One of the hallmark benefits of social media, specifically twitter, is the establishment of the Personal Learning Network (PLN). With the click of a mouse you have instant access to educators throughout the world. I often say to people, “Oh, I have a friend in Colorado that opened a school, or I know a really good principal in Wisconsin (Actually I know several).”
I think some of my friends and family think it is strange that I “know” someone far across the country, but I do. More importantly, you can too.The PLN is an essential aspect to fostering a community of like-minded people around the globe. Another awesome benefit is that these good people inspire me! Whether they are posting a video, or participating in a twitter chat, or writing a blog post, I find myself a click away from being inspired.
Here are some of the people who inspire me to be better!
Peter DeWitt – If it wasn’t for Peter, I would not be where I am. He was a great principal, and is now a presenter, blogger, and consultant helping other educators be awesome
Eric Sheninger - Has blazed a trail for educators to connect and support each other. Taught us how to brand a school, and has inspired countless educators to become Digital Leaders
Kelly Tenkley - Kelly started her own school, blogs all the time, and is a wonderful resource
Thad Haines – Thad combines cross fit, mountain biking, and being a school leader like none other
Jeff Carpenter - Jeff is an awesome Professor in North Carolina. He is engaged in cutting edge research, connecting with other learners, and inspiring pre-service teachers
Daniel Krutka - Dan is awesome Professor in Texas. Dan coordinates twitter chats, tweet-ups and inspires higher ed and K-12 through his involvement with Edcamps
Jessica Johnson - Jessica is an elementary Principal in Wisconsin. She is the co-host of the PrincipalPLN podcast, and is a tremendous blogger
Theresa Stager - Theresa is a K-8 principal in Michigan. She is also a co-host on PrincipalPLN podcast, is a voxer queen, and an amazing connector
Amber Teamann – Despite being a Cowboys fan, Amber is an ultra positive Vice Principal in Texas. She is a sought after presenter
Melinda Miller - Melinda has an innovative approach to educational leadership as an Elementary Principal. She blogs, tweets and inspires her school in Missouri
Brad Gustafson – Brad is an elementary principal in Minnesota. He has a creative, unique and always positive approach to school leadership
Ben Gilpin – Ben is an elementary principal in Michigan. He is a great presenter, and inspires many through his school blog
Curt Rees - Curt is an elementary principal in Wisconsin. Besides being a recess kickball legend, Curt is a blogger, podcaster, and technology guru
Each one of these amazing educators assisted me, and inspired me to write my first book Connected Leadership: It’s a Click Away. They are all featured in the book and I could not have done it without them! Please be sure to connect with them and make them part of your PLN!
I have learned so much from them, and they are all valuable resources