Teaching is a profession that requires careful reflection and ongoing professional development in order to stay up-to-date on current ways of teaching and learning. Furthermore, as professionals, we seek personal learning networks (PLNs) to work collaboratively with other educators with similar interests as us from both near and far. As you can see from the above Wordle, there are many ways of describing PLNs including many of the larger font words that really resonated with me regarding PLNs. Key learnings for PLNs are educators collaborating, giving advice, sharing resources, and having conversations with other educators. The ultimate goal, of course, is to improve our teaching so that our students get the best education we can give them. I will share some examples of these key learnings below from my experiences in ECMP 355.
Check out my screencast for my contributions through blogging and comments. I am also including a google doc of the Comments I have made on other blogs, and the Comments on my Blog if you would like to see them. Also, something I didn’t talk about in my screencast was a post I made called Expanding my PLN Horizons using Twitter. In this post, I discussed my experience in #saskedchat and finding other chats such as #ditchbook where I stumbled on many resources, a resource sharing site, and hyperdocs link for teachers.
I decided not to do a screencast on this element of my contributions to others learning as it can be easily viewed in much less time than a video. If you check out my Twitter account you will notice that I created a professional Twitter account. I have been tweeting and retweeting regularly using appropriate hashtags to tweet out resources as well as tweeting links to my own blogs posts. Also if you wanted to check out my contributions using Twitter you will see a list of screen shots that fall under various categories that demonstrate my contributions to other learners. I must admit I am still warming up to Twitter as a part of my PLN using Twitter chats but my struggles with using Twitter chats is more the result of not enough free time at the moment with the end of the school semester tasks, wrapping up courses that I am teaching, and completing this course. I certainly understand now how to get involved in these conversations and contribute and I recognize these as valuable resources that can contribute to one’s PLN.
I feel like I was the recipient to all of the great help contributed to the GooglePlus community as many of the technologies we were using in this course were new to me. However, on a few occasions, I was able to contribute.
My most recent contribution:
- Screencast – Screencastify video into MP4 format
- Chelsea – Pingbacks
- Sometimes asking a question answers a question someone else has!
- Finding Sleuthing Partners!
- Helping Pam with Feedback on her blog
- Other smaller questions and introductions