This past week I participated in a popular Twitter chat here in Saskatchewan called #saskedchat. The chat is moderated by several different professionals on any week and it is held on Thursday evenings at 8:00 pm. Essentially, #saskedchat is meant to connect educators and people alike in SK that want to collaborate, network, and learn from each other. A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is basically a tool that uses technology and social media to help connect with others as means for professional/personal development. Using social media such as Twitter allows educators to collaborate with others at any place, any time. This type of professional development is intriguing to many people because it is convenient and seemingly more achievable, especially for teachers with busy schedules.
Below is an example of ways to build your PLN:
The chat this past week actually focused on what it means to build a PLN. Some of the questions asked were:
- What does a PLN mean to you?
- How do you actively seek opportunities for professional growth?
- How do your PLNs support your growth as a teacher?
- What challenges have you experienced developing your PLN?
- How do different social networks help you as a professional?
- Why is it beneficial for teachers to invest in developing a diverse PLN?
- What are some tips on starting to develop a PLN?
- What professional learning networks should teachers know about?
- How do you support others?
Within the hour of the Twitter chat, participants share ideas with each other as a way of learning and growth. These types of questions allow teachers to reflect on themselves as professionals, gain new insight, and develop new understandings. Participants can also easily share resources and tools.
Screenshot of some of my responses during the chat: