Guest Blog Post by Knikole Taylor, Learning Ambassador
It goes without saying that teachers have more and more placed on their plates. From classroom instruction, inclusive of remediation, acceleration and accountability, to parental communication, there are a lot of things that come along with being a successful educator. However, there is help! You don’t have to navigate the world of education alone. Your PLN, or professional learning network, is only a click away, ready to help you navigate the many issues that lie ahead. A professional learning network is a group of people who share similar interests. These people work together to share ideas and resources in education.
How to Build Your PLN
The easiest way to build your PLN is to get involved. Join conversations in order to share and learn from others around the globe. Need help getting started? Try one of the resources below.
Twitter serves as a free place to connect with other educators using microblogs. Using 140 characters or less, users are able to communicate with each other and make connections over common threads using hashtags and following others. There are many chats, or conversations, that occur on Twitter daily for educators. Participate Learning outlines upcoming conversations with descriptions. Check out their list here, and jump into a conversation.
Voxer is a free walkie talkie application for smartphones, tablets, and computers. Educators are able to speak directly with others to ask questions and receive advice regarding educational issues. This Voxer Group Directory created by Karen Corbell, Heather Gauck, and Sarah Thomas details Voxer groups available for you to join today. Jump into a conversation.
Attend an Edcamp! Edcamps are free “unconference” events fueled by attendees. There is no pre-planned schedule or vendors selling products. Edcamps are simply a meeting of the minds attended by educators who want to share and learn from others. Here is a list of upcoming Edcamp events.
Knikole Taylor is a passionate servant leader with fifteen years of experience as an educator and currently serves as a district Blended Learning Specialist with Lancaster ISD, a suburb of Dallas, TX. In this role, she supports the growth and development of teachers and students through seamless integration of innovative technology usage for student success. Through personalized coaching, Mrs. Taylor works with teachers and teacher leaders to craft professional goals to extend their scope of instruction and meet the needs of all learners. It is her firm belief that anyone can succeed with tailored one-on-one support.
Knikole received her bachelors from Texas A&M-Commerce and her Masters of Education in Administration from Lamar University. Knikole is currently a doctoral student.