I am stepping out of the 90’s big hair era where we professionally connected to others by ”networking”. The only piece of technology we utilized was a telephone. ‘Contacts’ were in your physical address book, then transferred to a legal pad, and called using a telephone using the innovative cordless phone. Fast forward to the 21st Century and integrating technology to construct our Personal Learning Network (PLN). PLN also means a network of resources to support any learning endeavor.
I utilized this website to help me construct my PLN Mind Map. 15+ Mind Map Examples for Team Collaboration - Venngage. Venngage is user friendly and the first handful of visual representations that are free. I chose from a myriad of designs and landed on this: My PLN I created a Family with a Master + category. Additionally, I created categories for school connections, former work experiences, social media networks, and my current work network.
One of the strengths that my PLN highlighted was how my experiences or networks are connected rather than isolated. This was an ‘aha’ moment for me, in particular as a special education teacher. In fact, I was surprised by just how many connections there are in my PLN. As so often our strengths do, it quickly highlighted an area of weakness or opportunity, urging me to step out of my comfort zone yet again.
How might I become more connected through such technological platforms to support my student sect and their families? As well, how might I share learning strategies to implement in the home setting, provide tips, answers to frequently asked questions around IEP’s and evaluations and build advocacy to support families?
Resources and Media Credit:
Devlin, C. (2022, June 5). Screenshot of Carrie Devlin's pln. [Image]. Venngage.
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Gaskin, Jennifer. (2021, May 13). 15+ ideas mind map examples to organize your team and inspire new ideas. Venngage. https://venngage.com/blog/mind-map-examples/#simple