Archive for August, 2011

Connecting With Your PLN

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Wednesday I joined several hundred other educators from around the world at EdmodoCon – an online conference. Webinars like these and the ones offered by Discovery, EdWeb and other professional sites are a fantastic way for teachers to connect and grow in their chosen profession. If you are not familiar with Edmodo, it provides teachers a closed, secure way to communicate with students. It also provides teachers with a means to connect and share with other professionals. As you join different communities you will have opportunities to connect with teachers from around the world. Clicking on a teachers name will take you to their profile page where you can learn more about them. Most of the skills needed to use Edmodo you already know from other social networking sites. You can join specific communities of interest – Gamification of the Classroom, SMART (or other interactive board communities), Computer Technology, or of course, Discovery Education. Once teachers begin using Edmodo to connect with their peers in the district they rapidly begin to see the value of connecting with their students as well.