Last Friday, my world moved a little bit: One tweet came across my computer that mentioned PLN, not knowing what this meant I clicked on the link to the article and was brought to @shellterell’s twitter account. I scanned her tweets and clicked to follow her; the rest they say is history. In 9 days, this is what learning about a PLN has done for me:
- I now follow more than 100 educators, bloggers, techies from all around the world and daily add more valuable people .
- These fantastic people have invited me to join in the The Educator’s PLN where I have established contact with even more educators and resources.
- I have started my own blog, not just doing a classroom blog anymore, and through that have been challenged to think about my teaching and which direction I want to go.
- Strangers have complimented me on things I post and encouraged me to keep blogging.
- I have been introduced to phenomenal free tools such as Voki, WallWisher, Wordia, Glogster, Prezi, and Mouse Mischief
- I have set up a student blog via KidBlog for next year and have designed lessons for the students to blog about. No one does this at my school.
- I have discovered blogs to follow who do the research, try out new technology, come up with incredible lesson plans for me amongst many other things.
- I have changed my Master’s Degree to Technology Instruction – no joke.
- I have forwarded blogs and articles on to my principal, PTO, Professional Development Coordinator for our district, and fellow teachers hoping to inspire them as much as I have been.
- I have made tentative plans to go to my first technology conference, ISTE 2011.
- I have out-geeked my husband for the first in our 10 years together.
- Most importantly though; I have become energized about teaching! I am not alone and nor should I be. Reach out and there are people who will learn with you, teach with you, and go with you on your journey. I can’t wait to start the school year and create PLN’s for my students.
In the last 9 days, I have discovered that there is a whole world out there waiting to join me on this crazy teaching ride and they all have the time to talk. I cannot hide behind the excuse of not having time to collaborate anymore now that I can do it in a matter of 10 minutes of skimming the tweets from my PLN.
All I can say is; this is what 9 days with a PLN did for one teacher in a district, imagine a year with 10 teachers or 100 teachers. Where will it take us all?