The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

This is a ning site dedicated to the support of a Personal Learning Network for Educators

New To The EDU PLN?

A Screencast and tutorial on Navigating this site is available here and on the Video Page

Please feel free to make suggestions for improvement of this site.

Profile Picture
To add a picture to your profile simply use any picture you have filed. If you need one, take a cellphone shot of yourself and email it to your own email account. Download the Pic file and then upload it to your ning profile picture.

Page Navigation

Main Page - A capsule view of all of the recent actions on the entire site. Members can view what has recently been added to the site by this quick reference area. A click to the hot button in the description will take you directly to that activity.

Invite Page - Use this page to invite other Educators to this site.

My Page- This is a capsule view of all of the recent activities that involved you in any way.

Videos Page - This page contains many Educational videos. You may add videos to the list or you may download them for personal use.
Members may add videos following the simple directions. Limit your selection of videos to those that pertain to building or developing a Personal Learning Network. Videos of a commercial nature may be deleted.


Podcast Page - This is a pull down under the Videos Tab. Archived Podcasts.

Groups Page - Pull down location under the Forum Tab:This page contains groups of members with common interests in specific areas. Members may join any group or start one that meets his or her needs.


Members Page - A complete listing of all of the members of The Edcucator's PLN. There is a pulldown menu Tab for Leaderboards located here.

Leaderboards Page - The top 5 leading content contributions by popularity at this moment. This is on a pull down menu under Members.

Forum Page - This is a page containing Discussions. Members may add to any discussion or begin one. Groups & Events tabs are pull down tabs.

Tutorials Page - This page offers links to tutorials for Twitter, PLN's and WEB 2.0 tools for learning. Pull down menu under Tutorials Tab

WEB 2.0 Apps - This is a Tab under Tutorials. It is a list of Web 2.0 tools as well as iPad Apps that would be of interest to educators & learners.

Twitter Edchat Page - This page contains a feed from #Edchat on Twitter. Members may view only from this page. Interaction requires a twitter account.

Events Page - Pull down location under the Forum Tab: Members may add any event that would be of interest to Educators. The instructions to add an event are simple with easy to follow prompts


Site Search Page - This page enables you to do a search on the site for whatever you are seeking. It only searches content of the site.


Other Education Sites Page - This page provides links to other education sites.

Please start a GROUP that supports your Networking Interests.

You may add a group to the EDU PLN through the Group Page. Name your group and define its purpose. You may want to start off the group with an Introduction or a discussion question.We will try to feature your group to get it started. You may also invite members to your group. The invite tool is available on your group's Page.

Featured Blogs: These are Educators' Blogs that we will rotate and highlight each week. A simple click in the picture will take you to the site. Consider adding these to your RSS feed.

  • The Principal of Change by George Couros
  • My Island View by Tom Whitby
  • Teacher Reboot Camp by Shelly Terrell
  • Edutopia Guest Blogs
  • The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom by Steven W. Anderson
  • Teaching With Clickers by Derek Bruff
  • The Cooperative Catalyst Blog





Is Professional Development Still a Joke?

Started by Andrea Ray. Last reply by Grace Williams Nov 9. 10 Replies


Started by Lenni D. Nedley. Last reply by Jerri-Ann Archer Oct 22. 3 Replies

Technology in PE

Started by Colleen Sullivan. Last reply by Dan Kirsch Aug 19. 1 Reply



Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

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Lack of Teacher and Principal Voice is the real problem with School Imrpovement

I recently completed a study on the beliefs of teachers and principals of their ability to impact student learning during school improvement. My study contained interviews of 13 principals and teachers from across the United States who have experienced school improvement at some level. I did this study because in my own district, at the time that I started this study, 31% of the schools in my district were still operating in failing status and this just didn't make sense to me. All schools in…See More
Sandro Cuzzetto commented on Thomas Whitby's blog post Poor teachers: Who is to blame?
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Jason Rukman commented on Jason Rukman's blog post Try out Itch. Scratch in a safe, online learning environment with video lessons for your students.
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Do you have a spending problem?

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Natalie Marie Lopez posted a blog post

Are there any great websites for K-12 students?

Hello Collective wisdom!I wanted to know if there were any great websites anyone can recommend for elementary school students (K-12) that introduce primary sources?With Common Core State Standards, I notice students are introduced to primary sources in the 3rd grade and there is a local history assignment at one of the schools I talked to.  Know any good introductory sites?  I'm currently building one as part of a project for my multimedia course and would like to look to the left and right for…See More
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