Over the past two months, I have been taking part in EDTC 300. It has been a wild ride and I have learnt a lot of new things, but one of the most important things that I learnt about was a Personal Learning Network, or PLN for short.
I had no idea what a PLN was before taking EDTC 300, or how important it was to have and maintain. Since I did not know what a PLN was prior to taking this course, I really did not have much of a PLN. But thanks to Katia and EDTC 300, I have begun to build my very own PLN.
My PLN is not something that I can only contribute to. Other people can contribute to my PLN and I can contribute to other people’s PLN. Through taking EDTC 300, I have started my own PLN by creating a Twitter account and my own blog. From creating these accounts and being active on them, I have begun to create my own PLN and I have contributed to other people’s PLN, especially those in my EDTC 300 class.
The most important site that I have been using to create my own PLN is Twitter. When I started this class, I had no clue how Twitter worked and I was extremely intimidated by it. But now, two short months later, I have made over one hundred tweets and I continue to tweet every day. I have used Twitter to stay up to date with what my classmates are discussing and finding interesting. I have also been sharing articles and other resources that I have found on Feedly that I really enjoyed and thought that others would enjoy them too. I really enjoy Twitter and I find it a good platform to get feedback and resources from fellow classmates and educators. Twitter has become such a great platform for me to use, that I have even begun to try more of its features such as retweeting, using more hashtags, and even making polls.
Along with posting and scrolling through Twitter, I have also participated in multiple Twitter chats, including the #saskedchat, #newteachertribe and #edtc300sum. I have enjoyed all of the chats I have participated in and I plan on participating in them after the class is over. Twitter chats are a great way for me to stay connected with other teachers both in Saskatchewan and across the globe. I love being able to “hear” other people’s thoughts and share some of my ideas with other educators.
By the way… if you want to survive your first Twitter chat, I highly suggest using Tweetdeck because it makes life so much easier.
Here is a quick screencast of what my Twitter page looks like.
Twitter is not the only way that I have contributed to other people’s PLN. I created my own blog for EDTC 300 and thanks to the EDTC 300 blog hub, I can easily access my classmates’ blogs and (creep on them to) see what they are posting about. I found myself often drawn to other people’s learning project posts because there was so much variation to what people were doing. I found so many people’s learning projects to be super fun and creative, especially the learning projects that included food or paint. I often read through a lot of posts about baking, cooking, painting, make up skills, running, and so many other cool projects! I often commented on peoples blog posts, especially those that I found interesting. Below is a slideshow of some of the comments that I have made on other people’s blogs.
*I got really hungry most of the time when I was reading through the learning project post, especially when I looked at some of the creations Amanda and Lauren made.. I also may have creeped through a few blogs that looked really well put together to find inspiration for making my blog look a lot better than the bare bones I started with.
Commenting on other people’s blogs and having other people comment on my blog post has really increased my PLN. I have become more confident in my writing and my abilities thanks to some wonderful comments left by Anthea, Maple, Sydney, Lauren, Kelsey, Andrea, and many of my other EDTC 300 classmates. I tried to stay up to date with replying or liking the comments that people gave to me to ensure that people knew that I really appreciated their feedback. Below are some of the most inspiring comments that I received.
The final piece of technology that I was tasked with using for EDTC 300 was the Google Plus group. I found this group to be very helpful when I needed assistance with technology or I just needed some feedb
ack from my fellow classmates. I was not able to answer a lot of my classmates’ questions on Google Plus simply because I was in the same boat as them and did not know the answer. I found a lot of other people’s questions and answers really helpful when I was having technological difficulties.
Some of my posts in the Google Plus Community.
I have really enjoyed learning how to build my own PLN in EDTC 300 and contributing to other people’s PLN. I plan to continue to use Twitter and my blog to engage with other people and grow my PLN. I am going to miss seeing all the things that my fellow classmates are doing and creating for their learning project, but I know that I will be able to see what they are up to over Twitter.
Thank you for reading my blog post! Please comment your thoughts on PLNs! I really appreciate all of the feedback and comments that I get!
See you soon!