I’m excited about attending ISTE10. It is not so much that I’m a geek, it’s that I’m looking forward to meeting my PLN (personal learning network) members face-to-face. Please head over to my professional blog to read about why I’m so excited about my trip to Denver. If you are going, please look for me so we can connect.
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My last day of school for the 2009-2010 school year was Friday, May 28. I can’t believe this school year is over. It went so-o-o-o fast. I left
I am proud of the fact that I won a $15,000 Technology Model Classroom grant, completed my first two courses toward my Master’s in Educational Technology Leadership, and taught my students well. Our high stakes LEAP test scores were released just days before summer vacation and my students did an awesome job on the math test. They also loved the projects we completed during the year, and enjoyed learning to use all the Web 2.0 tools I shared with them this year. Their favorites were Skype, Glogster, and Edmodo. They always loved when I told them we would be watching a Discovery video. Since I teach 4th graders, I used dozens of videos with my math classes, and even more with my social studies class. They were thrilled to learn how to embed a Discovery video clip in their Glogsters.
While this was a great school year, I’ll be looking forward to using all of my new tech equipment next year. This summer I’ll be attending ISTE10 in
I joined Twitter on February 25, 2009, so I just celebrated my one year anniversary. (You can find out when you Twitter here.) My participation on this social networking sight has truly transformed my life. I use Twitter via Tweetdeck everyday on my laptop or iPhone. I have a tremendous PLN (personal learning network) that shares great resources, answers questions, points me toward great posts and articles, and lets me know how to join the conversation at conferences virtually. My PLN also “pats me on the back” when things are going well and helps me work out the bumps in the road when things aren’t going so well. They encourage me, challenge me, and support me in my use of technology within my classroom.
I kid my friends in the field of education that PLN aren’t just my initials (Paula L. Naugle) anymore. But I have been struggling with the idea of whether my PLN is my personal learning network or my professional learning network. Even though it is true that my PLN helps me grow professionally I feel very personally connected to these people.
I began growing my PLN after visiting Sue Waters’ wiki on the topic. I started a blog, joined several Nings, started one for fourth grade teachers in my school system, and set up my Google reader to receive RSS feeds from other educators’ blogs. Then I joined FaceBook and Twitter. I connected with friends from high school and college on FB, but wasn’t sure Twitter was for me. Did I really want updates on the mundane events in other people’s lives?
Luckily I did some more research and found Tomaz Lasic’s Twitter Handbook for Teachers. I revisited Twitter determined this microblogging platform was truly going to help me grow my PLN. At first I just “listened” to the stream of tweets going by, then I found people to follow, and finally I got brave enough to post some tweets. Boy did my first impression of Twitter change! In a few short months I had over 200 followers, was following about 200 educators, and had tweeted about 500 updates.
I now begin every morning by making my coffee and logging into my Twitter account. My PLN points me to articles and blog posts I should read, videos I should view, websites I should check out, and webinars that are being offered for free professional development. We laugh together, cry together, and cheer each other successes. That makes it very personal to me.
Are you familiar with the song “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical? That was the song Beth Still dedicated to her personal learning network (PLN) this evening from Blip.fm to celebrate a victory.
On April 5, 2009 Beth started an online project to demostrate the power of a PLN. She wanted to see if she could get 1500 people in her PLN to donate $1 each to help send a newbie to NECC in Washington, D.C. this June. She went on to say, “I decided that Richard Byrne (@rmbyrne) was the “newbie” that I wanted to send to NECC. Richard is a Social Studies teacher in Maine who has worked tirelessly to help ensure his students and coworkers are able to work on a network that is as open as possible. He also maintains a blog called Free Tech 4 Teachers that recently won the 2008 Edublog Award for the Best Resource Sharing Blog.” (Please read the whole story on her blog.)
Then her PLN picked up the gautlet and we were off. As the days passed educators from around the world blogged about the project and used Twitter to get the message out to their PLN’s. Tweets and Retweets (RT) were sent by many people. Although the project didn’t go quiet as Beth had set it up, many people were involved and the $1500 was raised.
Why am I so excited? I am planning to have a F2F (face to face) meeting with Richard, one of the people from my PLN that shares great information each day with his PLN via his website. I also hope to meet Beth and many others who inspire me daily. Can’t wait!!!!
I was reading a tweet by Alice Mercer when I realized we in education are not being given credit for all the professional development hours we log online. I joyously spent over 40 hours in PD over my recent spring break. My personal learning network (PLN) kept me very busy pointing to all sorts of wonderful resources all over the net. Websites, blogs, and Twitter oh my. Webinars, Skype, and wikis oh my.
I am keeping a journal of what I do online, but is that enough? Will I be given credit within my system for time spent online? Only one Webinar I attended during my spring break asked if I’d like to receive a certificate of participation. Should there be a way for educators to track what they do online for their PD? When I posted a Tweet asking this Sue Waters responded with “@plnaugle that is one of the reasons I blog – I will often blog my reflections of the session which gives me a journey & record.” Great advise from a friend in my PLN. So I am following her sage advice and I am blogging. I will continue to write blogs about my online professional development
Please share any ideas you have for tracking PD online. How do you track your online PD? Do you get credit for it?