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The professional network learning collaborative (PNLC)
Metcalfe's law states that the value of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system (n2). Big Idea: stay connected with like minded peers.
Excerpt from DA magazine … http://www.districtadministration.com/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=2547 “ A PLN is a network of fellow professionals, many, if not most, of whom you haven’t met in person but with whom you share your job related epiphanies, questions and all-around support. A PLN can have 20 members; it can have 2,000. You need a PLN—if not several! You need a group of folks you can trust who will clue you in to the latest and greatest. As a leader of a school district or building or classroom, you need to know what new ideas are floating about, what old ideas are being reinvented, and what old ideas are being discredited. It is hard to meet such people face-to-face due to complex schedules and different locales, and phone conferences are not that easy to put together either. PLNs use Twitter, Facebook, or some other social networking tool to communicate. “
A brief statement from Will Richardson… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mghGV37TeK8&feature=player_embedded Will Richardson is the author of the highly ranked and read edublog Weblogg-ed and author of the book, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. Richardson is also active on the web, he has both a twitter and Youtube channel. …..from Wikipedia
Good article from DA online - http ://www.districtadministration.com/viewarticle.aspx?articleid= 2547 PLNs Made Easy- http://onceateacher.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/pln-your-personal-learning-network-made-easy/ The networked student- http://youtu.be/ XwM4ieFOotA Getting Started Article - http : //theinnovativeeducator . blogspot .com/2008/04/5-things-you-can-do-to-begin- developing.html Building your PLN- http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/2009/07/13/oh-the-adventures-you-will-have-if-only / Building a PLN 2- http://sites.google.com/site/buildingapln / PLN resources: