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ASCD has the tools and resources to support professional learning communities. Ideas from the Field. VideoAmy hunted down the best video tutorials for many popular free Web 2. Six educators share the insights, changes, and rewards observed and felt during their journey from unconnectedness to connectedness.
Provenzano makes four suggestions for ramping up after the low energy of winter, including more teacher interaction in the building and online. Seek out opportunities for informal professional development and building your PLN in this curated guide to websites, events, and other resources from Connected Educator Month. School district administrator Couros encourages social media newbies to expand their PLNs for their own professional development, as well as for the benefit of their students. This excerpt from our Summer Rejuvenation Guide will help you get ideas and tips for creating connections and developing a network.
Also, for a list of upcoming professional-development opportunities, see Edutopia's events page, updated weekly: " Educational Webinars, Unconferences, and Conferences.
All About Twitter Taking Charge: 5 Key Strategies for DIY PD , by Michelle Manno Educators can create their own professional development opportunities with the many resources available via social media, and by bringing their admins on board with this new model, writes Manno. DIY Virtual Professional Development: Taking Ownership of Your Learning , by Monica Burns Burns suggests seven online strategies to help teachers take ownership of their professional development, including sane ways to embrace the information-rich Twitter experience, Google Hangouts, and video tutorials.
Twitter Support for Educators and Parents , by Joe Mazza Mazza presents two new initiatives -- the Nt2T chat and the Twitter eCourse -- designed to bring teachers, school leaders and parents into the communication-rich Twitterverse.
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How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PLN , by Betty Ray Updated Ray, Edutopia's director of programming and innovation, discusses how to get started using Twitter to expand your personal learning network, and provides a list of education-based "chats" on Twitter. It's Time to Make Learning Fun Again , by Carl Hooker Hooker highlights how Interactive Learning Challenges can bring professional development events to life, by merging collaboration, interactivity, and problem solving in a hands-on environment for learning technology. Edcamps: Remixing Professional Development , by Andrew Marcinek Marcinek gives us a personal perspective on how the edcamp model changed his professional focus and provides examples of how he's adapted this model for staff, students, and community.
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