by Fran Siracusa
Collaboration within Personal Learning Networks
My greatest professional asset is my recently-evolved personal learning network (PLN). In many arenas of conferences, summits, school visits, and the Twitter-verse, I have developed a complex web of connections. These connections have afforded me opportunities to share knowledge and communicate constantly in the ever-changing world of education. Whether I am facilitating a community sharing of ideas during an Edcamp session, or working alongside educators with the newest creativity and productivity apps, acting as an Educational Technologist or Educator Voice for emerging technology companies, or just reaching out to find an answer to a question, EACH experience contributes to who I am as an educator today. If I were asked to give my best advice to a novice teacher, I would definitely urge him/her to connect with same-discipline educators on Twitter and to take advantage of all professional development opportunities, especially attendance at conferences and Edcamps. For developing or established educators, I recommend leaving your comfort zone and reaching out to like-minded catalysts and go-getters! Teachers are communicators and great-thinkers; just like our students, we educators ought to be flexible and seek support from leaders and peers.