Magazine article Technology & Learning

Enhancing Professional Collaborations

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Enhancing Professional Collaborations

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What do the fictional characters in movie blockbusters like The Avengers and X-Men have in common? They're individuals who combine their talents to achieve a common goal. Collaboration produces victory in their worlds, and it can help you do the same in education.

Unlike professionals who work in the private sector, educators spend most of the day with children in classrooms and can therefore find it difficult to find time to collaborate with peers. But technology has given us new and exciting ways to connect--whether through live virtual meetings, Twitter chats, recorded webinars, or simply a series of emails.

When our students have a question, we tel I them to "Ask three before me" or "Work with a partner." As leaders, we need to empower and encourage our staff members to do the same. Attending conferences like the Tech and Learning Leadership Summits has enabled us to expand our PLNs to include colleagues from around the country. Our PLN is always there for us--to connect, learn, ask a question, or just send a funny GIF for a laugh. What we learn from professional relationships enriches our practice and encourages us to take more risks. Colleagues can present together, write articles, blogs, or newsletters (this article is a case in point), or visit schools to collaborate.

These collaborations are incredibly valuable, but where do you begin? Flere are some of the best ways to start growing your PLN:

Twitter chats: Twitter chats are an amazing way to meet like-minded educators. …

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