Part of being in education is knowing who you can go to for help, support, ideas, and sometimes you just need to vent. This is where your personal learning network comes into play. PLN's offer educators a chance to grow and develop professionally while making new friends along the way.
There is a growing number of resources and services that provide an opportunity to establish your PLN, the Engage Community being one of them that is so beneficial to us all. But what else is out there? Do you Tweet? Maybe you are a member of Classroom 2.0 (http://www.classroom20.com/profile/SteveHargadon), TES (http://www.tes.co.uk/) or have joined Learnist (http://learni.st/). Let's share what we use and who we connect with so we can all expand our PLN. Please include your user name as well so we can all stalk follow you as well!
Message was edited by: Julie Szaj
Here is a PLN site for students that I would like to suggest to my teachers: Student 2.0 http://www.student20.com/ Do any of you have a place for students to go to develop a PLN for themselves?
I'm so glad you began this discussion thread. Some of us have been tweeting over the past 6 months to try and gather enough of a presence to get our awesome Intel resources out to more of our PLN. Twitter is a great resource for professional growth - you can (stalk) (lurk) follow your favorite ed rockstars and retweet, share, and engage with them online!
Here is a thread to a discussion that asks for Twitter handles (names). I've been adding them to an Intel Teach Worldwide list and will update you on the next Twitter #EngageChat if you are interested! I can't wait to engage with more of us online! Re: Twitter Names!
Great thread topic. For some time I have promoted the concept of teachers developing their own PLN at my school. I'm really into reading blogs right now (and usually have over 400 posts to peruse on a daily basis.) I enjoy sharing what I find with those at my school, district, and PLN groups. My principal often emails what I send him, to the faculty with comments about "another great Glen find!" I am glad to know I am appreciated.
I am part of Classroom 2.0 (but have not actively participated for a while) - Gardenglen
I am also part of The Synapse (also minimal participation for some time) - Gardenglen
My district's policy currently does not support students developing or participating in their own PLN within the school network. I hope changes can happen in the future .
I would love to find a school that does allow their students to participate in a student-based PLN. I do know of some schools who allow their students to use Twiiter with teacher guidance. If you hear of any, could you let me know and I will do the same. Maybe if we could arm you with some good examples........
Some of my students engage in Twitter and tweet their professors and me with their updates on how they are supporting technology in school. There is a #stuvoice chat that is held every week on Twitter chats. It's typically moderated by students (although some co-faciltators and helpers are adults).
Learn more here: http://stuvoice.org/
I hope that you will participate in some of our #engagechat conversations about expanding PLNs in the future. We would love to have you join us. I tried to add your @shy twitter name but I'm not sure it's you unless you are going under a pseudonym (LOL). Please just confirm it and I'll add you to our Intel Engage Worldwide team.
Apparently I don't know my own Twitter name! My real Twitter name is @shy <blush> - I left off the j in my other post. Sorry about that! I will definitely check out #engagechat and #stuvoice. Thanks so much for sharing that. I am going to share it with my teachers too so they can see what students are doing with Twitter
Do you mean your REAL Twitter name is @shyj? (Just checking to see if you forgot the "J" again .)
LOL....oh my goodness! I have been playing with my tablet and trying to learn Android. Maybe I should stick to using my laptop when I am in the community.
Okay - here is comes.....my Twitter name is @shyj -WITH the "j" as Glen stated.
Sheesh Julie......<blush> and THANKS GLEN!
For those of you who teach math, or know of math teachers who would like to expand their PLN on Twitter, here are some additional people to follow: mathtwitterblogosphere.weebly.com/list-of-tweeps-and-blogs-by-category.html
Don't know what tool is the best to use with Twitter? Here is a list of tools to explore: www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/07/12-twitter-tools-every-educators-must.html. So what might be your favorite social networking tools?
For those of you on Twitter, who are some of your favorite educators to follow? Here are a few of mine:
There are many, many more I could recommend, but these are just a few to get you started.
