June 10, 2018
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Summer - The Perfect Time to Cultivate & Grow Your PLN
Invest in yourself this summer by reevaluting your professional learning networks (PLN). This week we feature tools and resources galore to build and nuture your PLN.
OK2Ask®: 3 Cool Tools for Building Your PLN
View this archived virtual workshop to learn about three free tools to connect to, learn from, and build your PLN. Gain insights from experienced edtech coaches. Identify key words to use and educators to follow.
Microsoft Educator Community
Meet and collaborate with teachers from across the globe! This extensive network of educators is the place to find lessons, earn badges and certificates, and more through training courses. Register for virtual field trips to sites around the world.
The Guide to Pinterest for Educators
Use Pinterest as part of your professional planning, for collaboration, and to find teaching tools. Find tips and information for managing Pinterest as a powerful learning tool. The handbook includes the basics of pinning, organization, and collaboration.
Tweet Your Way to New Connections
Twitter is an effective channel for connecting with other educators and sharing ideas. Below you'll find ways to manage your hashtags, view archived chats, and more.
Twitter Chat Archives
Review our #OK2Ask Twitter chat archives covering topics ranging from PLNs to flexible seating to formative assessment, and more. New archives are added frequently, so check back often or join us live.
Focus on the Twitter chats you want to follow easily and in real-time with tchat. Input the hashtag you wish to follow to filter out all other tweets. Use this site to follow other educators in your PLN. Read more about this tool in the full review.
Hash - Today's Talking Points
Stay informed! This Twitter feed aggregator shows news trending on Twitter. Choose the "Share Story" link to share via social media, email, or URL. Connect with other educators by sharing hashtags together.
Subject Specific PLN Connections
Collaborate and connect with like-minded educators who teach in the same (or similar) subject area.
Art Education 2.0
Connect with art teachers from around the world. View what other schools are creating, chat with other professionals, locate collaborative global projects, and find art lessons. Explore options to further your professional development.
TPS Teachers Network
Funded by the Library of Congress, TPS Teachers Network is a social networking site for social studies and history teachers. Participate in chats, add friends, make connections, and search topics. You also have the option to save albums with information.
Whether you are a student or teacher of English as a Second Language, this site is for you. Navigate the resources and lessons related to grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and more. Plus, collaborate with others via a variety of ESL forums.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Registration is now open for our Summer 2018 OK2Ask virtual workshops and includes several new topics to explore! Visit our blog to read recent posts on supporting tech-shy teachers, building your PLN, and more. And, share with us your experiences with PLNs in our weekly poll.
Free virtual workshops
Summer Learning with OK2Ask
Professional learning pool-side or from the comfort of your home is possible with our summer OK2Ask schedule! In addition to our regular virtual workshops (including new topics), we have special days dedicated to free tools from Microsoft and Google!
Weekly posts on infusing technology
Edtech Inspiration from Experienced Coaches
With new posts weekly, our Infusing Technology blog is full of ideas and timely topics to explore. Recent subjects include, supporting tech-shy teachers, suggestions to build your PLN, ideas for using Augmented Reality, sites for rhyming, and more!
Share your experience
How Will You Build Your PLN This Summer?
This week our poll asks, what are you going to do this summer to grow the connections in your Professional Learning Network (PLN)? Have you started to create your PLN? Or, are you just at the beginning of the road?
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