Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) Using Social Media


Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) Using Social Media on Prezi. On October 13th I''m helping facilitate a breakout session at the TCEA Fall TECSIG meeting. The theme of the session is Social Media & PLNs , so I prepared a Prezi (my first ever; please take this into account if you peruse it below!) which provides an overview of how my PLN has been built over the past couple of years.

MA folks- My one-day workshop on Social Media and Personal Learning Networks


The first is on a topic close to my heart, Personal Learning Networks. This workshop will help you develop your Personal Learning Network (PLN) through social web tools that will open up a world of educational ideas to you and your colleagues. Hi Folks, I am going to be offering a series of Friday sessions through Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MASSCUE). This session will help you find information and lesson ideas, inspiring your work!


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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 NOTE: As of 2011 I am using Diigo to save my links.)

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.

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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. After lurking and learning for a little while, I quickly discovered this vibrant community of passionate educators actively collaborating to improve educational practices.

Framework for Embedded Professional Development

A Principal's Reflections

Life-long learning is an essential characteristic found amongst effective educators and something that should be modeled for our students. Additionally, they should be provided with the knowledge and foundation to develop a Personal Learning Network. This will enable them to learn more according to their diverse interests and passions.

Add the Common Core to your Blog:


Way to extend the collaboration in your personal learning network! Mastery Connect has created a great new widget for your blog! Now, your readers can access the Common Core from your very own site. Be sure to sign up for a free account so that you can gain additional access to the many lessons already created and aligned to the Common Core Standards. You can search for lessons by grade level, content area, most popular, etc.

A Milestone

A Principal's Reflections

As I began to construct my Personal Learning Network (PLN), I was virtually approached by Ken Royal from The Educator''s Royal Treatment. Never in a million years would I have imagined that I would be here writing my 100th blog post. I never considered myself much of a writer. To be quite honest, I actually hated it. As I began my journey into the world of web 2.0 two and a half years ago, I found myself reading blogs for the first time.


A Principal's Reflections

Here is a quick summary: D evelopment: As educators we must always model life-long learning for our students and continually pursue avenues for growth. In addition to a District PLC initiative, my administrative team and I worked over the summer to reduce non-instructional duties so that the majority of the staff would have time embedded into the day to pursue a variety of growth opportunities, including those associated with a Personal Learning Network (PLN).

Small Changes, Huge Results

A Principal's Reflections

Yes, I was the Principal at that time, but my perspective and philosophy as to what constituted a 21st Century learning environment was vastly different than what it is today. We have seen many shifts in terms of instruction, communication, and learning at NMHS resulting in a transformative culture that is more in line to meet the needs of our students. We also had to trust they would use their mobile learning devices (i.e. Cross-posted at the Huffington Post.

Moving Forward

A Principal's Reflections

With this being said, quality leadership becomes even more essential in order to cultivate a school culture whose primary focus is on the learning and achievement of each and every student. Succumbing to the negative rhetoric, abiding by the status quo, and having a bunker mentality will do nothing to initiate needed changes in our building to improve teaching and learning. The consensus has to be that every student can and should learn. Cross-posted at Edutopia.

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. To celebrate the #Eddies this year I thought I would do my nominating both on my professional blog and on our NEW! Daring School Library Edublog !

New Posted Resources 05/11/2011

The Web20Classroom

Five Questions To Start The Year

The Web20Classroom

I always tried to tie some current event into the first day to get kids thinking about where we will be going with our learning that year and why that mattered. And hey, learning can be fun! How are you going to teach so that learning takes place. Why do kids want to come into class each day and learn with you. For my, my PLN (Personal Learning Network) is a big part of my reflection.

To Teach Digital Citizenship Effectively, Educators Say It’s Time to Unblock Social Media


Since 2011 Banned Books Week has included a day to recognize banned websites. This year, on September 27, 2017, the American Association of School Librarians made a point to encourage their members to raise awareness about “overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries.”. We must keep learning first. We must keep learning first.”.

Week of January 24, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate. link] JANUARY MOODLE FORUM: THE LANDSCAPE OF K-12 ONLINE LEARNING ( Host Your Own Webinar Series ) Wed 26 Jan 03:30PM New York / Wed 26 Jan 08:30PM GMT / Thu 27 Jan 07:30AM Sydney Laura Mikowychok. Join Laura and special guest Allison Powell, Vice President of iNACOL, for "The Landscape of K-12 Online Learning".

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


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. sharing and learning from each other. I try to pay it forward by sharing my learning with other teachers.

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Week of March 14, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate. The session will include examples of exciting collaborations which have enabled the ‘flattening of classroom walls’, allowing students to learn from and with people around the world. It will explore the ways learning can be enhanced through such interactions.

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Online Bulletin Board of EdTech Blogs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

As a tech facilitator much of my success can be attributed to what I learn through the contacts I''ve made via my P ersonal L earning N etwork. Summer is a great time for educators to begin to build a personal learning network and so I''ve decided to simultaneously introduce a new tool for collaboration and try an experiment to demonstrate the power of a PLN.

Week of January 3, 2011 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through , the social learning network for education that I work on for Elluminate. Brenda Anderson will discuss how Montgomery County Public Schools, MD empowered the library media specialists to build personal learning networks with technology to explore the new Maryland school library media standards.

