I could easily engage newbies into other PLNs. At my fingertips, I have access to many teachers and administrators that would benefit from engaging in PLNs. I could also provide my own ideas for others and make them known through my own PLN, whether it be Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+. I have not used Twitter as a PLN, rather a social network, but I am interested in transforming it to a PLN.
I could also use ideas and collaborate with other educators to create plans and activities for our lessons. We could pull information from each other and then branch it out from there.
After reading "20 Tips for Creating a Professional Reading Network," I have decided I want to create my own professional blog to develop lasting connections with other professionals and a place to plan new projects. Not only will I be helping fellow bloggers, but if it is a well put together blog I will make connections with other highly organized bloggers. I also learned it can be used to keep track of classes which might be of great use in the future. It is a great tool for sharing ideas and I hope to begin utilizing it in the near future through a site called weebly.
After reading "20 Tips for Creating a Professional Network" I decided that I am going to use Twitter to gain better educational connections. Twitter is easily accessible on my phone and I can follow people from around the world. It's easy to tweet a little message with an attached link or picture to get a better idea. Later on in my career I could use it to connect with students, parents, or other colleagues sharing articles or event links.
Michelle is included on this too!
I already have TweetDeck and I plan to add some more hashtags to follow in the app on my computer so that I can stay up to date on various chats that are ongoing since I usually miss the live versions. I already follow #langchat and #flipclass
We could join an online community. It's a meaningful group of experts that offer professional development resources, and is a great place to start networking. There are many various groups and places you can join.
I would use this in my classroom as a way to help students who are stuck with their homework. If students do not have a communication device, and can not get through to any of their peers I would direct them to a learning network and see if that helps them get through the problems.
After reading "20 Tips for Creating a Professional Network" we decided that something we both would do would be using a reader to subscribe to blogs. There are so many good blogs out there and a reader like Google reader allows us to manage multiple subscription to blogs. This will allow us access to new research and new ideas in education and beyond.
Online educational communities are great resources for teachers. They can offer a support system for new and veteran teachers, and a place to exchange ideas and questions about the classroom. We would like to start a class blog in our future classrooms as a place for students to share their work with other students, parents, and teachers, as well as a place to reflect on ideas, and share resources.
After reading "20 Tips for Creating a Professional Network" I can see myself using twitter in my future classroom. I would have students make twitter profiles specifically for the class so their personal accounts do not distract them from the class work. Twitter can be a good outlet to get international news and current events. In a history classroom it would be a great way to bring outside happenings into the classroom.
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