Every Teacher Should Have a Personal Learning Network

Modern technology has made it easy for teachers to create a personal learning network through social media and other online communities. Teachers without one are missing out on all of the benefits a personal learning network brings. Not convinced? I found an infographic listing 10 different reasons you should have your own network, and I decided to share it here. I watch social media closely and it's my job to share some of the hot topics on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other outlets that teachers, principals, students, and parents are contributing.

The infographic below, posted by Dan McCabe on his Twitter account and created by Sylvia Duckworth, provides 10 reasons every teacher should have a personal learning network. These reasons include things that will help both you and your students. After reading this list, you'll be racing to the nearest computer to start creating your own network. You can see the infographic below.

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As you can see, having your own network helps keep you inspired and supported by fellow educators, generates new ideas for your classroom, and helps you keep connected with parents and students in addition to countless other benefits. If you want to learn more about why teachers join personal learning networks, then follow this link.

What are some benefits you've received from having your own network? How did you make your network? Do you have your own network?

Tori Pakizer is the Social Media Editor at SimpleK12.com. She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms, and specializes in how teachers use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media. You can follow Tori and SimpleK12 on Twitter @SimpleK12. If you have ideas for using social media in schools, please send your information or tip to editor@simplek12.com.