Here we go..my first BLOG POST. I was wondering when I would start keeping a blog and I am glad that Internet for Educators class at BU has initiated this.
Today I am talking about a recent presentation by a guest speaker to my Internet for Educators class, named John Evans. I found a number of different aspects of John Evans (Professional Learning Consultant, MB Education)presentation very interesting. Already I can see that I will learn a lot about the use of internet in the classroom.
I learned about various internet tools, but the presentation mostly focused on PLN's (personal learning networks). PLN's seem to be a very useful tool in the world of education as it is a way to network with other teachers around the glooobe! We all know that teaching is about sharing! Although teacher-sharing within the confines of a school can be very helpful, teacher-sharing on the global level is something that is in a whooole new ballpark. With the use of PLN's we can see how other teachers run their classroom and see what they have to share.
What is a PLN? As far as I can see, a PLN is a group of people that will heighten your learning. This group of people will likely be able to answer any questions you may have about teaching. I think teacher use of a PLN is important because it allows individuals to express themselves through the sharing of resources and opinions on teaching and education via online (global). With the use of internet tools such as twitter, blogs, wikispaces and podcasts we can become a network teacher and connect with other teachers, students and parents. I intend on exploring PLN's further as I believe that these networks may definitely contribute to the success of both teachers and students. I feel that PLN's are a huuuge step in the right direction as they not only connect teachers globally but they also work to promote using online tools which have the potential to create a paperless classroom which will in turn create a healthier, greener planet.