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Educators Are Doin’ It For Themselves: Creating Their Own Professional Development

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Educators are creating their own professional development opportunities on their own time without compensation, acknowledgement, nor credit.


With so many great resources on the web, teachers are realizing that they can learn just as much (if not more!) from their personal learning network (PLN) as they can from traditional professional development (PD). Educators are connecting with like-minded individuals across the globe, reading about best practices and new trends in education, and sharing their experiences with friends and colleagues. Through social media, popular blogs and webinars, teachers are taking ownership of their learning and finding PD opportunities that weren’t possible a decade ago (Do-It-Yourself Virtual Professional Development: Taking Ownership of Your Learning).

Here is a list of how they are doing it:

For more information on self-directed professional development, see my post, Teacher Agency: Self-Directed Professional Development:

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Written by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

May 17, 2014 at 10:19 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on Mrs. Jennifer Cimini, M.Ed..


    May 18, 2014 at 11:31 am

  2. One thing that worries me about personalised networked learning (and MOOCs) is that it may for very many be restricted to the broad and informational (knowledge or awareness exchange). I think educators also need very specialised but still individualised activities with closer ties and greater focus to actually change practice. Lots of the networking can be affirmations and links that you mean to go back to. Dean Groom and I are working on an innovative new model for blended professional learning aimed at directly supporting new practices and teacher as researcher. Watch this space!

    Bron Stuckey

    May 18, 2014 at 11:25 pm

  3. It’s fascinating to see that educators have found out what many others have – that learning can take place any where and any time and from a myriad of sources. Personal networking has been taking place among various sectors of our society and people have gained expertise and knowledge on there own for sometime.
    It amazes me how slow educators move to create and make change and realize what is taking place around them.

    Nick Fleezanis

    June 10, 2014 at 4:20 am

  4. Thanks for sharing this post.
    adding to it, by learning, sharing and growing own PLN, you are also teaching others !!


    August 29, 2014 at 10:34 pm

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