What Makes A Personal Learning Network Valuable To You?

The Web20Classroom

Really the meaning is, well, personal. Also, last Spring I got several other members of my PLN to give me the reason why their PLN is important to them and why they find theirs valuable to their professional learning. I get that question all the time. My PLN is different from anyone else''s, however, we all have similarities is why we have one and why it is important to us.

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


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. Thank you to everyone who supports the work we all share through our blogs and social networks. Teachers Pay Teachers Items : tons of teachers have donated some of their best selling and most creative lessons, units, and activities from their personal stores!


Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Grow Your Own Personal Learning Network

Nik Peachey

This is just a quick posting to share a session on building your own Personal Learning Network, that I did for teachers in British Council Bilbao recently (25th September 2010). Mb) Tools for growing your PLN Twitter Twitter is a great tool for starting to reach out to a huge network of teachers. link] I'm on Facebook too and am in the process of creating a page for people interested in learning technology in ELT.

A PLN Quick Start Guide

A Principal's Reflections

Image Credit [link] Most educators I talk to have no idea where to begin when attempting to create a PLN that meets their teaching and learning needs. tools and how they can be utilized for teaching and learning. LinkedIn : Professional networking site that allows educators to connect, exchange ideas, and find opportunities. This is a common medium to discover best practices, examples of innovation, and learn from professional experiences of both novice and veteran educators.

Wiki 171

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter


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!

Why a Blog?

A Principal's Reflections

Fast forward to February of 2010. As I became active on Twitter members of my PLN (Personal Learning Network) began to suggest that I start a blog. My mind was set in concrete that I would NEVER under any circumstances begin to blog (wait, I said the same thing about joining Facebook up until 2010). No one person or group has all of the answers.

Tools to Help Become a Tech Savvy Educator

A Principal's Reflections

21st Century Educators must be able to adapt, communicate, take risks, model, continually learn, collaborate, exhibit vision, and lead. Leaders in the "Digital Age" share their vision, learn with other educators, start conversations, lead by example, encourage innovative practices, integrate technology, are transparent, and leverage the power of Web 2.0 grow professionally by establishing a Personal Learning Network (PLN) , follow specific hashtags (#).

Tools 159

New Year, New Adventures

A Principal's Reflections

Don''t get me wrong, the summer months are invaluable to me as I spend my time immersed in the flow of information that my social networks provide, developing action plans, analyzing data, and hiring staff. Many of the initiatives that I am about to pursue either came directly or indirectly from my Personal Learning Network (PLN). The more I learn about the power of PLC''s the more excited I get! The conference will be held on Saturday October 2, 2010.

Reform is Happening

A Principal's Reflections

The common theme of all of these informal discussions was the cultivation of student-centered learning opportunities. I learned at TSETC that Adam runs a 100% free website called eduTecher that reviews and catalogs over 1,100 free web tools as well as offering short videos explaining how to use them in the classroom. Shelly Terrell Skyped in from Germany and dazzled educators on how to effectively extend learning beyond classroom walls.

Lightning in a Bottle: My GTAdmin Experience

A Principal's Reflections

The conference was held on March 5, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. I joined with 50 other exemplary administrators all on a journey that took our learning to levels not readily imagined; hence my analogy to “Lighting in a bottle.” The energy in the room never dissipated as we learned how these gifts of knowledge could be used to establish collaborative, engaging, and transparent learning environments in our respective schools.

Reflecting on the 140 Conference

A Principal's Reflections

I also feel that it is prudent to share some advice of my own that I have formulated after actively learning about social media for the past year. Administrators and teachers need to begin to embrace the effective use of social media for their own professional growth, to create authentic learning environments that engage students, and to utilize the expertise of professionals in a variety of content areas.

New Posted Resources 10/22/2010

The Web20Classroom

tags : literacy favorite Grand Canyon Guided Google Earth Tour tags : googleearth favorite The History Lab tags : history favorite Wissahickon School District''s eToolBox - Voicethread tags : voicethread favorite Personal Learning Networks tags : favorite PLN A Rubric for Evaluating Student Blogs - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education tags : blogs favorite Posted from Diigo. Book Trailers - Movies for Literacy!

