This table talk will provide time for educators to share how they are developing and growing their own PLN, some of the platforms available for consideration, and resources to support PLN development at all levels.

One definition: A personal learning network (PLN) is an informal learning network that consists of the people with whom a learner and shares knowledge in a personal learning environment. In a PLN, a person makes a connection with another person with the specific intent that some type of learning will occur because of that connection.

Questions for Consideration

What platform are you currently using for your Personal Learning Network? What are the pros/cons for using this platform?

How has developing your PLN changed your practice?

Why do you need a PLN?

Resources for Consideration

#NCed Chat: The #NCed Chat blog is up and running. Check out upcoming chats. Encourage teachers to get involved. Advertise the chat with teachers by sending this Smore flyer.

Why and How You Should Create a Personal Learning Network (PLN): This blog post by Edudemic answers the questions, What is a PLN? and Why Start a PLN? You will also find information on 10 easy ways to start your PLN as well as an informational video.

EduBlogs Teacher Challenge - Creating a PLN: Find all the resources you need to create your PLN here.

Using Twitter to Develop Your PLN: This presentation is designed to explore how Twitter can be used as the platform for your PLN. Whether you are new to Twitter or an old pro, use this site to access tips and ideas for how to use Twitter most effectively to connect with educators who can help you grow.

Using Pinterest to Develop Your PLN: Learn more about Pinterest as an educational tool as well as the potential platform for your PLN. This page from our DPI Classroom 21 page provides background on Pinterest and some examples of its use in the classroom.

Using Professional Learning Networks: "This issue of ASCD Express looks at how effective professional learning communities (PLCs) can help educators improve their teaching practices, develop solutions to their common challenges, and raise levels of student achievement."

Resources for Growing your Personal Learning Network: Get ideas and tips for creating connections and developing a network from this Edutopia blog post.

All-A-Twitter About Education: This Education Week blog post by Michael Petrilli provides educators with one of the easiest and fastest ways to broaden their PLN. This post provides a listing and Twitter handle for the top 25 educator tweeters and the top 25 education policy/media tweeters.

The Educator's PLN: This digital discussion forum includes more than 9000 principals.

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“The resources provided during the course of this NCDPI training have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing resources available, the NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these resources are the exclusive resources for the purposes outlined during this training."