As part of my professional learning, I exist on Twitter @rpsitrt. I follow a number of leaders in education, lurk on edchats, and share instructional strategies and resources with my small number of followers. I also minimally exist on Facebook in the Lamar groups and am connected with a few key educators in my district, but mostly observe and not contribute on that platform.
I work in a department of approximately 20 Instructional Technology Resource Teachers. That group serves as one of my primary PLNs. We often reach out to one another to support, learn, and get ideas from each other on new and interesting ways to engage our teachers and students.
I consider the groups of teachers that I work with at each of my schools PLNs because we have established communities through which they receive a lot of information and support from me about instructional technology integration, and we have an ongoing conversation about needs, implementation, and success. We are at the point where some of them will now share cool tools with me because they know that I have the means to easily share out with a larger audience. They also like receiving the kudos and attribution (and usually some swag) for sharing a cool tool!
One of the opportunities that I have enjoyed and found extremely valuable is going to the Future of Eduction Technology Conference (FETC) a number of times. This conference has allowed me to network with educators and technology leaders from around the country to learn about what is new and what is working in education. I would recommend this conference to everyone.
Every year, my goal is to increase my participation and presence online - especially Twitter. There are such incredible conversations about the direction of education going on in that space.
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