I have to admit when I read over the assignments for the week I was a little intimidated by the abbreviation PLN and finding out what it meant. I slumped down in my comfy office chair and googled the term. The first sentence I read was “If you’ve never heard of a PLN, the funny thing is that you probably have one, and are part of one, already.” As I read on I discovered that a PLN is about connecting with people who are willing to offer the benefit of their knowledge and experience to me as a learner. I in turn can support others and share information that I think is beneficial. It is collaborating with others on a subject. I have been participating in PLN’s for some time now and never knew that the term existed.
Now that I know that a PLN is a Personal Learning Network, I can see the benefits that being connected to a group has made in my personal and professional life. All my college classes have been set up as a PLN. I log on daily and comment to others post. We share ideas, challenge each other, and collaborate together. I find inspiration in hearing others ideas and often times love to share strategies that I have found helpful.
Personally Speaking, I need PLN’s to be successful. There are have been so many times that I have struggled as a teacher and needed to reach out to others for help, suggestions, and inspiration. I have also used my PLN’s as a sounding board for developing strategies to help learners in my classroom. We all need advice and having a PLN is an easy and quick way to receive information. Before this class I was already following several early childhood blogs but, something I had never done before was use twitter as part of my PLN. I was shocked to google a topic and find how many resources twitter offered on the topic. I started out with the top early childhood and expanded into motor skill development, music, fitness, cooking etc. I was shocked about all the resources I didn’t know existed.
Two weeks ago I was very bothered by the idea of having to use twitter as part of our class. I was looking at it all wrong. Even though I might not want to share information or “tweet” often, Twitter can still play a huge role in my success as a teacher, I literally can find information on EVERYTHING! Thank goodness for a homework assignment to open my eyes.
Two key terms I felt like were emphasized in several of the articles I read were accessibility and Responsibility. Accessibility to me as a learner means I can access my personal learning network by using social networking tools and participating in a support system with others. I can have broad and deep access to help whenever I need it no matter my location. Responsibility because it help prepare to progress in my professional development. I have the power to seek out answers and information from others to expand my learning and success as a teachers. I also have to ability to communicate with others on success and failures I have had, I can seek/offer advice, share experiences, and be a supporter of others. I am super excited to have the opportunity to make my PLN bigger!!
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