A personal learning network, although often emergent and continually developing, does not just happen. It requires cultivation. To begin your thinking on how to cultivate your PLN, read Howard Rheingold’s Advice on Building a PLN. Find a professional group or individuals who align with your professional interests. Start by reviewing the Twitter EdChat calendar and more… »
Building personal learning networks to collaborate and share knowledge with colleagues within, across, and between disciplines.
Here is another collaboration space / tool you may find a use for. Flipgrid offers a free service for educators (authenticate via your school email address or Microsoft account) for creating a space for video back and forth conversations. Instructors use it for introductions, for discussions, and more. Learn more from the Flipgrid resources area… but more… »
From highlighting passages in a reading to scribbling notes in the margins, annotation has a familiar place in our roles as students and academics. Web-based tools such as hypothes.is provide a new level of collaboration to that process by giving us the ability to attach notes, commentary, discussion to any document that exists at a URL. In more… »
Think about the past year of your professional life… List the projects or ideas that you have collaborated on with others. Now, on a piece of paper, or using one of the Image tools in the Extend Toolkit, draw a dining table or modify an open licensed image of one. Choose one of the projects more… »
List some specific activities that you can engage in to cultivate and expand your PLN. Give some of them a try and report on your progress. Write a blog post on the topic “Extending your PLN,” and if you are in twitter, tweet the link to it to @ontarioextend with the hashtag #oextend.
As you explore Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) in greater depth, you will want to think about how you can use digital technologies to breathe new life into your professional growth and better support your teaching. A helpful approach is to map your own PLN. This activity asks you to consider and then represent who belongs more… »