When I first heard we were setting up a Personal Learning Network, I didn’t even know what it was and I was pretty intimidated. I wasn’t sure where to start, what a PLN really was, and who I would even want to include in my personal network. After reading How to Cultivate a Personal Learning Network, it really gave me the sturdy framework I needed to dig in and get my hands dirty.
I realized that building your PLN starts off as finding people and topics you are interested in. For me, this happened to fall underneath elementary education. After searching for a while I realized that there were so many other great twitter profiles that encompassed all of education, not just certain grade levels. After that I decided that I could and can learn just as much from the general education profiles as I could from the profiles aimed only at elementary education.
Some of these profiles that encompass education are aimed at the national level, so anything going on at that level gets blogged, tweeted, and talked about all on that profile. There is another twitter profile that I follow @MyClassroomIdea that is all about a network of teachers sharping pictures of things such as bulletin board ideas, decorations, and other teaching ideas. The second twitter profile encompasses more of the elementary level because of the bulletin board ideas, but they are great ideas that hopefully someday I can use in my classroom.
The article I talked about earlier suggested that I try to use listorious to find preset lists of people we could be interested in. I first checked out their website and was re-directed to muckrack.com. When I got there I could only choose if I was PR professional or a journalist and would have to make a profile. For me, this was too much unnecessary work to find other education professionals that I could just filter through Twitter myself. So I decided to use Google as a guide and find another way to find education professionals on twitter.
When I went out searching on my own in google I found this article, How To: Use Twitter . This gave me step by step instructions on how to set up the list feature on my twitter profile. There are various tasks that you can utilize when setting up and getting your list together. I ended up grouping most of my education profiles together under elementary education. Instead of searching my entire timeline for those tweets, if I go into my list I can see all the people that I’ve added to that groups tweets, I can see the members, and can also see if anyone else has subscribed to the list that I have made.
If yougiys haven’t found out already, the list feature under settings is a pretty awesome feature!! #diglitclass
— Hillary Bollish (@hillarybollish) February 8, 2017
Please feel free to look under my list & if you like it subscribe to it! Honestly, that’s how I found a lot of the useful twitter profiles that I decided I wanted to follow. I looked at other education profiles lists and then explored their education lists from there and decided which ones I liked, and ended up adding them to my list and following them. All in all I am really impressed and excited to interact with other people in my PLN. Twitter has made it easy and pain free to see the events going on my education world. I’m so excited we got to start building our PLN’s because it’s something that I will be able to use throughout my entire professional teaching career.