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Create Your Own PLN workshop resources

These are the resources from my workshop in Berlin – feel free to share them. Below are the slides followed by links to the resources we discussed in the workshop.

Create Your Own PLN from Carol Skyring

Below are two of the most often used PLN diagrams & their source.

Couros, A. (2006). Examining the open movement: Possibilities and implications for education. PhD thesis, University of Regina, Canada. See p.177

Warlick, D. (2009). Grow your personal learning network: New technologies can keep you connected and help you manage information overload. Learning & Leading with Technology, 36(6). See p. 15

Getting started
The process is basically the same for all networks:

  • Join & fill out your profile (nobody will connect with a nobody!)
  • Lurk for a while
  • Follow a few educators & see who they follow
  • Share, comment, ask questions
  • On-share resources & ideas from others

Tips for Twitter


  • Find a peer & follow
  • Check who they follow & follow some of them


  • Search for their Twitter handle & follow them


  • Join hashtag discussions eg #edchat
  • Keep an eye out for conference hashtags eg #oeb12
  • Check hashtags in your field – they’ll share resources eg #elearning
  • Check #ff (Friday follows) suggestions from your network

Tips for Google+

  • Make circles for various groups or topics and add people to specific groups
  • Join some hangouts

LinkedIn groups

A few to get you started – use the search function to find others:

Facebook groups

A few to get you started – use the search function to find others:

Tools to manage information

Its not what you use – it’s how you use it!

  • Don’t just ‘consume’ – contribute
  • Do acknowledge others
  • Do share freely
  • Don’t share links you haven’t checked yourself
  • Don’t spam people

For some reason I’ve been getting a lot of spam comments on this post so I’ve turned off comments.

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Carol Skyring is 21st Century Navigator at LearnTel - she helps people navigate their way through 21st Century technology.



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