As I mentioned in a previous post, developing a Personal Learning Network is an idea that I have recently become aware of and that I find exciting and very important. Being connected is essential to being informed, knowledgeable and well-rounded professional in the 21st century. Because of all the technology and tools available to us, this knowledge and information can now be more personal and relevant to each person than ever before and the potential for growth is tremendous. This can only be a benefit to you as the professional, to your colleagues, and most importantly, to your students as well.
I think Ning is an excellent tool to be help with creating this Personal Learning Network. At Ning you can connect with not just a random group of people, but with people who are interested in and passionate about the same issues that you are and can help you bring up new ideas and resources. In fact, there is a network on Ning specifically dedicated to Educators’ Personal Learning Networks. The network contains a vast array of resources from articles to podcasts to tutorials and apps as well as a forum where educators can interact to further enhance the experience. As educators, it is crucial that we be continually learning and growing and becoming as connected and knowledgeable as possible. Don’t wait! Start creating your Personal Learning Network today!