My PLN

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My PLN

  1. 1. P R E S E N T E D B Y D R . L I S A G O N Z A L E S SHARING MY PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK
  2. 2. OVERVIEW OF MY “PLN” • The focus of this presentation is to share the Professional Learning Network I am creating as I embark on a HUGE new change in my career…my first Superintendency! • As I head to the Portola Valley School District, I am walking into a district that is almost done with its strategic planning. There are a number of focal points that would be valuable to base this analysis and design of a PLN. However, building my own skills and network as a first-year Superintendent needs to take precedence.
  3. 3. TASKS INCLUDED IN THIS ASSIGNMENT: • At least 5 total connections from 3 different types of resources • Why each connection is valuable and included in my PLN • This ppt is loaded in Slideshare and embedded here • My information is presented as coherently as humanly possible • References/hyperlinks were provided for each section to substantiate the value of that network • My work demonstrate understanding of the concepts and terminology
  4. 4. PLN’S ARE VALUABLE BECAUSE THEY… • Easy to set up • Easy to communicate worldwide • Are free! • Allow you to grow professionally • Learn from experts in our field • Provide access to a wide range of resources and perspectives • Remove geographic and physical barriers • Help us become lifelong learners
  5. 5. STEPS TO CREATE MY PLN • Decided upon my area of focus • Determined the web2.0 tools I wanted to use • Focused on the key components of a PLN – collecting, constructing, sharing, collaborating • Established a set time each week to further develop my resources and PLN
  6. 6. BLOGS TO WATCH • http://npssuperintendent.blogspot.com/ • http://www.aasa.org/SchoolAdministratorArticle.aspx?id=4306 • http://ericconti.wordpress.com/ • http://www.bvsd.org/superintendent/blog/default.aspx • http://schools.archmil.org/schools/news/Superintendents-Blog.htm • http://carolehankin.wordpress.com/ Each of these blogs has important resources or ongoing discussions and reflection on key topics for Superintendents. Most are blogs belonging to Superintendents, that can serve to broaden my thinking, add to my knowledge, and model what I might want to do as blogging Superintendent. http://gettingsmart.com/2012/01/personal-learning-networks-for-educators-10-tips/
  7. 7. LINKED IN GROUPS • American Association of School Administrators (AASA) • School Superintendents • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) • Learning Forward • Technology In Education (TIE) Each of these LinkedIn groups has a strong following of educational leaders. I’ve already started posting questions that I have and resources around goal-setting with administrative teams. The ability to connect with leaders across the nation and beyond is an ideal way to be part of a national conversation and add to the diversity of problem- solving suggestions. http://onceateacher.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/pln-your-personal-learning-network- made-easy/
  8. 8. PINTEREST BOARDS • Leadership • Superintendent Mike Miles (Dallas ISD) • Educational Leadership • Eric Sheninger • Devin Vodicka Each of the boards above is a specific board I am following on Pinterest. Pinterest is an ideal place to focus on a PLN as the plethora of resources is extensive. I was recently trained in how to use Pinterest to create private boards that can stay on one topic and are not broadly shared. I find plenty of resources, mostly visually based, to draw my interest. http://insidetheclassroomoutsidethebox.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/pinterest- another-great-pln-site/
  9. 9. TWITTER I am following the leaders listed here to learn and grow from (and one organization that is focused on learning): • Eric Sheninger @NMHS_Principal • Michael Watkins @supwatkins • Devin Vodicka @dvodicka • Gabe Soumakian @sup_du_jour • Learning Forward @LearningForward Being that Twitter can be easily linked to a school/district website and promote what is taking place at said locations, I can’t think of a better way to learn from others. Tweets are short, easy to skim and don’t require much interaction with one another, yet provide a steady stream of incoming information. http://gettingsmart.com/2012/01/personal-learning-networks-for-educators-10-tips/
  10. 10. MODEL WEBSITES • http://www.vistausd.org/ • http://district.standard.k12.ca.us/ There aren’t many of them right now, but these are websites led by TICAL colleagues. I prefer these because they have the Twitter feed built-in. I appreciate the content and presentation of both. While most PLN’s don’t call out “websites,” the learning is intended to be personal and in my learning style, seeing examples of those who have used the Internet to share information and promote their district are how I can improve my skills.

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