Inspired once again by my PLN, I have begun a thirty day challenge sponsored at Edublogs by Michael Graffin. I hope to complete most of the challenge activities as a model of learning for my students and community. Our first task is to comment on the Real People, Real Teachers VoiceThread on what is a PLN and how it has affected me.
Next, we post about building and engaging in a PLN.
First of all –
What is it– a PLN?
As shown in the video “We Connect Video” by Shelly Terrel on Real People, Real Teachers VoiceThread by Michael Graffin
Passion –> Pass It On
in a global connection, a global community, a united world:
A PLN passes the passion on and on….
In a PLN,
to learn and share
to become better
personally and professionally;
lessons, blogs, posts
to share and revise with other educators
to engage student learning;
on blogs, wikis, Google Apps
to add more, create more, connect more
for improving student learning;
people curate resources
and their revisions to
PLN is for everyone…
PLN = Passion Living Network
By sharing and following our passions through connections and collaboration with others around the world, we demonstrate life-long learning for our students.
How has my PLN helped me?
My students and I have met people all over the world through Skype, blogs, wikis, Edmodo, Google Apps for Education, and VoiceThread. We found the people and learned the tools through my PLN.
I am helping other teachers at my school learn the tools, thanks to my PLN.
Several of our staff started blogs, and my PLN commented on their new blogs after a tweet from me asking for help.
How have I helped my PLN?
I have offered suggestions to queries, answered polls and surveys, blogged about needed changes or to support needed programs as requested by my PLN.
My students shared a Native American dance through Skype in a cultural sharing. They debated in an international debate through VoiceThread. They shared cyber safety with schools far away.
All of these projects and activities occurred only because the world is globally connected now, and the social media of twitter, blogs, wikis, Skype, Nings provide the networking of relationships and ideas to allow the opportunities to happen.
How did I start?
I started with Twitter. I linked to blogs. I commented. I emailed the blog authors for more information. I connected with the authors and then Skyped for the conversation and developmet of class projects. I linked from Twitter and blogs to tech tools like Edmodo, VoiceThread, and nings. I joined LearnCentral, Classroom 2.0, and Educators PLN. I attended webinars in Elluminate to further relationships and knowledge of “how to” use and apply the tools in the classroom. Now, I’m sharing what I’ve learned so others can plan their paths to follow their passions.
What does this mean?
The world is filled with people to help and reciprocate. We are life-long learners. We are thankful that “geeks” share.
What could you do?
Start small. Cross the bridge one step at a time.
1. Join Twitter. Listen to the conversation, retweet, and reply.
2. Link from Twitter to blogs; comment.
3. Start a blog. Here are Six Summer Blogging Ideas
4. Join one of the networks above and participate — create your profile and page.
5. Build your online identity:
a. Make sure you create your profile on Twitter or any place you join — you don’t need to share everything, but do acknowledge who you are, what you do, and your interests. Think of yourself at a conference or a get-together. You want people to know about your ideas and work, but not necessarily your personal information. Most often, you can leave your email private, yet followers can still email you to contact you.
b. You are setting your online identity — every area is a path back to you. Three links that may help you with online conversations: Comment Considerations Netiquette Simply Said . I believe in being transparent — showing who I am and basic information about my work and ideas. It’s a courtesy.
What step will you take to build your bridge to the 21st Century?
Bridge: By Sheri Edwards