I just registered with The Future of Education (another Steve Hargadon project). Here you can connect with others and gain access to some phenomenal interviews. I'm learning to one now about what students should learn in the 21st century with Charles Fadal. Check it out and see what you think: http://www.futureofeducation.com/notes/Past_Interviews
My main PLN is Plurk! (www.plurk.com). My handle is cmay. The group I'm connected with are mostly from around Kansas but we are always looking for others to join us. It is my lifeline!! No matter what PLN you join, you need to join at least one. (Some of us have more!!) I'm also a member of several communities on Edmodo as well as, the Intel Community (of course!!!). Just started in the Pinterest world, but that's more personal than professional.
I am on Pinterest (JulieShy) as well, but I mostly use that for personal stuff, although I do find myself stalking educators and adding things to my boards that are education related. There are many education-related resources available on Pinterest.
The newest alternative to Pinterest is Learnist (http://learni.st/) which is touted as Pinterest for education. You can request a beta invite but must have a Facebook account to request it. Unfortunately (well, it's not really unfortunate as far as I am concerned, but a choice!) I don't have a Facebook account (yes, seriously, I don't, nor do I want one!) so I can't get an invite. Has anyone received a Learnist account? If so, how do you like it? How does it compare to Pinterest?
Yesterday I received my beta invite to Claco: http://www.claco.com/ This is another place for teachers to connect, communicate, share lessons, and work collaboratively with others. I just skimmed through it briefly yesterday and thought it looked interesting. Anyone else in Claco right now?
Okay, I have been playing with Claco more and more and I've got to say I really LIKE it! It's almost like a combination of Diigo, Teachers 2.0,and LiveBinders all in one. I love the sharing quality of the space and being able to connect with Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest all in one place. I also enjoy "snapping to my binder" others' resources that I find interesting. The site is still in beta and I am hoping it continues to grow and remains free. Try it out and let me know what you think.
A friend of mine has started a Mock Trial project. She is using a Google spreadsheet for registration purposes. Included in the spreadsheet is a column for Facebook info. That got me wondering, are any of you using Facebook with your classrooms? What are the rules governing its use at your school?
Although I can understand the why of why schools don't allow social networks as a part of the instructional day, I will offer that more and more districts I know of are at last exploring the idea of using Twitter or seemingly "closed" social networks, like Edmodo as a part of their instructional day. Here's a nice presentation I came across from Washington State. If you haven't yet seen the Project Red website which has information on 1:1 implementations, it's absolutely worth a long look. Other Resources - Project RED
Here's the Internet safety presentation which deals with social networks at the end of the preso: http://www.k12.wa.us/safetycenter/InternetSafety/pubdocs/Intro-ProtectingChildrenin21stCAct.pdf
I Just came across this list Of "50 Education Leaders to Follow on Twitter" edudemic.com/2012/10/worldwide-education-twitter/ While there are many "lists" out there of people to follow, this one really is filled with some great leaders. So, if you re on Twitter, and are looking to expand your PLN, check out the list and enjoy learning from some great people.
I have had my own issues with Twitter..... For a time I had tweetdeck on my computer (on all the time at work) and would check it hourly. A bit overwhelming, so after about 2 months, stopped following. This summer I attended a Google Summit and someone compared following Tweets to listening to conversations in a party... you are either in the room or not. You can "catch up" or not. I haven't reentered the fray yet, but will be soon!
For my PLN, I have relied heavily on Diigo groups. As an Instructional Technology Integration Specialist (mouth full), I try to keep up to date on all subjects my high school staff needs. The Diigo groups sends me information, I do not have to look for it.
I also look at ning and classroom, but I prefer have notices sent to me. I tried an RSS reader, but had too many feeds. So along with Twitter, I have to reenter the RSS world on a smaller scale.
Hopefully before thise weekend I will have updated my Twitter followings to include everyone here.