I was confused about Learning Networks vs. Personal Learning Networks. In my blog post, "Learning Networks" in July, I asked, "How are PLNs and Learning Networks related? Do we have to share?"
Ian asked me, "From your reflections...do you see any way that we can improve our look at PLNs through our work in the #ITDML program?"
I thought I understood the basic idea of a PLN, but I didn't know how to keep all the information in one place. We don't talk about PLNs in my school system. While viewing the curating videos, I did some additional reading and discovered that curating could be done on a site like Pintrest, Delicious, or Pearltrees. I chose Pearltrees. I plan to use this to house the websites and artifacts for my PLN. Categorizing on that site is similar to the iPad, so I won't have a big learning curve.
Pearltrees offers notifications about others' collections that seem to
be similar to my collection. I have found some websites and articles that I
feel would be beneficial to my learning. Someone copied a website from
my collection, and I found it flattering. I think I like the shared
aspect of the site, as long as I keep it professional.
Some questions I have about PLN's:
- Is my Personal Learning Network PERSONAL? Or should it be available for PUBLIC viewing?
- Does it all need to be housed in one location? or is it just a bunch of places to check/participate in regularly?
- Can I have my very own, hidden PLN and something else (like a website?) for public viewing?
If there is any way that ITDML could improve our look at PLN's, it might be to answer those questions, even if the answer is, "These are the options. Do whatever you are comfortable with."
This is also interesting. I think I get it now Edu-Sketch: How to build a PLN
It's a mindset.