PLN Notes and Links
Links & videos: are Personal Learning Networks? Why Should You Care?
What the Heck is a PLN?
The Educator's PLN Learning Practices 2.0 Ning Web Net Resources about Personal Learning Networks Networking: List of Networks Chats on Twitter

Resources for Building or Finding your Own
PLN: Your Personal Learning Network Made Easy
Web 2.0 projects the lesson I never learn
On sites where you can create a project and include tags when you save it, use a unique hashtag such as #myclassPeriodA. Then, when you go to the site, search that tag and you will find all of the students’ work.
Then, the teacher can have a stack of printed out rubrics that they can write on while experiencing the project. I know the grading could be done digitally. But, I can tell you that teachers totally get this type of assessment. A printed rubric, pencil in hand while viewing digital work…it works.
Personal Learning Networks Are Virtual Lockers for Schoolkids

5 Ways to Begin Building Your Personal Learning Network 1.0
  1. Join a professional social network. I belong to Classroom 2.0 (for educators using Web 2.0 technology) and EduBlogger World (for education bloggers) and I launched a social network called Transforming Ed for The 21st Century. I have found great value in each of them. I am also a member of Linked In but haven't found much value in that as an educator.
  2. Pick 5 Blogs you find interesting and start reading them. In addition to my own blog, I follow weblogg-ed: learning with the read/write web, A Principal's Reflections, Practical Theory, The Brazen Careerist, Cool Cat Teacher, Ted Talks. You may want to look at some of these as well as find other Education Blogs or explore the listing of International Edubloggers.
  3. Set up an iGoogle account and subscribe to the blogs you selected in Google Reader. Caution: Limit your reader to five to start. Keeping up with more blogs will be difficult.
  4. Become a part of the conversation and start commenting on the blogs you read. I invite you to begin here! (If you're following closely you may note this is actually PLN 2.0 tip thrown in for those who are ready for a head start, and because I'd really love to get to know my readers through comments here).
  5. Join the microblogging phenomena by reading Tweets at Twitter. Start by selecting 5 well-known Edubloggers to follow and watch all the great stuff they have to share. You'll learn a lot in minutes that fit into 140 character sound bytes. I'd recommend starting with willrich45 / Will Richardson, coolcatteacher / Vicki Davis, stevehargadon / Steve Hargadon, acarvin / Andy Carvin, penelopetrunk / Penelope Trunk, and because you can, why not follow BarackObama / Barack Obama. Just get ready because once people start following you, you may feel compelled to start engaging in exciting activities worth posting…in 140 characters or less.

So get to it and start building your learning network. Join a social network, subscribe to blogs, comment and Tweet. If you do, I promise you will learn a lot. Once you do, I encourage you to come back here and share your experience by leaving a comment.

Sketchy explanation : Staring a PLN

Will Richardson on PLN

PLN How to Build One

Personal Learning Networks for Educators

PLN Continuous Professional Development