Now that the year is nearly over, I have been thinking about the changing nature of my teaching and development as a teacher. Traditional professional development, delivered by the school to the masses is helpful and it exposes a large number of people to one particular idea or viewpoint. I wanted more, and the answer came when I started to use twitter as an individual professional development source. I was skeptical at first. I didn't know who to follow, what to read and how often I should check in with my account. However, I quickly realized that whenever I logged in, something useful was being written by someone that I followed. Once I got involved in #edchat discussion, my PLN grew, the ideas came faster, my network spread and the learning, ideas and a progressive view of education came quickly. Twitter re-energized me as a teacher. It allowed me to see a world of educators that I didn't know existed. I thought I was in an isolated bubble, I found out that I was surrounded by like minded educators, who are excited, want to see change and are passionate about making it happen.
How to Use Twitter to Grow Your PLN | Edutopia
Twitter as a PLN (Personal Learning Network)