Discovering Personal Learning Networks

As an Education student, I am learning about the importance of networking, and creating a Personal Learning Network. Education blogs make this really easy in the 21st-century learning environment. They also help compile resources for educators in one easy space, and can immediately shift a teaching style or give guidance to change teaching techniques or habits. There are so many cool approaches and activities on a wide range of topics and grades, any educator can give input and learn from others.

I have read many blogs, such as Answer Sheet, an American based blog about school policy and reform in the states, and Daily Adventures, a blog highlighting the success of individual teachers and educators around the world. Innovative Educator was another awesome blog focusing on the situations of different students and finding possible solutions for those in high-risk situations. A cool Canadian site, Runde’s Room, has lots of teacher resources and activities for grade school educators and students.

However, through all of my research and reading, my top three favorite sites were Mindshift, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, and Musing Mathematically. (You may click on the site name below to visit their site!)

Mindshift

Mindshift discusses controversial topics or different viewpoints on given topics. It encourages a “shift” in teaching, and as the name suggests, in the mindset of teachers. This blog is valuable to me as a future teacher because it poses the current stance on topics, and gives the opposing side also. I can understand the value to other educators as well because it can be an opportunity to change a teaching belief. One of the posts I found interesting was on technology in the classroom, such as phones or laptops. I found it really well-researched with opinions from different educators to show the differing viewpoints.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

This blog is really cool for introducing teachers to tech and apps for the education world. One of the posts that caught my attention was on the use of infographics, and how to create them for a classroom setting. This blog is extremely useful to any educator’s Personal Learning Network (PLN) because it is current with technologies that can be used for teaching. As educators, it is our responsibility to stay up to date to engage our students. I like how they teach you how to interact with some of the technologies, and links to learn more about the apps. This is probably one of the most relevant sites for educators today.

Musing Mathematically

Prime Climb
Photo courtesy of primeclimbgame.com

Nat Banting’s blog, Musing Mathematically, is a Canadian blog! He is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and has a fantastic site for mathematics! From his site, I have learned about the math board game, Prime Climb, and its applications in his classroom. He has some deep reflection on teaching in general, and I appreciate his opinions in his post on “Student-ing” and “Teacher-ing”. His blog is extremely valuable to me and other educators because he is truly thoughtful about the educating process and role, and he knows how to make math interesting and fun! His teaching styles are very similar to my pragmatic values.

Final Thoughts

Creating these connections has built my Personal Learning Network, and I am excited to use some of the strategies and resources I have read about. One example I really want to learn more about is Prime Climb and its application in the math classroom! I have just scratched the surface of teacher resources, and I am already excited to learn more.

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1 thought on “Discovering Personal Learning Networks”

  1. Hello Jordan,
    I thought you did a great job on this post because you really went in depth on what you found relevant in education today and how these blogs focused on it. I also found Nat Banting’s blog was really interesting and I loved the math games he discussed on his blog. I also agree with your section on Mindshift, it was a great blog and really challenges a teacher’s mindset. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    Haylee

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