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Informal Professional Development and Personal Learning Networks.

Mitchell Jorgensen (mbjorgensen)

What purpose do informal Professional Development and Personal Learning Networks play in today's educational system?

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Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Part 1: Using Digital Tools to Support PLCs

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This blog post, Part 1: Using Digital Tools to Support PLCs was really interesting on PLNs in education. Plus the wiki he links to really makes his work of bringing a structured PLN to his school come to life.

I think he's planning on writing a 4 part series on PLN's in education:

"(Blogger’s Note: In the next few weeks, look for additional posts in this series. I’m hoping to write about the role that asynchronous conversations, social bookmarking and RSS feed readers can play in making collaboration easier for PLCs.)"

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

What Would Yoda Do? A Jedi Approach to Professional Development

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Very cool professional development resource provided by The Clever Sheep: What Would Yoda Do? A Jedi Approach to Professional Development.

Not only is it ridiculously funny, it's produced by crowd-sourcing (as in others contributed many points). I'd be interested to hear if anyone uses this Scribd deck to introduce their PD sessions.

Enjoy!

dobrien917

Twitter Update

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@Erika...
It's been about 6 months since you mentioned wanting to try twitter. How has your experience been?

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Twitter as a PLN

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There was a powerful statement written in this blog post, "Twitter as a PLN", that I'd love to hear your thoughts on:

"I have found more resources and got more useful advice for professional development in 3 months on Twitter than in the previous 5 years without it."

This is great read and it makes the case for getting involved with Twitter to build your Personal Learning Network (PLN).

6th-8th Special Ed, LS & Mentally Gifted teacher

It was great while it lasted ...

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@Erika...

It's been about 6 months since you mentioned wanting to try twitter. How has your experience been?

I really loved using Twitter! I found myself connecting with so many educators and there were great ideas constantly being posted and reposted. I truly recommend it!

Unfortunately, I deleted my account. :( My Partner deals with capital cases. She sees a whole other side to social media and has never really been comfortable with me being so "out there". I don't see it in the same light - to me there are far more benefits that out weigh any risks. Social media is here to stay. We just have to learn how to be responsible and safe, as with anything in life.

However, as a form of compromise, I agreed to end Twitter but keep my other accounts/activities active. I could NEVER give up Edutopia!!!

Intern at Edutopia, college student, aspiring Educator.

Giveaway

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Hey all,

We're doing a giveaway over in our Reform Starts Here group around professional development and I want to make sure you all know about it. We have bundles of great teacher support and teach development books and we're going to give them to the six commenters with the most votes by next Wednesday. Comments must be in response to the question: "How can we support good teachers and keep them in the profession?" Head on over and share your ideas! http://www.edutopia.org/groups/reform/teacher-support

PLN

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The PLN is increasingly important in the life of a teacher. Change and reform is happening at such an accelerated pace. New and innovative ideas are available to teachers who become connected. I have just begun to grow my PLN and I am wowed by the learning that I have been exposed to in a short time. It has changed my world. The connectivity that has started with my PLN is amazing, exciting and information filled. Best practice is at my fingertips! Please add me to your twitter following if you can #dee8906!

dobrien917

Twitter4Teachers

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Here's a great wiki resource for people to follow on Twitter. It is organized well with a variety of categories to choose from.

http://twitter4teachers.pbworks.com/w/page/22554534/FrontPage

Any other resource links similar to this one? Post them here.

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