Thoughts On My PLN

I have been pondering the value of my Personal Learning Network (PLN) for quite sometime. I value educators, professionals and researchers in higher education who share, connect and collaborators with me online and IRL. Here’s a great video describing how a PLN functions and works compliments of  tektrekker on YouTube:

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Not too long ago @clintlalonde interviewed me for his masters thesis research paper on learning networks. I agreed to this Skype interview, as PLN is a strong interested on my own research thread. A BIG thanks goes out to Clint for having me reflect on my PLN. After reviewing the transcripts from our interview, I thought I would highlight a few thoughts I shared about my PLN:

  • a shared space where I connect and engage with a community of peers
  • this group is a sort of a scaffold & sounding board
  • a place go to for resources and ideas
  • usually related to my interests or areas I want to expand upon
  • technology did not create my PLN, but is is now a great and easy medium to cultivate it
  • resources for personal and professional development is in the network
  • 140 characters really does have value in my own educational development
  • my network is varied and there is never a dull moment – this is why I stay engaged
  • it has different themes within different nodes & groups
  • crowd-sourcing – starts the conversation, inspires project development and collaborative initiatives
  • it can evolve and it can change  – the medium may change but the messages & info is always there
  • I never stop learning…that’s why I heart my PLN!

Here are a few great articles and resources from educators in my PLN:

5 Things You Can Do to Begin Developing Your Personal Learning Network

What is a PLN? Or, PLE vs. PLN?

PLN: Your Personal Learning Network Made Easy

Personal Learning Networks – David Warlick

pln by ClintLalone.net

The Educator’s PLN Ning

Have you grown YOUR PLN lately?

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9 thoughts on “Thoughts On My PLN

  1. Eric Stoller February 13, 2011 / 2:53 pm

    I’m super thankful that we are in each other’s mutual PLN’s. I learn something new each time I talk to you 🙂

    • Laura Pasquini February 14, 2011 / 9:34 am

      I concur. PLN love back attcha, EDS. 🙂

  2. Clint Lalonde February 16, 2011 / 8:40 am

    Geez, Laura, you’ve pretty well done my analysis for me :). Sweet! Thanks again for participating.

    • Laura Pasquini February 16, 2011 / 9:39 am

      Hey – you’re more than welcome, Clint. Happy writing!

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