Professional Learning Network
Developing my PLN
What is the Importance of a Professional Learning Network?
Pinterest is a tool that everyone has been telling me to use for some time, and now that I finally started using it I love it! I have been "pinning" constantly, and I have discovered tons of great ideas to use in the classroom. I am also very excited about the interesting things that I have discovered for home projects, recipes, and exercise. I think this network does a great job serving both professional and personal interests. The ideas and activities are truly endless. For more information on Pinterest check out this video.
The Educator's PLN
I really enjoyed this site because it is education specific. Other sites, like Pinterest, have so many topics that cause me to get side tracked with other ideas (not related to education). When using this site, you do not have that problem; everything and everyone is connected to education. If you need specific ideas or activities to use within the classroom it will be at The Educator's PLN. If there is something you cannot find or need help with, there are video's, forums, and discussion groups readily available. It is definitely a great resource for all educators.
I really liked the idea of joining LinkedIn because it is connected to education as well as the business world. Because I am not in a long term position at the moment, I found it refreshing to discover the different job options and opportunities that are available through this site. LinkedIn can provide a variety of business and educational opportunities (networking) that you may not find through other social media sites. For more information on LinkedIn check out this video.
My Short Term Goals
While working on this project, I have become very motivated to continue to work on growing my Personal Learning Network. I hope to continue to become a very active member within each site joined, and to develop even more connections throughout my daily use.
PLN's are the future of all professions. Therefore, each individual must continue to grow in his/her PLN to stay abreast in this globally connected world.
My Long Term Goals
As my Personal Learning Network grows, I have hopes for it to become part of my everyday life . In the future, I hope to be in a classroom of my own where I can incorporate the knowledge gained from my PLN . I hope to become comfortably connected and to extend my connections to students and colleagues on a regular basis.