Personal Learning Network / Personal Learning Environment. It’s the hot topic of the moment, but what is it?
- It’s you – the connected online version of you
- It’s social media – having a dialogue with other teachers around the world
- It’s reflective practice – The act of writing about teaching and reflecting are one and the same
- It’s professional development – reading articles and curating them for your network is actively engaging with your craft
- It’s a mindset – you don’t “finish” a PLN, it’s a process of you connecting, reflecting and producing
Should you bother with a PLN? If you’re interested in improving your practice you can dip-in, watch and follow-along any number of amazing people across the Internet. It’s a great way to find support especially if you’re a lone teacher in a specialist area (Textiles teachers represent!). My way isn’t the only way, and I may change my PLN over time, but right now I’m so excited at the thought of taking my teaching beyond my school and into the wide world.