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/
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.