ERIC Number: EJ981707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Professional Learning Networks Taking Off
Flanigan, Robin L.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v77 n7 p42-45 Mar 2012
Busy educators who want to ask advice, offer opinions, and engage in discussions with colleagues increasingly turn to professional learning networks (PLNs)--online communities that allow the sharing of lesson plans, teaching strategies, and student work, as well as collaboration across grade levels and departments. As budget cuts limit district-level training opportunities, PLNs take a grassroots approach to professional development. Administrators and teachers say such networks reduce isolation, promote autonomy, and provide inspiration by offering access to support and information not only within a school but also around the globe. PLNs have energized a movement of sorts, as educators connect on their own through social networking that encourages innovation and helps them model what it means to be a lifelong learner.
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Teaching Methods, Professional Development, Learning Activities, Interprofessional Relationship, Communities of Practice, Social Networks, Information Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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