3 Ways to Instantly Grow Your Personal Learning Network

Edsurge

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. The Ultimate Networking Tool: Social Media.

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.

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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.

Can Educators Ignore Social Media Any Longer?

My Island View

A lingering general question hanging over the heads of all has been what effect does social media have on our society? That answer has never been so evident as it has been today as social media tools have been placed directly in the hands of the President of the United States, as well as foreign operatives. Social media is a very powerful tool that can have a lasting effect on what people do, and how they do it.

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) Using Social Media

EdTechSandyK

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!) What are your favorite PLN tools/activities? Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) Using Social Media on Prezi. pln social media tcea On October 13th I''m helping facilitate a breakout session at the TCEA Fall TECSIG meeting.

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.

Social Media is Not Just For Students

A Principal's Reflections

Immediately, visions of excessive socialization, time wasted, and meaningless conversations in the form of updates come to mind. This is true, in many cases, when these tools are used for personal use. Quite simply, social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook have improved my effectiveness and efficiency as an educational leader. As I learned from my students, many more people use the social media tool, Facebook, than use Twitter.

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.”. Teachers and principals also increasingly voice opposition to blocking social websites, noting that schools have an obligation to teach students how to use social media responsibly.

Build Your Personal Learning Network #WTI15

Reading By Example

My topic was how to get started in building one’s personal learning network. Teachers in mathematics, science, technology, physical education, art, social studies, and special education were represented. I thought these observations were fair and accurately described what many educators experience for professional learning offered in their school and district. Hashtag = key term that serves as a search tool within Twitter. Personalized to our needs.

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.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

A Principal's Reflections

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. growth Learning Personal Learning Network PLN Professional Development professional learning

MA folks- My one-day workshop on Social Media and Personal Learning Networks

SpeechTechie

The first is on a topic close to my heart, Personal Learning Networks. The day will also include a component on using social media tools with students at varying levels. This workshop will help you develop your Personal Learning Network (PLN) through social web tools that will open up a world of educational ideas to you and your colleagues.

7 Must-Read Resources on Social Media for School Leaders

The 21st Century Principal

There are obviously quite a few social media resources available to school leaders on the Web, but finding high-quality information can be difficult. Here are some books that I consider vital for school leaders seeking to learn as much as they can about its potential to enhance leadership and education. Each of these books are excellent sources of information for the school leader trying to learn about social media and potential in educational leadership.

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.

7 Steps to Optimize Your Social Media Presence as an Educator

The 21st Century Principal

In his book, The New Rules of Marketing & PR , David Meerman Scott perhaps captures why a number of us so heavily engage in using social media: “ It’s fun to blog and tweet, and it makes you feel good to get your ideas out into the world.” But for me real satisfaction comes from making “connections” with other educators and growing my personal learning network. The best way to do this is to optimize your social media presence as an educator.

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. My primary objective for all multiday workshops is to illustrate the vital role that technology can play in improving teaching, learning, and leadership. The bottom line is that if we don’t get the instructional design right first, then the chances of technology improving learning outcomes is slim to none.

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?

People Make the Difference

A Principal's Reflections

Almost all of this growth can be attributed to a point in time that I became connected using a variety of social media tools. As many readers of my blog know, the big changes in my career came when I discovered the value of social media as a leader and learner. It started with Twitter and eventually led to the use of virtually every major social media tool available with the sole goal of improving professional practice.

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. 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.

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. I swore that I would never be on any social media site and became disgusted when friends and family brought up the topic. It was a powerful combination of perception and stigma related to social media that convinced me it was a product of the devil that could only bring about harm and misfortune.

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

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. 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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A Shockingly Private Blog Post About Social Media

The Daring Librarian

But this post is all about the difference between sharing what is personal versus private on social media. Why do people TMI share on Social Media? Even so, I think it's important to keep your interactions on Social Media authentically you, real, but always professional. Here's also something NOT to do on Social Media Personal versus Private Sharing personal info shows you're human and authentic.

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

The Web20Classroom

What I really enjoyed was there were so many people there that I knew because of social media. Members of my PLN (Personal Learning Network), PLC (Professional Learning Community), colleagues, whatever you want to call them, (I call them all friends) were there sharing their learning with not only the new teachers, but with me as well. Social Media. All possible because of social media. Social Media

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! Participants will be asked to capture the collaboration and connectivity of the #fallcue experience in the streamlined Chrome Warrior gamified learning environment. Additionally, we know that social media plays a large role in growing collaboration and connectivity at conferences and beyond.

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.

The People and Moments That Define Us

A Principal's Reflections

My father was an elementary principal for 30 years and I always admired how he was able to inspire his staff to focus on student learning. But I learned from a mentor early on that making mistakes is okay; just don''t make the same mistake twice. It was at this point that I began to take more risks to create a better teaching and learning culture at NMHS. Once in the space that social media provided, I began to lurk and learn.

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. It is a shame that the growth of leaders, and all educators for that matter, is a trivial concern to districts and so called reformers, unless it is solely related to the Common Core, PARCC, SGO’s (in NJ at least), or a teacher/principal evaluation tool.

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. It is less about the specific tool that is used for the foundation of a PLN and more about the relationships, engagement, and new knowledge that result. Learning has been, and always will be, a pivotal component of this process.

How to Become a Connected Educator: Developing an Effective PLN

The 21st Century Principal

According to Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall, “Teachers must learn to model connectedness and enable students to develop personal learning networks, made up of people and resources from both their physical and virtual worlds but first, teachers must become connected collaborators themselves.” They seek out professional development and learning that meets their individual needs. They use the crowd to learn more about the craft of teaching.

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 everyone to learn with purpose, success, satisfaction and pride. I want to learn how best to recover when I fail.

Stop Ignoring Google+

A Principal's Reflections

In case you didn''t know there are thousands of educators and an array of learning communities over at Google+. From my point of view educators become quickly attached to one specific social media tool as their go to source for his/her Personal Learning Network (PLN). Now anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love Twitter as a professional learning and networking tool.

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Social Media Revolution for School Librarians: Keynote Resources for CASL

The Daring Librarian

Dont Hate the Hashtag: a Social Media Revolution for Librarians View more presentations from gwyneth jones. And on a personal note, can I say what a thrill and an honor it was to share the billing with The Unquiet Librarian: Buffy J. More cool stuffs can be found on my Daring Librarian Wiki , our MHMS Learning Wiki , and my Electronic portfolio. Twitter: Your One Stop PLN/Change Agent Training Tool! Tools Session links.click banners below.

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. He''s writing a series of posts on his blog about how social media supports education for different people. 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. The slide above is another demonstration of the power of a personal learning network.

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?Online Communication Will Open New Doors For Community in 2018

Edsurge

In 2017, there has been an emergence of online communication tools connecting users online from across the globe. While there is no disputing the importance of personal interaction, communities are already utilizing technology to build on those face-to-face connections. But equipping today’s tech-savvy students with even more digital tools is far less important than teaching them how they use these tools to create community, build connections and foster understanding.