Educational technology in Queanbeyan
Expanding your Professional Learning Network (PLN)
Then it might be time to expand your PLN using social media to connect and share with teachers across the state, Australia and the world.
I like to sit down at the end of the day with a cup of tea and catch up with my professional learning network online.
The Australian Teacher Librarian Network, Australian Science Teachers Association, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement NSW, Teach NSW, and School Library Association of NSW are just some of the pages I follow. When you "like" a page you receive their posts but they don't see your feed.
You can follow news organisations like ABC Science, Canberra Times or The Conversation. You can also follow educational cultural organisations such as the National Library or War Memorial and find out when events are on.
Look at your regular websites , you will be amazed at how many have a Facebook page.
You can also form closed groups on Facebook to have professional discussions and share. You usually have to ask the administrator to join the these groups but that is done by pressing the join button or direct messaging the administrator with your name and reason for wanting to join. I belong to three teacher librarian groups on Facebook , connecting with TLs across all sectors across Australia.
Once again you will be amazed at how many of your favourite organisations and websites already have a twitter account.
Twitter is like a constant river of information especially when you are following several hundred people. Don't feel you have to read all of it, just dip in and out of it on a regular basis. You will start by just RT (retweeting) interesting links but eventually you will find that you will be able to answer someone's question or get involved in a conversation.
Trap for newbies is getting caught by spam. Do not click on any link that does not tell you what is in it. It is a spam bot and will spam your followers.
Meeting people in real life that I know from Yammer is one of the fascinating and enjoyable events in my life because you already feel you know them.