Creating my own PLN has definitely been a journey for me! It feels like it comes so naturally to so many people but to me, it felt like an arduous task .When Coetail first started, I began by commenting on others’ blog posts. Honestly though, it was mainly because it was a requirement! That being said, I did really enjoy reading my colleagues posts. They definitely pushed me to think and see things in a different light and I did learn from them.
Fast forward to the present day and I am still taking small steps in an effort to broaden my horizons and my PLN. I started by asking myself a couple of questions about what I wanted to get out of my PLN:
- What am I interested in learning more about?
- What can I contribute to?
- What groups/communities could benefit me?
I then thought about what I was already sort of familiar with and could start doing independently. So, I decided to start building my PLN through both the Coetail website and Google+ community.
Below are the first communities I became a member of on Google+. They were all communities that I felt would be beneficial as they centered around being an educator and also taking this course.
Since I was just about to introduce my project to the students, I reached out in the Coetail Community to find out what apps people have tried and found useful when creating digital stories.
Another community that I asked to join is called Technology in Education. I filled out their Google form and am awaiting their confirmation. This community looks like it has some really great resources and information!
Secondly, I checked out the different groups and forums found on the Coetail Website. I became a member of the group:
In this group, @cgomez had posted about a conference she had recently presented at. I checked out her blog (https://www.coetail.com/cgomez/) and loved the resources she presented so I left her a comment (https://www.coetail.com/cgomez/conferences/#comment-620). I also started a discussion to share a website that I have found useful when working with my beginning ELL students.
I know that I am still in the initial stages of my journey and that there is so much more that I can do. However, taking the initial leap was the hardest! I have learned about some great resources and tips which make me want to continue expanding my PLN. My next step may even be…..wait for it….Twitter! Trust me, I am as shocked as you are 🙂