Reading Jeff Utetch’s post and then his visual explanation really helps to synthesise the whole Social Media connectivity concept. The five stages of PLN adoption strike immediate response and recognition of the journey of social media/technologies/software involvement.
It is difficult to recognise how to link everything together and to make vital links and connections to be able to share and collaborate.
I think I am at the evaluation stage ,although instead of sense of urgency to find out everything I would probably describe it as a mild state of panic!, but to counteract this is a slide straight over to step 5 Balance.As I have been very conscious of this in my personal family life and it is one thing the whole family adheres too. A definite move away from technology and be active in other activities, to achieve a sense of space and well-being.(I quite happily walk away from technology, but then will flip back to do a full immersion in trying to gain some clarity and perspective. There is much I do not know and trying out all the new social software as tools for #Inf206, has made me realise not all our useful, applicable or work the way you would like them to. As a chef only at best has 4 to 5 knives to get the job done, (even just one will suffice at a push).So we should seek to find the tools that will work for us and help us connect better.
The Once a Teacher blog http://onceateacher.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/pln-your-personal-learning-network-made-easy/ providesa good list of tools that could be useful for a PLN,and apllicable in a library setting.I think it is important to try out as many different tools as you can to find which fit best with you and your workspace and helping you connect with organisations and professionals with whom you can share and collaborate.I think this is the difficult stage when the bombardment of information ,tools and general chatter requires clarity and perspective ,or in some cases ,can be set aside as too much to deal with.
|Category||Value||Examples and Guides|
|Social Networking||Keeping up with personal, more social contacts like friends, family, and former students||Facebook, Myspace|
|Microblogging||Populated with educators from around the world who share best practices and resources in short bursts||Twitter, My guide to Twitter, Plurk, Utterli|
|Professional Profiles||Find other professionals and experts in your field||LinkedIn, Brightfuse|
|Wikis||Community-monitored sites that can function as websites or for group organization and projects||Wikispaces, pbwiki,wetpaint|
|Blogs||Great sources of information such as classroom best practices as well as personal opinions; Blogs monitor the heartbeat of new trends in education and the commenting back and forth leads to many great ideas and relationships||WordPress, (check out my ‘Blogroll’ to the right – they’re my favorites),Blogger, Typepad, Alltop– top blog headlines by subject, Technorati – a blog search engine|
|RSS Reader||RSS means “Real Simple Syndication” – an RSS reader is a tool that allows you to keep up with many of your favorite blogs, all in once place
(see this video ‘RSS in Plain English’)
|Netvibes, (My Netvibes),PageFlakes, Google Reader|
|Nings||Communities of people interested in similar topics, with forums and messaging||Classroom 2.0, Future of Education, Ning|
|Social Bookmarking||Share bookmarks with others, see what others are bookmarking; you can join groups and get email updates on new bookmarks||Diigo, Diigo Groups,Delicious|
|Webinars||Live, on-line presentations or conferences, with real-time chat, hosted by experts on specific topics; Great way to learn about new things and to meet new people||Classroom 2.0 Live!,EdTechTalk Live,Elluminate – host your own!, Dim Dim|
|Backchanneling of conferences||When there are neat (and expensive) conferences that you can’t attend, follow conversations and links about the highlights||Twitter search – use acronyms like ‘NECC’ or ‘SXSWi’|
`JJPLN My Online Personal learning Network
Related Articles & References
Utecht,J.(2008).Stages of PLN adoption.The Thinking Stick. Retrieved from http://www.thethinkingstick.com/stages-of-pln-adoption/
State Library of Victoria have some helpful online resources for your PLN
How to connect and share your profile…all set up in the educators blog