3 More Ideas for PD on Social Networks

In my last blog,  I wrote about using social media–facilitated professional development (PD) that allows teachers to form networks to share ideas and strategies with educators from around the world. I specifically wrote about using Twitter,  Facebook, and blogs.  In today’s blog, I will address three more ways that you can use social networks—LinkedIn, Scoop.it!, and Pinterest—to access professional development.

1. LinkedIn Discussion Groups

LinkedIn is a medium for professionals to connect in thousands of discussion groups.  There are two types of groups: members-only and open- group discussions. Members-only discussions can only be seen by other group members. Open-group discussions can be seen by anyone on the web and can be shared on other social networking platforms. My friend and colleague Karen Nemeth, a well-known author, consultant, and PD provider, runs three LinkedIn groups.

Other groups that will be of interest to ESL/bilingual educators are

2. Scoop.it!

When I come across articles and blogs that I want to keep and share, I save them to Scoop.it! This is a curation platform that enable users to collect news, articles, and other sources found on the net, and share them on a custom-themed Scoop.it! site. It’s like bookmarking articles on Delicious, but with a more visual and online magazine-like format.

I use Scoop.it! to save articles under the following five topics:

3. Pinterest

I have to admit that I’m not a big pinner on Pinterest. I keep a Pinterest board of educational books worth reading, but I use it predominantly to get ideas and inspiration from other people’s boards. There are some amazing boards out there with thousands of followers. Here is a list of 35 Educators You Should Follow on Pinterest that contains general education boards.  I also wanted to include some of the ESL educators that I follow on Pinterest:

  •  Larry Ferlazzo, a Twitter superstar, has more than 12,000 pins on three boards. Larry is an award-winning English and social studies teacher from California and writes a well-known blog, Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day.
  • Learn English. This board is very large and is pinned by a group of EFL educators.
  • All Things ESL for Educators. This Pinterest page is pinned by Beth Crumpler, a freelance curriculum writer and e-learning content developer.
  • Shelly Sanchez Terrell. Shelly has a huge presence on Twitter and many of her followers have migrated to her Pinterest boards.
  • Debbie Fucoloro has 55 boards including a wide variety of educational topics.
  • Shaeley Santiago is a voracious reader of educational books and a friend from Twitter. You will enjoy her selection of books and comments. Shaeley is a K–12 ESL instructional coach in Ames, Iowa.

If you want to start a Pinterest board of your own but aren’t sure how to use Pinterest in your classroom or how it would benefit you as a teacher, read
37 Ways Teachers Should Use Pinterest.

Are there other ways you use these three social media channels for PD? Please share!

About Judie Haynes

Judie Haynes
Judie Haynes taught elementary ESL for 28 years and is the author and coauthor of eight books for teachers of ELs , the most recent being “Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence and Chronic Stress“ with Debbie Zacarian and Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz. She was a columnist for the TESOL publication "Essential Teacher" and is also cofounder and comoderator of the Twitter Chat for teachers of English learners #ELLCHAT.
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