Doug Peterson from 'Off the Record' suggested that his readers share their PLN experiences and, as he plays a big part in my PLN, here I go!
Firstly, what is a Personal/Professional Learning Network to me? I see my PLN as my way to develop professionally; to find out - and share - new, cool, interesting resources and ideas; to find out how other educators deal with similar issues and challenges; to - especially as an international teacher - network and link up with like-minded educators from around the world.
As suggested, I'll use Sylvia Duckworth's amazing Sketchnote skills as a visual since my artistic skills are limited to say the least :)
The following sites are my go-to links to keep me up to date and on the pulse of education, technology updates and life in general... On top of my teaching colleagues, my family & friends - and sometimes my Facebook feed, these guys are my lifeline! I connect with these experts using my 'TOR' account and 'Twitter' through my 'feeddler' app and save and store any of my finds to my Diigo ready to share with my colleagues...
In no particular order...:
A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: http://mediaspecialistsguide.blogspot.com
Ask a Tech Teacher: http://askatechteacher.com
Free Technology for Teachers: http://www.freetech4teachers.com
Hack Education: http://hackeducation.com
ICT For Educators: http://ictforeducators.com
Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch: http://blog.kathyschrock.net
Langwitches Blog: http://langwitches.org/blog
Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...: http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org
Ozge Karaoglu's Blog: http://ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org
Tech Transformation: http://www.maggiehosmcgrane.com
The Electric Educator: http://electriceducator.blogspot.com
The Nerdy Teacher: http://www.thenerdyteacher.com
The Whiteboard Blog: http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk
Google Gooru: https://www.thegooru.com
Educational Technology Guy: http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com
Mr. Bass Online: http://blog.mrbassonline.com
doug --- off the record: https://dougpete.wordpress.com
Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: http://blog.web20classroom.org
Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: http://www.mguhlin.org
Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com
iPad Academy: http://ipadacademy.com
Global Digital Citizen Foundation: https://globaldigitalcitizen.org
The Digital Human Library: http://digitalhumanlibrary.com
More Than A Tech: http://morethanatech.com
The Ed Tech Roundup: http://www.edtechroundup.org
Cycles of Learning: http://www.cyclesoflearning.com/learning--instruction
Shake Up Learning: http://www.shakeuplearning.com
Managebac Blog: http://blog.managebac.com
Ditch That Textbook: http://ditchthattextbook.com
This is a complete draft and I would love some suggestions and feedback. I want it to be a go-to source for all teachers and students from G3+ in our school... Let me know what you think :)
The current (but flexible!) agenda:
4:00: Full Dome Interactive Demo in the Planetarium (always good to start with something fun – and a great way to ‘encourage’ you to get there on time )
4:20: Review of the year (here are some of the things you have already said) (Be ready to share the highlights!)
- Looking back: successes at your school (things you are proud of)
- Looking forward: aims for next year/things to improve at your school
4:40: As a network…? Please add your thoughts to this Padlet
5:00: Complete the ‘Evidence of Impact’ Survey. This is REALLY important - even if you can't make the meeting, please complete this survey!
5:15: Any Other Business?
Another excellent meeting - in fact, as Syed rightly said, it was more like a conference with so much sharing of excellent practice across the network - thank you to all that were present, apologies to those who attempted to join my failed Google Hangout and, above all, many thanks to the generous hosts at The Westminster School - Dubai...
Facebook: groups and security settings
Scroll down to see another post regarding this along with a comparison between the advantages of Facebook Groups, Pages or a regular Blog...
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Sites created by us!
(a work in progress - send me the ones I missed!)
Other amazing sites and resources
(a work in progress - send me the ones I missed!)
Being 'connected' has it's advantages - being able to 'follow' experts in your areas of interest from all around the world has MASSIVE potential - imagine the learning and sharing this could generate AND this is exactly what is happening on Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ - question is, why are you not involved?!
Truly GOOD Professional Development is hard to come by - it is very unusual that what you want/need is what you get when you go on a course but online you have the opportunity to personalise your learning.
These are the teaching professionals with a focus on technology around the world that I follow:
Who do you follow?
NEXT STEP: how to organise your PLN... :)
Hello, I am Tony Potts, Primary Assistant Principal at the American International School of Lusaka, Zambia. Please feel free to ask me ANY questions...
I was previously a tech integration specialist, ManageBac Coordinator, iPad Coach & ICT/MYP Design Teacher in the same school and before this I was the PK-12 Director of Digital Learning, ICT Coordinator, teacher and technology integration specialist at GEMS World Academy, Dubai.
Here are some of the sites that I have been involved in creating:
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