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PLN: Personal Late Nights

How Twitter and other tech media and platforms have opened up a Pandora's Box of Personal Learning Networks for growing as a teacher... or in my case PLN stands for Personal Late Nights...
  1. A few months ago I discovered Twitter- thanks to my friend, Sommer Reynolds and a Mobile Conference at Region 5. Not that I didn't know Twitter existed; you would have to live under a rock to not know about Twitter... I just didn't see its relevance to my life and felt it was one more novelty I truly didn't have time for. However, at this Mobile Conference, the Keynote was @ipadsammy and he basically said get a Twitter account because all of the cool kids have one... and since the lovely Mrs. Reynolds was always talking about the latest cool tidbits she read about on Twitter, I decided to give it a try. Holy Moly, Batman! There is a whole list of Twitter chats you can be a part of- and some of them aren't even listed on this list!!!!!!!!
  2. In addition to this thing called Twitter and his shadow, Hashtag- I also discovered Learnist. This site allows you to curate different sites and media based on your interest... and when education is not only your livelihood, but also your passion, there is much to discover! I began following and liking some pretty cool boards and through these boards on Learnist, have been introduced to a myriad of tech tools, programs, and apps that make teaching more vibrant and meaningful; probably for the simple fact that I personally find it engaging and fun.
  3. In the last few weeks, my class and I have used to spread the word about our Poetry Project and National Poem in Your Pocket Day (#pocketpoem); partaken (is that even a real word??!?) in various polls to engage student learning for our Oregon Trail project using the Socrative app; awarded badges with; used VoiceThread to piece our original poems and illustrations together and share with the world; used as a linking page for websites I wanted my class to gain content from and shared learning points with others through our comments (and an additional shout-out to the cute girl in the next class....until we realized Mrs. Diamond was monitoring all of our comments... and they were part of our grade.); participated in a QR Scavenger Hunt using the mobile devices we could scrape together (two personal iPads, my daughters iPod Touch (don't tell her!) and my iPhone) using the great! 

    All of these things with just a Twitter account and a Learnist Board... oh!- and of course, a few PLNs.  
  4. Mrs. Diamond's QR Scavenger Hunt
  5. Students sharing the poem in their pocket with PIYP open mic!! Many student-written! #pocketpoem #LCIRocks
  6. So where will we go from here? 
    So it was on this night that I told myself (numerous times) I would go to bed at 10:00 PM. No later. No excuses. No new media to devour or try. No new Tweets to read. Technology off. Lights out. Pronto!.......... Then this happened: 
  7. @burgessdave @alicekeeler Good teachers go to PD. Great teachers implement their PD #tlap
  8. I couldn't resist. What was this #tlap they speak of and where can I find out more!!?! Which led me to someone else's feed... which led me here!-- to Storify. Remembering the lovely Sommer Reynolds mentioning Storify once, I decided I needed to give it a try.

  9. A vicious, never-ending cycle........ or professional development at its finest.......? I'll let you decide. In the meantime, it has been another PLN, and I must get up in 5 hours. 
  10. @Sumlendia @johncornyn @sentedcruz Texas teachers think this is a great idea! Fifth graders at our school would love to Skype!!
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