Sometimes I'm ten steps ahead of my own thoughts... I haven't posted an update in a while and a conversation with a PE teacher sparked me to share about connecting via social media. I've since realized that for someone new to the idea of PLN, simply urging them to create one isn't enough. Where do you begin?
What are you looking for?
First, consider what or who you're looking for. Are you looking to connect with other teachers in your subject area? Are you looking for inspiration for your classroom? Are you looking for project ideas?
Next, pick a platform and begin to explore.
Find one person or idea. Check links and followers. Find a source that works for you - a blog, a user, a collection.
The list below includes some of the main social media platforms used by educators.
One of the teachers I work with once said to me, "Where do you get all this stuff?" I had sent a quick note to them about how to change the URL of a Google Doc to force the user to create a copy of the document.
Where did I get this? I can't remember for certain, but in a quick search I suspect one of these two members of my own PLN:
Kasey Bell (I "met" through Google Edu On Air - free PD on my couch in Qatar!)
Alice Keeler (I keep "in touch" through her Tweets and blog posts)
So what is a PLN?
We explored this during a session with some of our teachers.
The reality is that the PD sessions we have access to may not always be exactly what we need at the right time. Even in the best planned sessions, differentiated and selected by teachers, the focus is still decided by the presenters.
I cannot rely on external opportunities to learn new things. I know that I have to seek knowledge, rather than expect that it will find me.
I cannot wait and depend on someone to teach me when it is convenient for them.
Based in Doha currently, I am a technology-advocating learning junkie.