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What the heck is a PLN? - Personal Learning Networks for Educators


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An exploration of the value of Personal Learning Networks for educators, from the perspective of a 2nd year Australian teacher.

Presented at the third Reform Symposium e-Conference in July 2011 (

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What the heck is a PLN? - Personal Learning Networks for Educators

  1. 1. Personal Learning Networks for Educators Michael Graffin (@mgraffin) Perth, Western Australia Blog: RSCON3 July 29-31, 2011
  2. 2. Aims of the Session <ul><li>To promote better understanding of the nature and value of Personal Learning Networks for educators </li></ul><ul><li>To share and discuss some of the online tools and resources you can use to build / grow your own PLN </li></ul><ul><li>To engage in a global conversation about the impact of PLNs on teaching and learning practices around the world </li></ul><ul><li>To provide an opportunity for new and experienced teachers alike to learn, share, and connect. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Essence of the PLN ... cc licensed ( BY SD ) flickr photo by Sue Waters:
  4. 4. “ By sharing and following our passions through connections and collaboration with others around the world, we demonstrate life-long learning for our students.” Sheri Edwards (@grammarsheri) Passion: PassiTon – Pass It On (What Else)
  5. 5. <ul><li>“ The oz-teachers list is a real community and testament to the notion of the best professional development being self-generating and in-time (rather than ‘in case’). </li></ul><ul><li>The most amazing thing about the list is its longevity and its continuing reliance on what is now regarded as an old technology – email ... This is simultaneously wonderful and sad!” </li></ul><ul><li>Dr Margaret Lloyd (List Manager) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reflective Blogging: A Relief Teacher’s Journey My blog is my voice on a global stage, a place where I share my story, experiences, and ideas with the world. <ul><li>My PLN Journey </li></ul><ul><li>My First #Edchat </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting Globally </li></ul><ul><li>What the heck is a PLN? </li></ul><ul><li>A Teacher’s Story </li></ul><ul><li>Why I Connect </li></ul>
  7. 7. Just Six Months on Sharing resources Making global connections and global friends Accessing free professional learning Conversations with expert teachers Global Collaboration Accessing global perspectives on teaching and learning Fun and laughter: joking about @bucharestutor’s lunch Supporting each-other through hard times. Flattening my classroom walls
  8. 8. <ul><li> </li></ul>Global Classroom 2011/12 21 Classes 13 Countries Sign up  here
  9. 9. Join our Global Conversation!
  10. 10. Where to from here? @theMolisticView <ul><li>Take it easy, and explore one tool / medium at a time. </li></ul><ul><li>You might: </li></ul><ul><li>Start reading a few blogs, or perhaps start your own </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Diigo / Delicious account to bookmark online resources </li></ul><ul><li>Join the Twitter™ conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Do something which YOU are comfortable with! </li></ul><ul><li>Find an online mentor – we are here to help! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Food for Thought <ul><li>Some further reading and viewing on PLNs ... </li></ul><ul><li>23 Resources about PLNs - @ShellTerrell (Great Videos) </li></ul><ul><li>WeConnect Wiki: What are Personal Learning Networks? </li></ul><ul><li>PLN Yourself Wiki – Tips, Tools & Tutorials (@suewaters) </li></ul><ul><li>“ 30 Days to A Whole New PLN ” – Edublogs Teacher Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>The 21st Century Educator - SlideShare - @kimcofino </li></ul><ul><li>The PLN Matures - @InnovativeEdu Blog </li></ul>
  12. 12. Twitter™ Resources & Tips <ul><li>Twitter™ for Teachers – Prezi by Keith Ferrell </li></ul><ul><li>Building Your Own PLN with Twitter – Te@ch ME Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter ™ Tutorial Videos - @stumpteacher </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter™ for Newbies - @stumpteacher </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t Tweet This – Excellent advice via @heidicohen </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter for Teachers – Creative Education Blog </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Michael Graffin </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: A Relief Teacher’s Journey </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @mgraffin </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki: My Web 2.0 Adventures </li></ul><ul><li>LinkedIn: </li></ul>