Magazine article Technology & Learning

Top 10 for Plns

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Top 10 for Plns

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Most of us are no strangers to Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) and their significant advantages. Those who follow amazing educators and their blogs gain support, resources, ideas, and inspiration. PLNs also enable educators to learn about the latest educational trends, collaborate globally, flatten school walls, and try new ideas. So where can educators go to build their PLNs? Here are 10 approaches to build or expand those networks.

1. Twitter is really the be-all and end-all for building and connecting online, due to the overwhelming amount of free professional development it offers-particularly around the vast array of Twitter chats.

2. Instagram is a great place to gather information, and particularly photos, for learning environments, teaching resources, learning activities, inspirational quotes, and overall cool ideas. Instagram is also a great place to tag and save photos.

3. Similar to Instagram, Pinterest hosts a vast worldwide community of educators who are finding inspiration, resources, professional development, and research articles on a myriad of topics. Usingthe "pin" feature allows for easy cataloging as you peruse the Internet.

4. Linkedln is a great platform to connect with educators. I highly recommend that you check out and join a few of the many Linkedln groups that focus on specific areas of leadership and information sharing. It's also a great way to explore the bigger picture of learning and student achievement through different national and international perspectives.

5. Are you a member of your professional organization, like the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), or one of your state's professional organizations for educators? Each has resources to share and online groups for continuing conversations, especially after conferences and trainings. …

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