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A Brave New World-Wide Web

Do not go quietly into your classroom!It started with a presentation to Simon Fraser University student teachers.
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This concept of connected learning is still foreign to many schools and teachers. Connecting for professional learning yourself is the first step toward seeing the power of the same connections for students.

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Tools for Professional Learning: Curate, Share, Connect

Tools for Professional Learning: Curate, Share, Connect | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
For six years, I taught in a basement classroom with no windows, and yet I could see what was happening around the world thanks to the Internet. Though I tried learning something new each day, until
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When It Comes To Twitter, My Way Is The Right Way

When It Comes To Twitter, My Way Is The Right Way | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
It's ironic, almost comical, that there seems to be more and more blog posts out there about the "right way" to "do Twitter." What's especially ironic are posts from folks who say Twitter should ...
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Nice post about the best way to approach Twitter.
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Great Blogs & People on Twitter for Educators to Follow

Great Blogs & People on Twitter for Educators to Follow | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
Teachers often come to me and say that they have heard of a PLN (Personal Learning Network) and that they want to start following relevant blogs and even to start getting involved on Twitter. Howev...
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Why Not Twitter? -- A Letter to My Admin. Team

Why Not Twitter? -- A Letter to My Admin. Team | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
The other night, I had a conversation with a superintendent and principal from another school district about all of their administrators and many of their teachers being on twitter. We talk...
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Tips & Tricks 4 Twitter

Tips & Tricks 4 Twitter | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
Steps to Getting Your Twitter Account: 1. Go to Twitter.com2. Complete the New To Twitter? box.3. The next window lets you create your...
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What should a networked educational leader tweet about?

What should a networked educational leader tweet about? | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
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Getting started on Twitter? Here are some ideas for topics to Tweet about!

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#EDCHAT: Are You Only 140 Characters Away From Professional Development? | WGSI.org

#EDCHAT: Are You Only 140 Characters Away From Professional Development? | WGSI.org | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
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PD (Mostly) Sucks. Is EdCamp The Solution?

PD (Mostly) Sucks. Is EdCamp The Solution? | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
PD (Mostly) Sucks. Is EdCamp The Solution?
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7 Effective Ways To Engage On Twitter Infographic Plus The Teacher’s Guide To Twitter

7 Effective Ways To Engage On Twitter Infographic Plus The Teacher’s Guide To Twitter | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
7 Effective Ways To Engage On Twitter Infographic Plus The Teacher’s Guide To Twitter
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Maine teacher turning to Twitter for new ideas | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine teacher turning to Twitter for new ideas  | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
Mt. Blue English teacher Dan Ryder joins teachers across the U.S. who are using Twitter to network and exchange teaching insights.
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EdTechSandyK: #EdCampOnline Experience 10-26-13 #ce13

EdTechSandyK: #EdCampOnline Experience 10-26-13 #ce13 | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
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I was excited to participate in the first ever EdCamp Online!

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The Complete Guide to Twitter Lingo

The Complete Guide to Twitter Lingo | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
Take a look through our handy list of Twitter lingo for a complete glossary of terms you may come across in tweets.

Via Debra Askanase, gwynethjones
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There are some codes/abbreviations here that I don't see often or never see in the edutwitter world, but it's great to peruse this list in case something comes up. I have started to see "ICYMI" and now I know what that means!

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I really love the MT

KB...Konnected's curator insight, October 25, 2013 11:15 AM

Certainly a good resource to keep on hand.

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, October 30, 2013 10:29 PM

Great resource for new Tweeters!

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13 Great Twitter Chats Every Educator Should Check Out

13 Great Twitter Chats Every Educator Should Check Out | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
With hundreds of education-focused Twitter chats popping up across the globe, it can be tough for educators to get started. Here's the skinny on the what, when, and where of the best chats, and a few simple ways you can join the conversation.
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It’s Never Too Late to Become a Connected Educator

It’s Never Too Late to Become a Connected Educator | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
By: Gayle Allen. Overwhelmed? Check! Afraid? Check! Empowered? Check! Read on to learn more.
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Great example with specific steps a veteran educator took to grow in his own professional practice utilizing online resources.
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Twitter EDU by @datruss

Twitter EDU by @datruss | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
This is it. My one-stop-all-you-need-to-know-guide to Twitter.

It's the why and the how to get you started, to move you beyond the initial frustrations, and to create a fantastic learning network.
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How to Use Twitter Chats to Expand Your PLN

How to Use Twitter Chats to Expand Your PLN | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
By Monica Burns Sometimes it can be difficult for educators to know who to reach out to for help.
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This advice is not only relevant to educators but also to learning facilitators involved in workplace learning interventions.

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Twitter for Professional Educators

Information for teachers and administrators on how to set up and use your professional Twitter account.
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Twitter + Teachers = Moving Beyond the 4 Walls

Twitter + Teachers = Moving Beyond the 4 Walls | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
Have you ever felt isolated?  Alone?  (Does this sound like the beginning of a self-help book?)  For the past seven years I have been the only 4th grade writing teacher on my campus.  I have not ha...
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A classroom teacher shares how Twitter has impacted her teaching practices. Succinct and insightful!

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Connecting in Austin :: ETWAustin and EdTech Austin

Connecting in Austin :: ETWAustin and EdTech Austin | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
Educators love connecting with other educators! Those of us in EdTech Austin and EdTech Women know this quite well.
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The Must-Have Guide To Twitter Manners - Edudemic

The Must-Have Guide To Twitter Manners - Edudemic | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
In an effort to keep your Twitter manners properly set up and to make sure you know which part of Twitter is useful for a particular type of question or conversation, check out this visual guide.
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Nocking the Arrow: Three Significant Obstacles to Creating a Personal Learning Network

Nocking the Arrow: Three Significant Obstacles to Creating a Personal Learning Network | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
This article describes what a personal learning network is, and discusses three reasons for reluctance for educators to engage with a PLN.
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A Quick Start Guide to Participating in Twitter Chats | Digital Learning Environments

A Quick Start Guide to Participating in Twitter Chats | Digital Learning Environments | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
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How to Track Twitter Hashtags - For Dummies

How to Track Twitter Hashtags - For Dummies | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it

Sometimes, you need to track hashtags, for example, if you want to see whether twitterers are mentioning your company, brand, or event. People talk about you and your company on Twitter, although probably not as much as they discuss celebrity deaths or charges of election tampering.

The following websites enable you to track hashtags:


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The Twitteraholic’s Ultimate Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter | The Edublogger

The Twitteraholic’s Ultimate Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter | The Edublogger | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
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Very thorough & updated in October 2013. 

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10 Ways to Learn From Twitter: The eLearning Coach

10 Ways to Learn From Twitter: The eLearning Coach | Self-Directed PLNs and Professional Development in Education | Scoop.it
Twitter is a powerful platform for personal and professional learning, enrichment and growth. Find out how you can learn from Twitter.
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