Strengthen Connections with
Colleagues:
Build Your Own Personal Learning
Network
Lea Graner Kennedy
Stonington Public
Scho...
Objectives of workshop
• As we meet dynamic colleagues at COLT, learn
how to start or improve your use of Twitter to
foste...
So many ways to build your PLN
• Today’s short workshop will
focus just on the use of Twitter
World Language Teachers love to
network and share resources!
• Barbara Lindsey of CT @LindseyBP
• Kevin Gaugler of NY @Gau...
Build Your PLN!
However, most networking for
language teachers has been done in
live time only.
• District workshops for WL teachers
• COL...
Twitter can fill many roles:
asynchronous, real time, tagging, sharing
Online Networks allow you to jump
into the conversation & collaborate
at any convenient time.
Signing Up for Twitter
Getting Started
Finding People and groups
• What are your interests?
• With whom do you wish you had more time to
collaborate?
• Who inspi...
Add to your Network- People that you
like to collaborate with have a list of
people/organizations who they follow.
In 140 Characters-
Post an interesting idea, link or question
What’s happening? Using # to help
others searching for topics
Don’t waste your 140 characters-
Shorten a longgggg URL
Post to all or send a Direct Message
Directing a reply @ someone
Citing other colleagues- Retweet
Streamline your networks: Brizzly.com
combines Twitter & Facebook
Twitter is like a professional
cocktail party.
• Feel free to share an idea or learn about a
new idea when you have time.
...
Use your PLN to improve
instruction of the 5 C’s
Let’s share resource! @LeaGK
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  1. 1. Strengthen Connections with Colleagues: Build Your Own Personal Learning Network Lea Graner Kennedy Stonington Public Schools Twitter: @LeaGK
  2. 2. Objectives of workshop • As we meet dynamic colleagues at COLT, learn how to start or improve your use of Twitter to foster rich dialogues with professionals who provide inspiration to improve instruction & curriculum beyond our days together at COLT. • Participants will have opportunities to brainstorm names of thought leaders they follow in various categories.
  3. 3. So many ways to build your PLN • Today’s short workshop will focus just on the use of Twitter
  4. 4. World Language Teachers love to network and share resources! • Barbara Lindsey of CT @LindseyBP • Kevin Gaugler of NY @Gaugler • Toni Theisen of CO @ToniTheisen • Silvia Tolisano of U.S. @Langwitches • Tom Sauer of KY @
  5. 5. Build Your PLN!
  6. 6. However, most networking for language teachers has been done in live time only. • District workshops for WL teachers • COLT, NECTFL, ACTFL conferences • Collaboration for trips …All of these are scheduled on specific dates, require release time, money and often a sub.
  7. 7. Twitter can fill many roles: asynchronous, real time, tagging, sharing
  8. 8. Online Networks allow you to jump into the conversation & collaborate at any convenient time.
  9. 9. Signing Up for Twitter
  10. 10. Getting Started
  11. 11. Finding People and groups • What are your interests? • With whom do you wish you had more time to collaborate? • Who inspires you when you go to conferences, workshops and read online?
  12. 12. Add to your Network- People that you like to collaborate with have a list of people/organizations who they follow.
  13. 13. In 140 Characters- Post an interesting idea, link or question
  14. 14. What’s happening? Using # to help others searching for topics
  15. 15. Don’t waste your 140 characters- Shorten a longgggg URL
  16. 16. Post to all or send a Direct Message
  17. 17. Directing a reply @ someone
  18. 18. Citing other colleagues- Retweet
  19. 19. Streamline your networks: Brizzly.com combines Twitter & Facebook
  20. 20. Twitter is like a professional cocktail party. • Feel free to share an idea or learn about a new idea when you have time. • Don’t try to catch up on all the conversations you missed. • Acknowledge other people’s contributions to the conversation.
  21. 21. Use your PLN to improve instruction of the 5 C’s Let’s share resource! @LeaGK
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