Becoming a better connected educator is becoming more & more easier - especially if we leverage the power of Social Media. However, whilst It's impossible to ignore the potential benefits of using social tools such as Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest to connect with like minded professionals and to share best practice / resources, we should not ignore those possible connections closer to home, whether that be collaborating with a colleague or attending a Teach Meet.
So, what does it actually mean to be a connected educator and how does one become ‘connected’?
What does it mean to be a connected educator?
- Sharing ideas with like minded educators from around the world - By being a connected educator you are not hindered by distance.
“My PLN keeps me grounded, learning, challenged, supported, & stretches my thinking. I don't get that from peers.” - Julie Szaj (@shyj)
- Personalised learning for teachers.Personalised learning for teachers.
“My PLN have helped me massively in understanding new topics, adapt to curriculum changes and given me confidence to deliver” - Dominic Kennerley (@dkennerley)
- Collaborating with other like minded professionals!
- Globally connecting your classroom - By being a globally connected educator, you are ensuring you have a connected classroom that is socially integrated.
What are the benefits of being a connected educator?
- Enables you to reflect and question your own practice.
- Results can be almost instantaneous.
- Ability to connect with a global audience - also gives students a greater audience for their work.
- Gives you a feeling that we are all in it together!
- Gives the teacher an insight into how students are connecting with the world around them.
- One stop shop for personal / professional development.
- Access to a diverse range of people who all share fantastic, practical ideas!
“My PLN is the connection to my past and the door to my future. Teaching is my passion and my PLN matches that passion.” - Etta Zasloff (@etta_zasloff)
Introducing 30 ways to grow your #PLN
1. Follow a teacher on Twitter.
2. Join in an education Twitter chat.
3. Host an education Twitter chat.
4. Add a teacher as a friend on Facebook.
5. Join or create an education Facebook group.
6. Create an education Facebook page.
7. Follow a teacher or education collection on Google+.
8. Join or create an education community.
9. Join or host an education Hangout.
10. Follow a teacher on Pinterest.
11. Create and share a board on Pinterest.
12. Collaborate with another teacher on Pinterest.
13. Reply to an education blog post.
14. Write and publish an education blog post.
15. Write a guest post for an education supplement.
16. Follow a teacher on Staffrm.
17. Comment on and recommend a Staffrm story.
18. Write a story and post to Staffrm.
19. Connect with an educator via Skype in the Classroom.
20. Play Mystery Skype with another classroom.
21. Invite an expert into your classroom via Skype.
22. Connect with an Educator on Edmodo.
23. Join an Edmodo community.
24. Create or join a Professional Development group.
25. Attend a TeachMeet.
26. Present at a TeachMeet.
27. Organise a TeachMeet.
28. Ask a colleague for help.
29. Share something that works with a colleague.
30. Team teach or plan a lesson with a colleague.
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