PROFESSIONAL LEARNING NETWORKS
WHAT IS A PLN?
A Personal Learning Network is an informal network that a person has that consists of people that the learner will interact with to give and receive knowledge through a social network
- Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions
- Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.
- Learning may reside in non-human appliances
- Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known
- Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning
- Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill
- Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities
- Decision-making is itself a learning process. Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be the wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the decision.
PERSONAL: Making connections and building personal relationships with teachers, administrators, university professors, and experts around the world
LEARNING: Sharing ideas and resources, collaboration, and learning.
NETWORK: Global learning network; share diverse global perspectives on teaching strategies, educational issues, and technologies
BEST THING: It's Personalized. You make all the choices: what tools you use, who you connect with, how you want to learn, and when you want to learn.
The following is a list possible social networks to become a part of and a few connections to make.
Twitter is an easily accessible social media platform that allows you to test the PLN waters by soaking up knowledge and information from others you follow or to jump right in and add posts about ideas that have worked for you or share successful projects from your classroom. Because only 140 total characters are allowed, Twitter allows you to quickly scan over resources to find those you can use from a constantly changing menu.
- Midway Instructional Technology: @MISDInTech
- Todd Nesloney: @TechNinjaTodd
- Midway ISD: @MidwayISD
- Sir Ken Robinson: @SirKenRobinson
- Edutopia: @edutopia
- Ted-Ed: @TED_ED
- Education Week: @educationweek
- Lisa Johnson: @techchef4u
Since most teachers are visual learners, Pinterest is instantly appealing when time is short for finding a great new project or activity idea for your classroom. Like Twitter, you can just search for great ideas to “pin” to your boards or add ideas and information to share with others. Whether picking and choosing specific posts or following boards filled with ideas on a specific content area, Pinterest can be a valuable (and addicting) resource.
Edmodo Spotlight: new feature in Edmodo that allows teachers to research and share resources.
CLICK HERE for more information.
iTunes U is a great resource to find educational resources from across the world created by all levels of educators. The resources include audio books, videos, and files free for download from Universities and other educational institutions. It also provides online courses created by all levels of educators that consist of many great resources free for use. Get creative and start creating your own iTunes U courses.
RESOURCES TO HELP START YOUR OWN PLN
Burt, R., Graffin, M. "Building Your PLN." Edublogs Teacher Challenges. Retrieved on 5/14/2015 from http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/pln-challenge-1-what-the-heck-is-a-pln/