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  2. 2.  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
  3. 3.  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.
  4. 4.  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.
  5. 5.  They learn through networking
  6. 6.  Knowledge exists in the connection wemake on a daily basis with otherindividuals. Types of connections: Strong connections vs weak connections Staying connected improves knowledge
  7. 7.  “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
  8. 8.  Entails that you: reflect on your practice attend conferences, workshops andseminars continuously read academic journalsand/or professional literature attend service training sessions and staffmeetings
  9. 9.  Learn new things Ask questions Collaborate Validation Camaraderie Stay in touch with friends
  10. 10.  To update our practice To learn, unlearn, and relearn To reflect constantly to the changesaround your profession
  11. 11.  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.
  12. 12.  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.
  13. 13.  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.
  14. 14.  We know we can distribute information,now we need to concentrate on howwe associate to each other, how webuild learning contexts
  15. 15.  Know-how and know-what is beingsupplemented with know-where (theunderstanding of where to findknowledge needed).
  16. 16.  Professional development – learn fromcontent-area specialists Locate resources for your classroom,such as free websites and software Get lesson plan ideas from masterteachers
  17. 17.  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.
  18. 18.  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.
  19. 19.  Raquseo, C. (2001, March 4). Professionaldevelopment. pp. 4-30. Abbey,E. (2009, March 6). Professional learningnetworks. pp. 1-23. Stephens, R. (2005, August 31). Fifteen ways toimplement professional branding. 15 Ways, p. 19.