I believe that PLNs are great and the collaboration you get from people all over the world is priceless. Through these different learning communities I can expand my knowledge and stay on the cutting edge of educations.
Since there are many different ways to build one’s PLNs, I am going to focus on three applications that are helpful to me.
- Social Bookmarking: This allows me to have one specific site to go to so that I can retrieve bookmarked sites. Now, I don’t have to remember sites I like or keep a running list of educational websites with my personal sites. Here is the link to my social bookmarking page: https://delicious.com/#eklink910
- Blogs: Through blogs I can read what other educators and other professionals have to say about specific topics. There often have helpful advice and they provide information based on experience.
- Ning: Ning (as well as Wikis) allow you to become part of an online community specific to your profession. I found that Ning allows me to interact with other education professional in a control website. From what I’ve seen the people are helpful and can offer advice and knowledge. I have joined classroom20.com as a Ning. I joined the other day and am waiting to be accepted into the site.