The following items are a few components of my PLN. Hopefully, I will be adding more and more.
It is very important to keep track of good websites, blogs, and other sites you visit when you do searches. You might find something helpful and informative, and if you don’t save it, yo might forget where you found it or what it was called. Keeping a Bookmarking site helps you keep all your sources organized and in one place for future reference.
The one I use and find very useful is called Delicious. It is very easy and friendly to use, it is free, and I love the name!
Delicious is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks.
Here are other options:
TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format. Busy teachers, parents and students can find resources using our robust search tools.
Edutopia is a comprehensive website and online community that increases knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in K-12 education. We emphasize core strategies: project-based learning, comprehensive assessment, integrated studies, social and emotional learning, educational leadership and teacher development, and technology integration.
Google Scholar is an online, freely accessible search engine that lets users look for both physical and digital copies of articles. It searches a wide variety of sources, including academic publishers, universities, and preprint depositories looking for: Peer-reviewed articles. Theses.
LiveBinder is a digital 3 ring binder that you can put virtually anything into; web page, PDF, document, image, or video. Everything is organized by tab and you can even have sub-tabs within those tabs.
Here is a LiveBinder I created on education:
Here is another one I created on Teaching Technical Theatre:
Wiley online library is the international scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly publishing business of John Wiley & Sons, with strengths in every major academic and professional field and partnerships with many of the world’s leading societies.
Teach Secondary is an online Magazine that offers free product reviews, learning resources, Competitions, Events, articles and much more.
Google Educator Groups
Facebook is a for-profit corporation and online social networking service
Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”. Registered users can read and post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them.
This is an awesome article about 50 ways to use Twitter in the classroom:
Google+ is, first and foremost, a platform focused on bringing all of Google together for users to enjoy. Whether that also means it’s a social network for everyone is for you to decide for yourself.
For example, I follow:
– My Cohort Members and other TeachNow members
Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share and discover new interests by posting (known as ‘pinning’ on Pinterest) images or videos to their own or others’ boards (i.e. a collection of ‘pins,’ usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned.
Here is a board I created for my PLN:
Here is a board I created for Drama Teaching:
Scoop.it! Part content curation tool, part social network, Scoop.it allows you to create boards of curated content based on topics you choose, share your thoughts on that content, and connect with others who have similar interests.
I think the best blogs to subscribe to and read are the ones written by actual teachers. They are real, with real situations that I can easily relate to. I enjoy reading their stories and experiences because they can easily happen to me if they haven’t already. And also, I can get great ideas from them.
By the way, here is a great article about tips and advice when starting your own teaching blog:
Here are some of the blogs I follow:
Blogger Thomas Starkey once made a student cry during an Ofsted observation. If this isn’t enough to persuade you to read his blog, then perhaps its familiar sounding title will draw you in. His blog captures all the trials, tribulations, and joys of teaching.
Brian Crosby discusses how he uses blogging and other technology in the classroom. Crosby’s creativity can’t help but draw us in. He has used Skype to broadcast a class visit from Christa McAuliffe’s mother and to communicate with a student who is on home instruction due to leukemia.
This blog is designed to offer helpful hints, tips, and tricks to teachers and library media specialists who are modeling the integration of technology in an authentic and ethical manner in the name of increasing student engagement.
Ross Morrison McGill is @TeacherToolkit, the ‘most followed teacher on Twitter in the UK’. He is an award-winning deputy headteacher who writes the ‘most influential blog on education in the UK’ and has one of the most widely read blogs across the world. In 2015, he was nominated for ‘500 Most Influential People in the Britain’ by Debrett’s. Teacher Toolkit is also ranked one of the ‘top-50 brands in education-technology‘ across the world by Onalytica.
An anonymous elementary school teacher blogs about the students she loves and the job she hates. This blog gives you totally true antics of the elementary school kind and tips you can really use: Preview “educational” videos before showing and be alert for fourth-grade make-out sessions! Perfect with a good cup of coffee, when you need to block out irritating colleagues, and when you could use a good laugh to start your day.
The Learning Network provides daily resources for teaching and learning with The New York Times, including lesson plans, questions for writing and discussion, quizzes, monthly contests and more. Join the conversation by commenting on any post.
MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions.They examine how learning is being impacted by technology, discoveries about how the brain works, poverty and inequities, social and emotional practices, assessments, digital games, design thinking and music, among many other topics. They look at how learning is evolving in the classroom and beyond.
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