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.

Cultivating and Growing Your Personal Learning Network

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” 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. Twitter is easy, but may not be the best.

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

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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

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“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.

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? Like change, learning is a process, not an event.

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter

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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. One thing I''ve learned about using the web and Web 2.0

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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. That is why we started with Twitter. Tweet = post on Twitter.

Recognizing the Digital Assets You Have at Your Disposal

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I have also been blessed to observe great examples that members of my Personal Learning Network (PLN) make available on social media. Once my live video is shared on Twitter using Periscope, I then upload the archive to both IGTV and YouTube.

Designing Empathy-Based Professional Development That Teachers Will Use

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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.

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.

How to Introduce a Young Scholar to Twitter

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[ Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Here are some guidelines if you’re a Twitter fan and want to do the same. Twitter does not work well unless it is public.

Relationships Are Everything

A Principal's Reflections

Will and I met virtually on Twitter way back in 2009. At the time he was known as @peoplegogy on Twitter. 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.

It’s New Year’s…Yeah, But…

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This is how things are done, it’s worked in the past, this is how they learned. Now, we know that technology is not the magic bullet, but it can be a great catalyst for a change. Because our students should be thinking, learning, understanding and creating. Happy New Year!!

Courage Over Comfort

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But when we do so, let us find the learning and use that as we grow forward. Throughout this process, she also began participating in our weekly Twitter chats, getting more and more out of her comfort zone. In fact, she sent herself to CUE Rockstar Primary to learn more.

The Limitations of Being a Disconnected Nomad

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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.

Taking your Professional Learning from 2D to 3D

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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.

Twitter: A Tool For All

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For those of you who regularly read my blog you know how passionate I am about Twitter and its positive impact on my professional practice as a school leader. Currently I manage two separate Twitter accounts ( @NMHS_Principal and @NewMilfordHS ) to meet the objectives stated above.

Gamify Your Professional Learning at the CUE 2016 Fall Conference!

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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! If you are still waiting for your personal invitation to join Twitter, consider this it!

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

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Potential Solution: Now, this first solution may sound familiar to some of you—to easily connect on Twitter, we host Nebraska EdChat ( #NebEdChat ), which takes place on Wednesday night at 8pm CST. 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.

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

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just as I like for my students to think of learning as being fun. A new friend from Twitter ( @Dr.SpikeCook ) gave me a call this morning to discuss a few educational topics. Twitter has opened the door for these types of connections to occur. I participate in Twitter chats.

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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.

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Professional Growth

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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.

Whom Should I Follow on Twitter?

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For some reason any post with Twitter in the title does not do well with a general population of educators. There is however a growing number of educators using Twitter who look for strategies to better serve them in social media for collaborative learning. Whom should I follow on Twitter and how do I find them are key questions that need to be addressed. That is why when we first signed up on Twitter, there were no tweets in our timeline.

A Quick Start Guide to Participating in Twitter Chats

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This past week, I had the privilege of introducing US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, as a guest moderator for #edtechchat, an educational Twitter chat that I founded with four members of my personal learning network (PLN). Secretary Duncan (@arneduncan) and his Office of Educational Technology

What’s a Twitter Chat?

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There are now hundreds of Education Twitter chats taking place around the world at almost any time of day or night. My personal preference is to participate in chats with one topic to be explored in-depth as opposed to chats, which program 5 or 6 questions in a one-hour slot. We can never answer for how other people learn and participate. Keep in mind that twitter has a global reach, so the only possible barriers to anyone’s participation might just be time zones.

Why Twitter Will Never Connect All Educators.

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If teachers learned one thing from these experiences it is that, if you wait and ride it out long enough, all of these initiatives will all go away. Today’s learners have become more directed and into the ownership of their learning. The classroom is no longer the only location where learning takes place. They can use any number of applications to create something from what they have learned and to make things better they can collaborate with anyone globally at anytime.

A Personal Question for All Teachers

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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.

5 Websites to Use with Twitter in the Classroom!

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It seems like people have mixed feelings about Twitter: to use or not to use? I personally believe in the use of Twitter to grow personal learning networks, and I understand the capabilities for literacy learning it provides to students who are already familiar with the micro-blogging tool. While Twitter by itself provides some great … Continue reading 5 Websites to Use with Twitter in the Classroom!

A PLN Quick Start Guide

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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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#DLNchat: Where the Digital Learning Network Connects

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How can digital learning help improve graduation rates? How might adaptive learning courseware change the work of faculty? How do you learn about new edtech products? It’s the Twitter chat for the Digital Learning Network. Let’s start with some basics… What is a Twitter chat? A Twitter chat is an opportunity for individuals to meet on Twitter at the same time to discuss a specified topic.

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! Starting with social media such as Facebook and Twitter, the two make it a priority to celebrate the accomplishments of students and teachers in their school on a daily basis.

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.

The Dilemma of Entrepreneurial Teachers With Brand Names

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She teaches them to post daily on the class Twitter and Instagram accounts she set up. 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.

The Fault Lines Between Sharing and Shilling for an Edtech Product

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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

A little more conversation

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I went on public record several times this year to say that the best continuing professional development (CPD) I have ever received has been through Twitter. This learning can come in many forms. All of my learning right now, at this stage of my career, is self determined.