Tips on building a personal learning network on Twitter

Learn how to leverage Twitter’s 140-character microblogging platform into your global Personal Learning Network (PLN)

personal-learning-networkI live and work in rural Maine, the northeast corner of the United States with New Hampshire our only tether to the rest of the country. To our north, Canada. To our east, the Atlantic. It is a beautiful place to live, a perfect place to raise a family, and with a robust statewide one-to-one technology initiative and dedicated professionals throughout, a pretty darn good place to teach.

Unfortunately, our geography and lack of population density makes it difficult for educators to connect with one another and even more difficult to attend professional development opportunities.

Quality events such as the Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine’s (ACTEM) statewide tech integration conference, Maine Learning with Technology Initiative (MLTI) workshops, and Google Apps for Education Summits certainly exist. However, districts struggle to support Professional Development (PD) funding and the individual educator must often brunt the costs of attending. The possibilities of national connectedness feels remote.

Hello, Twitter.

In just a few short months, I have leveraged the 140-character microblogging platform into my global PLN. Twitter chat communities such as #edtechchat and #PATUE discuss technology integration, while #Satchat and #Sunchat explore a wide range of pedagogical topics both practical and philosophical.

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