Learning Networks are important tools in education. Throughout my career I have learned many instructional strategies through these networks. Since starting my first graduate class I have joined several more. Currently, I am just a consumer of information. Up until now, I have really only shared my expertise and knowledge with my school colleagues. As I move through this process I look forward to adding my experience to many of these online learning communities.
Currently, I follow several learning networks on social media, like Mindshift and Edutopia. When my school used Edmodo as a learning management tool, I followed several of the subject based groups like Social Studies and Flipped Classroom. So far, I have really just been a consumer of the information. I have found several useful articles and tips in these various networks. I can also find encouragement in reading other educators experiences and comments.
Through the class discussion post I was introduced to learning networks such as CommonSense.org and ITSE. I have also followed Free Technology for Teachers on Facebook. All of these networks have added to my frame of reference as I further my learning.
I have also finally joined Twitter (@mlbteach). I’ve been resistant to engaging in another social media account but only being on Twitter a short time I have already come across lots of information and thought provoking tweets. As I continue this journey I know I will continue to add many networks and begin contributing.