What’s a Personal Learning Network (PLN)? It’s a Superhero Team Chosen by YOU


or Personal Learning Network. The post What’s a Personal Learning Network (PLN)? Google Certified Teacher Personal Learning Network (PLN Everyone knows there’s the J.L.A. Justice League of America) and lately you’ve probably heard of S.H.I.E.L.D. Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division), but the most important superhero organization that you can belong to is a P.L.N.

G+ The Next Frontier: Part 4 in Our Series on Personal Learning Networks


By CUE Member and Guest Blogger Karl Lindgren-Streicher So, now that you’ve read about how to establish Personal Learning Networks with David Theriault, you went out and interacted – shared what you knew, asked questions, and found and shared cool resources. The post G+ The Next Frontier: Part 4 in Our Series on Personal Learning Networks appeared first on OnCUE.


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4 Ways To Grow Your Personal Learning Network This Week

The Web20Classroom

I said that way back on September 17, 2013 and yet I think it is even more true today than even back then. Social media allows us to connect, to learn, to grow and to reflect not only within ourselves but with each other. She has them write 3 things they need to improve their learning and 3 things they can give to improve the learning of others. Many educators still believe they have little to offer to improve the learning of their colleagues.

5 Cs to developing your personal learning network #PLN

The Innovative Educator

Check out this one based on my article, "The 5 Cs to developing your personal learning network.". Personal Learning Network Thinglink Thinglink is a cool tool that brings ideas into a nice visual graphic.

5 Baby-Steps for Using Twitter to Begin a Personal Learning Network

The 21st Century Principal

“Social media has offered us a platform where we can learn from and with the smartest people we ‘meet’ from around the world, whenever we need to or are ready to go.” Scott McLeod & Chris Lehman The School Leader’s Guide to Social Media Personal Learning Networks existed long before there was an Internet. I am perhaps showing my age, but my first “Personal Learning Network” used very little of the technologies we use now.

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. Fortunately digital leaders are not at the mercy of budget cuts or taking professional days to learn and get better.

Professional Learning Networks (PLN)

Tom Murray

Lyn Hilt (@l_hilt), Nick Provenzano (@thenerdyteacher), Lisa Dabbs (@teachingwthsoul) and Patrick Larkin (@patrickmlarkin) joined the conversation and shared a wealth of advice on how educators can develop a strong personal learning network. What is a personal learning network? A Personal Learning Network is an informal learning network that enables an individual to work

How strong is your personal learning network? Take this quiz to find out.

The Innovative Educator

I''ve written about developing a personal learning network many times on The Innovative Educator. Personal Learning Network This updated infographic was created as a tool to promote an interactive conversation about developing PLNs. Each dot has an action and a question to answer. Click the dots and let me know what you think? Is this something you might use? Is there anything you might change or revise? Where do you fit in?

Twitter is a Teacher Superpower! Part 3 of Our Series About PLNs


By CUE guest blogger Jo-Ann Fox Twitter has become a powerful place for educators to collaborate and to build a strong Personal Learning Network (PLN). Google Certified Teacher Personal Learning Network (PLN Social media has redefined how teachers connect and collaborate with each other. At one time collaboration meant meeting with your grade level teams once a month within your own school. […]. The post Twitter is a Teacher Superpower!

To Blog or Not To Blog Is No Longer a Question: Part 2


Google Certified Teacher Personal Learning Network (PLN By CUE Member and guest blogger Jennifer Wagner As many of us begin our new school year, our plates are already full- piled high with things we already know we can’t get done: new students to get to know, new standards (for many), perhaps a new principal, a new grade, or even a new campus. […]. The post To Blog or Not To Blog Is No Longer a Question: Part 2 appeared first on OnCUE.

LeRoy Finkel Fellowship – CUE Offers an Amazing Opportunity


By CUE’s Blog Editor Kate Petty Finding out I was going to be awarded CUE’s LeRoy Finkel Fellowship of 2013 was one of those times where I remembered exactly where I was and what I was doing at that moment. CUE Conference Personal Learning Network (PLN I was with some friends and I started jumping up and down and screaming like […]. The post LeRoy Finkel Fellowship – CUE Offers an Amazing Opportunity appeared first on OnCUE.

Autonomy for Teachers Breeds Growth and Change


tools and develop Personal Learning Networks (PLN examples). Blended Learning Personal Learning Network (PLN By CUE Guest Blogger Principal Eric Sheninger At the suggestion of several of my teacher leaders, I decided to employ a job-embedded growth model. They wanted time to expand professional growth opportunities, see how to integrate Web2.0 After checking the schedule, I reduced all non-instructional duties to […].

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). 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.


The Playground Advocate

I am thankful that I work for a school district that cares so much for the individual and that invests so much in their personal and professional development. I learn everyday from passionate people locally, across the state and throughout the world. What a joy to see the whole person learning from pre-school to adulthood. I am thankful for the spark that I see when a learner''s curiosity is engaged and their joy for learning is ignited.

I am a Connected Educator

The Playground Advocate

I connect in person, through email, over the phone, through Skype, via social media, with collaborative web tools and through the social portions of the websites and blogs I read. As an educator, I care about teaching and learning. I want to know what excellent teaching and learning look like and how to replicate it. I want to know everything there is to know about what makes learning experiences successful and how to design experiences that will be successful in the future.

How a Network of Support for Educators Is Unlocking Creativity in the Classroom


When we get kids thinking creatively, it unleashes a joy of learning. In 2013, Fulton set out to answer those questions by launching their Vanguard Team , a group of 25 passionate educators who were on the forefront of technology integration and innovation.

