Here is my Animoto video on Personal Learning Networks (PLNs). Over the past several weeks, I have been reading about PLNs and trying to develop my own PLN. The resources I found particularly helpful include Ian O’Byrne’s blog post about PLNs, Mark Wagner’s tips for getting started, and Debbie Morrison’s post about creating a robust PLN. There are several common pieces of advice that I have found in articles, blog posts and videos about PLNs. As I have stated in the video, to develop a PLN, teachers should:
- Connect with like-minded teachers. Think of areas of interest and search for blogs, Twitter feeds, Google Communities and other places where teachers are discussing issues relevant to your role in your school.
- Contribute to the conversation. It’s okay to “lurk” for a period of time, but in order to create a true PLN teachers should share their knowledge, pose and answer questions, and contribute to the overall goal of the network which is to learn from each other.
- Collaborate with others. Through collaboration, teachers create new knowledge for themselves and consequently for their students.
- locate and curate information found online.
- create their own PLN.
- be responsible and ethical consumers and producers of Internet content.
- develop a positive digital footprint.