Sunday, September 11, 2011

Tool #2 Working with PLNs

PLNs are a way of allowing educators to take control of their own staff development and learning. As I was browsing through multiple bookmarks on Diigo and reading blogs that were referenced, I realized that there are many on-going conversations that exists on-line, and they are active twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. Although I have always danced around the fringes of the on-line educators' community, I never quite felt comfortable with interacting with the "dancers" out there already in mid-performance.

Discovering new ways to manage the information out there has allowed me a new entry point to participating in on-line communities. Starting with our own district's community has been a great way to start. I have been following Sara Wilkie, Richard Fanning, and Karen Justl on Diigo as they post new material for several months now and it is an ideal tool on which we collect information for sharing without inundating mine and other's email accounts. Wouldn't it be exciting if all teachers in SBISD were members of an SBISD Diigo so that they could begin sharing on-line resources?

I am presently comfortable with commenting on the blogs of people I know, but I am still a bit uneasy with leaving comments for unknown bloggers. I guess I that will be my next step. Perhaps I will begin with Daniel Dkurapatwa's Blog, "A Difference."

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