PLN (Personal Learning Network)
Over the course of my first semester here at The University of South Alabama, I have learned how important a personal learning network is as an elementary education major. Before taking EDM310, I used Twitter just like the majority of college-age students, and I never once thought that Twitter could be a useful tool for my personal learning network. Little did I know, Twitter is a great way to connect with educators to call upon for help, and to consult and collaborate with, in order to assist in my growth as a professional educator.
The first step I took in creating my PLN was following all of my instructors at USA that are active on their Twitter account. I followed Dr. Strange, Mr. Tashbin, and Dr. Vitulli. After following these instructors, I looked through the list of people they follow on Twitter, and followed the people I felt could assist me in becoming a professional educator. Scrolling through lists and lists of tools and people, I have created the beginning of my ever expanding personal learning network.
People/Tools I Follow on Twitter
Krissy Venosdale: @venspired
Krissy Venosdale's Venspired blog is educational and inspiring for aspiring teachers.
Brian Crosby: @bcrosby
Brian Crosby was assigned to me as a C4T, and his blog Learning Is Messy is quite fascinating! I highly recommend his blog.
Miguel Guhlin: @mguhlin
Miguel Guhlin was assigned to me as a C4T, and his blog Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org is also very fascinating. He posts quite a bit about technology. I highly recommend his blog.
William Chamberlain: @wmchamberlain
William Chamberlain is a Comments4Kids advocate.
Michael Fawcett: @teachernz
Michael Fawcett is a primary school teacher in NZ, and has awesome thoughts on PLN in his video PLN.
EDM310 Lab Assistants:
Melissa Canterbury: @MelCanterbury13
Jacey Chandler: @JCblaire7
Lindsey Estes: @lindsey_estes
Rebecca Lathem: @BecLat
These ladies are great to answer questions not only regarding EDM310, but any questions regarding elementary education.
Teaching Palette: @TchingPalette
Teaching Palette is dedicated to teachers who constantly work on perfecting the art of education.
Education View: @EducationView
Education View is a great source for education news.
Education Innovation: @EducationInnov
Education Innovation tweets on the hashtags #Education, #Leadership, #Innovation, #Teaching, #HigherEducation, #School, #College, #University, and #Learning.
U.S. Department of Education: @usedgov
This Twitter account is a great source for news and information from the U.S. Department of Education.
U.S. News Education: @USNewsEducation
This Twitter account is a great source for U.S. education news and rankings.
Teach For America: @TeachForAmerica
This Twitter account is a great source for teachers to provide students with opportunities to attain an excellent education.
Education Sector: @EducationSector
Education Sector is committed to developing innovative solutions to our nation's most pressing education problems.
The Education Trust: @EDTrust
Ed Trust works to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement for students pre-K through college.
HuffPostEducation is an education news source and online hub for passionate voices.
Education Nation: @educationnation
Education Nation is a place for educators to discuss what they think it takes for student success.
This account provides educators, administrators, and parents with the most rigorous ELA assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
Common Core: @common_core
This Twitter account promotes challenging, rigorous instruction in the full range of liberal arts and sciences.
Excellence in Ed: @ExcelinEd
Excellence in Ed Twitter account is dedicated to fostering excellence in education across America.
Technology in Motion: @atimpd
Technology in Motion is devoted to providing professional development that enables educators to become and remain proficient in the use of technology so they can better facilitate learning.
ACOEducators is a member driven association for teachers in the state of Alabama.
Scholastic Teachers: @ScholasticTeach
Scholastic Teachers encourages educators to talk books, education, trends, and life as an educator on their Twitter.
Teachers.Net is a great teacher community that provides information on news, articles, lesson plans, and teaching jobs.
AL Department of Education: @AlabamaDeptofEd
The Alabama Department of Education is the state agency for K-12 education. This Twitter account provides information regarding education in the state of Alabama.
AEA is a Twitter account for professional organization for education employees in Alabama.
Dropbox on Twitter gives updates on new features to the storing device Dropbox.
Office of Ed Tech: @OfficeofEdTech
The Office of Educational Technology provides leadership for maximizing technology's contribution to improving education at all levels.
SMART Technologies: @SMART_Tech
SMART Technologies is a place for educators to ask questions regarding SMART technologies.
The ASCD is an international education association dedicated to providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner.
Teaching STEM: @TeachingSTEM
Teaching STEM is a networking and information service for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers and educators in schools and colleges.
This Twitter account encourages tweets on inspiration and information on what works in education.
Teaching Matters: @teachingmatters
Teaching Matters is dedicated to increasing teacher effectiveness, which is one of the most critical factors in student success.
All4ed works to improve education policy so that all students can graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
iSchool Initiative: @iSchoolAdvocate
This is a student led organization on Twitter dedicated to reforming education through technology.
Creative Education: @CreativeEdu
Creative Education provides great classroom ideas, education chat, and the latest teaching trends.
eChalk tweets about educational technology, community engagement, collaboration, learning platforms, and social learning.
Concluding Thoughts on My PLN
Every single day I am following someone new in order to surround myself virtually with people and tools that will assist in my growth as a professional educator. I look forward to continuing the expansion of my personal learning network!