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A Social Network – if you haven’t signed up for twitter, plurk, delicious, or diigo. Do this today. This is the only way you are going to develop a PLN (Personal Learning Network) This is the first step in the shift.
Begin a Website – This is for your class, either a wiki (pbwiki.com or iWeb if you have a mobile me account from Apple) this will come invaluable for posting the student files along with calendars, and announcements. My website has transformed my teaching as well as my personal relationships with my students. Make sure you update and keep it current to the moment. My parents trust my website more than the school’s. I delete old information and add new stuff everyday.
Conferences – Every state has a technology conference, get involved with it and you will be amazed as a music teacher how important this is to your growth. They love music educators and will open their arms to you. I love Illinois Computing Educators, an amazing group of people who are doin’ the shift!
Discovery Education Network – This is an incredible group of educators that network and there are amazing professional growth opportunities that they offer for FREE. The people I have met through the “DEN” has been invaluable to me which has allowed me to grow as an educator and opened my mind to new possibilities. Become a “Star,” DEN Educator and you get into the inner circle of professional growth.
Enter the world of the ning – Musictechieteachers.ning.com This is a ning that I started for techie teachers to network, post, and ask questions. It is easier than Facebook to post and set up, I have had many teachers who aren’t techie enjoy tech. You can ask any question and this expert group of music educators from around the world will answer it. It’s all about networking.
Foster a Project-based Curriculum – Move your curriculum into a project-based, hands-on curriculum. The reason most of us got into music is that we participated in “playing” music, not “learning” about music.
Getting into Sharing everything you do – the more you give the more you get back, don’t hold on to your creations and work.
Action, take control of your learning and start networking to enter the world of your PLN. The learning never stops.