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? What Is A Personal Learning Network? .

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. The Ultimate Networking Tool: Social Media.

Build Your Personal Learning Network #WTI15

Reading By Example

I had the privilege of presenting at the Wisconsin Technology Initiative on December 5, 2015. My topic was how to get started in building one’s personal learning network. Personal Learning Networks. Personalized to our needs.

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 would like to reinforce the positive influence of social networking. Day 5- What did I learn?

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.

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. Most of the first day is spent on emphasizing the importance of a pedagogy first, technology second mindset.

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. You can now learn anywhere, with anyone, at anytime you want for free.

Mind technology

Learning with 'e's

Can technology help us to think more clearly? 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. Some might say that I am over-reliant upon technology.

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. This is how I saw social media and mobile technology back in 2009.

“In times of fake news, the understanding of statistics is not only a mathematical competence, it is a political one.” – Torsten Traub, Germany

Daily Edventures

I learned a lot by talking and working with great educators from all over the world and from a lot of different cultural and educational backgrounds,” he explains. “I Since returning to Germany, Traub has used Twitter to build – and tap into – his Personal Learning Network.

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.

How to Introduce a Young Scholar to Twitter

ProfHacker

[ Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. If it is general PhD advice, #PhDforum, #PhDchat OR #acwri can help; if it relates to educational technology, try #edtech and #digped, and so on.

The #blimage challenge spreads

Learning with 'e's

We anticipate that #blimage will grow even wider in its influence, because it has an appeal for everyone who is thinking about education and learning. It has spread across all sectors of professional practice, from primary, secondary and tertiary education, into the workplace learning sector.

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. I am extremely excited that August is Connected Educator month.

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).

10 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have

Educational Technology Guy

Overall, educators need to understand some basics about technology and that it is not a be-all-end-all solution to everything in a classroom. Technology can help teachers differentiate and provide new experiences for their students. This goes along with number 3 - self learning.

#DLNchat: The Skills Gap-Fact or Fantasy?

Edsurge

Institutions need to focus on this and not just on measuring” student learning outcomes. We decided to come back to the topic in a future #DLNchat ,but not before discussing some of the nuances surrounding salary gains based on higher ed degrees as well as the need for more learning options. Join the Digital Learning Network to stay up to date on all events and the latest news for higher ed digital learning leaders!

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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.

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?Online Communication Will Open New Doors For Community in 2018

Edsurge

As citizens in an increasingly wired world, we frequently hear about the adverse impact of technology in everything from eroding our attention span to fueling the dissemination of fake news. But despite these dire warnings, it is important to acknowledge that technology has had a positive effect in at least one arena: building community. Likewise, schools are evolving at a remarkable pace in leveraging technology to facilitate communication and collaboration.

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.

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.

How to Become a Connected Educator: Developing an Effective PLN

The 21st Century Principal

With that, in their book The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age, Nussbaum-Beach and Hall introduce the idea of t he teacher-modeler of connectedness , and throughout their book, they tell educators how to become a “connected educator.”

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.

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.

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

Edsurge

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.

Sharpest tools in the box

Learning with 'e's

What about technology? What would be the 8 technologies you couldn''t possibly do without? Here are my 8 essential tools: 1) Twitter, because as I recently said in a YouTube video , it is immediate, social and personal. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

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

Edsurge

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.

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. 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.

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. Now more than ever leaders need to take control of their learning.

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

Edsurge

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.

If I Could Get 1 Piece of Technology for My Classroom, It Would Be.

Kleinspiration

An Elementary Teacher''s Opinion Staples recently contacted me to see if I''d be interested in reviewing a few pieces of technology. Keep in mind as you''re reading this review that I am not a technology specialist. A Chromebook of Course! -

The Dilemma of Entrepreneurial Teachers With Brand Names

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Education start-ups like Seesaw give her their premium classroom technology as well as swag like T-shirts or freebies for the teachers who attend her workshops. In the 19th and 20th centuries, enterprising teachers found resources, scrounged materials, and took risks in using new techniques and products on their own time and on their own dime so that their students could learn in innovative ways. Education Technology Personal Learning Networks Community

The Fault Lines Between Sharing and Shilling for an Edtech Product

Edsurge

For educators like Sean Arnold, who lists more than a dozen credentials and awards from edtech companies on his personal blog, that relationship can be a “double-edged sword,” as he described in his response to the article. “My Thrifty education technology startups have long relied on word of mouth to get their message across. Education Technology Personal Learning Networks Community

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

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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. And the ecosystem of open knowledge sharing is fundamental to teaching, to learning, and to equity." Nori Barajas-Murphy shared examples from OLC Digital Learning Innovation Award Winners who described these powerful relationships as instrumental to their success in OER initiatives.

Common Misconceptions of Educators Who Fear Technology

A Principal's Reflections

Education is currently at a crossroads as traditional methods and tools are changing as a result of advances in technology and learning theory. We are beginning to see some schools across the country take the lead in merging sound pedagogy with the effective integration of technology.

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.

Identity play

Learning with 'e's

This is the second post in my series of retrospective reviews on seminal books about learning and technology. I have scoured my personal book library in search of a dozen books that have influenced my own thinking, and share a synopsis of their contents with you.

Blogging as conversation

Learning with 'e's

Depending on the size and reach of your personal learning network, and the level of contentiousness your blog contains, your readership will react. How is anyone to learn anything from anyone else, if we all agree on every single point?

A Personal Question for All Teachers

Edsurge

What does it mean to make learning personal? It’s no secret that teachers take their jobs personally. For the past three years, we’ve asked educators from every state to share, in their own words, how they make learning personal. So far, we’ve traveled to 28 cities across 23 states, in regions both urban and rural, to learn how educators are helping every student grow, and to amplify their voices by sharing their experiences.

10 tips for avoiding technology overwhelm

The Cornerstone Blog

There’s one complaint about technology that I hear from almost every single person I talk to: it’s just plain overwhelming. There’s too much to learn. Start with whatever you’ve got and whatever you’re capable of learning how to do right now. I’m so bad with technology!”.