Twitterized, the basics of starting a PLN on twitter

New twitter users usually look overwhelmed and, frankly, lost. Twitter is a world of its own, and a tool teachers should be using to establish a Professional Learning Network.

A Professional Learning Network (PLN) is a network of people with a common profession/practice that share ideas related to their field to learn from one another. Establishing a PLN early on in the teaching experience can prove to be highly beneficial. As a teacher, I know that first year is stressful. Attempting to manage students for the first time while integrating the great ideas from your credential/masters program does not always run smoothly. Having a PLN to work through the do’s and do not’s can really save a new teacher from drowning. But PLN’s benefit every teacher, keeping their ideas fresh and up-to-date while providing feedback and new resources. Twitter is one of the easiest ways to start a PLN.

Twitter PLN
To start a PLN on twitter, and to manage all those tweets, start with lists. Make a list of people that fall into the same category. I would start with a list of teachers in your content area or grade level. Since there are some awesome educators on twitter, follow with a list of those that inspire you. Have lists for local teachers as well as teachers whose tweets you love. Beyond lists, save your searches. Since I teach math, I saved #mathchat because teachers are always sharing math resources with one another. Other examples are #edchat or #HSMath. Personalize, but make sure you choose searches that other educators are posting in frequently enough. When you post something related to a search, make sure you # it. Lastly, start @-ing people. When you respond to educators, they will respond back.

Twitter moves fast. Establishing a PLN may not happen overnight, but with persistence, it could happen within two.


Mac Fanatic

I am a Mac fanatic. I love Apple products and think they are valuable tools for the classroom. I am curious about teacher use of Apple products in the following areas: ease of use, student interest, teacher interest, and cost effectiveness.  I have created the following polls with general curiousity and no other intention. Thank you for your response!  Also, if you have more to say on this topic, please feel free to comment.




How do teachers START implementing technology?

Conversations with teachers interested in technology integration usually come to a point where the teacher asks, “I understand HOW technology is beneficial, but I don’t know where to begin.”  Professional development is most beneficial if the teacher takes away not only knowledge but an action plan for implementation.

I decided I would like to take on the task of compiling a HOW TO guide for teachers looking to cross the bridge to a student-centered, tech-oriented classroom… But I am going to need the help of fellow teachers with stories, suggestions, how to’s, how NOT to’s, etc.  Please comment below, and let’s see what kind of support we can provide to those on the path to tech integration.