6-22-2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST
Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:
- General agreement that PLNs are having an effect.
- PLN allows support for individuals who otherwise might be isolated in their school
- PLN facilitates improved Professional Development
- PLN helps keep teachers interested in learning and developing
- You don’t join a PLN you build (or grow) one.
- In a PLN everyone has an equal voice
- PLNs allow blending of ideas from different levels of education
- Nobody is forced into a PLN so there is enthusiasm
- PLN is very much a grassroots creation
- A PLN is a model for lifelong learning
- Most teachers don’t have a PLN
Here is a selection of some of the comments:
With such a vibrant discussion, it’s almost impossible to do it justice in a summary, but I’ve picked out some of the comments that caught my eye.
@TeachPaperless: PLNs are both democratizing and personalizing professional development.
@cybraryman1: Where else could you have 24/7 PD from great global educators. PLN’s are transforming how we teach & collaborate.
@mattguthrie: My PLN has affected my school b/c I share everything with them after I learn it from my PLN
@anderscj: @kevcreutz PLN members set their own priorities and make connections of mutual benefit, edicts are handed to no one.
@MrR0g3rs: #edchat all schools have teachers who have given up on being learners. u never see that with a PLN
@MissCheska: There is no power differential in PLNs – knowledge is freely distributed, allowing for empowerment in all levels.
@Mamacita: When each subject exists only w/in 4 walls of one classroom, they’re useless. PLN’s allow communication & sharing.
@CrudBasher: Having a PLN is like having an expert team working for me everyday.
@thenewtag: Twitter is my newspaper each morning and night. It’s opened my eyes to a whole new world of learning.
@tomwhitby: PLN’s allow the blending of ideas from Elementary, Secondary and Higher ed settings.
@jbrogley: My PLN has also changed what I want for my own children’s education.
@TheGilch: If you are following 20 teachers on twitter, think of how much collective exprience you r drawing from!
@TeachPaperless: A great way to get teachers involved in PLNs is to under-emphasize the ‘tech’ and stress the sharing aspect.
@ShellTerrell: Before my PLN, at conferences I used to get greeted w business cards now its like meeting friends known for yrs
@tomwhitby: PLN’s allow us to not only devise ideas, but share the finished product Globally. No Walls!
@DrTimony: Front burner task for PLN must be to unify colleagues and schools. Like a union except with brains.
@TeachPaperless: PLNs are part of broader cultural shift; see: news, entertainment, gaming, music industries – remix of personal/public hierarachies.
@dgende: When faculty asks: how did you know ’bout this? How did you learn this? I take the opportunity to pitch PLNs!
@lhmiles2: Key w/ PLNs is to always take action. Don’t simply talk/share ideas. ACT. Otherwise, meaningless.
Special alliteration award goes to:
@TeachPaperless: PLNs have made the profession personal in a public way and public in a personal way.
I would ask that the following question is added to the poll next week:
Is the public education system broken, or is it actually working exactly like designed, but the design is bad?
To follow the complete discussion see here
For the stats on #edchat participation see here
As ever, there were some great links shared: (Phew! So many this week!!)
Free e-books for educators, including one on Professional Learning Networks http://blog.learningtoday.com/ebooks/
Creating an online personal learning network (PLN) #edchat http://ht.ly/21Lwe
New blog post Free social networking in education 2.0 Part I http://web20socialmediasafetyineducation.blogspot.com/ Share,rt comment
http://www.virtualschoolsymposium.org/ (Virtual School Symposium 2010) anyone attending this? #edchat
@Parentella Here’s the picture I use to go with it http://bit.ly/b041ml
Open course on PLNs, web2, & Connectivist Learning: http://connectivistlearning.pbworks.com
RT @web20classroom: Join @mbteach, @kylepace and I at #ISTE10 for an #Edchat Live Event and Tweetup: http://bit.ly/bn7QY3
RT @dianeravitch: Interview with Valerie Strauss: http://tinyurl.com/2vvg5t2
The best part of a PLN is that we gain knowledge from ourselves-the professional educators who are in the field! http://ht.ly/21LYP
Wendy Drexler has some great PLN examples http://wp.me/ptZn3-4r
RT @t4johnson See EducationEye for a visual map of tech innovations (updated daily): http://www.educationeye.org.uk/
our visual of a teacher pln http://screencast.com/t/ZmUxOGE1OTM – should be happening w/or w/o web.. web is just amping it
Guest post from the Andrew Barras on LeahMacVie.com this week: Reflections on my Online Masterâ€™s Program http://bit.ly/chftCJ
Wise Words from Howard Rheingold- Reflections from #EdChat http://bit.ly/9N0ZrN
Proud supporter of #ISTE10 http://twb.ly/cVnId2 annimation . GoAnimate – Blue Bear in Space #edtech20 http://icio.us/fyxtb2
Yes, I have a page for PLNs: http://bit.ly/503fQf
a short video I created describing PLNs – http://bit.ly/a60SJw
Liberation Technology (the Twitter PLN) http://speedchange.blogspot.com/2009/10/twitter-as-teacher-liberation.html
@ghewgley Love that analogy. Speaking of Analogies: http://bit.ly/aTnN54
Building a Professional Learning Community at Work great reproducibles http://bit.ly/d3fJvW
@rliberni @kevcreutz http://singimagination.wordpress.com/
New blog post: What do your student interactions look like? http://bit.ly/99SntF
The Educator’s PLN Ning is free to all who wish to be a part of over 4,000 collaborating Educators. Join us at – www.edupln.com
5 Reasons Why Educators Should Network: 4. To extend your learning base http://bit.ly/8YuYK0
Teachers build #PLN on Ning but unfourrtunatelly in 1 mounth Ning will close free service for Ning creators . http://yv2.me/oybA
RT @isteconnects: Good foundational article on theory of PLNs and why/how they work http://bit.ly/16THuy
New â€” Technology literacy whitepaper. The case for “doing”, not testing http://bit.ly/9yvLSM Plz share with PLN
Maybe students could be encouraged to start a project on building PLNs: Design For change Contest http://bit.ly/aPstiO
our visual of student pln http://screencast.com/t/NDdjODcwM more likely to happen if teachers are pln-ing
Thanks every1! RT @akenuam: @Dramanique You build one. Check out the PLN ebook at http://blog.learningtoday.com/ebooks/
Excellent resources by Cybrary Man on PLNs and PLCs http://bit.ly/d9NlPt
we think plns should be the new standard http://tinyurl.com/26flofd
RT@ColinTGraham:Mayb students could be encouraged to start a project on building PLNs:Design For change Contest http://bit.ly/aPstiO
Real-World Issues Motivate Students | Edutopia http://ow.ly/21ggD http://ow.ly/21geI
RT @ShellTerrell PLN Resources, Presentations, & Research to help you spread the word http://bit.ly/clMc5w
So while every 1 was in #edchat discussing PLN I was blogging abt mine &getting 2 sit next to the smart kids at #ISTE10 http://bit.ly/9Qa713
I’ve found more resources and more useful advice for PD in 3 months on Twitter than in 5 years without it http://bit.ly/63EfOb
PLN – Sharing knowledge on-line using tools and applications web 2.0 and social media #edtech20 http://yv2.me/oyhT
Remember: It’s the people of a PLN that make it thrive: http://bit.ly/90SNfG
#safedchat web 2.0 and social media in education in a safety mode http://grou.ps/web20andsocialmediaeducationstill20
19 Resources about Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) http://bit.ly/aNiq8y
#edchat Wiki has a cluster map (so global!) and a “Who are We?” page – good stuff to send to admins: http://bit.ly/azwBbB
MUST read @kylepace It’s the people of a PLN that make it thrive: http://bit.ly/90SNfG
You can get a #TT #edchat #twibbon here if you want! http://bit.ly/bHhGOL
@soumyapr This will help you learn about #Edchat http://bit.ly/6Yfgc & become involved in our weekly conversations
it’s not difficult to understand, it’s difficult to embrace = paraphrasing Seth Godin – relates to PLN… http://bit.ly/aUGkIz
RT @lemino: Thanks got here late. More reading for later. This discussion can continue on http://bit.ly/66MR8q
@isteconnects: Good foundational article on theory of PLNs and why/how they work http://bit.ly/16THuy
@ShellTerrell #edchat learning is all about fun! Have you seen this? http://youtu.be/m3RPa1ztV64 (short)
Stay Connected at #ISTE10 (Whether you’re attending or not!) http://is.gd/cZogk.
RT @tomwhitby: If you are going to ISTE10 we will be doing a large Group participation #Edchat. CHK This out! http://bit.ly/cAlbRI
Struggling to teach students how to “search”? Try these search challenges to help build search skills http://bit.ly/b8rVlf
RT @web20classroom: Don’t forget to join #edchat at #ISTE10: http://bit.ly/bn7QY3
You might find this 2006 report helpful: Blended Learning – Learning – British Council – Brussels http://bit.ly/awwPny @ISILBOY
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