Professionaldoing a certain kind of work as a full-timejob for payment Learninginvolves obtaining knowledge bystudying Networka net-like arrangement of connectedlines; a group of people that exchangeinformation
Is the entire collection of people withwhom you engage and exchangeinformation, usually online. A personal learning network is aninformal learning network that consists ofthe people a learner interacts with andderives knowledge from in a personallearning environment.
In a PLN, a person makes a connectionwith another person with the specificintent that some type of learning willoccur because of that connection There are different types of PLN,PLNs can include tons of differentcommunities – social networking sites likeFacebook, blogs, Twitter, wikis, socialbookmarking tools, LinkedIn.
Knowledge exists in the connection wemake on a daily basis with otherindividuals. Types of connections: Strong connections vs weak connections Staying connected improves knowledge
“A personal representation thatrepresents a skill set, a big idea, a beliefsystem, and value-equation that otherpeople find of interest. Personalbranding is everything you do thatdifferentiates and market yourself, suchas your messages, self-presentation, andmarketing tactics”. C. Kupta
Entails that you: reflect on your practice attend conferences, workshops andseminars continuously read academic journalsand/or professional literature attend service training sessions and staffmeetings
Learn new things Ask questions Collaborate Validation Camaraderie Stay in touch with friends
To update our practice To learn, unlearn, and relearn To reflect constantly to the changesaround your profession
The personal web site is still one of themost critical foundations of yourprofessional brand. The online environment allow you tomanage your brand perception(professional development). The web allows you to archive anddisplay your attributes. Web sites don’thave to be complicated to be of value.
Be sure to focus on the usability,graphics, navigation, metadata, pagelayout and information content. While technology comes and goes overtime, the simplicity of design never does.Maybe a full scale web site is too muchtime and effort, if so then simply create ablog from one of the many free sources.
The key is to get that professionalism outin the public. At the heart of aprofessional representation is to see thatthe individual has differentiatedthemselves from the pack, a diverse setof skills and talent, and a history ofdelivery. If you can communicate that ina simple and concise manner then youare at the top of your game.
We know we can distribute information,now we need to concentrate on howwe associate to each other, how webuild learning contexts
Know-how and know-what is beingsupplemented with know-where (theunderstanding of where to findknowledge needed).
Professional development – learn fromcontent-area specialists Locate resources for your classroom,such as free websites and software Get lesson plan ideas from masterteachers
Learn about new technology and howto integrate it into your teaching Find collaborative solutions Find interesting links to education news Students can also reap the benefits oftapping into their PLNs.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwM4ieFOotA
Whether you’re a full-time teacher, or afull-time student, your PLN can beextremely interesting and helpful. Thebeauty of people communicating onlineis the ease of finding and sharinginformation and – if you ask for it – thegroup feedback that you get on ideasand projects.
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