I have written a couple of blog posts and mentioned tweets where I have referenced my PLN. I hate it when people use acronyms and just assume everyone knows what they mean, don’t you? I’m SO guilty of that, 🙂 even more so with the texting language I have started using. I told my daughter today to grab her jacket, JIC…and I got the blankest look ever. Ya know… “just in case“…sigh. 🙂
So an explanation…anyone who is actively involved with learning online is part of a PLN. My twitter “twiends” are the largest part of my PLN. I gather greatness from them daily…and many I also follow via their blogs, their conference presentations, their contribution as a whole to growing me professionally. PLN stands for personal (professional) learning network.
Which brings us to the point of this post. I have mentioned Miguel Guhlin before. He’s the Director of Instructional Technology Services in San Antonio ISD. He writes in the TechEdge, which I believe is where I first discovered him. Now, I read his blogs regularly, invest time in his tweets, and am able to consult him on a professional basis. How beneficial as an educator involved in instructional technology to be able to email him and reap his wisdom. Back when I taught, he commented and wrote about the 4th grade blog I had with my students. He recently wrote a post about the benefits of blogging with students and I commented…which led to this.Please go read and discover how “little gems of greatness” can make a difference!!
It’s like I’m famous in the blogsophere, 😉 Another of my tweeps, Shelly Terrell (@ShellTerell), let me know she featured one of my tweets in her blog, Teacher Reboot Camp. Shelly is in Germany…that’s how useful a PLN can be! We’re colloborating and sharing across the world. And that? is pretty cool!