Skip to main content

Drafting 7 PLN Game Changers

Creative Commons Image


On the evening of the NFL Draft, I began contemplating what it would look like if I had to "draft" the folks that make up my super, awesome personal learning network. Here is what my "PLN Draft" would look like, rounds 1 - 7.




ROUND ONE - Edudemic (Jeff Dunn & Katie Lepi)
Twitter = @edudemic
Google+ = +Edudemic

Scouting Report:  A steady stream of helpful information for improving education, improving teacher effectiveness, and enhancing learning for students.

ROUND TWO - Edutopia (A George Lucas Foundation)
Twitter = @edutopia
Google+ = +Edutopia

Scouting Report:  Daily posts that are rich in detail and support material.  Covering a wide range of educational topics.

ROUND THREE - Mindshift  (Tina Barseghian)
Twitter = @MindShiftKQED
Google+ = +MindShift +Tina Barseghian

Scouting Report:  Posts hit my email inbox first thing in the morning.  I retweet 3/4 of what MindShift sends me.  High quality information with wide-ranging topics about learning and innovation in education.

ROUND FOUR - Free Technology for Teachers (Richard Byrne)
Twitter = @rmbyrne
Google+ = +Free Technology for Teachers +Richard Byrne

Scouting Report:  As with MindShift, Free Technology for Teachers arrives by Gmail every morning with a handful of terrific tips for supporting learning with instructional technology.  I usually find at least one daily tip that is worth sharing with my colleagues and students.

ROUND FIVE - Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day  (Larry Ferlazzo)
Twitter = @Larryferlazzo
Google+ = +Larry Ferlazzo

Scouting Report:  The sheer volume of Larry's work is mind boggling.  I learn something new and interesting from Larry every day.

ROUND SIX - The Principal of Change (George Couros)
Twitter = @gcouros
Google+ = +George Couros

Scouting Report:  George is a key player in my PLN.  He is the reason that I have stepped up my blogging game.  Leadership and learning are the focus, but life lessons keep it real.  Well-written and always insightful.

ROUND SEVEN - My Island View (Tom Whitby)
Twitter = @tomwhitby
The Educator's PLN & SmartBlogs

Scouting Report:  I recently met Tom at ICE 2013.  He was moving chairs in the resort corridor and I incorrectly concluded that he was a member of the wait staff.  Tom's digital footprint is impressive and his emphasis on connected learning speaks truth to me.  Like my other draft choices, he shares honestly and transparently.

My PLN has far too many supporters to mention in a single post. I limited my scope to seven rounds to mirror the NFL Draft. These are the folks that I have a daily online relationship with. Other influential folks that I highly recommend following include; Alan November, Will Richardson, Daniel Pink, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Angela Maiers, Vicki Davis, Steven Anderson, Eric Sheninger, Scott McLeod, Kathy Schrock, and Shannon Miller. Check out who I am following on Twitter - they are all winners!

What about you?  Who are the stalwarts in your personal learning network? 

Please use the comment box below to mention your favorite PLN members and where we can connect with them.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Grammarly Writing Hacks for Better Blogging

Writing is learning. It's taken me about thirty years to realize the metacognitive power of written expression, the same amount of time it took for me to recognize that my writing skills suck. Apparently, time in composition class was spent daydreaming and making silly faces at girls. Today, each post is an exercise of will power, unlearning and relearning prepositional phrases, comma usage, and when to use the ever-popular semicolon. Two hundred posts into my blogging adventure I've picked up a few tricks that add efficiency to my writing, things that make me appear smarter than I really am.


Freelance writer, Jennie Cromie, writing for ProBlogger.net, identifies five ways blogging can make you a better writer. Discover your voiceBuild social connectionsAcquire valuable feedbackBecome self-disciplinedWrite faster and more efficiently
Writing with intent to learn is the mindset to lead with. Using the right tools permits scatterbrains like me to focus on the message rather than un…

To Email, or Not

Should current students learn how to use email?


As someone who celebrates a clean email inbox about once every five years, I found it interesting that the topic of student email usage was on the agenda of our recent high school leadership meeting. The focus of this brief conversation concentrated on these questions.



How can we get students to utilize their school email account better? Should we be teaching students how to communicate with email?When and where should email usage skills be taught? Who's responsibility is this?Why do we want kids to check their email? Those around the conference room table agreed with the importance of students checking their email to stay informed about upcoming events and opportunities. Others mentioned it as being an important part of "digital executive functioning." Time was running short when someone said, "Kids don't use email."

This brief statement sent my mind scurrying in several simultaneous directions. 

First, thinking …

Learning that Matters

Originally posted on Fractus Learning - 5.3.16

“Today we speak casually of lifelong learning, but in a few decades, it will likely be so much the norm as hardly to require its own label.” - David Perkins

You’re an educator with your finger on the pulse of what’s relevant to teaching and school. Being well read, you know that educational thought leaders are focusing recent dialogue on learning. Schools have always been places of learning, but few can deny the impact the Internet has on a person’s ability to learn whatever they want, whenever they want. Let’s have some fun by responding with the first word that pops into your mind.

Fill in the blank to complete the following phrase;______________________ learning.

The possible answers are numerous, aren’t they? Is your response included in the table below?


Authentic Problem-based Project-based Individualized Personalized Cooperative Flipped Mastery Community-based