Establishing a Professional
University of Lethbridge
Education Undergraduate Society
• What is a PLN?
• Why should I consider
establishing a PLN?
• How do I start my PLN?
Evolution of Digital Footprints
Footprint 1.0 – What is a digital footprint?
• What I do can be accessed and followed?
• Our online record (photos, comments, posts, websites)
Footprint 2.0 – Don’t want a digital footprint
• Never use your real name (pseudonym, online “mask”)
• Erase your online presence
Footprint 3.0 – Manage a digital footprint
• Adding positive online content – taking control!
• Establishing and contributing to a PLN
What is a PLN?
• Not a new concept
– Traditionally limited by
geography and not often
– Today, transcends distance,
role and expertise
Benefits of a PLN
• Resource and idea sharing
• Varied feedback
• Embrace technology
Why Start Now?
• Establish a strong network of
professionals and supports prior to
entering your first classroom
• Supplement (or in some cases supplant)
• Begin building your professional “brand”
Blog posting further explaining presentation, with links for
Add me to your PLN!
Next week: Twitter – Why Start Now