Self-Generated Professional Development
A big piece of the professional development puzzle is what you yourself do. There are an increasing number of avenues for you to grow your own Professional Learning Community (PLC). These include online groups (eg. NINGs), online tutorials (eg. Atomic Learning, Lynda), and Twitter.

Joining twitter is free and easy and gives you access to a wide range of educators sharing ideas and resources. Please look into joining or otherwise participating in the following groups and professional development opportunities.

Note: The # items refer to Twitter conversations that take place using that hashtag once a week, or tags that people use to indicate relevant content. If you do not have a Twitter account, get one. It is great to participate during the conversations, but you can also look at the tweets afterwards.

Links
https://twitter.com/
https://tweetdeck.twitter.com/
Here's a nice two-page guide to getting started.

Early Years

#kinderchat
Kindergarten and Early Childhood Chat
Monday 9-10pm EST
#earlyed
#ece

#yle


Elementary

#1stchat
First Grade Teachers Chat
Sunday 8-9pm EST

http://www.weare1stchat.com/#
http://1stchat.wikispaces.com/
#2ndchat
Second Grade Teachers Chat
8-9pm EST

#3rdchat
3rd Grade Chat
Wednesday 7-8pm EST

#4thchat
Fourth Grade Teachers Chat
Monday 8-9pm EST

#5thchat
5th grade Teachers Chat
Tuesday 8-9pm EST

#kidlit
literacy for children
#elemchat
http://elemchat.wikispaces.com/


Middle School

#yalitchat
Young Adult Literature Chat
Wednesday 9-10pm EST

#6thchat
6th grade teachers Chat
Thursday 8-9pm EST

#mschat
Middle School Chat
Thursday 8-9pm EST

#kidlit
literacy for children

Math

#msmathchat
Middle School Math Chat
Monday 9-10pm EST

#mathchat
Math Teachers Chat
Monday 3:30-5:00pm EST

#STEMchat
Science,Technology,Engineering and Math (STEM) Chat
Tuesday 9-10pm EST

#hsmath
High School Math Chat
Tuesday 9:30-10:30pm EST

#mathchat
Math Teachers Chat
Thursday 7-8pm EST

#alg1chat
Algebra 1 Chat
Sunday 9-10pm EST

#alg2chat
Algebra II Chat
Monday 9-10pm EST

#precalcchat
PreCalculus Chat
Thursday 8:30-9:30pm EST

#statschat
Statistics Chat
Thursday 9-10pm EST

#calcchat
Calculus Chat
Friday 12:30-1:30am EST (yes AM!)




#STEM


Science

#scichat
Science Teachers Chat
Tuesday 9-10pm EST http://www.teachingscience20.com/scichat/

#STEMchat
Science,Technology,Engineering and Math (STEM) Chat
Tuesday 9-10pm EST

#STEMgeniushour
STEM Genius Hour
Wednesday 7-8pm Pacific Time
#STEM
#PhysicsEd

Social Studies

#sschat
Social Studies Teachers Chat
Monday 7-8pm EST http://sschat.ning.com/

#apushchat
AP US History Chat
Tuesday 7-8pm EST

#wrldchat
World History and Geography Curriculum
Tuesday 8-9pm EST

#histed
History Education
Wednesday 8:30-9:30pm EST
#AHTC American History


#HistoryTeacher
#econ1, #econ2, #econ3, #econ4 Economics
#GeographyTeacher




Language Arts

#engchat
English Teachers Chat
Monday 7-8pm EST

#dwpdig2
Digital Writing Project
8-9pm CST (1st/3rd Mon)

#ELTchat
English Language Teachers
Tuesday 12-1 & 9-10pm GMT

#yalitchat
Young Adult Literature Chat
Wednesday 9-10pm EST

ELL

#ellchat
English Language Learners Chat
Monday 9-10pm EST

#TESOL
Teachers of English to speakers of other languages
Teachers of English as a Second Language Association

#eal
#esl
English as a second language
#esol
English for Speakers of Other Languages

#TOEFL
Test of English as a Foreign Language


Mandarin/Foreign Language

#langchat
Foreign Language Chats
Thursday 8-9pm EST


Library

#libchat
Librarian's Chat
Wednesday 8-9:30pm EST

#yalitchat
Young Adult Literature Chat
Wednesday 9-10pm EST

#kidlit
literacy for children

#tlchat
By teacher-librarians: resources for curriculum, content, literacy and tech. Monthly Twitter chat and Google Hangout


Art

#arted
Art Education
#artsed
Arts in Education

Music

#musedchat
Music Teachers Chat
Monday 8-9pm EST

#edmusic
Music Education
Wednesday 7-8pm EST


PE

#pechat
Physical Education Chat
Monday 7-8pm EST / PST

#coachchat
Athletic coaches Chat
Wednesday 8-9pm EST

Technology

#wltf

#tichat
On Thursdays at 8pm EST, tech-savvy educators discuss the latest in educational technology.
#TalkTech
participants share articles and ideas on learning technology Thursdays from 3 to 3:30 pm EST.
#smartee
Tuesday @ 8:00 CST is #SMARTee chat time! connect with your #PLN to discuss student-centered learning topics with a technology connection
#SigTC
information for SigTC, which is the special interest group for Tech Coordinators associated w/ ISTE
#PATUE
Pedagogy and Technology Chat Tuesday 5 PST/ 8EST hosted by @sampatue info at PATUE.org
#LTSIG
IATEFL learning technologies special interest group. See here.
#iste
International Society for Technology in Education. See here.
#fcslead
Forsyth County Schools (GA) shares ways that it is leading the nation with Instructional Technology
#edupunk
resources for DIY approach to technology in education
#edtech
technology for educational purposes
#edtechbc
Technology and education stream for British Columbia educators (but anyone is welcome to contribute)
#edapp
educational apps
#digitalstudies
Discussion of IT in education, largely UK based.
#digped
digital pedagogy. See here.
#diffimooc
MOOC on ed-tech to differentiate instruction. Twitter chats Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6-7pm AKST
#digcit
digital citizenship
#atpeeps
for anyone interested in assistive technology tools, strategies, and practices
#4ITS
A twitter chat for Instructional Technology Staff. Takes place on Fridays.
#21CL
21st century learner
#21stedchat
21st century educators