As teachers we are always looking for ways to improve our practice. Every day we have opportunities to reflect and inquire further into our practice. We end up with many questions and often want a quick response or someone else to bounce ideas off of.
There are so many places to get this type of personalised support now, starting with right here in the Enabling e-Learning groups within the VLN, Pond, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Hangouts (eg. TeachMeetNZ) and more!
Some of these spaces provide opportunity for in-depth discussion and sharing of resources (eg. VLN), while others offer opportunity for quick comments/thoughts (eg. Facebook).
We are privileged to have a webinar this afternoon looking at how we can use social networks to personalise PLD. Sonya van Schaijik from TeachMeetNZ and Danielle Myburgh from edchatNZ will be sharing some of their thoughts, experiences and plans for further PLD in these spaces.
What social networks do you use for your personalised PLD? What do you like about them?
How has social media given you greater opportunity to learn and connect around education?
On Wednesday we had an informal sharing session with Sonya and Danielle via Adobe Connect. The recording is here >>>
These innovative trail blazers are finding new ways to connect like-minded educators from across NZ and beyond.
EdchatNZ is branching offline to host (inexpensive) national conferences that enable innovative educators to connect online and off. However, Twitter remains a constant, where140 characters + social learning network + devil's advocates = rigorous, in-depth, reflective learning in on-going twitter conversations @edchatNZ.
Don't miss out on the other networks available @ http://www.teachthought.com/twitter-hashtags-for-teacher/
Can you afford not to be online?
Professional learning networks online...more discussions here >>>
Here's an extra elaboration from me with links to research @ http://www.ethosconsultancynz.com/profiles/blogs/teachers-are-doing-it-for-themselves-pld-that-is?
and one school leader's reflection on the potential of PLNs for their staff in Paul Sibson's post @ https://paul.linc-ed.com/personalised-learning-networks/
What's happening at your place?
In part 1, Teachers are doing it for themselves - PLD that is! we explored the upsurgence of emerging communities of practice and increased opportunities for online professional learning - in organised online communities as well as personal learning networks, using social networking tools such as Twitter, Facebook, Ning, VLN and Pond. In part 2, Do blended PLD opportunities offer the same benefits as traditional PLD? we look at the authenticity and rigour of teacher-initiated blended forms of PLD.
What do you think? Do your personal and professional learning networks add equal value to your own learning - as much as traditional sources of PLD do? Vote in our poll here >>>
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Personalisation of PLD using social media is ongoing through many avenues include professional blogging.
While many blog for themselves to reflect, to think, to consider, to share... many more are reading those blog posts and getting inspired.
If you're looking for some great teacher blogs to read or some inspiration on what to blog about, head to the EdBlogNZ website. You can also check out the 2016 EdBlogNZ challenge - one challenge per month for the entire year.
If you're on Twitter, you can follow the hashtag, #EdBlogNZ to stay up to date.