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As we continue on with the current Teacher Challenge on free tools, preparations are already underway for the next series.

This time, we want to help people grow their PLN!

We know from experience the difference strong Personal Learning networks makes with:

  1. Getting help and being part of a learning community
  2. Understanding skills we need to be empowering our students with

Which is why we’re passionate at sharing these skills with as many people as we can!

Personal Learning network

And that is where you come in!

Do you have advice on growing a PLN that you would like to share?

We’re looking for guest bloggers to write posts on topics such as:

  • The importance of your PLN and how it’s helped you
  • Provide an overview of  a tool you use to connect and grow your PLN
  • PLN etiquette  — the Do’s and Don’ts
  • What advice you’d give new people when building their PLN?

Whatever you think people need to know about PLNs, and you’d love to share with others, we’d love you to help us by writing a guest post.

If you could help answer any questions that might come up from challenge participants and support them as they grow their own PLN — we’d really appreciate it!

No need to have a blog or even be an Edublogs user to participate. This would be a great way to help fellow educators from around the globe – and maybe add more twitter followers or blog readers to your list as well. :)

What do you think? Any takers?

Leave a comment below or contact us here and we’ll get you hooked up with all that you need!


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  1. I started a blog that allows me to keep all my websites available for when I need to use them in class or when working with staff. I use it during staff meetings and encourage staff to access it as well.

  2. Hi Everyone, thanks so far for your input and for sharing your resources.

    I’ve sent each of you an email from support@edublogs.org to follow it up with you individually. Hope that is okay but it makes it easier for us to manage.

    Can you contact us with an alternative email address if you don’t receive our email as some filters can block our emails 🙁

    Looking forward to hearing more thoughts on ideas for this series!

  3. Hi Sue,
    Great idea. I wrote a post about this very process as I was in the developmental stage of my PLN. You can read them here (http://edtechideas.com/2010/02/22/twitter-and-blogging-from-a-newbie-perspective/) and here (http://edtechideas.com/2010/03/01/twitter-and-blogging-from-a-newbie-perspective-part-2/)
    I’ve also created a Prezi called “Twitter for Teacher” which can be viewed here: http://prezi.com/gxoalwbi8sv9/twitter-for-teachers/

    Thanks for all you do!
    Best regards,

  4. I have to recommend the work of a colleague, Judy Gressel. Several of her posts are here: http://newtrierlibrary.blogspot.com/search/label/pln

    The tool I find most helpful is paper.li. If you are a new twitter user (like Ellen, above) or very busy, paper.li is your chance to “read the feed” more or less on one page. It aggregates feed to a hash tag (like #edchat) or create your own personal paper.li based on whomever you follow. I always find at least one item of interest at The edchat Daily: http://paper.li/tag/edchat

    At school, we also formed a small professional development group that met roughly every other Tuesday morning before school and chronicled our work on the AM Exchange Blog at http://amexchange.blogspot.com/ It was definitely hard to find that time, but this did have the advantage of “reserving” an hour or so a month where we met and talked about new tools, questions, etc. I would love to hear from others who have tried similar experiments regarding what worked and what did not.

    Also, there are some great, free webinars available through Elluminate — check Steve Hargadon’s posts for ideas: http://www.stevehargadon.com/

  5. Here is an article on creating an Personal Learning Network:

    Here are some links with some great people and sites to use for your PLN:


    and this is another great place to go to start your PLN:
    The Educators PLN: edupln.ning.com

  6. Hi Sue, Far from being an “expert” one suggestion I have is for teachers to start a group on Edmodo – it’s a great platform for teachers and students and for teachers to exchange notes/ideas among themselves.

  7. I am really glad to see this new challenge, because this is exactly what I am trying to do. I look forward to learning more, and mayI make a request? I would love to have more help with Twitter, since I signed up during the Free Tools Challenge and have been following people, but don’t really know how to even lurk. Would love some more basic guidance.

    This challenge is perfect for a newbie like me. I can do this……Ellen

  8. Created a livebinder to help people know all the options and where to start… will be adding to my blog once I finish this week…

    would love to help! I’m a newbie to the PLN since January, but already love the help!

  9. Hi,
    I think this is a great idea! I think a lot of people are interested in developing a PLN but aren’t really sure where and how to start. I’m certainly no expert, but I definitely encourage colleagues to start a PLN and have led a couple of workshops on using Twitter.
    I’d love to help out!


  10. I have only been developing my PLN since last October, but I am happy to share my experiences and thoughts on how to best go about it and the benefits.

    • Michael, I think your Voicethread would be a brilliant thing to share how people use their PLN’s.

  11. I started growing and building my PLN via Twitter, Diigo, and Facebook as a music educator. It is now where the majority of my professional development comes from. I am constantly “spreading the word” in my own school and district to get more teachers on board with creating and growing their own PLN.