The Personal Learning Network consists of the
people a learner interacts with and derives
knowledge from in a Personal Learning
Environment. Learners create connections and
develop a network that contributes to their
professional development and knowledge. The
learner does not have to know these people
personally or ever meet them in person.
How PLN’s Works
Graphics by Corrine Weisberger & Shannan Butler
WHO DO LEARN FROM?
All educators (and learners) can
benefit from extending their own
personal learning network
online – beyond the walls of
their schools, the boundaries
of their districts, and the
limits of their experience.
Confident . . . .LEARNERS!
Benefits of a PLN
Core Elements of a PLN
The growth engine of your learning
network is your willingness to reach out
and make connections with new people.
Leave comment on a blog
Reply to a question on twitter
Post on Google +
BE AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT
Share with others
Your expertise or even your
You are helping others
Simple replies turn into
Conversations turn into professional
Relationships turn into collaboration
If you are an active participant
when you request people will
Responses are immediate, will
address the request head-on, and
can save time by not relying on
google for your answers.
BLOG – and use RSS aggregator
Join a NING or a professional social
Use Google +
TO BE SUCCESSFUL
Be Patient – it takes time to make
Be Authentic – don’t post to
sensationalize or gather followers.
“If your school system hasn’t
changed a year from now, I get
it… but if you haven’t changed
a year from now, you’re a
Will Richardson, co-author of Personal
Learning Networks: Using the Power of
Connections to Transform Education
NEA – National Teacher Association (enrolled by
ISTE – International Society for Technology in
NJEA - http://www.njea.org/
NJAET – New Jersey Association of Educational
NJEEC – NJ Educational Computing Cooperative
SRI & ETTC – Stockton College-
TECHSTOCK – Unconference July 16, 2014 –
Stockton College – 8-3:30pm – Cost $35
Informal conversations in the teacher’s
1. A Written PLN
2. A Graphic representation of your
PLN. (inspiration, Word Draw, Google draw)
3. Excel spreadsheet showing
alignment of projects with ISTE nets*
for teacher standards.
2. Online Learning insights.com
4. The Innovativeeducator.blogspot.com
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