Your PLN can do wonders for your Professional development, Classroom resources and lesson plans and your students skills (Watch the Networked Student Video)
It is in fact a global learning network, enabling you build personal relationships with fellow educators, school administrators and experts from around the world, share resources, learn and collaborate and get feedback on your ideas and projects. It’s well worth taking time and effort to build it as you’ll soon discover that your PLN is the best professional development you’ll ever have.
At the beginning, the whole process might seem overwhelming. However, creating a PLN, has proved to be the best way to get new teachers on the move.
Start with what you know! Set your goals
Become an active social-media (Twitter) user by visiting hashtag.org, choosing from hashtags that connect to your interests and starting using them. It might seem difficult at first to follow threads of conversation but before giving up, try rethinking your strategy. It’s only a matter of weeks before you’ll be able to train others in social media practices. Remember that educators always look for innovative resources. Thus sharing quality content, will help make more connections quickly!
Sign up in twitter,a diverse and innovative network giving you access to thousands of like minded teachers around the world with rich backgrounds that can contribute to effective teaching and learning, complete your bio, connect to edubloggers from the Edublogs (International Edublog Directory–Edublog Awards Nominees) community, tweet, retweet and contribute. Don’t forget to check your twitter interactions, email inbox daily and always respond and comment back and thank for RTs / mentions. Whenever possible start twitter topic discussions
Take one step at a time. Read educational blogs and keep on tweeting about your professional discoveries, news, considerations. Get involved in webinar series as participant or presenter. Share links, ideas, content with other educators and connect to those having a more in depth knowledge about different topics.
Alternatively view webinars (Serendipitiy – FineFocus) post your thoughts about them on your blog, leave comments and links to your blog posts..
Organise your Resources Put together livebinders, start scooping your favourite content, define your blog objectives
Don’t rush things. Let time take its course
Be resourceful and creative in the use of Skype
Be Prepared to Collaborate and Take part in projects
Blogging (wordpress)and following other blogs helps you build a strong PLN. Read , Write, Comment… Approve comments quickly, and always respond back to your posts readers
Subscribe to RSS feeds,
Backchannel in conferences, follow conversations and highlight links
Share Bookmarks (Diigo, Delicious)