Social media is ubiquitous in many people's lives, and it's no different for educators--some of today's most innovative teachers are using social media platforms such as Snapchat and Twitter to engage students and build their own personal learning networks.

Those networks, often called PLNs, consist of connections educators make via social media and can include fellow educators across the state or across the globe. Through PLNs, educators learn about new teaching and learning trends, share resources, and find mentors and inspiring colleagues.

Twitter chats have emerged as a convenient way for educators across the country to hop on Twitter and discuss certain...

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Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura