PLN Personal Learning Network

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.

The five stages and corresponding diagram make clear and easy reference to where one could be on the personal learning network journey.Image

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 FacebookMyspace
Microblogging Populated with educators from around the world who share best practices and resources in short bursts TwitterMy guide to TwitterPlurkUtterli
Professional Profiles Find other professionals and experts in your field LinkedInBrightfuse
Wikis Community-monitored sites that can function as websites or for group organization and projects Wikispacespbwiki,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),BloggerTypepadAlltop– 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),PageFlakesGoogle Reader
Nings Communities of people interested in similar topics, with forums and messaging Classroom 2.0Future of EducationNing
Social Bookmarking Share bookmarks with others, see what others are bookmarking; you can join groups and get email updates on new bookmarks DiigoDiigo 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/

http://chris.pirillo.com/how-much-social-networking-is-too-much/

State Library of Victoria have some helpful online resources for your PLN

http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/learn/professional-development/personal-learning-network

How to connect and share your profile…all set up in the educators blog

http://edupln.ning.com/

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