Roscorta: Why Educators Should Spend 15 Minutes a Day on Social Media

Tanya Roscorla over at the Center for Digital Education has an interesting post on why time strapped educators should find time to get connected through social media and set aside some time each day for utilizing it.  It is not really an argument that just spending time using social media is important.  It is framed within the concept of developing a “personal learning network” (PLN).

Her approach makes a lot of sense.  Given that all of us have resources in our field of expertise that we find valuable (many of which are now electronic), it is logical to leverage technology to bring those resources together as our own PLN.  Within this context, many of us will find some social networking tools useful to extend or coordinate those things we find useful for our own personal development.  This is not about specific tools or technologies, it is about what works for you.  Roscorla quotes a principle from North Carolina who says:

It’s a matter of understanding the PLN (personal learning network), then it’s a matter of understanding the tools, and then it’s a matter of making it work for you.

Read the rest of this post here.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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