Friday, 01 January 2010 | 5 Comments
Reading blogs and networking on Twitter seem an obvious part of being a teacher. Yet when I take in to school a shiny new resource that I’ve received through one of these means, I usually get asked “where did you find this?”. The person behind the question is often thinking that I spend copious hours sitting at home in front of a computer “web surfing” or trying endless combinations of search terms in Google.
I rarely “surf” the web, my interactions with the web are through Google Reader to keep up with blogs (and really any site that offers an RSS feed), Delicious to keep bookmarks and see what my network is bookmarking and Twitter for conversations.
Given that you’re reading this blog, then I figure you’ve got one piece of the equation of creating a “personal learning network” or PLN. It’s a trendy term, and I dislike trendy terms. Nevertheless, it simply describes having connections through the web for discussing and sharing resources and ideas. Sue Waters has a Wiki that explains a PLN really well: PLN Yourself!.
If you need to get your network started in 2010, here are some folks that Maths teachers looking to build a PLN should start reading and interacting with:
There are many other great maths teachers out there, see my Maths Blogs links in the right-hand column of the homepage of my site for some of them. But, a PLN is truly a network, because as you start to follow and interact with just these three people, you will meet many others.
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