With all the emphasis these days on incorporating ICTs and Web 2.0 technology into the curriculum, it is very important for you as a teacher or teacher librarian to be familiar and comfortable with using this technology yourself, before you recommend it to your students.
A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is an empowering way for you, as a professional, to constantly ‘feed’ yourself with fresh ideas, as well as connecting with like-minded people all over the world for advice or sharing information.
Sue Waters, the Edublogger, has put together an excellent wiki outlining the 5 Top Tools for Building Your PLN at http://suewaters.wikispaces.com/. This is a great site to get you started, with simple, clear instructions, and links to lots of other sites and examples.
Here are some of Sue’s comments:
Social Bookmaking – means you can access your bookmarks from any computer and add bookmarks from anywhere. One of the best aspects of social bookmarking is you can easily share your bookmarks with other people or search your friends bookmarks for useful sites… If you like a website – bookmark it. You can not bookmark too many websites.
Blogging – Increased collaboration with people, will always lead to greater innovation and ideas, because each individual sees a different perspective of the task – giving all involved greater “food for thought!”
Ning – Ning is an online platform for creating social websites and social networks, and is designed to appeal to users who want to create networks around specific interests or have limited technical skills.
Get started, and have some fun!