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Professional Learning Networks. Bianca Johnson EDUC 7101 Diffusion and Integration of Educational Technology Instructor: Dr. Timothy Green. What are Professional Learning Networks?. Professional learning networks, or PLNs , ARE:

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professional learning networks

Professional Learning Networks

Bianca Johnson

EDUC 7101

Diffusion and Integration of Educational Technology

Instructor: Dr. Timothy Green

what are professional learning networks
What are Professional Learning Networks?
  • Professional learning networks, or PLNs, ARE:
    • Collaborative online communities that professionally and globally connect educators with others
    • Places where information can be collected, accessed and organized to keep educators professionally current
    • Offered through social-networking platforms

(Trust, 2012)

why plns need
Why PLNs? (Need)
  • Professional learning networks are a “grassroots approach to professional development”
    • PLNs create professional growth opportunities to teachers in districts where budget cuts limit district-level training opportunities
    • PLNs reduce teacher isolation by allowing teachers to move beyond their “comfort zones” in their departments, or grade-levels

(Flanigan, 2011)

how are plns created research
How are PLNs created? (Research)
  • Professional learning networks are created, or built, by teachers when they join an online community, subscribe to an educational blog, podcast, and/or RSS news feed
  • Social-networking platforms house online communities that also organize and provide access to information and videos

(Trust, 2012)

recommended pln social networking websites
Recommended PLN Social-networking websites
  • Edmodo -
  • Classroom 2.0 -
  • The Educator’s PLN -
  • Twitter -

(Trust, 2012)

who are plns for
Who are PLNs for?
  • All educators are able to access professional learning network opportunities with 24/7 access
what are potential problems of development
What are potential problems of development?
  • Potential problems of development include:
    • Navigation of the various websites
    • Overwhelming amounts of information accessed, some not of interest
    • Privacy concerns

(Flanigan, 2011)

commercialization of plns
Commercialization of PLNs
  • Production of professional learning networks are facilitated by teachers who are self-motivated, or have in-district incentive to begin one
innovation implementation
Innovation Implementation
  • Key target for initial pilot (change agents)
    • Volunteer teachers at every grade level
    • Administrators
  • Incentives for volunteering
    • Professional Development requirement fulfilled under “PLC Option”
  • Target group requirements
    • Meet at least once a quarter to discuss goals, professional growth, and problem-solve any technical difficulties
    • Each member will complete a personal reflection on their PLN experience
    • Create a list of recommendations on how PLNs might be further implemented to maximize efficiency and use for all teachers
full diffusion
Full diffusion
  • Target group members will serve as group leaders for implementation among the faculty
  • PLNs will become a professional development option after pilot year

Flanigan, R. L. (2012). Professional Learning Networks Taking Off. Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed For Quick Review, 77(7), 42-45.

Trust, T. (2012). Professional learning networks designed for teacher learning. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education in Teacher Education, 28(4). Retrieved from p34-38.pdf