PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORKS - THE BASICS


Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano, a teacher and Educational Consultant, defined PLN's in an exceptional way. I asked if I could share her thoughts and she graciously agreed. She states:

A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a group of people you count on to:
  • guide you in your learning
  • be your source of advice and resources
  • make you aware of learning opportunities
  • share their best practices
  • point you to answers and support

This concept of a PLN has been around for many years. What has changed in recent years though is the reach, the size and the availability of that network.

The look of a PLN has changed.
From
  • your colleagues in the building you work in
  • a cherished personal mentor
  • professional development opportunities offered sporadically throughout the year
  • conferences
  • college credit classes taken for re-certification
to:
  • Blogs
  • RSS Readers
  • Twitter
  • Nings
  • Skype
  • Podcasts
  • Wikis

Will Richardson , on Personal Learning Networks


What does the Networked Teacher look like and what are the benefits? Here thoughts from many networked teachers on this Voicethread.




Articles, Blog Posts, and Resources *5 Things You Can Do to Begin Developing Your Personal Learning Network from The Innovative Educator blog.

*Check out this fantastic article by David Warlick about Personal Learning Networks. This should take you to the article from a recent edition of Leading and Learning - an ISTE publication. You may need to be an ISTE member to view it.

*Sue Waters has put together this PLN wiki. It has a ton of great information! This is one of the best Personal Learning Network resource sites I've seen.

Liz Davis, Director of Academic Technology at Belmont Hill School near Boston, has written some excellent blog posts about Personal Learning Networks. Below are some posts I feel are worthy of your attention.

*Ten Tips for Growing Your Learning Network
*8 Stages of PLN (Personal Learning Network) Development