How to Build Your Professional Development PLN

Today, we look at the importance of PLNs within the education world. Just what is a PLN?  It’s A self-created set of experts, colleagues, and resources ... that meet one’s daily learning needs.” More simply, it's, “An extended group of knowledgeable people you reach out to for answers, and trust to guide your learning."

Why is it important to build a PLN? Today on, frequent contributing writer Jacqui Murray looks at the reasons why educators need a PLN:

  • It helps you grow professionally
  • If forces you out of your comfort zone
  • And more!

Jacqui also instructs us on how to build a PLN. Her ideas include:
  • Reach out to others in your field
  • Use #hashtags
  • Always answer questions and acknowledge comments
  • And more!

All in all, the imp[ortance of having a PLN can’t be emphasized enough.

What are some of the ways you build and cultivate your PLN?

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STEM Education in the Elementary Classroom

It’s never too early to begin teaching kids about STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), according to frequent contributor Janelle Cox, who notes that our national economic prosperity depends on it.

Janelle also notes that one way to give kids the opportunity to explore a real-world scientific problem is to give them a hands-on experience. 
Begin this process by:

  • Identifying a real-world problem.
  • Asking questions to explore the problem (and potentially solve the problem).
  • Developing solutions.
  • Exploring a hands-on activity.