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As a teacher exploring technology, you may sometimes feel overwhelmed or that you’re “going it alone.” But you’re not alone. While it may be challenging to connect with other busy teachers at school, you need to know that there’s help outside of your school, too. You can connect with teachers in professional learning communities (PLCs). PLCs can give you opportunities to find and share ideas and resources, discuss issues, and solve challenges as you learn to integrate technology into your teaching and learning.


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Online Communities

Review some of the following articles to learn more about online communities:

What benefits could an online community offer you?


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Find a Community

Find a community of teachers online. Here is where Ontario teachers like hang out online:

Facebook Groups

Twitter

Some teachers follow people on Twitter, consult hashtags for news on specific topics, and participate in Twitter chats. Below are lists of people to follow, hashtags on tech topics, and tech-related Twitter chats.

Twitter Accounts

Tech leaders on Twitter:

  • Dr. Alec Couros @courosa
  • Alice Keeler @alicekeeler
  • Aviva Dunsiger @avivaloca
  • Brian Aspinall @mraspinall
  • EdTechTeam, Inc. @edtechteam
  • Eric Sheninger @E_Sheninger
  • George Couros @gcouros
  • Julie Millan @jsm2272
  • Kathy Schrock @KathySchrock
  • Richard Byrne @rmbyrne
  • Sylvia Duckworth @sylviaduckworth
  • UOIT EduTech @ouitmed

Want to connect with other tech-savvy teachers? Search Twitter with the hashtag #CTEtechsavvy to connect with teachers who have taken this course.

Hashtags

Tech topics:

  • #BYOD
  • #BYODedu
  • #BYOT
  • #edcamp
  • #edtech
  • #edutech

See 300+ Educational Twitter Hashtags Being Used Right Now, by Katie Lepi, for more conversations and communities on Twitter.

Twitter Chats

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Schedule (EST)


#ADEchat

Amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom

Tuesday, 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

#byotchat

Bring your own technology

Thursday, 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

#digcit

Best practices in digital citizenship and literacy

Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

#edtechchat

All things related to technology in education

Monday, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

#ipadchat

iPads in education

Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.


Explore the Education Chat Calendar, by @cybraryman1, for a complete list of educational chats.

Couldn’t find an online community that suits you? Start your own group or Twitter hashtag!


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