3 Ways to Instantly Grow Your Personal Learning Network

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Imagine a network of leaders from every sector of education: public schools and early learning centers, colleges and universities, museums and libraries, nonprofits and corporations. It’s the Remake Learning Network , a professional network of educators and innovators working together to shape the future of learning. Meetups are a great, informal way to share and learn ideas from new people face-to-face. Attend an Educational Conference.

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. Steven Anderson, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist, and Shaelynn Farnsworth, Literacy Consultant, joined Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net for conversation with Larry Jacobs on Education Talk Radio on this topic. A PLN has helped Shaelynn learn from an extended network of educators how to to that.

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

Kleinspiration

Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting many of my virtual friends face to face in San Diego at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference. I can''t begin to explain what an amazing experience this conference was for those who attended. 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.

10+ Ways to Recharge Your Batteries Over the Summer

Teacher Reboot Camp

Now you need to take time for yourself and go on some learning adventures of your own! Discover more ways to design engaging distance learning experiences by taking my new accredited graduate course , Online Learning: Best Practices to Leverage the Power of Distance Learning.

Gamify Your Professional Learning at the CUE 2016 Fall Conference!

CUE

Covina-Valley Unified School District teachers having way too much fun learning about Quizizz at a CUE Launch event. Professional learning can and should be fun! At this year’s CUE 2016 Fall Conference, we are working hard to make the attendee experience even more engaging and enjoyable than years past. Participants will be asked to capture the collaboration and connectivity of the #fallcue experience in the streamlined Chrome Warrior gamified learning environment.

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). The session was part of a larger conference that was happening all over Spain to celebrate 70 years of the BC in Spain. You can watch a recording my conference presentation here. School of the Present Survey Results: Mobile learning for ELT Best Nik Peachey.

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.

Relationships Are Everything

A Principal's Reflections

We had a vibrant conversation on the topic of Digital Leadership with a focus on school culture, embracing change, strategic use of social media, the Model Schools Conference , and innovation. 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. Not having a virtual network to complement our face-to-face relationships just seems silly to me now.

Digital Promise Brings Edcamps Into Its Tent

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The maker kits were provided courtesy of Digital Promise, an education technology nonprofit, which saw these events as “a great vehicle to introduce teachers to making,” says Josh Weisgrau, its director of learning experience design. There is training for blended learning.

Courage Over Comfort

CUE

But when we do so, let us find the learning and use that as we grow forward. In fact, she sent herself to CUE Rockstar Primary to learn more. They are taking risks in their own learning, they are creating and they are owning their own learning. I am lucky enough to be able to walk alongside so many amazing educators on their learning journey. I believe that there is incredible learning for all during these risk/fail processes.

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). Now don't get me wrong, I still highly value face-to-face experiences, as there are some natural limits to learning exclusively in a social media vacuum. It is also extremely important for district and school teams to collaborate in person on specific goals. edWeb Personal Learning Network PLN

Making Time vs Finding Time

A Principal's Reflections

First and foremost, make the time to learn, grown, and get better as opposed to finding the time. There is nothing more important to an educator, outside of working with kids, than professional learning. Through social media a Personal Learning Network (PLN) provides a great antidote to the age-old time excuse. You can now learn anywhere, with anyone, at anytime you want for free.

Sponsor Showcase: ISTE 2019

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Be sure to pay them a visit at the conference! Read our Conference Spotlight: ISTE Happenings to discover how educators are putting these companies' digital tools to use in their classrooms. Education Technology Teaching & Learning Professional Development Community Events Personal Learning NetworksWe're very excited to showcase six innovative companies who will be creating a buzz at ISTE 2019. Click here for expanded view of sponsor showcase.

Highlighted Sessions: ISTE 2019

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Read our Conference Spotlight: ISTE Happenings to learn how educators around the country are using innovative digital tools in their classrooms. Education Technology Personal Learning Networks Events Community Professional Development Teaching & LearningOur curated list of sessions, presentations, panels and workshops at ISTE 2019 features EdSurge staff picks, ISTE award winners and the sponsors of our article collection.

Taking your Professional Learning from 2D to 3D

Edsurge

Louis Technology Integration Coach Patricia Brown. Speaking on panel at the PBS Digital Innovators event, Brown talked up the rise of the online spaces for collaboration, also known as personal learning networks (PLN) as enabling anyone, even those who in remote areas or who feel more introverted, to come together to collaborate and share ideas. On June 27 at ISTE, we invited all of beta-tester educators to meet in person as we opened the group to the public.

Zen and the Art of Meaningful Meetings

Edsurge

I know there are many who can’t travel at all, or who must demonstrate that when they attend a meeting, conference or training that it has quantifiable benefits for their institution. 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. The value of a conference is conferring.

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. Without funding, many districts no longer allow leaders to travel to national/state conferences or even attend local workshops. These are not the meaningful, rich, and relevant learning opportunities that leaders of today’s schools deserve or yearn for.

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.

Professional Development Planning for Summer 2018 and Beyond #DLNchat

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How can we build meaningful personal learning networks? What’s the right balance of planning and serendipitous discovery when it comes to professional learning? Widening my personal learning network.” This idea of social learning came up a lot as well. So, how do #DLNchat community members learn from one another and build wider and more meaningful personal learning networks? A4b: Personally, I need to have fun.

