PLN? PLN?!? What in the world is a PLN??? Some other type of technology piece that I’ve never heard of and that will probably frustrate and confuse me!?! Dread.
That is how I first felt when I saw in the assignment page that we had to research and learn how to use a PLN. I was not at all excited to research the definition and I must admit that I worried about how long it would take me to master using it, whatever it was. Wow was I surprised! When I first read what a PLN is, I was still kind of confused and thought it sounded way too simple. But after watching the video with pictures, all my confusion disappeared.
PLN is the abbreviation for, Personal Learning Network. A PLN is a helpful source that people can use to find or even share valuable information with others. The ‘P’ in PLN stands for Personal. Personal meaning that we are able to make the source our own. We can choose who we decide to follow on Twitter or Blogging. We also have the freedom to reach out to those who we have followed and ask them questions or share information with them if we so desire.
The ‘L’ stands for learner. Because a PLN is exactly that, a learning tool. Through having a PLN, we have the ability to learn so much great information and tips from other people who we are professionals, experts, doctors and so on. It depends on what we decide to base out PLN around. Naturally my own PLN is based around Physical and Health education because I am going to school to earn a degree as a Health and Physical Education teacher.
The ‘N’ stands for network. The PLN is a network because it consists of so many different people, usually professionals or professors of some sort. It might even have retired people in it who can share their knowledge from their own past experiences with us. Then those people in turn are often following others who are also professionals or who have experience that they may have taught to the people who we are now learning from. Organizations also play a role because we can follow them too and learn or get tips on a variety of topics or discussions and get our questions answered. We might even be able to answer someone else’s questions and give them tips from what we know.
The steps that I took to build my PLN was to research and follow what I felt were legit people and organizations based on education that I think I can benefit from. I have already discovered several great sites with interesting information that I can use. One site I found concerning health gives lots of great tips along with resources that can be used to teach MyPlate and how to teach kids to make smart healthy choices when it comes to food. Another site that I found, is called PE and ME by Mr. Mallen. He has a blog site that is really interesting as well as inspiring.