This Side of Third

…and second

PLN-How do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways.


6.  It’s 6 ways.

1. Twitter I started 2 Twitter accounts last year, one for personal and the other for education. I am never on my personal account anymore; however, my educational account is always logged in.  The fact that Tweets are so brief, but contain so much information, is truly appealing to busy lives.  I can scroll through, see what’s up and click only what I need, or wish to share.

2. Symbaloo I can’t get enough of this bookmarking tool.  I love it!  You may not think this is a networking tool; however, it’s a connection with benefits.  When you are perusing the gallery of webmixes, you discover so many different topics, ideas, lessons, apps, games, videos, thoughts, seminars, PDs…..whew.  It’s a gateway to opening conversations with the people that created these webmixes to find out more about what they’ve done.  You add their WM, they add yours, you become Twitter followers of each other, link to their blogs, and the PLNs grow.  

3.  GoogleI’m quite new to G+ so I’m still learning all the perks.  The only people in my circles are co-workers and SymbalooEDU.  I don’t even think they’re in the same circle!  The majority of my co-workers are not Google fans (we recently switched email, Drive, etc. to Google and I seem to be one of the few embracing the change) so it’s difficult to plan and share that way with them.  I’ in the process of becoming a Google Educator, so maybe I can make a few more converts when I’m done.   

4.  Facebook As lame and juvenile as FB can be, I still use it as a resource to connect with other educators.  I follow blogs, teacher-friend posts, and news sites, as well as post links to my blog posts.

5. Blogs Just such a wealth of information here!  To be able to share so much with so many is remarkable.  When you get a glimpse into other peoples’ worlds, you can learn so much; however, they sometimes make me feel inadequate.  Bloggers I follow always seem to have nicer things and better ideas than I do.  Time to start ramping up my skilz. 😉   

6.  Email Nothing connects my team better that “old-fashioned” email.  They are always sending, sharing, asking, and planning via email.  I prefer a quick text or Hang Out, but they’re a wordy bunch.  As I write this, there are 4 emails about plans for this week sitting in my Primary box.  Oh!  And two new Twitter followers!  



by posted under PLN, Teachers, Teaching | 4 Comments »    
4 Comments to

“PLN-How do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways.”

  1. October 6th, 2014 at 8:53 am      Reply Jeff Carpenter Says:

    Cyndi –
    I enjoyed your post! A group of researchers and I are conducting a study to learn more about how professional learning networks shape educators’ practices and student learning. We hope that our study will help educators and policymakers support and design more effective professional learning and development for teachers. If you have a few minutes to spare, I would greatly appreciate it if you could take this short survey: You could just cut and paste some of this content if you wanted to!

  2. October 18th, 2014 at 1:28 am      Reply Sue Wyatt Says:

    G’day Cyndi,
    Wondering how the mentoring is going with the students in the student blogging challenge? Can you please send me a list of your students who don’t seem to be participating eg don’t have an about me page or post and haven’t written at least two other posts related to the challenge.

    I will be highlighting them in red this week, then deleting next week if no more challenge posts written.

    • October 19th, 2014 at 12:11 pm      Reply Cyndi Says:

      Mentoring is going well. I’m enjoying their posts, especially their descriptions of vacation. 🙂 I’ve sent all my students welcome posts, periodically spot checked random blogs and recently sent Week 5 and Week 6 posts encouraging them to keep up the challenge. I’m having fun with this! Thanks for the opportunity!

      The following is the list of students not current with the challenge:;;;;;;;

Email will not be published

Website example

Your Comment:

Skip to toolbar