Personal Learning Network

For one of my graduate courses I did some research into what a PLN is, also known as a Personal Learning Network.  One definition I found on Wikipedia says that a Personal Learning Network is: an informal learning network that consists of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from in a personal learning environment.  In a PLN, a person makes a connection with another person with the specific intent that some type of learning will occur because of that connection.

Right now though I am still trying to learn what a PLN is to me.  I am still getting use to twitter and blogging and how to use the online world to benefit me in my teaching career.  Personally the place I go to get many of my teaching ideas online, and I believe I learn a lot from, is Pinterest.  Even though I do not interact with these people through chatting I still am learning from them and I follow certain people, who I believe post great ideas for the classroom.  Coincidentally enough, while doing research on PLN’s one of the first things that popped up was a link to Pinterest.  This page on Pinterest shows many different PLN’s that anyone could use, from Twitter to Skype to a site called Edutopia. 

I do think as an educator it is important to always be expanding your knowledge of the teaching world and the resources that are available.  With having a good PLN you will never run out of ideas for improving your classroom and for bettering your teaching.  Which, in the long run will benefit your students’ everyday.  Another resource I found while doing this research was a blog called online learning insights.  This blog gave suggestions on how to better improve your own personal PLN and make it meaningful to you.  One last useful resource I found was the website The Educator’s PLN.  This website gave many recourses for teachers to use from blogs to videos and edchats. 

Having a Personal Learning Network can benefit you no matter what grade you teach.  Like I said, I believe Pinterest is part of my PLN because I get many of my ideas off of there for my classroom.  As an educator it is up to you how you use your own PLN in your classroom, but there is no reason not to have one.  

2 thoughts on “Personal Learning Network

  1. Kelsey, I also use Pinterest on a regular basis; it is definitely part of my PLN! (Not to mention addicting!) Through my own research, I learned that PLNs are a two way street. That it is not just about gaining information or “pinning” ideas or resources for your own use but also sharing what you have learned or found with other professionals. In this course, I think that the regular twitter chats are helping us to see the professional value in sharing information and resources. PLNs force individuals, both teachers and students, to take responsibility in their own learning and become life-long learners through interacting with and expanding their networks.

  2. Great point Kelsey! I never thought of Pinterest as part of my PLN, but I do get many ideas from searching through the Pins. Indeed Pintrest is a site to connect and share ideas, which is exactly what a PLN is. Sometimes I go to Pintrest for a specific reason and other times I just go to the education section and browse for new ideas. I often pin items that may not be useful right now; but may be useful in future class rooms.

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