Must-Have iPad and Smartphone Apps for Educators: Revised Edition

The 21st Century Principal

I did a blog post a short time ago, and that list hasn''t change much, but there have been a few additions and deletions, mostly due to suggestions of those in my Personal Learning Network. Only those general apps that I find myself using as a part of my job and in my professional learning. Next week, I will be presenting to a group of educators in my district on the subject of "Must-Have iPad and Smartphone Apps."

4 Benefits of iPad Use for Administrators and Educators

The 21st Century Principal

The iPad increases the level of my connectivity to my school staff and members in my Personal Learning Network. I can use apps such as Skype, Google Talk, Gmail, Google Calendar, Twitter, Linkedin, and Friendly for Facebook to remain connected to the teachers in my building and remain connected to my personal learning network. I recently received a message from an administrator colleague who wanted to know how I use the iPad as an administrator.

10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year

The Daring Librarian

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. From calendars and contacts to blog posts and work projects, more and more of us are relying on networks of servers and startups to keep us running.

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Tools of the trade

Learning with 'e's

I was quite impressed by Joyce Seitzinger's Professional Learning Environment (PLN) model that she presented at Deakin University in Melbourne this week. It will fail if the user does not follow or is not followed by enough other subscribers to enable the benefits of the network effect. The question still open to me is whether this model would change from it's current form to represent Personal Learning Networks. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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Learning with 'e's

and e-Learning, in the bright sunshine of Dublin, during the EDEN Conference. I talk about amplified content, sharing and collaborating online, and personal learning networks. I also discuss disruptive technologies, risk taking, learner control and the changing landscape of learning. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's. slideshare education blogs amplification learning Twitter Web 2.0

Ugh. Classic Politics Now Extends to Social Networking in Education.

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

I run what is arguably the largest social network for educators, Classroom 2.0 If someone had called, I would have said that this is project has at it''s core a mistaken idea: that social media and personal learning networks can be directed from the top down. There is a reason that so many acronyms in this arena start with P for "personal:" PLN (Personal Learning Network), (PLC) Personal Learning Communities, and PLE (Personal Learning Environments).

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Connected educators

Learning with 'e's

Coming hand in hand with these connections is a whole new culture of learning and teaching. Connected educators are transparent in their thinking and tend to reflect more deeply on what they learn, simply because they have had to make the effort to connect with new knowledge. Kyle Pace (@kylepace), another contributor to the discussion, made the important point that the connected educator with a well developed network depends on that before going to Google.

Reasons teachers don't blog

Learning with 'e's

These are all valid reasons, but probably the most trenchant barrier to blogging is that many teachers still don't - or can't - see the incredible benefits blogging can offer to them, personally. But sharing ideas and growing a personal learning network are becoming synonymous for many teachers. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's. teachers Edublogging education online resources learning blogging CPD

Portable PD, Part One


One of the most acclaimed iPad apps of the year is also one that can let you take your Personal Learning Network with you anywhere you go. I''m speaking of FlipBoard , which lets you add a variety of "feeds" (for example, Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, or any blog) and access it as an interactive magazine. Yes, you literally can lie back and turn the pages and tap any entry to see more (i.e. when someone links to a video or article).

My awesome PLN

Learning with 'e's

Nobody learns in a vacuum, not even Robinson Crusoe. The power of this PLN (personal learning network) should not be underestimated. The social web has transformed learning networks and is gathering pace as social media and handheld devices continue to evolve in tandem, providing anytime, anyplace learning that was inconceivable for most of the last century. As I continue to learn from others, so the onus is on me to share what I have learnt.

Everyone has one

Learning with 'e's

Everyone has one - a personal learning environment, that is. We all learn. We all use tools to help us learn. Personal learning environments or PLEs, are the collection of tools (not just online) that enable us to connect, create and share content with our own communities of interest and practice. Mine will be different to yours, because my choices and preferences about what and how I learn are different to yours.

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The Social Network


I am a little late to this party, having just seen this film on disc, but The Social Network is still relevant not only because it is sure to be nominated for Best Picture this week, but also as an interesting study in communication that would interest SLPs. The Social Network is, of course, the story of the founding of Facebook, detailing Mark Zuckerberg''s creation (theft?) In some cases, lessons on using online social networks will indeed be totally on point for our students.

The Teacher 2.0 Brainstorm: Building a Personal and Career Support Network

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me on Thursday, January 27th, as I hold an open community discussion on building an open social network to allow educators to provide each other with grass-roots personal, professional, and career support. The Idea: Knowing that the main social networking projects I''ve been involved with for educators (like Classroom 2.0 network where educators could gather to discuss personal and career interests. network provide that you would want?

The Great "Learning 2.0" Strand Brainstorm

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Like the Library 2.011 and GlobalEdCon conferences, I''m planning on holding a (free) worldwide virtual Future of Education: Learning 2.0 So, here''s my tentative Learning 2.0 and Social media in the classroom (Blogs, Wikis, Social Networking, Podcasting, etc.) 1:1 Programs: laptops, netbooks, iPads, and tablets "Flipped" learning Rethinking Homeworl School 2.0 Personal Learning Networks Social Professional Development Social networking Peer-generated PD Student 2.0

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The New Teacher 2.0 Network, a Sweet Contest, and a Free Workshop

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Those of you who are aware of my other networks will know that I have a commitment to making spaces where conversations about education can take place (a full list of those projects is at [link] ). is a community for educators to talk with each other about their personal and professional growth. and social media are providing personal and professional opportunities--and that I can bring in guest speakers for webinars on these topics.