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Modules 2 & 3 Thinking Routine
Transcript of Modules 2 & 3 Thinking Routine
Reflections on Social Networking and PLNs
By Erika Layton | IDT 7078 Extend Challenge Making Connections Connect I already knew quite a bit about the information presented in Modules 2 and 3. I was already a user of several of the tools presented in the modules, including Facebook, Google+, and Diigo. I have also had a Twitter account for a while, but I didn't really use it. None of these tools were foreign to me, even if I had never used them. The idea of PLNs is kind of new to me. It makes sense, but since I've been out of education and the work force for a while, it really hasn't applied to me. (Or so I thought!) A great deal of the information presented in these modules extended my thinking about Social Networking and Personal Learning Networks. I have always thought of most social networks (like Facebook) as a pleasant diversion, a way to keep up with old friends, and a marketing tool. Twitter has always struck me as such a superficial way to communicate (like a way to comment on a TV show or sports event). Wow! The information in these modules really opened my eyes! I had already started to see the potential of social networks for developing PLNs by our class community on Google+. I have used Diigo in other classes to share online resources, but I must admit that after these classes were over, my Diigo account collected virtual dust. I really didn't give it much of a chance. But Twitter! The information presented about Twitter really changed my way of thinking. I was really surprised to see that it was being embraced my the educational community and there are so many enthusiastic users who are eager to share and learn from the connections that have made. The examples of real-time usage in classrooms, like posing a question at the beginning of a class or taking a poll about the class's topic have really gotten me on board with the potential of this powerful tool of connection! When thinking about, exploring, and beginning to use Google+, Twitter, and Diigo along with Facebook, I have to admit that I am pretty overwhelmed. So much information! There are many great ideas coming at me and so many resources to investigate. My challenge in all of it is keeping up. I believe that in order to use a PLN to it's potential, the resources I have are useful, productive, and relevant. That means lots of time spent editing. If something is not relevant to me, it is going to have to go.
As I prepare to re-enter the workforce after a long time away, I think that my PLN is going to expand and most likely morph, depending on the kind of job I end up doing.