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Transcript of PLN Stine
My name is Susan Stine and I am a Technology Teacher in Prince George's County, Maryland.
This is my 15th teaching and I've taught all
different grade levels and subjects.
I can be reached at Susan.Stine@pgcps.org
What is a PLN?
A Professional Learning Network (PLN) is when you join groups of other professionals who have the same interests as you. You learn and grow from each other, sharing ideas and reflections.
A PLN is to grow yourself personally and professionally as well as to make connections with those beyond your school community. The most desirable benefits of being part of a PLN are the contacts you make and the access to more learning - like webinars.
Benefits of Twitter & Chatting
I was able to make new connections through Twitter. I connected with other teachers in my school district and shared a few lesson ideas with them. I was able to associate myself with educators and professionals that were located outside of the United States. I enjoyed getting another perspective on an issue from someone who was not from where I live. I think my favorite part by far was how Twitter recommend groups for me to follow, some that I would have never selected for myself. I learned it was okay to venture outside of the educator groups to other professionals as well.
Twitter can be used in the classroom to share assignment due dates or remind students of homework that is due the next day. You could also use it in class to poll your students about their understanding of the topic, use it as a warm up or exit ticket. I would guarantee that my students could come up with some more uses for Twitter in the classroom.
Communicating with Students and Parents Through Technology
Social media has changed the ways schools communicate with their stakeholders because information disseminated is instantaneous. Texts, emails and social media feeds can quickly alert parents of any events occurring. Gone are the days of waiting for your child to bring home a weekly newsletter with pertinent information.
I use Google Classroom and emails in my classroom to share information with parents and students.
Social Media in the Classroom
In my classroom I plan to incorporate more social media. First I plan to try using Pinterest. I would like to see my students get creative and create some boards about topics we are covering in class. I think an "All About Me" board would be a great back to school activity.
Secondly, I'm looking forward to trying out podcasts. Students can do research and present their findings, ELL students can listen or be exposed to more English and I can record my lessons for absent students or for additional review.
Blogging in the Classroom
Blogging is a way to connect teachers in your building, students and their parents with one another. Community members also are offered a peak into what is going on into the school building. All sorts of blogs can be created. Blogs for classroom use where students respond, teachers can connect with other teachers, parents of a class can use one to stay in contact with one another, and there are a multitude of other uses. The benefit is all involved can connect and communicate with one another on one platform for the greater good of the students.
Branding the School
My school has done an OUTSTANDING job of branding themselves. We are the Accokeek Academy eagles. Our tagline is, "Soaring to excellence the Accokeek way".
Staff members have various attire to wear with the tagline on it, we all have business cards, a great school website, Twitter feeds, Periscope for sports games, community involvement and many clubs that filter out into various areas. I'm proud to be an eagle!!!
Student Benefits of Teacher's PLN
You build and grow your personal learning network by the people you come in contact with. It could be teachers in your school building or district, it can be a presenter at a conference you attended or the contact of one of your contacts.
Reaching out globally to connect with others has its own benefits. Often times we only know what we know based upon information that has been provided to us, it grows us to see from a different perspective outside of our box. Anything that makes you a better educator can only be of benefit to your students. Sharing your knowledge with them helps them to grow as well.
PLN Plan Ahead
Participation in Professional Development
Professional development is very essential as an educator. I find it's important to be reminded what it feels like to be the student in the room. My district offers training that I am able to sign up for, as tech liaison for the building I attend workshops twice a year, I enjoy taking continuing education courses and we have staff meetings twice a month where PD is presented by various staff members based upon the topic. Summer workshops are also a great time to explore topics of interest.
I am a connected educator!!!
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