What networks matter?  What approaches matter?
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Kearney, M., Pressick-Kilborn, K., & Hunter, J. (2016). What's in a PLN? Making it count for pre-service and early career teachers. Education Review, 5, 30-31. View paper.
 

 

Face-to-face

Technology Supported

 

Self-initiated / regulated

On-campus conversations with colleagues e.g. staffroom, corridor, water-cooler, coffee table conversations

Critical friends, informal mentoring 

Action learning groups

Email, SMS, Voxer
Videoconference e.g. Skype
YouTube, TED Talks
Blogosphere, wikis, podcasts
Micro-blogging e.g. Twitter
Social Network Services e.g. Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Academia.edu, Edmodo
Content curation e.g. Pinterest, Scoop-it
Information aggregation eg. Diigo, RSS readers

 

Externally--initiated / regulated

Staff in-services
Formal mentoring
Courses, workshops, seminars
Conferences e.g. internal school-based conference, Professional Assoc. meetings
Unconferences e.g. Edcamp, Teachmeets, Barcamps
External partnerships e.g. with industry
Inter-school partnerships and coalitions

Literature contributions e.g. e-books, journals, peer-reviewed journals, e-magazines
Popular media contributions e.g. Talk-back radio
Online courses / MOOCs
Virtual seminars / workshops
Virtual Conferences / Unconferences
Interactive Repositories
Online PLC’s e.g. 
Edupln.com, Discover Education network, Classroom2.0


 

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