Cultivating and Growing Your Personal Learning Network

edWeb.net

” A PLN can help you find and curate the best ideas and resources, and build a network of supportive peers in a time of constant change. A PLN has helped Shaelynn learn from an extended network of educators how to to that.

6 Key Personal Learning Network Literacies Every Educator Needs

The 21st Century Principal

“We now live in a world where even twelve-year olds can create their own global classrooms around the things about which they are are most passionate,” writes Will Richardson in an essay entitled “Navigating Social Networks as Learning Tools.” Richardson adds this about our students, “Most of them have no adults, neither teachers nor parents, in their lives, who can help them see and employ the learning potential at hand.” Personal learning network cultivation.

Making Time vs Finding Time

A Principal's Reflections

At one point or another, we have all used the time excuse when it comes to our professional work. First and foremost, make the time to learn, grown, and get better as opposed to finding the time. You can now learn anywhere, with anyone, at anytime you want for free.

What is Collaboration for Professional Learning?

My Island View

After being involved in social media for over a decade, I have made a few observations that might be helpful to folks who use social media, more specifically Twitter, to develop and maintain a Personal Learning Network. I started my Twitter account with a plan and focus to use it to develop collegial sources for my professional learning. Using Twitter for professional learning requires a collaborative mindset. Each of those follows is a person.

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.

Why Today’s Educators Are So Much More Than #JustaTeacher

Edsurge

This disparaging remark is something I often hear in my work at The Teachers Guild, a professional learning community for teachers to create change for and from their classrooms, incubated within IDEO. The fact that teachers can change the course of a student’s life is something that many of us understand on a personal level. That’s why an investment in teachers is an outsized investment on student learning.

Solution to combatting lonely, isolated educators: #PLN

The Innovative Educator

Teachers spend much of their day separated from peers in classrooms that can become silos. 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.

The Scarlet Rating: How One ‘Improvement Required’ School Seeks a Turnaround

Edsurge

Brook Avenue Elementary School in Waco, Texas has been in the papers before, but not for shiny new laptops or flexible classrooms. However, school leaders Sarah Pedrotti and Jessica Torres are on a mission to flip the failure narrative and rebrand their school by motivating their teachers through personalized professional development. Kindergarteners in Mrs. Shuler's classroom learning how to implement their learning stations!

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design!

Kleinspiration

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design Back to school is always an exciting time filled with rich opportunities to learn and share with colleagues, grade level teams, and friends in your professional learning network.

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. educational technology Learning Professional Development professional learning Spotswood

How Collaboration Helps School Leaders Succeed

edWeb.net

School leaders can use online networks and communities for their own personal professional learning, and to support collaboration with staff across schools and districts. As a personal tool, school leaders can use online communities to expand their network.

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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Tech Ed Resources–Mentoring and Online Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. You’ve been teaching for twenty years, but now your Principal wants technology integrated into your classroom.

Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes and Coaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. All are online, hands-on, with an authentic use of tools you’ll want for your classroom.

Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. All are online, hands-on, with an authentic use of tools you’ll want for your classroom.

Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes and Coaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. All are online, hands-on, with an authentic use of tools you’ll want for your classroom.

Disengaged Teachers: A Problem We Need to Solve

Catlin Tucker

I frequently hear about high numbers of students who are not engaged in their learning, but I hear less about teachers who are not engaged in their work. How can we expect students to be engaged in their learning if their own teachers are not engaged? Learning

10 Strategies to Improve Instructional Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

Not only was I not in classrooms enough, but also the level of feedback provided through the lens of a narrative report did very little to improve teaching and learning both in and out of the classroom. Get in Classrooms More This seem so easy, yet is a constant struggle.

Last Chance to Join Tech-infused Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

The 21 st Century classroom blends technology with traditional teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Professional Learning Network. Build your tech-infused classroom.

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Subscriber Special: July

Ask a Tech Teacher

Digs deeper into digital tools used by innovative teachers to extend and enrich student learning. The 21 st Century classroom blends technology with traditional teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. Build your tech-infused classroom.

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A Paradigm Shift

A Principal's Reflections

Maybe evolution is not the right approach for education, but rather a concerted focus on paradigm shifts to professional practice. Thus a paradigm shift constitutes a change from one way of thinking to another to spur a revolution that transforms learning and professional practice.

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Teacher Creativity Skill: Brainstorm and Plan Digitally

The Playground Advocate

Part of being creative as a teacher is coming up with creative learning experiences for students. Over the years, I''ve learned that my best lessons and units came about as a result of a lot of collaborative pre-planning. Almost no learning curve.

