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Developing a Personal learning Network. Scan magazine. Vol 30, No 4, Nov 2011.

Posted by arlekeno on January 5, 2012

I have been hearing ( well reading) a lot about PLNs, especially in relationship to being part of web 3.0. So I thought I would have a quick look at some Lit on it. Am going from Scan Magazine, the NSW DEC wonderful magazine. pg 19. By Ruth Buchanan.

What is a PLN?

A personal learning network ( PLN) is a collection of people with whom you engage and share information. It is an essential part of any teachers toolkit. Thanks to the possibilities of connection and communication enabled by the internet, a 21st century teachers’s PLN can be worldwide, and a constant source of information and interaction 24/7.

Ok, good start to an article, finally a clear definition. A PLN is what I would call just chatting about work with others in the field, e.g. I was talking to a teacher in Virginia last week about using google docs in class. And we all have these networks at work. 

This does raise a question for me though, does this mean teachers are now part of the students PLN? 

Anyway, lists of examples, all of which many teachers are already using.

Books and journals (e.g. Scan)
Professional organisations (e.g. ASLA, Children’s Book, Council of Australia)
DEC information sources (e.g. Board of Studies NSW, School Libraries & Information Literacy, TaLe)
Newspapers (print & online, local, national & international)
Broadcast media (radio, television)
Blogs (from individuals, organisations & enterprises)
Email & listservs (professional interaction e.g. NSWtl, OZtl)
Organisational/commercial emailing lists (e.g. nonprofit, newspapers & other businesses)
Social bookmarking (e.g. Delicious, CURLS, Diigo)
Social networking (e.g. Edmodo, Facebook, LinkedIn)
Microblogging (e.g. Twitter, Maang)
Audio sources (e.g. podcasts)
Sites to share and work with images (e.g. Flickr, GlogsterEDU)
Wikis (general & specialist)
Video sources (e.g. YouTube, TeacherTube, videoconferencing)
Virtual worlds (e.g. Second life)
People in my school
People I’ve met personally who work beyond my school gate
People I’ve connected with online through networks, mailing lists, social media, etc.)


Now Ruth says the PLN can help us Filter the best information up. ( I mean up rather than out because with the internet overload there was an article I read yesterday which said we filter information up now, instead of out… by this I mean rather than in the old days when lousy stuff was not published, or put in libraries if it was, nowadays with everything published, we need to filter up, find the best examples and tell others…. I wish I could remember which reading it was.. damnit)

I also find in interesting that my PLN can include people I don’t know and will never meet, e.g. tweets I follow.



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