I often share relevant articles or videos when I come across them and in response I have frequently heard something to the effect of, “Where do you find all this great stuff?” There are so many good things out there for educators that it’s also irresponsible of us not to be accessing such great tools and resources. So how can you do it without spending hours and hours sorting through nonsense?
The power of the Personal Learning Network (PLN) is something that I’ve discovered during this process of searching for online resources. I feel as though I’m late getting in the game on PLNs but I’m going to go ahead and blame China and the Great Fire Wall for that 🙂 However, over the last couple years I’ve been working hard to establish more of an online presence and build my PLN.
Anyway, let’s cut to the chase – All educators should have a Twitter account and be building a strong PLN. This doesn’t mean you have to be some crazy Twitter maniac who is constantly sending out Tweets. Rather, it means you begin to slowly build a network of connections and resources around the world whom you know you can rely on for relevant educational information. Then, from this point you grow and learn with the technology and the resources you gain from your network. Your network essentially does the research and collecting of awesome resources for you. All you do is sit back and reap the benefits, occasionally sending some great info back out into the mix. It’s brilliant!
Check out this info graphic that shows Seven Degrees of Connectedness and think about where you fall. If you’re not yet at Stage 1 then I’d like to strongly urge you to come and begin the journey of getting connected. If you’re already connected but want to join the conversation you’re absolutely invited as well!