Personal Learning Networks

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Professional Readings

Novak, Bev. 2012. If You Don't Have a PLN, You Don't Know What You are Missing. The author shares a description of what PLNs are and how they are different from other types of professional support.Advice for starting a PLN is included.

Schwelik, Jennifer & Higgs-Horwell, Melissa. 2012. Cultivate Your Personal Learning Network- Grow Your Knowledge Building Community-Prepare for an Abundant Fall Harvest (pdf).This article discusses how teachers, librarians, and school districts benefit from personal learning networks.

Starkey, Carolyn Jo. 2012. 21 Resources to Kick-Start a Gold Medal PLN (pdf). Additional resources and web links compiled by the guest editor of the November/December 2012 Knowledge Quest on Professional Learning Networks, Carolyn Jo Starkey.

U.S. Department of Education. 2012. Connected Educators. Based on the National Education Technology Plan, the Connected Online Communities of Practice project will steward a scalable, sustainable ecology of online communities in education to improve teacher and leader effectiveness, enhance student learning and increase productivity.

U.S. Department of Education. 2010. Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology. The National Education Technology Plan calls for applying the advanced technologies used in daily personal and professional lives to the entire education system to improve student learning, accelerate and scale up the adoption of effective practices, and use data and information for continuous improvement.

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Virtual Professional Learning Networks

Bloggers to Learn From Explore this list of education bloggers to see which you might want to add to your PLN.

Blogs for Your PLN Valuable information on developing your PLN.

Creating a PLN PLN resources and presentations are offered.

Library Blogs Relatively short list of library bloggers.

Social Networking Resources There are pages and pages of resources here.

Teacher Librarian NingTeacher-librarian community page.

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