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10 Innovative Ideas To Provide Time for Professional Development and Collaborative Learning

The Innovative Educator

Finding time for teachers to meet and learn together is often very difficult, but a resourceful school team can utilize creative ideas that have worked well in other schools. Here are some ideas for providing time for educators to learn together. Personal Learning Network Professional Development Professional Learning Communities

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


When I posted this question to my PLN, personal learning network, the response was overwhelming. Left: Samsung - Right: Acer On a personal note, when working on both devices, I do find that the Samsung is more comfortable. We''ve had a tremendous amount of fun learning on the two devices over the past few weeks. A Chromebook of Course! -

Solution to combatting lonely, isolated educators: #PLN

The Innovative Educator

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. BAM Radio Personal Learning Network Professional Learning Communities

This is Tim

The Playground Advocate

The first-person voice sounded wordy and self-congratulatory. Skills apps CEM communication Connected Educator explain everything Fun Personal Learning Network PLN Reflective Teaching Social Media video creation My friend Michelle Green asked me recently to share a vision of what a day in my life as a connected educator looks like for her team''s Connected Educator Month activities.

Being a connected educator has helped me grow my BaMMily tree

The Innovative Educator

The event takes place Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:30pm EDT — Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:30pm EDT At that time, hop right over to [link] where you will have a chance to see educators being recognized for their ed celeb status ;) As a Bammy Finalist I was asked to put together a short two-minute video outlining what being a connected educator has meant to me. After watching the video I''d love to hear in the comments who has become members of the network that you have grown.

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10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year 2013

The Daring Librarian

I was going to update this post from last year & add some new stuffs for 2013 because this IS the time of year that I do try to do my Geeky housecleaning. 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.

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Autonomy Breeds Change

A Principal's Reflections

They desperately sought time during the school day to engage in professional growth opportunities, learn how to integrate Web 2.0 tools, and develop their own Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). The inspiration for this idea came from Google’s 80/20 Innovation Model where engineers are encouraged to take 20 percent of their time to work on something company-related that interests them personally. A great deal was learned after I reflected on year one of the PGP.

GlobalEdCon 2013 Day Four + Helping the New Grassroots Projects

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Today is day four of the 2013 Global Education Conference. During the conference opening sessions we brainstormed as set of grassroots global education projects that we could bring to our personal learning networks to try to get started. Given that our combined network reach is probably in the millions, the idea is to turn our personal learning networks into a large personal action network to make a difference for students right now.

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Mind technology

Learning with 'e's

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. My mind technology is embodied in and across a vast biological network of individuals - the connected minds that I call my personal learning network (PLN). They are numerous, and I know many of them personally. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

Relationships Are Everything

A Principal's Reflections

At one point during our conversation he told me how much it meant to him when I gave him a shout out during my keynote at the 2013 Mississippi Educational Computing Association Conference. 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. Not having a virtual network to complement our face-to-face relationships just seems silly to me now.

What Constitutes Good PD?

A Principal's Reflections

It is an opportunity to become better at what we do as well as gain knowledge on new pedagogical techniques, learning theories, leadership strategies, technologies, and federal/state mandates. This has resulted in fewer and fewer opportunities for educators to attend out of district learning opportunities as there is no funding to support travel, registration fees, and expenses. Will this help my students learn and achieve?

Android Apps Anyone?

A Principal's Reflections

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).

The Administrators Toolkit Updated and Refreshed

The Web20Classroom

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. Here are several great lists: SupportBlogging Educational Blogs Moving Forward Educational Blogs Extensive Collection of Educational Blogs Tool 5-Ning As I mentioned before it is important for all educators, including Administrators, to create networks of other professionals to connect with.

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The Best Feedback a Principal Could Get

A Principal's Reflections

I have also added some of my personal thoughts at the bottom of this post. Image credit: [link] Recently, New Milford High School hosted their annual edcamp-like Saturday learning conference called Edscape. Leading into this Saturday, I had an opportunity to spend most of Friday in the halls of New Milford with students and staff observing the climate and learning throughout the day. Edscape was an incredible learning event for me.

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? Often this kind of dialogue can be the quite productive in terms of personal learning, and as an added bonus, as you and others engage, you are together helping to educate your entire community of practice.

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Sharpest tools in the box

Learning with 'e's

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. YouTube is so simple to use, and so versatile and becomes a personal television broadcast channel for many. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s. Personal Learning Network Blogger education iPad learning blogging Twitter PLN

Communicating a Concept With Instagram

A Principal's Reflections

As she explained the project to me I immediately asked her if she could email it to me so I could not only share it, but also gather some feedback for her from my Personal Learning Network (PLN). A person should be willing to do a job he/she hates to provide for their family. The culture at New Milford High School empowers teachers to develop creative pathways for students to demonstrate conceptual mastery.

Tracking Your Digital Footprint

A Principal's Reflections

I was devastated to learn a few weeks back that Google Reader was getting the ax. My emotions were quickly put in check as my Personal Learning Network (PLN) came through as it always does. Anti-Noise Technology : Remove the noise coming from homonyms and spam by using our in-house technology that learns from your behavior. I took solace knowing that many of the other Google tools that I have become quite attached to were still around.

A Wrap Up Of Day 1 At #FETC

The Web20Classroom

Held in Orlando, educators from across Florida and the world really, are here talking educational technology and learning together. Personal Learning Networks-Holly Atkins Notes- [link] While I am no expert on Personal Learning Networks I do speak a lot about them and profess their usage so I enjoy to hear other perspectives on them and their creation.