What does your PLN look like, and what does it to for your teaching?
“If you aren’t on Twitter, you need to be!”.
I bet I said this 20 times last Thursday and Friday. I was asked to attend the Midwest Regional Noyce Conference in Omaha, NE. This is a conference where pre-service teachers, teachers in the field, Master Teaching Fellows, and faculty and staff from many different colleges and universities come together and share ideas and experiences. The common thread through all is that they were in some way involved in the Noyce Scholarship Program. This program is specific to science & math teaching and works to get highly qualified teachers into high-need areas, like urban and rural schools. I received one of these scholarships while I was in college. During the conference, I was part of the “Voices from the Field” panel, as well as a co-leader in a presentation about building a PLN!
I was very excited to share the amazing world of Twitter with everyone there. I started tweeting right away, hoping to connect with someone at the conference who was also a Twitter veteran. Unfortunately, the only people tweeting seemed to be sitting next to me – two other attendees from my university. At that moment, I knew my mission for the two-day conference. Get people on Twitter!!
I can’t express how much Twitter and PLN I’ve built on there have done for me. Here are a few examples:
- Discovered the 30 Day Blog Challenge from @TeachThought
- Collaborated with Jessica Anderson (@TriSciCurious) on a Virtual Learning Project where our students connected with each other to do a project. (Her students are about 1000 miles from mine!)
- Connected with Dave Burgess (@burgessdave), author of Teach Like a Pirate, and I was able to see him speak live as well as on a Google Hang-Out.
- Found out about South Dakota EdCamp, and connected with other SD educators before and after the EdCamp.
- Have been involved in many chats, learned a ton, got support, gave support, and have really grown as an educator!
“If you aren’t on Twitter, you need to be!”
Check it out sometime, you will be amazed at the resource it is for educators!