the last person who has their own domain or let someone else get it. Learn from my mistakes, when you sign up for the first time, use your own name or a variation thereof! Today, having a Personal Learning Network is essential to stay in tune with the trends and what''s going on. What are the geeky things that you do that we can learn from?

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MSET Conference a Whole Lot of Awesome!

The Daring Librarian

Because we''ve had the opportunity in Maryland to see people like Will Richardson, Kathy Shrock, Hal Davidson, and of course my personal hero.Joyce Valenza and to LEARN cool new cutting edge things and get our minds blown and we only had to drive to Baltimore to do it. I was super happy about the success and the feedback we got from the Maryland version of the Learning Tools Smackdown! Please feel free to add your own personal and professional tech pledge!

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My Edublog Nomiations 2011

The Daring Librarian

But what I get most from the Edublogs is an ever growing list of great new voices and views to add to my personal learning network. I love this series because it helps her teachers learn more about technology, improve their teaching, and advocates for her role as a tech leader in her school. Write a post that includes your nominations on your blog , link to them and link to this site ( See an example from 2009. )