I recently discovered a blog post by Lisa Nielsen on “5 Things You Can Do To Begin Developing Your Personal Learning Network“. It contains a wonderful video (see above) by Will Richardson on why teachers should “get outside of the classroom and build our own classrooms and our own curriculum. The change here is that we can really connect around ideas that we’re passionate about” regardless of where we are physically on the globe. After all, in order to fuel the spirit of others, we must fill that of ourselves!
As Lisa points out, the following are easy ways to start/continue building your PLN:
- Join a Professional Learning Network – I am particularly fond of ISTE on LinkedIn and the Global Education Collaborative.
- Pick 5 blogs and add them to your Google Reader – As a fan of Open Education, I recommend Open Education News and Opensource.com.
- Participate in Twitter and share edutweets with other edutweeters – I tweet at @bon_education and @Curriki. Other edutweeters I get inspiration from are @NMHS_Principal and @Larryferlazzo amongst many others!
I am so thankful to the thousands of educators and passionate learners I’ve been able to connect with through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twine, Twitter, Ning, and more from sunny sandy Dubai! Through you all, each and every day (every tweet!) is a learning moment.
To one giant global classroom!
Founder, Bon Education