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Who do you follow? Where do you get your professional learning online?

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Started by Catriona Pene 06 Nov 2012 9:04am () Replies (19)

As I visit schools and share my love of learning online with other educators, I am often asked "Who do you follow online?"  "How do I choose who to listen to and where do I begin?"

For me there is a huge overlap here between my twitter network and my professional learning network. Because I have chosen to keep twitter for learning and facebook for friendships, I generally only follow people who have something eductional to say and often what begins as a twitter connection, links into me following their blog or hooking into their website for even more learning.

3 of my current favourites.

Mr G online - Mark Gleeson blogs about "iPads, web tools, 21st Century learning, Maths Ed and all other things educational I'll think of!" He is candid, well written and seems to cut to the chase on most things that are on top in ICT education. 

Silvia Tolisano Rosenthal blogs as Langwitches. She has worked as a World Language teacher, Technology Integration Facilitator and 21st Century Learning Specialist. Her passions include globally connected learning, technology integration, 21st Century skills and literacies, as well as digital storytelling. 

Teaching the teacher, Stephanie teaches year 7/8 students in Wellington, New Zealand. "I blog on education issues and my experiences of being a Beginning Teacher in the New Zealand school system. I’m really passionate about integrating digital technology into the classroom and using social media to expand learning opportunities for both students and teachers. I also blog on educational issues in the New Zealand media when they come up." I love how Stephanie's energy and passion for education come through in her blog posts.

All of these educators quote real "in school" "hands on" experiences and regularly update their blogs, which I subscribe to in an email feed.

Who do you follow? And why?

Please share your favourites below to build up a resource for those new to online learning. 


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 18 Sep 2013 9:47am ()

    This came through in Twitter yesterday from  edConnectr will help you find collaborators, get help, or just connect. Interesting new (very new) social network inviting educators to share their profile and connect with others with similar needs/strengths.

    The pin in the middle is you - the surrounding pins indicate other global educator profiles - most similar to your own.

    Edconnectr image

  • Allanah King (View all users posts) 15 Nov 2012 8:23pm ()

    This might help newbies to developing a PLN.

    I wrote it for Learning at School 2012


  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 15 Nov 2012 8:15pm ()

    Hey Moana, I love how you have shared your journey of following others online to build a virtual PLN.

    Many of us start the same way, and then slowly build up our online connections by hitch-hiking along with others and building networks. So true too that we begin as lurkers and followers and then as our confidence grows we begin to contribute more online ourselves.

    We wait eagerly to hear the next stage in your journey online Moana - be brave - get posting and always keep sharing and building those online relationships. 

  • Moana Timoko (View all users posts) 15 Nov 2012 11:21am ()

    Kia ora Catriona - I still feel new to this 'following' game but will share how I've started.  I started following people that I connected with on a F2F level - someone that inspired me, someone exciting, someone that captured my attention.  At this stage I have a few 'connected' friends and have made further connections through them.  It's sort of the "if he/she likes them, is sharing about them...then I'll check them out too" approach.  But now that I've made these connections I now need to get myself sharing and contributing more...@Sonya Van Schaijik  has offered me a challenge and I best not disappoint - I will get there Sonya and start posting via Blogger and/or in other spaces soon - I have been thinking about where and how to start ....so once you get followed there is an expectation to continue sharing...keeping the relationship, the connection alive.  Will keep you posted about my efforts!

  • Caroline Bush (View all users posts) 14 Nov 2012 11:39am ()

    This is a list of American educators that could be worth following http://coolcatteacher.visibli.com/share/GFSLnT via Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher (who is worth following) Pinterest is my new favourite place to find great ideas. http://coolcatteacher.visibli.com/share/GFSLnT another of Vicki's lists

  • anne robertson (View all users posts) 14 Nov 2012 9:39am ()

    The Committed Sardine blog is a great one - 21st century Fluency. I would echo the suggestion of Steve Wheeler (@timbuckteeth). Subscribe to Scoop.it and you get a regular flow of articles aout the topics you are interested in although you do sometimes have to sift them a bit more for relevance.  Having said that it sometimes makes you think outside the box!

  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 14 Nov 2012 10:03am ()

    Thank you Anne - more valuable resources to add to our growing list. 

    Scoop.it has been cropping up increasingly in my twitter feed and I am enjoying playing with creating (and borrowing) scooped lists of content. 

    Here are some examples http://www.scoop.it/t/ipads-in-education  and http://www.scoop.it/t/flippedclassrooms

    Take a look yourself and let us know what you think.

  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 14 Nov 2012 9:31am ()

    Just love this quote this morning on twitter. It is so true for me when I feel overwhelmed the shared passion and enthusiasm for education in my twitter stream lifts me up and keeps me going. 

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    How do you use your online connections to support you in your work?

  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 14 Nov 2012 9:20am ()

    Thanks for sharing Stephanie, again a mix of old favourites and some lovely new people to take a look at. : )

    Who else out there has favourites they follow?  Blogs, wikis, tweets, we will accept them all!

  • Stephanie Thompson (View all users posts) 13 Nov 2012 9:56pm ()

    My list of NZ-based edupeople is now over 430 educators.  Instead of looking for people to follow just follow the list.

    As for overseas my gurus are

    @whatedsaid (also love her blog)

    @samsherrat (awesome stuff all of it)




  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 11 Nov 2012 9:16pm ()

    Thanks Claire - it is all helpful, as we all know once we start following a link it often springboards us off into another site/blog/post and so on. Thanks for sharing your online connections. : )

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