“Since we cannot experience everything, other people’s experiences, and hence other people, become the surrogate for knowledge. ‘I store my knowledge in my friends’ is an axiom for collecting knowledge through collecting people (undated).” – Karen Stephenson
When we connect with other educators and develop Personal/ Professional/ Passionate Learning Networks (PLNs), we participate in collective, networked learning. We are able to gather resources, ideas, lesson plans, support and solutions to problems from educators worldwide. Learning with a community of educators makes us stronger educators and we need that strength to accomplish the great mission of being a teacher. Below, are some ideas on how to make meaningful connections with educators and build a strong support system before school begins. For more resources, check out this post I wrote for Noodle Education, How to Crowdsource Professional Development for Teachers. If you like these ideas then be sure to check out my new book published in August 2017 with more ideas, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom.
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Challenge: Try one of these ideas to begin making meaningful connections with educators.
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