This is a question that was sent to me via email from a colleague on Friday…….

She had just been to a conference where they talked about making sure that you have your own Personal Learning Network. In life we always want to learn something and where we get our learning from is important to us. Why? For me its because I dont want to miss out on something that may be really important that will help me to teach my students…….also the information that I learn can be passed on……to students, colleagues, staff, parents and others willing to listen (like you!).

My response to the question was simple “My PLN is global and it grows everyday!” It has taken me a long time to develop it…..My PLN is mine and I am happy to pass it on but each persons pathway of learning is different. Also the way that I develop it is different to most because my MacBook travels with me.

How do I make it work for me?

Firstly I dont spen 24/7 building it. If I did it would be MASSIVE and I wouldn’t be able to cypher through all the data that I gather. Secondly I dont get worried about missing information….. I just have to let it go. Noone is going to be dissappointed if I miss out on something. Besides someone is bound to retweet the important bits. Also I can always bookmark or flag something that I need to look at later.

I believe in RSS feeds. As soon as I see the rss icon light up I instantly hit subscribe. Where do I get these rss feeds? Most of the time they are from Twitter. A person I am following posts a link and when I am reading it I find that it is worth subscribing. This goes straight to my rss folders in Outlook and I able to keep an eye on this at work or at home. I know that some people use http://www.delicious.com/ but for me, because of my notebook, it is mobile and with me.

The key to who I subscribe to is what I am into. Its important to establish a theme of interest prior to tweeting, retweeting or subscribing. I am into 21st Century Learning not content driven learning but learning how to learn with the tools of the 21st Century Learning. Hence, most of the people I am follwoing on Twitter or rss feeds are interested in the same thing (Except Julia Gillard yep she’s following me?????). So anyone in the world who says something in a blog or post something online or tweets someting about 21st Century Learning to me is worth following. Plus if they are prepared to post something online about it then they must know what they are talking about…… if they dont I will stop following them!

Who do I follow……on Twitter that easy. So here and you will see them all. You may find someone worth following yourself.

Who do I subscribe to……this is going to take a while (but for you all you have to do is click on the links! I though about giving you a description but I think they are pretty much self explanatory.See below:

http://flatclassrooms.ning.com

http://www.futureofeducation.com

http://weblogg-ed.com/2010/what-do-we-need/

http://web20classroom.blogspot.com

http://ccoffa.edublogs.org

http://www.chaplaincymatters.org

http://www.connectedprincipals.com

http://pairadimes.davidtruss.com/i-heart-libraries/

http://www.classroom20.com

http://edupln.com

http://andrewdouch.wordpress.com

http://ecologyofeducation.net

http://edte.ch

http://secondclassroom.ning.com

http://www.facultyfocus.com

http://dern.org.au

http://www.freetech4teachers.com

http://www.happysteve.com

http://elh2009.ning.com

http://leading21.blogspot.com

http://www.l4l.co.uk

http://forums.evolutionm.net

http://shawnram.wordpress.com

http://jennylu.wordpress.com

http://lucybarrow.edublogs.org

http://johnp.wordpress.com

http://blog.ning.com

http://plpnetwork.com

http://chronicle.com

http://stager.tv

http://www.ted.com/talks

http://cheekylit.com

http://georgecouros.ca

http://adrianbruce.com

http://theteachershub.com

http://blog.thinkglobalschool.org

http://www.go2web20.net

http://weblogg-ed.com

http://whatedsaid.wordpress.com

http://www.willatworklearning.com

PHEW! As I said it keeps getting bigger everyday.

It is not too late to start building your own PLN. You are more than welcome to use mine as a foundation for your own. That depends on if you are into 21st Century Learning using ICT!

Thanks for reading

Andrew.