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Transcript of My PLN
My Personal Learning Network
On the Shoulders of Giants
My PLN Giants
"For the first time in history, we know now how to store virtually all humanity's most important information and make it available, almost instantly, in almost any form, to almost anyone on earth. We also know how to do that in great new ways so that people can interact with it, and learn from it."
- Dryden & Vos (2005)
The most valuable element of my PLN are the Face-to-Face networks that I have. Even though this network extends to digital connections, it is the personal interactions with people that I value the most.
Personally, it is difficult for me to maintain true relationships with others without some Face-to-Face contact and connection.
I have grown professionally because of the great people I have met within organizations like CTAP, CUE, TICAL, LEC, and EdLeader21. Conferences are also a great source of F2F learning!
I use facebook for my social life only, and do not mix work with the pleasure of seeing what my friends had for dinner, did on vacation, or how their kids are growing up. However, it is part of my PLN because I learn from what my friends are posting... and many times I use what they have shared in my professional life.
Facebook is an important part of my PLN because it keeps me connected with friends and family that I can't interact with because of distance. It makes me feel connected to people who share my passions, interests, and perspectives.
Google + has become my facebook for work! I am constantly learning from my EdTech compatriots, especially the more prolific of post'ers. The concept of circles makes it easy to share with smaller groups and larger groups depending upon the content.
I haven't used Google hangouts much, but see it as a way to maintain a F2F connection with Google + circles.
Twitter is the mobile learning part of my PLN. I don't often check facebook or Google + on my mobile phone, but Twitter is with me wherever I go.
I use it more to consume other's tweets and to get information about what others are learning. I have a hard time composing tweets, and feel like I have to write a haiku for all my thoughts. Maybe my usual writing is too verbose, but try to get me to add a link and a whole conference presentation can go by before I get off my first tweet!
No PLN is complete without some visionary thinkers to follow, link with, and build upon. I like Newton's quote because it acknowledges that we can all become great.
With digital media and the Internet, we are discussing ideas of intellectual property and creativity. However, it is not a new idea to use the knowledge and creative works of those that went before you to create new content and knowledge.
I have found these three ed tech leaders to be great resources of inspiration and ideas.