P rofessional L earning N etworks. Jennifer L. Scheffer Pinkerton Academy. Outline. What is a PLN ? Why PLNs in Education ? Benefits of PLNs in Education How can Teachers Use PLNs ? Ways to Build your PLNs How your PLN can impact your students Ways I Personally Use PLNs
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Professional LearningNetworks Jennifer L. Scheffer Pinkerton Academy
Outline • What is a PLN ? • Why PLNs in Education ? • Benefits of PLNs in Education • How can Teachers Use PLNs ? • Ways to Build your PLNs • How your PLN can impact your students • Ways I Personally Use PLNs • Some Platforms to Start your PLNs • PLNs Video Tutorials http://vimeo.com/10398759
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY: Collaboration among your peers at PA
The 21st Century Networked teacher: Collaboration among your peers throughout the World
What is a PLN? A network of interrelated connections you make for the purposes of:
Why PLN’s in Education? • Especially at PA: • Size of school • Pace of day • Other obligations
Benefits of PLN’s • Free and easy to set up • Mobile for anytime, anywhere access • Instant communication • Improve web searching • Access to a wide range of resources • Enable connections to industry experts • Contribute to professional growth & staying current • Inspire, motivate, and give confidence • Promote life long learning YOU set your own agenda!
Ways to begin building your PLN Join Subscribe Register Watch Listen Follow Information comes to you! No more Google!
Allows you connect with other educators who teach the same discipline!
WHERE DO I START? • Do you want to jump right in, • My recommendations: • Start with Twitter • Start small • Start reading educator blogs OR • Start viewing educator videos OR • Start listening to educator podcasts OR • Do all of the above! Just dip your toe in the water… OR What’s YOUR learning style?
References & Suggested Reading/Viewing/Listening: http://educationinnovation.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/06/leveraging-the-networked-teacher-the-professional-networked-learning-collaborative.html http://www.21stcenturycollaborative.com/the-connected-educator/ http://shellyterrell.com/2010/05/09/16-resources-about-personal-learning-networks-plns/