Professional Learning Communities via Social Media

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“The term professional learning community has become quite commonplace in education circles. The term describes a collegial group who are united in their commitment to an outcome. In the case of education, the commitment would be to student learning”

Technology has provided educators with unlimited tools that make it possible to connect and teach in new and exciting ways!

“These same forces offer the opportunity for new models for the professional growth of teachers. Learning communities share a way of knowing, a set of practices, and shared value of the knowledge that comes from these procedures. These learning communities, with expanded human and technological resources, bring together students, teachers, and community members in directing the course of education in new ways.”

Value of Tech-Enabled PLCs

Engage:  When teachers engage in quality professional learning communities they are committing to developing excellence within themselves.

The benefits of professional learning community to educators and students include:

  • reduced isolation of teachers
  • better informed and committed teachers
  • academic gains for students
  • powerful staff-development approach and a potent strategy for school change and improvement

Choosing the Community that is Right For You

  • Determine your content goals and expectations for participating in an online PLC.
  • Choose a structure that will support you as you work toward your goals.
  • Select tools that will help you create the structure you need.

Resources Right Here in our Great State of Oklahoma:

Okmathteachers.com is a GREAT place to start!


Join the #OKMath Facebook group:https://www.facebook.com/groups/491621280870190/

Subscribe to the #OKMath e-mail list for Secondary and Elementary: http://listserv.sde.ok.gov/scripts/wa.exe?SUBED1=elementarymath&A=1

Subscribe to the OKMath Podcast on iTunes:


Check out the amazing resources and tips that have been “rounded up” by other OKMath teachers:


Get acquainted with the #OKMath Twitter community by using the hashtag #OKMath


Then There is twitter

To keep your “feed” organized consider using tweetdeck (https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/) or hootsuite (https://hootsuite.com/)

Twitter for Your PLN YouTube video:  https://youtu.be/8KtC0VrQ0ig

Using Tweetdeck YouTube video:  https://youtu.be/jAsN3cA9Qxs


There are many awesome educators utilizing Twitter!  Here are a few hashtags and people to follow:#elemmathchat, #mtbos, #okmath, #msmath

·Max Ray-Riek @maxmathforum

·Annie Fetter @MFAnnie

·Marilyn Burns @mburnsmath

·Donna Boucher@MathCoachCorner

·Mark Chubb @MarkChubb3

·Matt Coaty @Mcoaty

·Steve Wyborney @SteveWyborney

·Jeremiah Ruesch @mathkaveli

·Tina Cardone @crstn85

·Justin @JustinAion

·Dan Meyer @ddmeyer

·Steve Leinwand @steve_leinwand

·Brian Stockus @bstockus

·Levi Patrick @_levi_

·Jen Lamb @educatorjen

Robbyn Glinsmann @glinsmannMath

Melynee Naegele @buffalogal03


Twitter Chat Schedules:Sunday

#oklaed: Oklahoma Ed Chat 8 pm

#probchat: Problem Centered Learning 8pm

#TMchat: Thinking Maps Chat 9pm


#tlap Teaching Like a Pirate 8:00 PM

#msmathchat: Middle School Math Chat 8pm


#educoach Educational Coaching 9pm

Thursday #ElemMathChat 8pm

Comprehensive List of Education Twitter Chats:  https://sites.google.com/site/twittereducationchats/education-chat-calendar/chat-calendar-cst



Facebook is a Great Resource too:  Search and Find a myriad of resources and connections!


NCTM: https://www.facebook.com/TeachersofMathematics?fref=ts

NCSM: https://www.facebook.com/mathedleadership?fref=ts

OCTM: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oklahoma-Council-of-Teachers-of-Mathematics/205940092775526?fref=ts

Math Coach’s Corner: https://www.facebook.com/MathCoachsCorner?fref=ts

ElemMathChat: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005368367347&fref=ts


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Blogs That will Blow Your MindExploring the Math Twitter Blogoshphere:  https://exploremtbos.wordpress.com/

#ElemMathChat Storify:  https://storify.com/ElemMathChat

Math Mindshttps://mathmindsblog.wordpress.com/?blogsub=confirmed#blog_subscription-2

The Recovering Traditionalist:http://www.therecoveringtraditionalist.com/

The Math Coach’s Corner:  http://www.mathcoachscorner.com/

Steve Wyborney’s I’m on a Learning Mission:  http://www.stevewyborney.com/\

Math Munch:http://mathmunch.org/2014/11/04/george-washington-tessellation-kit-and-langtons-ant/

dy/dan – Dan Meyer:  http://blog.mrmeyer.com

The Math Forum:  http://mathforum.org/community/

Most Blogs allow you to subscribe, and you will recieve weekly e-mails to keep  you informed.

Presentation: http://prezi.com/izl1facf3ah-/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share


Public Schools of North Carolina: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/profdev/resources/proflearn/

Learn NC http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/7012

Education Chats on Twitter: https://sites.google.com/site/twittereducationchats/education-chat-calendar

Math Blogs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1sceqJc8PVm6e2xC1GekgP63RHxxgfLkaRSBtE-7c8nw/pub?single=true&gid=0&output=html

Exploring the Math Twitter Blogosphere: https://exploremtbos.wordpress.com/

Math Teacher’s Circles: http://www.mathteacherscircle.org/

Twitter for Teachers: http://rossieronline.usc.edu/twitter-for-teachers/

Collaborative Online Continuing Education: Professional Development Through Learning Communities: http://www.edutopia.org/professional-development-through-learning-communities

Mathematics educators on Twitter: http://mathed.net/wiki/Mathematics_educators_on_Twitter#Chats_Focused_on_Mathematics_Education









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About the Author: Melynee Naegele

I am an elementary special education teacher at Roosa Elementary in Claremore, OK. I have been teaching in some capacity since I graduated from OSU in 1986. I have taught every grade PK-12 at some point in my career, and have even worked with adults with disabilities. I started graduate school in January 2013 and have completed all of the course work required for my Oklahoma Elementary Mathematics Specialist endorsement, and anticipate graduating in 2015. I am a new math nerd, and am loving learning and teaching with an inquiry and problem solving approach!

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