Staying Connected to Technology

Teachers have many excellent tools available to stay connected to a personal learning network through the web. A personal learning network becomes a quick reference for questions, support for new ideas, and a way to stay updated on latest trends and ideas.

It is also important to consider that personal learning networks keep us familiar with the learning literacies that our own students can use. As Will Richardson points out on his blog, "Because at the end of the day, community building has to become an integral part of what we do in our classrooms with our students, as well. We have to be able to model those connections for them and understand them in ways that are meaningful to our own learning practice."

Consider this blog post from Will Richardson that further outlines the importance of learning networks for both teachers and students titled Transparency = Leadership.

Here are some networks that I find especially useful:

ListServs and Newsletters

Nings and Social Networking Sites

Educational Bloggers

Twitter

Register at this site to find "tweets" and follow people that have similar interests. This applies to all areas of life but many educators are "tweeting" and sharing little gems online. It is also a great way to connect with others.
  • Reasons to Twitter in School
  • Tweet Threads: Type these in the "search" for twitter and subscribe to the RSS feed.
    • #gr8t
    • #comments4kids
    • #smartboard

Readers and RSS Feeds

  • Netvibes
  • Google Reader
  • Add multiple content feeds including video, images, blogs, rss feeds, etc.