Why You Need A PLN-An Excerpt From The Simple K12 UnConference

The Web20Classroom

The UnCon provides both live and recorded sessions from now until May 2010. Over at their blog they posted an excerpt from my talk on Personal Learning Networks and why you need one. Sneak Peek: Personal Learning Networks from SimpleK12 on Vimeo. Recently, I had the honor and pleasure of kicking off the Simple K12 UnConference. The "UnCon" aims to provide high-quality professional development to educators that is available anytime.

New Posted Resources 12/09/2010

The Web20Classroom

Globe Genie tags: maps googlemaps favorite A Primer on Personal Learning Networks For Administrators tags: pln socialnetworking favorite The Importance of Student Journals and How to Respond Efficiently | Edutopia tags: journals criticalthinking writing favorite 12 Coolest Search Engines You’ve Never Heard Of tags: search favorite Podcasts From The Library of Congress tags: podcasts libraryofcongress favorite Posted from Diigo.

New Posted Resources 03/19/2010

The Web20Classroom

13 Cool Ways to Find Images in Flickr tags : Flickr , images , favorite Take Online Modules - For Teachers (Library of Congress) tags : PD , libraryofcongress , favorite Personal Learning Networks Are Virtual Lockers for Schoolkids | Edutopia tags : PLN , edutopia , favorite Angela Maiers Educational Services: My Twitter Resources Library tags : Twitter , favorite Posted from Diigo.

New Posted Resources 01/06/2010

The Web20Classroom

PLN: Personal Learning Network for Educators tags : PLN , favorite How To Teach With Google Wave tags : googlewave , favorite Zinn Education Project - Howard Zinn tags : history , favorite The Google Story tags : google , favorite Tools for Finding Creative Commons Images tags : creativecommons , favorite Posted from Diigo.

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?

Wiki 100

Just How Valuable Is Your Face-To-Face PLN?

The Web20Classroom

Last night on #edchat the conversation turned from talking about how valuable student blogging is to whether or not students should learn or have their own Personal Learning Network (PLN). I still believe that educators (and kids) should use things like Twitter and other social networks to create, communicate and collaborate with colegues.

I Wonder If This Social Media Thing Will Ever Catch On?

The Web20Classroom

Members of my PLN (Personal Learning Network), PLC (Professional Learning Community), colleagues, whatever you want to call them, (I call them all friends) were there sharing their learning with not only the new teachers, but with me as well. Everyday I get to interact with and learn from the best and the brightest around the world. Social Media is dangerous, it is a time suck, you can''t learn while being social.

Why A PLN?

The Web20Classroom

For one of my sessions I will focus on how I discovered the power of the Personal Learning Network (PLN), how I built mine and how other educators can do the same. Later this week I will be presenting at the North Carolina Technology In Education Society (NCTIES) Annual Conference. Whenever I do sessions like this I always get the question, why? Why a PLN? Why do I need to connect to other educators? What is the point? For me, the advantages are obvious.

#ISTE10, Social Media and Relationships

The Web20Classroom

grow your personal learning network. Everyone I follow on Twitter adds value to my learning. Everyone I retweet, mention, follow,and engage with adds value to me on both a professional and a personal level. Yet some out there are trying to devalue what we are creating on Twitter and other social networks. There was a very interesting post earlier this week from Scott McLeod about how you never really know that person sitting next to you at a conference.

Social Media In The Classroom.

The Web20Classroom

Recently at NCTIES Kevin Honeycutt spoke on Personal Learning Networks. Is social media more rewarding to teachers & professional development, or to students & their learning? Students seek greater control over their learning experiences and a number of technologies grant them this control. Any intelligent person knows that these kids are still going to access these services even when we are not looking.

Final Reflections From Denver And #ISTE10

The Web20Classroom

After this event I knew it was going to be difficult for the conference to replicate the learning I experienced there. There was a session lead by Jon Becker on whether or not we should use the term PLN (for Personal Learning Network). That is what learning should do. ISTE could learn a lot from the Unconference style of EBC. It was so awesome to see people who had never meet in person meet just walking by each other.

Looking Back At 2010 And Looking Forward To 2011.

The Web20Classroom

So here is my reflections on 2010 and my predictions for 2011. 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. Through the use of Twitter, Facebook and other sites, educators are starting to see the power of social media to extend learning beyond the classroom.

