Remember that moment, at the end of my demonstration class at the school, where I started. I asked students a classic question. “Do you want to ask a question?” I expected to ask some of what we were doing together, but that didn’t happen. After a while the student from the 3rd bench came in: “And what do you know?”
Surprisingly, the question did not disappoint me, and my answer was very brief: “Check out my LinkedIn. You will find everything about me there. ”And I wrote on the board: linkedin.com/in/jaroslavmasek.
LinkedIn – the main professional digital footprint
Speaking of our digital footprints, especially in relation to our profession, LinkedIn is undoubtedly the most important. It will allow us to show who we are, what we can do and what we do. It will help us expand our Professional Learning Network, not only among teachers or people in our field, but also outside of education and across different disciplines, which is undoubtedly a huge advantage.
I don’t use most of LinkedIn’s products today. But as far as information about me is concerned, I keep it up to date. This digital track has the highest priority for me, maybe even higher than my personal website.
You may wonder why this is so. Unlike my website, where I have everything in Czech except for a short biography, on Linkedin I have everything in English. I want what I know and do to reach more people, not just those who speak Czech.
I always and everywhere say what great things teachers do and what wonderful ideas and projects they always come up with. At the same time, I ask myself: do the others know? And now I do not mean people from the world of education, but outside it, for example from the business. The digital track left behind in Linkedin allows you to do so, in addition to many other benefits.
LinkedIn with students
My lessons are on LinkedIn. I always take the time to introduce it to my students. Then I leave it to them whether they create their profile or not. Although it may seem that at the age of 16 (the minimum age for a LinkedInn account) it is too early to create an online professional presentation, I do not think so. Sure, at the age of sixteen they do not have a lot of professional experience (often none), but they can gradually add to it and improve their profile. The sooner they complete it, the greater opportunities they may have.
Education on Linkedin
In May 2015, we devoted our attention to Linkedin and its operation in detail in May 2015, not only in connection with the acquisition of the Lynda.com educational platform, which was subsequently transformed into LinkedIn Learning. Today, this learning environment includes over 14,000 professionally led online courses divided into three categories: business, creativity and technology. LinkedIn Learning effectively links education to the business community. It allows you to create learning situations truly tailored to specific organizations. They use personalized courses to develop the most important, relevant skills their employees need. Of course, LinkedIn Learning also offers help to users who want to learn and succeed in a particular profession by providing the right content at the right time. Depending on the profession and skill set mentioned, they will select personalized courses that will enable them to succeed and gain the appropriate position. (3)
LinkedIn by Microsoft
In 2016, LinkedIn bought Microsoft and gradually began to connect it with its services, especially Office 365, in an effort to fulfill Satyi Nadella’s original vision of “creating a vibrant network that links Professionals from LinkedIn’s public information to Office 365 and Dynamics ”, so Microsoft will be able to detect the projects that users have been working on and put them together through LinkedInn to help them with the task. However, this dreamy idea encounters problems with the credibility of LinkedIn profiles and the difficulty of qualifying “experts” in the first case, and in the second case privacy and corporate privacy issues when it comes to tracking what users do in Office 365. (1 ) (2)
Even after nearly three years, this major vision is not fulfilled, and remains a question of whether Microsoft will ultimately succeed. Although the future of Linkedin may be uncertain in many ways, its potential for our professional development remains enormous.
LinkedInn profile as a measure of professional quality
Many years ago, LinkedIn has become the industry standard as a tool to professionally connect people and find the best human resources for a particular focus or project. There is no reason to be different in the field of education. In other words, a quality teacher is not only recognizable by her personality and what she does, but how she can sell herself and what she can do. The level of Linkedin profile could be one of the measures of his professional quality.
How do you use LinkedIn to promote what you do and do to your own professional growth? Write us in the comments below the article.
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