Update: The article mentioned in the last link of this article is an example of being connected via an online PLN. https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-04-09-charting-the-pd-waters-with-badges came about via a PLN connection. I admired Laura Fleming's work, and because I followed her on Twitter, was able to connect her with Edsurge.
I was asked to share why I like being part of district PLNs so when I went away last weekend, I used my time at the airport to film myself talking about why I love having an online PLN - a global learning network of educators that I can learn from via social media like Twitter and Yammer, and how it is good to have district connections within that PLN.
Upshot: You willl get new views, great ideas, and a lot of inspiration and practical tips from connecting to others on social media.
I love the idea of a PLN as personalized professional development. Along with badging I hope it is the wave of the PD future. I can help you discover the ones that suit you or help you navigate the ones that are not intuitive.
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Lisa Gurthie is the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary holistic education, and unschooling school to reconnect academia to real life. One day she will modernize her "about" page. She curates this blog for the professional development convenience of the teachers at Piedmont, but the editorial comments are her own.