This is my Personal Learning Network as I see it today:
I have had some of these connections in my personal learning network since starting out as a pre-service teacher. I have only seen it grow rapidly in the last year or so as I have pursued more and more connections online. My desire for a larger PLN has stemmed from frustration. Teaching in a building where I am the only educator in my specific subject area, I lose out on collaboration on ideas from peers in my subject area. Obviously, collaborating face-to-face with my colleagues is invaluable but at times I desire more.
Taking the time to evaluate my PLN today by mapping it out with Popplet, helped me see how much it has grown. I’m proud to say I believe it is heading in the 2013 and beyond PLN direction rather than a 1993 PLN. I’m going to have to continue to update it as I continue to add to this network. I would love to do this activity with the teachers at my own school because in our MAET group we are all heading in the 2013 direction, I think I would find some teachers still very much in the 1993 PLN category. I look forward to rocking their worlds with new PLN opportunities.