Technology and PLCs: Building Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)

Personal learning is one of the foundations of a successful PLC - and an element of any successful organizational change effort. This session focuses on tools that can be used by any member of a PLC to build their own Personal Learning Network (PLN), which can not only support their own professional development but can also be an efficient means of diffusing innovation within the PLC. Learn to connect with a community of like minded professionals, make contributions, have conversations, and make requests in your times of need. Powerful free tools such as Twitter and Ning make this possible.


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Welcome Question
  • Who makes up your learning network?

PLNs and PLCs
  • Extend your PLC online.
  • Create a permeable PLC.
  • Encourage diffusion of innovation.

Learning to Network & Networking to Learn
  • Make Connections
  • Make Contributions
  • Make Conversation
  • Make Requests


Getting Started

Reflection Question
  • How do you plan to expand your learning network?