The personal learning network for educators
Personal Learning Networks (PLN) is networking sites where people such as educators can communicate with one another and ask questions. For example a useful tool I would use would be twitter. In twitter I can ask a question about, what site can I find worksheets about math fractions to provide for my students? From there I will receive many sites but my favorite site I liked was http://www.fractionsworksheets.ca/ where I was able to find for any grade level and the type of fractions I was using. I enjoyed the use of RSS feeds because I can easily access current information or news under one site. Under Google reader I was able to access all the RSS feeds I subscribed to like the North Country Times, Educational Week, and the San Diego 6 news under one site which it provided the information that I just wanted to grab from those particular sites that were useful to me like looking at the news that was only local around my surrounding cities.
The people who I was following on Twitter were mainly people from our classroom but I was also following the US Department of Education which it was informing me in how to teach historical events in classrooms. The Diigo site was an excellent networking site where I was able to get information from other educators about certain sites they find very useful in aid for a particular class subject. My overall experience about PLN in the Education 422B class with Dr. Chen was very informational for me. I learned a whole lot about useful networking sites or PLN’s in which I can join to people’s conversations using blogs, discussion forums, etc… I also learned how to make blogs in which other people can comment on them and provide their opinion about my ideas or express their feelings about authors of books I have commented about.