4 Ways To Grow Your Personal Learning Network This Week

The Web20Classroom

We live in an age where we have near real time access to just about anything you want to know and to the people who know it best. Social media allows us to connect, to learn, to grow and to reflect not only within ourselves but with each other.

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

Kleinspiration

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 each of my dear friends below that donated one of your personal products!

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Learning Never Stops

A Principal's Reflections

Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” – Abigail Adams How do you make, not find, the time to learn and get better? Like change, learning is a process, not an event.

The Future of Work

A Principal's Reflections

Competency is the proven use of skills, knowledge, and abilities to illustrate mastery of learning by solving problems. However, as the WEF notes, lifelong learning is a must for all of us, not just the kids we serve.

Recognizing the Digital Assets You Have at Your Disposal

A Principal's Reflections

We live in amazing times where readily accessible research and connectivity converge to not only transform practices but also provide the means to share them for the benefit of others. BrandED Digital Leadership Personal Learning Network Social Media social media strategy

#Throwback Thursday - 5 Things You Can Do to Begin Developing Your Personal Learning Network

The Innovative Educator

The post that got all the attention told people five steps they can take to develop their personal learning network. W ritten : October 12, 2008 Topic : Developing a PLN Who might be interested : Any teacher or student who enjoys learning from experts and others who share their passion. Reader question : Do you have a personal learning network? If so, how has it helped you learn?

Why Learning and People Should Come First

A Principal's Reflections

I was recently working on my slide deck for a three-day workshop that will take participants on an immersive experience into digital leadership and learning. In some cases, I will directly train educators on how to use various tools, but learning to use the edtech tools is the easy part.

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. Image credit: [link] Being a disconnected nomad limited my ability to lead and learn.

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). It is also extremely important for district and school teams to collaborate in person on specific goals.

With $2 Million in Backing, Climb Hire Tackles the Social Ladder

Edsurge

You can miss a lot of things when you’re learning on your own.” The program promises 100 hours of online training and 100 hours of in-person training for 16 weeks. Members also receive professional portfolio help and two in-person sessions a week. I have the personality.

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. This makes the learning process meaningful, relevant, applicable, and convenient. Access to a wealth of free resources.

7 Ways Data-Fueled PLCs Are Transforming Education

Edsurge

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have long supported teachers in their career development, but with the help of technology, they’re now transforming education itself. This anytime, anywhere access to information speeds up collaboration between meetings.

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People Make the Difference

A Principal's Reflections

Being on an isolated island in terms of access to information had a real negative impact on my ability to move my school forward during my first two years as principal. I finally became the CEO of my own learning as I began to forge a path that in time helped me to become more effective.

For Students to Succeed, Social Capital Matter Just as Much as Skills—Here's Why

Edsurge

It’s so much bigger and more networked than that. Before we delve into the specifics of what “social capital” means, let me present a personal example to illustrate the concept. I’ve noticed over the past year that while more and more schools are focusing on social-emotional learning, they still dedicate a majority of time to developing hard and soft skills—and oftentimes forget the social capital piece. Education Technology Personal Learning Networks Student Success

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. tools and how they can be utilized for teaching and learning.

Zen and the Art of Meaningful Meetings

Edsurge

I have access to budgets that enable me to attend multiple meetings of various kinds, and I seldom have to provide a specific justification. But only focusing on these outcomes can take away from the benefits of deep discussion, person to person interaction, and time out of the office to think hard about difficult problems—not necessarily to come up with answers, but just to think. Education Technology Personal Learning Networks Community

The Secret to Being a Better Teacher? Find Your Tribe

Edsurge

Shortly after I received the award, it seemed like everyone wanted to visit my classroom and sit in a room with me to understand how I was getting my kids to learn. I quickly figured out that my administration and the other teachers didn’t care if my students were learning—they wanted my students to stay out of the hallways, off administration’s radar and to appear somewhat engaged when it was time to be evaluated through standardized testing.

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

Edsurge

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.”. Learning how to behave online responsibly and safely—a concept known as digital citizenship—requires access to social media tools in schools, they note. We must keep learning first.

#DLNchat: Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Ed

Edsurge

Can open educational resources, or OER, truly create more equity and access? Our special guest, Lisa Petrides, creator of OER Commons, kicked things off by defining the topic at hand: “OER are teaching & learning materials freely available for anyone to use. To me OER is also about the democratization of access to education, and the pursuit and sharing of knowledge. And the ecosystem of open knowledge sharing is fundamental to teaching, to learning, and to equity."

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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. My rambling thoughts.

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

Edsurge

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. It dates back to 2008, when an educational journey began in Wyoming that revealed the important role technology plays in enhancing teaching and learning—especially in a rural state.

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. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

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. That wouldn''t have happened, at least not as extensively, if I did not have access to my digital tools.

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 One of the most valuable assets a 21st Century learner has is their personal learning network (PLN).

#DLNchat: Where the Digital Learning Network Connects

Edsurge

How can digital learning help improve graduation rates? How might adaptive learning courseware change the work of faculty? How do you learn about new edtech products? It’s the Twitter chat for the Digital Learning Network. Join the Digital Learning Network to get updates about all upcoming chats. Keep up to date with all the #DLNchats, join the Digital Learning Network ! Education Technology Personal Learning Networks Community

Lead in the Now

A Principal's Reflections

With changing times, continuous reflection and learning are needed in order to move schools forward now. As such, teaching, learning, and leadership must change if growth and improvement are the goals. Students who are not engaged are not likely to be learning.

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How to build your global classroom in 4 steps

Neo LMS

Most importantly, true growth is about learning from people that don’t belong to the same culture as us — a truly eye-opening experience for students and teachers alike. Social media: platforms like Twitter help teachers build their personal learning network and share teaching tips and tricks.

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Exploring the Educational Value of Pinterest

A Principal's Reflections

As I began to piece together resources on Personal Learning Networks(PLN’s) , I lost track of time and ended staying up well past my bedtime. This led me to begin to brainstorm many ways in which educators could utilize this resource to enhance teaching and learning. Here is what I came up with: Curating content : The ability to pin together images, links, and videos in a visually engaging manner makes gathering and accessing information exciting.

The DLP Strategy Menu

Digital Promise

When we launched the Dynamic Learning Project (DLP), a program from EdTechTeam, Google, and Digital Promise that empowers school leaders to transform instruction across every classroom for every student, we wanted to put teachers in control of their professional development.

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.

The Missing Literacies – Networking to Learn #iste2015

There is no box

The Missing Literacies – Networking to Learn. This is not how we learn in the real world. The extent of networking to learn, if we were lucky, was putting four desks together and working in groups. In college, some of my best learning experiences were working on group projects. Both those group learning experiences were constrained by proximity and time. Why then do we not move into an era of learning to network and networking to learn?

Are You a Critical Consumer?

A Principal's Reflections

In one respect everyone with a smartphone has instant access to information at any time and from anywhere. Digital literacy is more important now than it has ever been.

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It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. What web-based tools that can be accessed through a browser would you add to this list?

Meet Your Stakeholders Where They Are

A Principal's Reflections

Expanded access to learning - In my case digital communications opened my eyes to new and more powerful ways to learn. I then began sharing with groups of teachers several ideas, strategies, and tools I'd acquired from my personal learning network (PLN).

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

The Web20Classroom

But if you join you have access to the materials for a year. 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.