By participating in this online professional development program, you are beginning to create your own personal learning network (PLN.) You are creating a community of learners with whom you share common educational interests and needs.
Will Richardson of Weblogged-ed briefly explains this change in education:
Take a look at some more ideas about PLNs and the changing role of teachers.
One way you have started communicating with your PLN is with your blog. Blogs in being a part of the 2.0 or interactive digital world, are good places to find educators with similar thoughts and ideas.
The posts you write are the first step in the building of your PLN. The second, and equally important step, is for you to comment about ideas presented on other learners' blogs. Comments turn a statement into a conversation.
HOW DO YOU COMMENT?
Here is a list of things to consider when getting ready to comment on the post of another blogger.
Long-time and highly-regarded teacher-blogger, Vicki Davis, aka Cool Cat Teacher, shares her thoughts about how to comment in this post.
As you move through the various activities, select at least five blogs from the 11 Tools community where you will share your thoughts about one of their posts through your comments. The list of participating blogs is located on the right sidebar of the 11 Tools blog.
For your Tool #2 Post in YOUR blog:
1. What are your thoughts about building an online education community and participating in a PLN?
2. What point stood out to you from the commenting advice?
3. What five blogs did you select for your comments? (you may need to come back and add this information later by editing this post.)
See you 'round the learning neighborhood!
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