Teachers are developing personal learning networks using the power of technology and the internet. This post shares the experience of a few educators who are teaching with technology.
The power of technology and the Internet are helping teachers develop personal learning networks, writes Tom Murray, director of technology and cybereducation for the Quakertown Community School District in Bucks County, Pa. In this blog post, Murray offers an example in which he and four fellow educators met online to share advice. “It’s amazing what one tweet can do or what one tweet can start,” said Lisa Dabbs, one of the four participants.
Recently, I had the opportunity to record a Google Hangout with four connected educators on “Growing Your PLN.” Lyn Hilt (@l_hilt), Nick Provenzano (@thenerdyteacher), Lisa Dabbs (@teachingwthsoul) and Patrick Larkin (@patrickmlarkin) joined the conversation and shared a wealth of advice on how educators can develop a strong personal learning network.
What is a personal learning network?
A Personal Learning Network is an informal learning network that enables an individual to work collaboratively, connect, share, encourage and grow professionally alongside both local and global connections. In the conversation, Provenzano shares how he connects with his PLN via social media, some of whom may be in the classroom next door, and others around the world, as these connections give him an ever growing network of people who he trusts in the field.
“It’s amazing what one tweet can do or what one tweet can start,” shares Dabbs, in discussing how social media can create a chain reaction of connections. Larkin shares how his PLN enables him to obtain “up-to-date information on virtually anything.” Whether he’s connecting with districts on 1:1 implementation or some of the other latest trends, he’s able to find connections that can help mold his thinking or support his change process. The support system of a PLN has transformed classrooms and is changing the way connected educators are growing professionally.
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