Blogs on Professional Learning Network (PLN)

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Vicki Davis @coolcatteacherDecember 18, 2013

Editor's note: Looking back on 2013, Edutopia has had a fantastic year. With more than 650 blog posts, 6700 comments and thousands of daily interactions with educators on our social media channels, we're thrilled to be connecting with so many talented and hard-working teachers, administrators, parents and students.

To close out the year, we asked one of our newer bloggers, Vicki Davis, for her roundup of our ten most trafficked posts -- some of which were written in previous years -- and why they're still resonating with educators.

Looking at the ten blog posts that really grabbed our attention 2013, I'm struck by how many of these are timeless topics for teachers. It's obvious that teachers, rather than being told what to do, prefer clear examples of how it's being done successfully today. Every one of these posts revolves around big-picture concepts with specific how-to's. (It is also clear that teachers love lists!)

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Monica BurnsDecember 9, 2013

New Year's Day is traditionally the time when we look back on the past 12 months and make resolutions for the next 12. If you're looking to set a goal for yourself professionally, why not focus on technology integration? This year, think of an area where you can grow!

Here are a few ideas of where to concentrate your energy as you make technology goals for the upcoming year.

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Tom WhitbyNovember 18, 2013

What is a PLN?

Will Richardson was the first person to clearly explain to me about six or seven years ago what a PLN was. Back then, PLN stood for Professional, or Personal Learning Network. A better label today, one that might quiet the nitpickers, is Personalized Learning Network -- the shift in nuance maintains that participants are both personal and professional learners. A PLN is a tool that uses social media and technology to collect, communicate, collaborate and create with connected colleagues anywhere at any time. Participating educators, worldwide, make requests and share resources.

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Samer RabadiNovember 7, 2013

As we work toward redesigning Edutopia to be more community friendly, we also want to make sure we spotlight the awesome community contributions that already live on the site. One way to do that is through a blog series documenting the community's favorite discussions and posts. This is the first post in that series.

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Rafranz DavisOctober 22, 2013

Edutopia is celebrating Connected Educator Month in October. And when I saw the discussion about what it means to be a connected educator, started by Community Manager Samer Rabadi in the Community Bulletin Board group, I felt inspired to tell my own story.

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Cathy HigginsOctober 10, 2013

Editor's Note: As part of Connected Educator Month, we invite you to share your thoughts on what it means to be a "connected educator." This blog series includes some of the best submissions.

When Samer Rabadi, Edutopia's Community Manager, asked, "What Does It Mean to Be a Connected Educator?", I felt moved to participate in what he called "this culture of sharing." Here's my experience -- and I'm sure many of you have experienced something similar.

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Monica BurnsOctober 9, 2013

While it's possible to connect with educators around the world, language barriers can often get in the way of effectively communicating ideas.

This past summer, I had the amazing opportunity to meet likeminded teachers from across North America at the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute in Austin, Texas. English, Spanish and French were spoken by the more than 200 tech-savvy attendees.

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Samer RabadiSeptember 3, 2013

Earlier, I talked about the history of community building at Edutopia and the rationale for improvements coming to the site. Today's post is the first of two that will delve more deeply into some of the specific changes.

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Samer RabadiAugust 19, 2013

"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." - Winston Churchill

Most folks who know me know that I'm fond of quotes, but this one by Churchill is particularly apt right now. I'm both starting a new role here at Edutopia as the Online Community Manager, and helping to facilitate some substantive changes to the way the community interacts on the site.

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Elana LeoniJuly 29, 2013

Ahh, summertime -- a time to relax and recharge. OK, well not really if you're an educator. In reality, educators are the most dedicated professionals I've met, and despite what the rest of the world may think, we know nobody really has summers off. But before summer officially ends and we start getting bombarded with back-to-school jingles, I thought I'd share some tips on how to make the most out of one of my favorite social networks: Twitter. Educators around the world use Twitter to become connected. And many people (including myself) credit Twitter as the best way to get on-demand professional development 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So how are people using Twitter, and how can you take advantage of it? Here are five tips to steer you in the right direction.

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