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#Throwback Thursday - 5 Things You Can Do to Begin Developing Your Personal Learning Network

Today's #ThrowbackThursday brings us to what may have been my most viewed post of all time at 32, 552 views. The post that got all the attention told people five steps they can take to develop their personal learning network. While the steps still work, many of the resources listed (i.e. Google Reader) in each step have changed (used instead).

Written: October 12, 2008

Topic: Developing a PLN

Who might be interested: Any teacher or student who enjoys learning from experts and others who share their passion.

Favorite excerpt: PLNs provide individuals with learning and access to leaders and experts around the world bringing together communities, resources and information impossible to access solely from within school walls.

Reader question: Do you have a personal learning network? If so, how has it helped you learn?


5 Things You Can Do to Begin Developing Your Personal Learning Network

Many educators in successful schools are involved in their school's professional learning community and perhaps they even collaborate with other schools in the district, city, state, country or beyond, but Innovative Educators also have personal learning networks (PLNs) enabling them to connect with other learners around the globe. If you're new to this world, personal learning networks are created by an individual learner, specific to the learner’s needs extending relevant learning connections to like-interested people around the globe.

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Lisa Nielsen writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about learning innovatively and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning, and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students. Ms. Nielsen has worked for more than a decade in various capacities to support learning in real and innovative ways that will prepare students for success. In addition to her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator, Ms. Nielsen’s writing is featured in places such as Huffington Post, Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning, The Unplugged Mom, and is the author the book Teaching Generation Text.

Disclaimer: The information shared here is strictly that of the author and does not reflect the opinions or endorsement of her employer.