Because I firmly believe in the power of networking and the creativity, inspiration, and knowledge fellow teachers have to offer, I've been searching for affordable and effective ways to enhance my current instructional practice.
By far, the best avenue I've found is my own personal learning network. Twitter has been an amazing resource for me to gain inspirational film segments - which started TubeTalk - to use within my writer's workshop, meet other top educators, and learn about beneficial websites to use with my students. After tweeting with friends, I quickly began to find out about many educational Nings available. The shared resources have truly benefited my practice. Having an international network of friends who share common interests is such a powerful tool.
Often, when I'm searching for a great idea, once I tweet about my need, dozens of friends have instantly passed along their resources. Quality resources in the blink of an eye... in today's time (where there aren't enough minutes in the day), having a personal learning network has maximized my time with my family and strengthened my lessons for my students.
Click here to peek into my personal learning network for some of the best resources I've found! You may wonder how one can 'keep up' with the mass streams of social networking. Well, RockMelt has a solution: click here to read more about the best social networking browser!