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! For more information on classroom walkthroughs visit this site.

Last Chance to Join Tech-infused Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

The 21 st Century classroom blends technology with traditional teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. This three-week course (July 11-July 31) is a follow-on to the introductory class, Tech-infused Teacher , digging into the digital ideas and tools used by innovative teachers to extend and enrich student learning. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Professional Learning Network.

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TOP 10 Ways To Deliver The Worst PD EVER!

MSEDTechie

Now we are all professionals and have never actually done this during a PD session (well I hope not) but I have certainly had the feelings to do so. One of the worst experiences is listening to a non-educator telling a teacher what they should and should not do in their classroom.

5 Top Blog Posts of All Time on the 21st Century Principal

The 21st Century Principal

There is obviously a great deal that can be learned from this kind of data. Over my 16 years in the classroom, these were the kinds of things I witnessed that made me want to give up efforts to engage in using technology in my classroom. I attempted to directly state those actions and proclivities of school leaders that actually prevent schools from moving to 21st century learning models. 6 Key Personal Learning Network Literacies Every Educator Needs.

Join Our Global ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

This will be a great opportunity to build our personal learning networks globally and grow as educators as we create and share a useful set of resources. Week 3: Explore ThingLink UnPlugged Explore learning on the go with a mobile device without wireless access.

Want to be a stronger digital leader?

eSchool News

In a rapidly changing world, educators have been forced to self-examine and come to terms with approaches that are inefficient and irrelevant–from outmoded ways of setting up classrooms to equating school success solely on standardized metrics.

Let's Get it Started!!! The Keys to Tech Savvy Teaching!

MSEDTechie

On a scale from 1 to 5 (1 not well, and 5 being very well) How well did you integrate technology in your classroom? Notice I didn''t say how well did you USE technology in your classroom. Create a Dropbox account for your classroom. The Keys to Tech Savvy Teaching!

It’s Time Edtech Conferences Stopped Ignoring Equity and Race

Edsurge

At conferences, I’m always learning, and I try to engage as many attendees as possible in meaningful conversation. As my experiences grew, my personal learning network broadened and my perspectives became less myopic. I realized that talking pedagogy means very little if you don’t have a number of critical things in place before you get to the learning. Culture is the foundation for two critical parts of the learning environment.

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. The consensus has to be that every student can and should learn. Cross-posted at Edutopia.

What does it mean to be “connected”?

Reading By Example

What does it mean to be “connected”, as a professional and a learner? Lisa Dabbs from Edutopia attempts to define this concept: Connected learners develop networks and co-construct knowledge from wherever they live. I use it for personal reasons only right now.

Technology and Capstone Courses

Dr. Shannon Doak's Blog

Keep in mind, even if your school has a different type of capstone course, my thoughts below could be applicable in the capstone process, learning environment, or product creation. In “How Does Technology Facilitate Learning? In our lower school, our classrooms are 1:1 iPads.

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.

16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read

TeachThought - Learn better.

16 Books About Modern Learning Every Teacher Should Read. The big idea of this list was a well-rounded look at learning and education, rather than strictly pedagogy, or strictly ed-reformy content. 16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read. We must learn to be creative.”

#ICE18: Illinois Conference Will Prepare Educators for Modern Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine

#ICE18: Illinois Conference Will Prepare Educators for Modern Learning Environments. In 1986, approximately 30 educators came together to form Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) , as a statewide initiative to offer professional development opportunities for teachers, technology coordinators, library media specialists, administrators, higher education representatives, school support staff and other stakeholders in Illinois education. Learning strands include: Leadership.

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

The Web20Classroom

There were sessions about assessment, technology, professional development and others. 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.

Live Interview Tuesday, January 17th - Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach on "The Connected Educator"

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

In The Connected Educator, authors Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall integrate professional development that is currently working in schools with a new model connected learning communities. Connected learning communities are a three-pronged approach to effective professional development using the local (professional learning community), contextual (personal learning network), and global (community of practice) environments.

Does Your PD Have These 5 Essential Qualities?

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educators aren't born, they're formed and one way that happens is by participating in and providing excellent learning opportunities. In short, it supports educators with just-in-time professional learning driven by their needs and interests.

How to Grow Your Edu-Family Tree

Graphite Blog

It's a chance for me to connect with my edu-family, the global network of teachers I am connected to online. Both help me develop as a teacher and connect me to other professionals. Your Local Professional Learning Community (PLC) Why? A professional learning community (PLC) shares resources and discusses specific student performances. Finding people is as easy as opening your classroom door. Your Global Personal Learning Network (PLN) Why?