The Importance of Online Personal Learning Networks.

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Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are the groups of people around us that help us develop skills and knowledge. People who you network with. Many teachers are now learning from each other online. The amazing thing about an online PLN is that you are sharing ideas and resources with people all over the world; imagine the number of different perspectives and experiences that are being thrown in to discussions.

What Is A Personal Learning Network?

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What Is A Personal Learning Network? What is a personal learning network, or rather a Personal Learning Network? How about a Professional Learning Network? “A Personal Learning Network is a way of describing the group of people that you connect with to learn their ideas, their questions, their reflections, and their references. What Is A Personal Learning Network? .

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4 Ways To Grow Your Personal Learning Network This Week

The Web20Classroom

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. It’s about always being in pursuit of that selfish goal of improving our learning so we can improve learning for kids.

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.

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.

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 everyone who supports the work we all share through our blogs and social networks. Software and Web Memberships : some amazing companies have really been supportive and offered some fantastic resources - you won''t believe how cool they are!

Build Your Personal Learning Network #WTI15

Reading By Example

My topic was how to get started in building one’s personal learning network. There are resources within district. I thought these observations were fair and accurately described what many educators experience for professional learning offered in their school and district. There were positives, but it seemed like schoolwide professional learning wasn’t enough for the teachers attending. Personal Learning Networks.

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! Below are slides from my recent presentation, tips and resources to help you recharge. Click the headings in the slide presentation below to visit the resources. Tips and Resources.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

A Principal's Reflections

While others might disagree, such as my mom, I pride myself on being extremely resourceful. During my years as a teacher and principal, I would spend countless hours planning, researching, and attending professional learning events to hone my craft in order to become a better educator.

#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. While the steps still work, many of the resources listed (i.e. 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?

The Professional Learning Sweet Spot

A Principal's Reflections

For the better part of my educational career, I always referred to any type of learning to assist me as a teacher or administrator as professional development (PD). For the most part, this consisted of attending mandatory district “PD” days, professional learning communities (PLC)’s or approved off-site experiences such as conferences, workshops, or webinars. In March of 2009, I began to use Twitter, and it was at this time that I began to create a Personal Learning Network (PLN).

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? There never seems to be enough time in the day to do what needs to be done both personally and professionally. Like change, learning is a process, not an event. So, what does meaningful professional learning look like? To learn more about creating or improving a PLN, click HERE.

Tools for Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN)

EdTechSandyK

Today at the Spring TCEA TECSIG meeting, Kim Garcia and I are presenting on Tools for Building a Personal Learning Network in one of the breakout sessions. Below is a link to our Livebinder with resources for the presentation. Tools for Building a Personal Learning Network Hope this is helpful to the participants and others who may find their way to this post!

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) Using Social Media

EdTechSandyK

Is there a specific instance in your experience when you can recall your PLN proved to be a valuable resource to you or you to it? 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!)

Skills Are Great — But It’s Who You Know That Lands You a Job

Edsurge

In the American Jobs Plan , the Biden Administration has put a stake in the ground on a bold vision to “ensure workers have ready access to the skills they will need to succeed,” especially those from historically under-resourced communities.

4 Ways to Build a Strong Professional Learning Network for Innovation and Growth

Edsurge

How do we teach kids online and in person at the same time? Diversify your network. But reaching beyond your immediate network can be a great way to bring in fresh ideas. Students and their families can support your learning as well.

Recognizing the Digital Assets You Have at Your Disposal

A Principal's Reflections

I have also been blessed to observe great examples that members of my Personal Learning Network (PLN) make available on social media. It begins with a focus on improving teaching, learning, and leadership followed by utilizing an array of digital assets at every educator’s disposal to share and amplify. Links to your resources and work can be archived and annotated using a social bookmarking tool such as Diigo.

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter

EdTechSandyK

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 Tons of informational resources there!

Digital Promise Brings Edcamps Into Its Tent

Edsurge

For years, organizers of “ Edcamps ,” a popular brand of informal professional development gatherings for teachers, received a resource kit sent by their host organization, the Edcamp Foundation. Edcamp events offered teachers a voice in what they would learn. It began with a box.

Why Connect?

A Principal's Reflections

I was honored to have been interviewed for Educational Leadership, ASCD's flagship magazine, on the power of Twitter as part of a Personal Learning Network (PLN). As you will see, the true power of connected learning is what you glean from the people you engage with. Did you have any initial challenges or reservations about it—and if so, how did you overcome those to develop a robust network and community? How does one go about building a network, really?

