Learning Networks

Before this week, I’ve haven’t really had experience with learning networks.   The only thing that I do, is follow a few accounts on Instagram.  Some of them are resourceful, that give me some ideas or things to think about, related to teaching,  While other accounts, I look and watch to enjoy “teacher humor”.  I don’t really contribute on these accounts, I just use ideas that I think may work out in my classroom.  Some of the accounts that I follow include: @classroompinspirations and @fun_fresh_ideas.  If you’d like the funny ones, I can definitely share.   I love teacher humor!
When I started looking into professional learning networks, I found a few good ones on different platforms.  I explored twitter and found a few accounts that were relevant to me.  I looked for accounts that focused on math and special education.  The accounts that I found were: @iteachmathall, @algebrafact, @five_triangles, @onspeced, and @education_IEP.  After looking into ISTE, i will definitely reference this learning network more often.
After finding some general math and special education related learning networks, I figured that I would find something that was more specific.  We recently switched from Desire2Learn to Canvas, as our learning management system.  I was got lucky that my last master’s program used D2L and I didn’t have to learn how to use the system.  Now, I’m in desperate need of learning about Canvas before the school year starts.  I was able to find:  https://community.canvaslms.com/ .  This is a pretty awesome learning network.  The user is able to ask questions, join groups and/or live chat.  I will definitely make use of this PLN this coming year.

10 Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network.  Retrieved from https://www.teachthought.com/the-future-of-learning/10-reasons-every-teacher-needs-professional-learning-network/

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