I started looking on Google by just simply typing in “personal learning network.” I first looked at Teacher Challenge which was a great starting point for me I think because it was a step by step blog that really broke down what PLN is and how you can make it effective in your teaching.
This word cloud was on this website and I immediately saved it to my personal computer because I think it really captures what PLN is for and what it brings to the table for educators and new ideas. Probably the best part about this blog was reading why twitter is not just another social networking site. It is true that it can really help you grow professionally and develop more and more ideas and find it easy to collaborate with other educators.
I don’t have a lot of nonsense on my twitter because honestly I only signed up for it because of school. I do have a few friends on there as well as some sports teams but 90% of who I am following have to do with education. One thing I know that I need to fix when it comes to twitter is the fact that I scroll through on my phone and maybe read every 4 to 5 tweets, or I wait for a key word to spark my interest. I know it sounds bad but I am just being honest.
Another thing when it comes to my blog and people wanting to read it, I don’t think that it is very likely that a lot of people read what I say. I try really hard to make everything seem appealing and professional, but sometimes I am afraid to really speak my mind and be honest because I feel like sometimes that drives people away. I want my blog to be MY blog and for people to be able to tell what kind of passionate person I am by reading my thoughts and opinions, I need help with wording and how to set up my format on my blogs. I think the reading this week really helped me get to a starting point which will be to really sit back and think about what I want my blog to say before I actually put it out there for everyone to see. I need a game plan, I would really like to keep this going after this semester and keep people updated on my thoughts and opinions as I go into teaching.