Though it may take some time to build up your PLN, in the end it benefits both you and your students. Why?
Here are five reasons educators should build their Personal Learning Network:
2. Share ideas, resources, tools, and tips, Having a strong PLN can be better than Google when it comes to finding new ideas and tools. These tips are already classroom tested and teacher approved! Don’t forget to share your favorite resources as well Your knowledge and expertise will be valued and welcomed.
3. Develop a support network. Looking for some advice or inspiration? A PLN can be there for you with words of wisdom and a pick-me-up.
4. Engage and Learn about anything. Take the initiative to learn from other educators. Want to know more about project based learning or digital portfolios? Find it all! Ask questions! Grow!
5 .Impact your classroom instruction. At the end of the day, learning from your PLN will directly impact your classroom and students. The benefits for you as an educator trickle down as the benefits for your students. You’ll also be modeling life-long learning and positive digital citizenship!
Once you have established a way to work your PLN into your physical teaching community then consider branching out to the digital world. There are so many wonderful education blogs, like us here at The Snarky Schoolteacher, and social networks to join to connect with other teachers. Twitter is an especially wonderful tool of cultivating your PLN. You can follow me @alissa_devito for more content. and also make sure you are following hashtags #edchat or #edtech to see amazing educators around the world share and learn from one another. You can even join our Facebook community called Snarky Teachers to grow along with us.
What are you going to do today to help build your PLN? Comment below to share your ideas!