Grow Your Own PLN

Cultivating a Professional Learning Network

Cultivate Your Professional Learning Network

This online learning opportunity will combine the guided reading of What Connected Educators Do Differently with a variety of social media sources to support the cultivation of your professional learning network. Each week you will read two chapters from the book, contribute to an asynchronous online discussion, and explore a social media source. We will also have two synchronous discussions via Twitter and Google Hangouts.


Participants will be provided with a copy of the book (digital or print). A graduate credit option, at a cost of $140, will be available through St. Mary's University.

Online Book Study

What Connected Educators Do Differently

Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas are widely acclaimed experts on teaching and leading and are pioneers in the education twitterverse, and now they are sharing their best practices! In What Connected Educators Do Differently, they show how being a connected educator—by using social media to connect with peers across the country and even across the globe—will greatly enhance your own learning and your success in a school or classroom. You’ll find out how to create a personal and professional learning network to share resources and ideas, gain support, and make an impact on others. By customizing your professional development in this way, you’ll be able to learn what you want, how you want, when you want. Best of all, you’ll become energized and inspired by all the great ideas out there and how you can contribute, benefiting both you and your students.

Four Week Schedule: April 20 - May 17, 2015

Each week you will -

  • Read two chapters from the book
  • Contribute to our online discussion via Google+
  • Explore a social media source

During weeks two and four you will participate in a synchronous discussion -

  • Tuesday, April 28 -- Twitter Chat @8 PM
  • Tuesday, May 12 -- Google Hangout @8 PM
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