Being a part of a professional learning network is something I highly recommend. It’s a great way to interact with, get inspiration, ideas, and even professional development from other educators around the world. Here is an ongoing list of some of my favorite PLNs.
- edWeb.net– This is a great platform that includes blogs, discussions, live chat, and messaging, among other things. This network is free for members to collaborate and share ideas. A big plus for me was their inclusion of Early Childhood, as I was having difficulty finding communities targeted specifically towards Early Childhood Educators in other networks. What I particularly like about edWeb.net are their live webinars with online support, so upon registering with the network, I immediately followed/joined the “Early Childhood Learning Solutions” and “Game Based Learning” groups.
- Edutopia– A great resource for K-12 educators. One can find articles, videos and lesson plan ideas, as well as connect and collaborate within the community of educators.
- Teaching Channel– “Teaching Channel is a thriving online community where teachers can watch, share, and learn diverse techniques to help every student grow.” What I love about Teaching Channel is that it is all visual. If you need some inspiration, this is a great place to start.
- The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
- Edudemic– Edudemic is committed to connecting education with technology and has great tools for both students and teachers. Educators can learn about current news developments, view How To articles, watch videos related to integrating technology with teaching, among many other things.
- edtechboard.com– This online magazine is an excellent resource for anything to do with education and edtech.
- Pinterest– Yes, Pinterest is a Learning Network! Pinterest has been a huge source of inspiration for me in both Photography and Teaching. Create virtual “bulletin” boards and start pinning!
- Twitter– When connecting or “following” the right people, Twitter can be an amazing resource for teachers and educators. Twitter is a free service that allows users to send and receive short, 140 character messages, and recently has been used across the country in the classroom between teachers and students. Educators use Twitter as a tool for learning, as it allows them to participate in conversation with others that are also in their network.