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Goal:
 To create a Personal Learning Network of educators in your field of expertise.

Assessment
• Create a starter list of blogs and groups

• View and explore a list of educational "Twitterers" locally and globally.

• Make a contribution to your PLN via Tweets or blog comments
Why

• Professional development is an essential part of teaching and helps you stay on top of the latest advances in education, while also reminding you of tried and true techniques.


• Developing a Personal Learning Network makes PD easy.  Searching for useful sites and tools for every unit and subject you teach would take a long time, but a PLN can share or help you find resources much quicker.


• Technology changes rapidly and new tools are available all the time.  These tools can make your job easier and help your students make greater progress.




Personal Learning Network - A group of people whom you follow (virtually or in person) and share ideas about topics in your field.

Blogs - A nice source of information for extended stories or descriptions of sites.  Here are some starters.




Google+, Facebook, Pinterest groups/communities - Lots of sharing and worthwhile things to follow

 Feedly is one way to read a lot of blogs in one place

Directions  
1. Click the "Feedly" link above and install the Chrome app.   
2. Search for the blogs in the list above and add them to your Feedly.
3. Browse the blog posts from the blogs in the Blog Starter Kit

Twitter - Great source for short conversations (usually via hashtag) or for great links from educators in your field.







Hashtags (#) - a notation system used by Twitter users (and more) to denote a specific subject area.  Can also be used to hold a group conversation






Google + Groups





Eduhangouts

Many more...



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