?Rhode Island’s Plans to Become a ‘Lab State’ for Personalized Learning

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Scaling personalized learning across a state might sound like an oxymoron, but officials from Rhode Island’s Office of Innovation are taking on the task. The Statewide Personalized Learning Initiative just released a white paper that could inspire others to create and align the pieces necessary for expansive personalized learning efforts. “We When we say personalized learning it means different things to people in the room.

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

Kleinspiration

After staying there for about a week, my husband, Jason, and I traveled to San Diego for the #ISTE12 conference. After the conference ended, Jason drove back to Michigan to work. 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. I have so much to learn still.

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

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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! On Twitter, Torres and Pedrotti have encouraged teachers to engage with educators teaching similar subjects in other struggling schools to build a network.

It’s Time Edtech Conferences Stopped Ignoring Equity and Race

Edsurge

The typical edtech conference buzzes with gadgetry, infrastructure and new ways to engage students. When racism, voice and privilege are not addressed in a deliberate way, all of us suffer Most tech conference attendees don’t stop to consider the institutions, such as racism and complicity that create the inequities their students deal with. We are both tech-centric educators who attend many conferences each year. Educators led energizing sessions on integrating technology.

Reflecting on the 140 Conference

A Principal's Reflections

On Wednesday April 21, I had the honor of speaking at the 140 Characters Conference in New York City with Steve Anderson , Tom Whitby , and Kyle Pace. This conference looks at the effects of Twitter on a variety of topics. 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. This exposure is directly correlated to my use of social media and networking tools.

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

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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. I argue that rural states are where edtech companies, investors, and media outlets should be looking to to see truly innovative implementation of technology. Wyoming Switchboard Network homepage.

Voxer, Twitter, and EdCamps: How to Tackle the Harsh Realities of Finding Good Statewide PD

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Many teachers connect this way to learn about the latest in edtech tools, educational ideas and methods in teaching, and joining my fellow Nebraskan teachers for the weekly chat gives me a comfortable hour that flies by and is full of ideas and collaboration. The Trifecta of Rural PD, Part 2: Edcamps Problem Two: How do you bring educators together for a day of learning that doesn’t cost any money to gather? We Nebraska teachers love learning and sharing.

#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.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

The Playground Advocate

It''s an easy topic to approach (having to do with both personal experience and recent memory), it can easily fall into several organizational strategies (chronological, most to least, comparison), and it is universal (in that we all experienced "Summer" in one form or another). I spent my Summer doing what many of my colleagues do: I learned new things and prepared for the year to come. What a gift to have had the chance to learn with so many passionate educators.

Edcamp comes to CT - twice this year! Join in, share, learn.

Educational Technology Guy

They are free, attendee led and driven, places to share and learn. The Edcamp model is unique in that attendees set the agenda the morning of the conference and the sessions are not led by one person, but are rather a collaboration of both the facilitator and attendees. This is a great opportunity to connect, share, teach, learn, and expand their personal learning network. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy.

Can’t Make It to the AASL National Conference? Be a #NOTATAASL Virtual Attendee!

NeverEndingSearch

Because of the efforts of the #notatISTE crew , I felt intimately connected to the conference. The same opportunity will be available for AASL National Conference this coming week. From Jane: I feel so fortunate to be attending the AASL National Conference in Phoenix, getting to hear great speakers, discover new books and resources, build my personal learning network, further my lifelong learning, and enjoy social activities. notataasl technology

3 ISTE Points Worth Mentioning.

Kleinspiration

I am even more excited to connect with so many friends that I collaborate with through personal learning networks, like Twitter. TV actress and physics/chemistry teacher Mayim Bialik, PhD, is among the keynote panelists at the world''s most comprehensive education technology event." collaborative mentoring for new teachers ISTE 2012 iste newbie project iste san diego iste12 sir ken robinson teachercast technology conference

The Free Learning 2.0 Conference: Great Keynotes and Sessions and YOU!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning 2.0 virtual conference is just around the corner (August 20 - 24 [link] ). Learning 2.0 is a free conference and is held online, in multiple time zones, over the course of five days. It is a unique chance to participate in a global conversation on rethinking teaching and learning in the age of the Internet. The conference includes an all-day virtual unconference (SocialEdCon online!) We encourage you to do this in advance of the conference.

Is Isolation in Education A Choice?

My Island View

Collaborative learning has always been with us from the beginning of learning, however, it required that the learners occupied the same space at the same time. In a modern world, where people tend to spread out and separate, the boundaries of collaboration, time and space, began to impede professional collaborative learning for educators. The result of all this supported a proportionally greater number of administrators over teachers’ attendance at collaborative conferences.

#NECC09 Conference - Washington, DC

The Daring Librarian

so the NECC conference in DC was just brilliant this year! lovely, smart, & cool colleagues who can continue the discussion about Educational Technology - expanded my Personal Learning Network! as a library media/technology specialist and a graduate instructor at Johns Hopkins Uni).but i learned to stay mum about who i really was.doing my thing and being internet aware.lots of pseudonyms! so, ok educators.fellow technology teachers.if

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. Conference summaries/notes : In my experiences at various conferences, presenters routinely share cool website links during their sessions. educational technology Pinterest