For the past 4 years, I have researched the what, who, how, and why of Personal/Professional/ Passionate Learning Networks (PLNs). We have seen the benefits of the people we choose to connect, collaborate, and problem solve with through social media. The educators, subject matter experts (SMEs), authors, and mentors we choose to derive knowledge from help us self-reflect on our methodologies and beliefs. They support us, remember our birthdays, celebrate our accomplishments, and stir within us a passion to improve the status quo.
Within one year of connecting with a PLN, I jump started many projects at my school and in the past 5 years I’ve organized many free incredible professional development events with the help of my PLN. My PLN helps me be a better educator and prepare my students and trainees. They feed me experience, knowledge, and support 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. So where do you begin? Start by reviewing the slides below, then explore one of the ELT hashtags listed in the slides. Cybraryman keeps an updated list of hashtags for teachers on this page. Finally, click on the bookmarks following the presentation. I will continue to update these bookmarks with free online professional development resources especially designed for English language teachers.
PLNS for English Language Teachers
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