Edmodo 100

Twitter: The Art of the Follow

The Daring Librarian

I use Twitter as a professional personal learning network builder - not as just a social outlet.though I''m thrilled to say some of my PLN have become my personal friends.so I''d really like to see that the person is a real person! I love to find new blogs to learn from! Yes, a real pic of a real person matters. move in & out of conversations.Whom do u want to engage, learn with." Ppl I can learn from.

PLNs and Keeping our Brains Moving


I don''t know about you, but I sometimes worry that all the content I learned at that time is being eradicated by less important clutter in my brain, such as reality TV show plots, others'' Facebook status updates, etc. One very positive movement in educational circles aims to promote more useful brain-stuffing- I am speaking about the development of Personal Learning Networks or PLNs. I finished my SLP master''s in 1999.

The Divided Stories of Education Reform, Personal Cognitive Revolutions, and New Superheroes

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Finding a new story (or stories) for education becomes imperative because so many other aspects of our lives are dependent on our vision of how teaching and learning take place. It''s telling that while the Internet has become an unparalleled platform for learning, intitiative, participation, productivity, and creativity, almost all of this happens outside of formal educational institutions. educational social network.

Wiki 44

Understanding the Online World


I hope that SpeechTechie becomes just one stop for you in your Personal Learning Network (PLN) , including other blogs, Facebook pages , or Twitter contacts. To learn more about PLNs, check out this post from The Innovative Educator blog , or my own on ASHAsphere. Social networking is what you do if you access this site through Facebook or Twitter.

Wiki 40

Top 10 Twitter Tweeps

The Electric Educator

I discovered, however, if you carefully build your network, most of the Tweets are useful and relevant. Before I give my top ten twitter tweeps, let me give a couple of words of advice on building your personal learning network through twitter: Fill in your Twitter profile! Building a network takes time. Fellow blogger Silvia Tolisano ( @langwitches ) has a great blog post about using Twitter to build a personal learning network.

This Week's Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate. link] TEACHING ENGLISH AND SOCIAL NETWORKING (FUTURE OF EDUCATION SERIES) Mon 25 Oct 08:00PM New York / Tue 25 Oct 12:00AM GMT / Tue 25 Oct 10:00AM Sydney Steve Hargadon interviews Jim Burke. Digital tools can be used to engage students, enhance learning and allow creativity and collaboration.

Social Media Revolution for School Librarians: Keynote Resources for CASL

The Daring Librarian

And on a personal note, can I say what a thrill and an honor it was to share the billing with The Unquiet Librarian: Buffy J. Don''t Hate the Hashtag: A Social Media Revolution for School Librarians Having a web presence, keeping hip with cultural literacy, transliteracy, and building strong personal learning networks is not just an extra burden, but a necessity for the modern teacher librarian.

SLJ Summit: The Future of Reading

The Daring Librarian

to have been asked to come to the School Library Journal’s 2010 Leadership Summit ! On behalf of Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and School Library Journal, I am pleased to inform you that you have been selected as one of five people to attend SLJ ’s Leadership Summit as part of the Cengage Learning / SLJ New Leaders program. Collaborative, comfortable, and creative learning areas will be also be there. Stevenson High School Student Learning Center.

This Week's Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org, the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate. Things are getting interesting as we cry out for a means of sharing information, between people and across time, space and networks. Those close at the fringes of the digital frontier are charting a different course with ICT rich classes and mLearning spaces whilst developing our personal learning networks.

Why Ning? It works!

The Daring Librarian

I''m speaking today at the MSET Spring Business meeting at Maryland Public television: Dr. Judith Tomeldson asked me to "show the Ning, go over social networking, demo the 6 groups, lead a discussion on the benefits of social networking? Why rebuild a whole social network from the ground up when there''s one already done and flexible and reliable? Building a Social Network creates a positive web presence for any organization.

Wiki 28

Social Media Dim Sum: Tasty Bites You Can Try

The Daring Librarian

The main plate features those parts of my Personal Learning Network that are the most significant to me: Twitter , Flickr , Google (Gmail & Google apps) Nings ( Classroom 2.0 , Teacher Librarian Ning , MSET , ISTE Community ) Wikispaces and Sqworl. In the side of the bowl and just as important the Discovery Education Network. I had a preso to do for my district - my beloved Howard County the next week & was inspired by all I saw and learned in Denver.