Establishing a Professional Learning Network

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Establishing a Professional Learning Network

  1. 1. Establishing a Professional Learning Network Kurtis Hewson University of Lethbridge Education Undergraduate Society
  2. 2. Essential Questions • What is a PLN? • Why should I consider establishing a PLN? • How do I start my PLN?
  3. 3. Evolution of Digital Footprints Footprint 1.0 – What is a digital footprint? • What I do can be accessed and followed? • Our online record (photos, comments, posts, websites) Footprint 2.0 – Don’t want a digital footprint • Never use your real name (pseudonym, online “mask”) • Erase your online presence Footprint 3.0 – Manage a digital footprint • Adding positive online content – taking control! • Establishing and contributing to a PLN
  4. 4. What is a PLN? • Not a new concept – Traditionally limited by geography and not often timely – Today, transcends distance, role and expertise
  5. 5. Benefits of a PLN • Resource and idea sharing • Varied feedback • Embrace technology • Support • Opportunities
  6. 6. Why Start Now? • Establish a strong network of professionals and supports prior to entering your first classroom • Supplement (or in some cases supplant) induction supports • Begin building your professional “brand”
  7. 7. Getting Started
  8. 8. Further Support http://kurtishewson.wordpress.com Blog posting further explaining presentation, with links for resources. http://about.me/kurtishewson Add me to your PLN! Next week: Twitter – Why Start Now

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