The social networks can
be used to build a network of professional Friends that you can
connect with. This group of people can guide your learning, point
you to learning opportunities, answer your questions, and give you
the benefit of their own knowledge and experience. It has been described
for educators Personal Learning Network (PLN) a ‘Virtual staff
The professional benefits of using a Personal Learning
Sharing of information that will add to your professional
knowledge and experience, these include:
- Articles (academic, journalistic, background
- Videos – example http://tinyurl.com/7swydn
- New and old ICT tools and how to use them
in education (link to resources page)
The sharing is generally by providing web-links
to the relevant information.
Asking questions to global groups of educators and learning how
many different educators, who face the same problems as you, have
overcome and answered problems you experience.
Conferences & workshops
Your PLN will often provide a format to online and offline conferences,
workshops and discussions that take place. Many online conferences
(often for free) will provide deep and useful guides and information
to improve your work.
Synchronous and asynchronous conversations about an aspect of education.
On many social networks there are regular discussions about burning
issues in education were educators can discuss and organize to better