@Lightspeed: Supercharging Professional Learning Networks with Social Media

Introduction

I have been teaching English to international adults at a school in Brisbane since 2008. The school provides high-quality professional development, and I work with a supportive teaching team. Using social media can further improve a professional learning network (PLN) by increasing the number and quality of connections. In this post, I will examine whether my PLN was enhanced by incorporating social media.

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An old phone

Put Your Phone Away!​​

What’s your work situation? Do people ever come over to your desk and tell you to put your phone away? What about in meetings? How about when you are sitting with your friends in a cafe? With most people carrying phones in the early 21st Century, technology has become part of our lives. The place of technology in the classroom continues to be a hotly debated issue.

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Give Way: The Future of Learning in a Connected World

Introduction

Connection. It’s a defining factor in our relationship with this world. Without it, we can feel isolated from the things and people we love. It seems irrational to consider a world without connection, yet many young people feel disconnected from education.

We force society’s future artists, innovators and entrepreneurs into a one-size-fits-all education system for most of their school life (Mirra, 2014). Even though syllabi are brimming with content, many young learners feel marginalised and disconnected. However, we don’t need an education revolution. We need connection.

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