So it has been over a year (close to two years) since I have created my PLN and I continue to be amazed by the power it gives me. I’m not talking authority power, I’m talking knowledge power. Through tools like Google Reader, Twitter (+Hootsuite), Diigo, and Ning I am able to connect and gather knowledge 24/7 from global educators. When I first started using Twitter my colleagues would look at me strangely if I said anything like ‘I learned that from my twitter PLN’, or referenced them in anyway. Sometimes, I have to admit I would just say ‘I learned it from my PLN’ and not go too far in depth because I didn’t want to have to justify why I use twitter one more time. That changed about 6 months ago. Now I mention people I know and happily share where and how I got the information. As educators, isn’t it our jobs to be life long learners? The only way I see to be that efficiently, and do it well, is through the online tools I have mentioned. Now I work with teachers and administrators to help them build their global PLNs.
Why is it important for us to connect to a global PLN? Check out this VoiceThread and hear why others connect.
Check out my video below: PLN Research 2010: why have one?
Are you just getting started with twitter and developing your PLN? Check out these resources: