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ERIC Number: ED527050
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 136
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-4129-9492-7
Constructing an Online Professional Learning Network for School Unity and Student Achievement
Thompson, Robin; Kitchie, Laurie; Gagnon, Robert
What if your professional learning community was available 24 hours a day, every day of the year? Would you like to have a place to share lesson plans, student work, a new curriculum, and to provide a discussion forum for all stakeholders? You can, even with only a basic understanding of technology. The authors explain how they created an online professional learning network to share a new core curriculum, providing a framework for constructing such a network to fit your school's needs. The many benefits include: (1) Enhanced communication among teachers, administrators, and the community; (2) Easy access to professional development for many more participants; (3) Implementation of best practices and instructional strategies for improved teacher performance; and (4) Increased understanding of and commitment to educational goals. Included are checklists, flowcharts, screenshots of an actual learning network, case studies, and a glossary of terms. This book provides all the tools you need to build a successful and motivating professional community online. The following chapters are contained in this book: (1) Focusing on a Professional Learning Network; (2) Zooming in on Leadership; (3) Going Digital: Infusing Technology Into a PLN; (4) Landscape for Communication of Information; (5) Framing Curriculum and Instruction; (6) Exposures to Learning; (7) Begin Your Focus With Eight Steps; and (8) Adding Perspective: Viewing a PLN With a New Lens. References and an Index are also included. [This book is a joint publication with Learning Forward.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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