7 Time-Saving Ways to Balance Teaching Tasks

MiddleWeb

Look over Barbara Blackburn’s strategies to develop circumstances where you can thrive: avoid perfectionism, try incremental change, peruse helpful time management resources, and more. Blackburn incremental change organization personal learning network teaching tasks time managementIs it ever possible to do everything needed to be a consistently effective teacher?

Designing Empathy-Based Professional Development That Teachers Will Use

Edsurge

Empathy (Source: Participate) While there has been an increase in training around social-emotional learning (SEL) in K-12 classrooms, many professional development (PD) resources for educators treat SEL as a standalone subject rather than a foundational component of learning environments. Participate , a social learning platform, and Empatico , a free tool for classroom virtual exchange, noted a lack of SEL-related PD opportunities for educators. Em·pa·thy /?emp?TH?/

It’s New Year’s…Yeah, But…

CUE

This is how things are done, it’s worked in the past, this is how they learned. But… When asked what they learned, both students replied: “We learned to look up a picture, copy it and label.” Because our students should be thinking, learning, understanding and creating. Life is messy, and part of our job is to help students learn to navigate through life. If we don’t know how, let’s seek to learn. Happy New Year!!

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. Alongside reading and writing, math, sciences and STEM, there’s an equally important subject deserving of attention and resources: social capital. Before we delve into the specifics of what “social capital” means, let me present a personal example to illustrate the concept. One, for example, is the Cristo Rey network, a Catholic high school system founded in 2000 that currently includes 35 schools throughout the United States.

#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. These materials typically reside in the public domain, or have an alternative copyright license, i.e. Creative Commons or GNU, that specify how the resource may be reused, adapted, and shared.

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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. We spoke with educators around the country and discovered seven ways that PLCs are transforming teaching and learning in schools. Common learning goals and objectives A set of common goals, along with a designated meeting time for focused effort, helps each participant get the most out of a PLC.

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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. couros/79 9 Here is my quick list of reasons why all educators should become connected and form their own Personal Learning Network(PLN) : We become the epicenter of our learning and determine what, where, and when we want to learn. This makes the learning process meaningful, relevant, applicable, and convenient.

Zen and the Art of Meaningful Meetings

Edsurge

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. Furthermore, the bonds I build in purposeful conversation help me create a network that can provide input and answers to solve problems, as well as understanding support for times of frustration and failure.

Sound Advice on Personalized Learning from Six Regional Incubators

Edsurge

That’s the bottom line and big payoff for listening to this six-podcast series on personalized learning from The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. For city-based organizers interested in incubating a diverse set of next gen school models, personalized learning networks, or innovative education ecosystems, these podcasts provide a valuable jump-start. Don’t underestimate the number of local educators who are willing to try out new learning strategies.

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.

People Make the Difference

A Principal's Reflections

Becoming connected and developing my own Personal Learning Network (PLN) freed me from the purgatory that the traditional system of education had created. Social media and the resulting PLN provided a doorway to endless learning opportunities that have forever changed my professional practice. 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.

Why Every Leader Needs a PLN

A Principal's Reflections

The concept of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) has been around for a couple of years now. Carve out a little time each day (15 – 30 minutes) and use one of many available free tools to learn. Learning has been, and always will be, a pivotal component of this process. With time always being in short demand, leaders must be on the forefront of leading the learning themselves if that is what they expect of others. Learning is the fuel of leadership.

A PLN Quick Start Guide

A Principal's Reflections

In particular, my PLN provides me with a constant supply of resources, thought-provoking discussions, knowledge, leadership strategies, and ways to successfully integrate technology. Image Credit [link] Most educators I talk to have no idea where to begin when attempting to create a PLN that meets their teaching and learning needs. tools and how they can be utilized for teaching and learning. Wikis encourage information sharing and collaborative learning.

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Tech ed Resources–Online Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

The 21 st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network. Online education Teacher resources

The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment. Today’s students are studying and learning differently – a change confirmed by the widespread adoption of digital studying. As education technology proliferates, research supports the notion that overall student achievement will improve as students gain the ability to learn at their own pace with a variety of teaching styles and formats available to them. Social learning networks, e?portfolios,