Has Edmodo Revolutionized the Professional Learning Network (PLN)?

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CMRubinWorld's new interview with teachers and Edmodo on TeachUps, the flourishing international movement of educators improving their craft in more intimate settings.

Technology is quickly and forever changing. The moment teachers master one new piece of ed tech, there may be something newer they need to know more about. With Edmodo’s support, teachers from all over the world are meeting up with other teachers in their local communities to talk about ways they can improve their teaching with technology.

These informal gatherings - TeachUps - are face-to-face get-togethers initiated by Edmodo-using educators. A TeachUp is usually hosted and organized by one teacher. It’s a “mini-classroom” in which teachers can network, exchange ideas on best practices as well as share resources. Response to date from teachers hosting TeachUps has been so positive that Edmodo is now working with educators to expand and enhance this professional learning initiative and encourage collaboration amongst TeachUp hosts.

C. M. Rubin, Founder of CMRubinWorld, recently interviewed educators about the TeachUps to get their thoughts. “The TeachUp model allows an Edmodo-using educator to design a professional development experience that is tailored to the teachers that will be attending. The variety of approaches that this allows is endless,” says teacher Keith George. “The point is that a TeachUp is about good teaching.” “I’ve found that I can train teachers willing to get involved in projects that are jointly moderated. I feel that I can draw positive energy from the audience and get feedback when my ideas are important to them,” adds teacher Joanna Waszkowska.

“We've seen huge enthusiasm for TeachUps internationally,” says Edmodo’s Senior Manager of Programs, Niccolina Clements Mangroo. “If you imagine each TeachUp as a mini-classroom of local educators based on collaboration and mutual respect, it's easy to see how a TeachUp so perfectly complements Edmodo's online global network of educators.”

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CMRubinWorld launched in 2010 to explore what kind of education would prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing globalized world. Its award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, is a celebrated trailblazer in the renaissance of the 21st century, and occupies a special place in the pulse of key issues facing every nation and the collective future of all children. It connects today’s top thought leaders with a diverse global audience of parents, students and educators. Its highly readable platform allows for discourse concerning our highest ideals and the sustainable solutions we must engineer to achieve them. C. M. Rubin has produced over 500 interviews and articles discussing an expansive array of topics under a singular vision: when it comes to the world of children, there is always more work to be done.

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