Wow! This final assignment is kicking my butt! Week 4 was all about PLN (Personal Learning Network). Nothing else took up my time. I bet you all were in the same boat. I literally was stuck on trying to figure out the differences between a PLN and a social media site. It seriously seems to be the same to me! I can follow and friend fellow educators on Facebook. I can get their ideas from Twitter. Maybe, get a lesson plan or two from their blog. So what is the difference? Is there a difference?
I had a tough time with my choice of presentation as well. Maybe, I am just a perfectionist. Maybe, I just need to say that I am doing good enough instead of spending hours agonizing over every little thing. Sigh…
I honestly can’t remember anything else that was reviewed this week except for PLN. Now that we have our breakout session coming up in class on Wednesday, I have to start looking into creating my own PLN. I see that a lot of my classmates already have a PLN. Coming into this program, I got nada. I’m starting, though.
So, do I think having a PLN is worth it? I can definitely see its advantages. I can swap ideas with seasoned educators. I can have connections that may possibly give me opportunities later down the line. What’s not to like about this? I think that I am at a disadvantage when it comes to having a PLN seeing as I am not a regular teacher at a school and that I basically really don’t know anyone in the ETEC program. I am hoping that by this time, next year, I will have a PLN that I can be proud of. What that will entail, I am not sure, yet. But I am sure I will know when it gets to that point.
Below is my PLN mindmap: