Growing Your PLNBecoming a connected educator has been an interesting road for me. Over the past few years, I've dabbled in reading blogs, following other educators on Twitter and Pinterest, and listening to podcasts. Somehow, over the course of the last few years, my Personal Learning Network has grown into a fairly large group of educators with similar goals. This video describes exactly what happened in my journey, but may also help you in seeing the "why" behind what intrigues educators to social media:
Currently, these social networking tools are part of my informal professional growth plan. None of them takes up a lot of time, but the wealth of information that others are sharing is incredible. I love what this blog said about being a connected educator... "it can also provide you with ongoing inspiration and support."
To get started, create an account here. The basics of twitter can be found on their Getting Started with Twitter help page. View the image below to understand the various parts of a tweet. It may seem like a lot at first, but it gets easier as you explore while reading others' tweets or you begin tweeting yourself.
- A tweet cannot be longer than 140 characters long
- When mentioning someone, use their twitter handle; this begins with the @ symbol
For example, when mentioning me, enter @sarrasmith3 into the tweet somewhere and I will take note that you mentioned me!
- When tweeting, your followers (those who have chosen to follow you.. more info here) will see the tweet in their twitter feed
- When getting started, begin following others that tweet about things you are interested in (such as, education)
- Many other questions can be answered here
Connecting Faith Christian
To help you get started, I've shared my list of educational technology users here. Click the user names, read the user profile found in the PROFILE SUMMARY window and click the FOLLOW
Also, to help Faith Christian get connected, enter your information here once you have established a Twitter account. Our school can follow each other this way.
Other Twitter Resources