Guidelines for Cultivating a Personal Learning Network

Use this guideline to help you understand the types of activities that contribute to a well-developed PLN.  The focus should be more on the content and learning rather than the tool.  New tools that may nicely replace exiting tools are created almost daily. A PLN is primarily about the relationships you build–the technology is merely the medium that allows us to connect!

Concept/

Tool

Entrenched in a Real world network

Between two worlds

In the Matrix!

READ

  • Blogs
  • articles
  • web content
  • RSS
  • Twitter Tweetdeck
  • google reader                                                                                                                   
  • reads newspapers and magazines recommended by friends.  Reads web content only when reminded
  • The Internet is used for personal activities and accounts. Uses an aggregator professionally only when reminded
  • reads web content sporadically to include blogs, articles and other interesting topics found on the Internet
  • inconsistent use of an RSS aggregator (Google Reader) to follow professionals &/or educators in chosen field of interest/study
  • reads web content daily to include blogs, articles and other interesting topics found on the Internet or through twitter/tweetdeck
  • Uses an RSS aggregator (Google Reader) to follow professionals &/or educators in chosen field of interest/study

tweet

  • Content
  • Frequency
  • Contribution
  • Twitter
  • tweetdeck
  • only tweets when reminded and often fails to consider quality of tweet
  • shares information through other means than Twitter
  • only responds to tweets when reminded often without meaningful additions
  • retweets infrequently
  • Uses hashtags infrequently
  • follows fewer than 20 people/companies relevant to chosen field of interest/study
  • Participates on educational chat or reflects on blog only when reminded
  • many tweets add value/provide resources & ideas
  • tweets frequently
  • usually responds to tweets w/meaningful additions
  • most retweets are appropriate to the discussion
  • appropriate use of hashtags
  • follows between 20-50 people/companies relevant to chosen field of interest/study
  • Infrequent participation in educational chats-does not reflect on blog
  • most tweets add value/provide resources & ideas
  • tweets daily
  • responds to tweets w/meaningful additions
  • retweets are appropriate to discussion
  • constant and appropriate use of hashtags
  • follows at least 50 people or companies relevant to chosen field of interest/study
  • Participates in at least one educational chat per week–reflects about chat on blog

Archive/

Bookmark

  • social bookmarking &/or content curation
  • Diigo/Evernote
  • YouTube
  • Scoop.it/
  • Tumblr
  • pinterest

  • uses “favorites” of web browser to archive/bookmark content
  • Uses tags and sharing content to groups only when prompted
  • has a diigo network of fewer than 10 people
  • Has yet to create a YouTube account
  • sometimes archives or bookmarks relevant content and/or curates a topic
  • rarely uses tags and shares content to groups
  • has a diigo network of at least 10 people
  • Has a YouTube account but no videos saved as favorites
  • frequently archives/bookmarks relevant content and/or curates a topic
  • uses tags and shares content to groups and twitter
  • has a diigo network of at least 20 people
  • Has a YouTube account and videos saved as favorites

write

  • Blog
  • Blogger
  • Edublogs
  • Wordpress
  • posterous
  • professional blog is maintained only when prompted
  • only writes original posts w/content that contributes to chosen field of interest/study when reminded
  • Responding to class prompts only when reminded
  • sporadically Maintains a professional/educational blog
  • Writes fewer than 1 original post per week w/content that contributes to chosen field of interest/study
  • responds to class prompts slowly and incompletely
  • Maintains an active professional/educational blog
  • Writes at least 1 original post per week w/content that contributes to chosen field of interest/study
  • responds to class prompts quickly and thoroughly

comment

  • class content
  • PLN reading

  • Commenting on Internet content (blogs/articles/ websites,etc) only when reminded
  • Comments on class blog when reminded
  • Contributes thoughtful contribution on blog post comments only when reminded
  • sporadically comments on Internet content (blogs/articles/ websites, etc.)
  • sporadically responds to requests for comment on class blog
  • few comments are thoughtful and contribute to the tone of discussion or content
  • actively comments on Internet content (blogs/articles/ websites, etc.)
  • quickly and thoroughly responds to requests for comment on class blog
  • all comments are thoughtful and contribute to the tone of discussion or content

Grow/ share

  • PLN

  • Adds friends to network
  • shares knowledge infrequently
  • Sporadically cultivates PLN
  • Sporadically looks to add people/resources/tools to network
  • Sporadically looks for opportunities to share knowledge
  • Actively cultivates PLN
  • Consistently looking to add people/resources/tools to network
  • Consistently looks for opportunities to share knowledge