Creating a PLN doesn't make me very nervous because I've been working on building that PLN for the past year or two. Most of my original worries and concerns have been eased or worked through as I have practiced, experimented, and tried various social media tools. However, one concern I continually have is keeping my PLN separate from my personal life. Using social media tools for work and personal are different for me. Some people don't see a problem combining them or using the same social media accounts for both but that is something I have a hard time with. It is a constant struggle to find the right balance for me.
2. The Pinterest article gives you many ideas of how to incorporate Pinterest into your classroom and build your PLN. What are a few ideas that you liked and how can you use these ideas to make you a better educator?
The Pinterest article gives you many ideas of how to incorporate Pinterest into your classroom and build your PLN. What are a few ideas that you liked and how can you use these ideas to make you a better educator?The Pinterest article broke its uses into categories including inspirations, lessons, professional, and fun. In my experiences with Pinterest I use it for all of those reasons and have found it to really enhance my instruction, provide new innovative ideas, collaborate with other teachers, and more. When I taught third grade, each of the teachers on my team followed each other’s education Pinterest boards and it was a great way for us to collaborate and work together. Now that I am supporting teachers, I use Pinterest more for education technology resources and links. It has been fun and interesting for me to explore and discover new technology ideas through Pinterest which wasn't my main use in the past.
3. What role does/can Twitter play in the formation and maintenance of Personal Learning Networks?
Twitter is one of the most important social media tools in creating my PLN. In fact, it’s ability to share articles, links, resources, and ideas with other educators and then discuss them through conversation is extremely useful. It is also enjoyable which makes it an even bigger benefit. My use of Twitter in developing my PLN has been a slow and gradual process. However, after over a year on Twitter, I have found my personal uses and likes for it and it has become a beneficial tool.