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Langwitches Blog has posted a new item, Building your Personal Learning Network.  A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a group of people you count on to:

  • guide you in your learning
  • be your source of advice and resources
  • make you aware of learning opportunities
  • share their best practices
  • point you to answers and support

This concept of a PLN  has been around for many years. What has changed in
recent years though ……….

If you still are having trouble wrapping your brain about PLN and thing like Twitter and social networking, check out Building your Personal Learning Network.

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What is a PLN? Why is it important? In module 1, I go over how to build a PLN and where to find teachers and people to connect with. PLNs can be built with people you meet at networking events, online, blogs, social networks, and microblogs like Twitter. This is the first module of a ten module series.

Click on the link to read the full story and access the resources.

http://edudemic.com/2010/08/twitter-kit-pln-important-module-1-part/

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School Principal touts the POWER of PD through PLN’s.  Deciphering the coder, PLN stand for Personal Learning Network and of course PD stands for Professional Development.  And to top it off a tech savvy principal!!  No how often do you see all three of those in the same sentence?

Wesley Fryer, Moving at the Speed of Creativity Blog passed this on and apparently it was passed by another Principal Eric Sheninger on his blog Principal Reflections.  Actually I am familiar with Eric, he has a great site about PLN’s , Twitter Help For Educators and has all his teaching involved.  Eric also started a Ning site some time ago called The Educator’s PLN, The Personal Learning Network for educators.  If want to hook up with educators using a PLN, this is a good place to begin.

The following blog comment from Dan Lourcey makes a strong case for why ALL educators today need to build personal learning communities [PLNs] as 21st century learners.Posted on http://esheninger.blogspot.com/2010/07/good-vs-great-teachers-my-ravitch.html

H/T Miguel Guhlin or on Plurk http://www.plurk.com/mguhlin/

This grew from an article in the Washington Post: Ravitch on teachers and her critics.


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5 Reasons Why Educators Should Network

By Tanya Roscorla, Converge Magazine

The period of isolationism in the United States ended during World War II, but while political isolation is no more, educational isolation is still prevalent in public schools today.

Many teachers go to school each day, teach their students and leave. If they’re struggling with how to teach a lesson that will engage their students, they might ask for advice from the teacher down the hall, but a lot of times, they struggle alone.

For the Full article: http://www.convergemag.com/workforce/5-Reasons-Why-Educators-Should-Network.html?elq=950373c352934907809d6d59cc66cfec