The PLN: Professional Learning Network
by Thomas Jerome Baker
I am grateful and thankful for all the informal and formal learning opportunities I have had access to through the individual and collective members of my PLN, my Professional Learning Network. Each one of you is indispensable to my learning, and thusly, I treasure all of you, equally. Thank you.
Thanks to the 1,980 members of my LinkedIn network. Through you, I have access to the collective wisdom and knowledge of 12,614,973 people. Let me spell that out: Twelve million, six hundred fourteen thousand, nine hundred and seventy three people. That’s an awful lot of people to have in a PLN.
Thanks to my Facebook PLN, all 1,985 of you. Yes, Facebook as a PLN. You guys have shared an awful lot of great information with me about education, learning, and teaching. You’ve shared links, videos, conferences, seminars, training opportunities, and current news, for all this, Facebook is the place to look.
Twitter, what can I say about you? There are 1,892 of you. One thousand, eight hundred and ninety two. Twitter takes persistence when you first begin. No matter how much info you have about Twitter, the early days are difficult, if you’re like most people. But if you’re really keen on being current, up to date, on the cutting edge of what’s new in your profession and in the world, then you must learn to use Twitter.
Let me be brutally honest: as a PLN, LinkedIn is fantastic, Facebook is spectacular, both are most magnificent social media tools, but they are not Twitter. Twitter is the social media I turn to most often. Having said that, again, all three, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn complement each other well, providing me with an iron triangle of knowledge and news.
Thank you, to all the members of my Professional Learning Network. My learning never stops, thanks to you!