Professional Development / Social Media

Grow Your Personal Learning Networks!

Recently, I have been reading a lot of articles on the need for educators to have personal learning networks, or PLN’s. I found the image below on David Warlick’s website, which has a lot of great information for educators looking to grow their understanding of technology in the classroom. This image provides a great web of the many ways educators can grow their PLN’s:

As you can see from the above image, there are so many ways to be involved with social media in an effort to grow personally and professionally, and the usage is hardly consistent. Some teachers are comfortable with their Facebooks, others have blogs and twitters, while still others remain accessible online only via email. To attempt to do it all would be overwhelming, and even as a relatively young educator I cannot comprehend the thought of spreading myself that thin! I think it is far more useful for educators to choose a few social networking tools, and then use them consistently, than have accounts everywhere that they rarely check.

In fact, on his blog Warlick has an article that details how to limit the overwhelming factor of having too many social network accounts, aptly titled, “10 Ways to Keep Your PLN from Running Amok!” In this article, Warlick discusses the importance of scanning rather than reading every piece of information word-for-word, and the importance of taking breaks away from Twitter.

Hope this was useful, and I look forward to growing my own PLN with all of you! Find me on Facebook or Twitter!

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