Beyond the Glass

Reflections on education in a connected world. Jackie Sakatch

The Strength of a Professional Learning Network.

on November 24, 2013


cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Colleen McMahon
Throughout this term I have discovered the power of a Professional Learning Network (PLN) and Twitter. This weekend I have experience the benefits of having a strong PLN. I twitted out my last blog post The Gift of Openness and Alec Couros commented on my tweet

The next thing that happened is that the number of favorites and retweets that I received in a short period of time was phenomenal.

Blog explosion

I decided to check my blog stats and this is what I found.

Blog_stats

Thanks to Alec’s retweet more people viewed and decided to follow my blog. The process of developing your PLN may take some time to establish but the more effect that your invest the more opportunities you will have to share and influence.

My classroom twitter account is slowly being used by families. After report cards went home on Friday this was the response I received from one of my families:

My classroom Twitter following is small but for the families that use it powerful. Just like an ant.

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by AnnaNakami

Hopefully it goes to many

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Charles Lam

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8 responses to “The Strength of a Professional Learning Network.

  1. Thanks for your post Jackie! I had the same thing happen to me! I think have about 40 more followers since I started this class on my Twitter account 🙂

    It’s really amazing how things start to snowball once you start making some connections with people who have similar interests!

    Gillian

  2. Thanks Gillian. It is amazing and I am able to learn on Twitter now not just get the latest sports or celebrity news.

  3. Jackie great post! Maybe this is also permission for us to give our work/words a shout out. I write blog posts and then will occasionally post on our google community, but why not use twitter as an extra avenue! Way to go!

    I also love your analogy of the ants! Powerful visual!

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