Having a PLN

In case you missed it, Sylvia Duckworth released another of her wonderful Sketchnotes last week.

This time, it deals with reasons why you should have a PLN.

It’s well worth sharing for those who aren’t connected well with other educators or organizations.  I strongly agree with all of the 10 points in the Sketchnote.

Once you do have that “PLN”, whether you call the P Personal or Professional, it’s equally important that you work it.

As we tell our students, just because it’s on the internet doesn’t necessarily make it true.  You need to be a discerning user when you connect; like any topic you can find any opinion whether they be good or they be bad.

It’s also important to give back.  The whole concept of networking and professional growth works best when you have many powerful voices in your network – including yours.

Next time you hear someone say “I’m connected” or “I gots a PLN”, stop for a moment and ask them what it means to them.  Could you help them make it even better?

For yourself, you’ll be that much richer.  And, fully knowing of the risk and dangers of omission …

And, I could go on forever but you can see those who I’ve put into Twitter Lists.

Paper.li creates newsletters of the best of these that I devour daily as part of my learning.

I have added this Sketchnote to my Sylvia collection on Flipboard.

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35 thoughts on “Having a PLN”

  1. Doug, I agree with you that it’s so important to think about what a PLN means to us. I would say that you’re the “ultimate connector,” and also, the “only other person up at 4:45.” 🙂



  2. Hi Doug!

    İ found myself nodding after every paragraph! How true. I’m so grateful to have connected with you and I’m going to say it again – I hope we get to meet in person some day! Thank you ever so much for the mention!

    Have a great week,


  3. Hi Doug, I am honoured to have made your very illustrious list! Thank you for being a beacon in my PLN. I read your blog every day and couldn’t live without your OTR links which I devour daily and add to my Diigo bookmarks. You are such an inspiration to me and countless others because you “walk the talk” when it comes to blogging. You also highlight and champion #OntEd teachers (and beyond) which I really appreciate. Keep on being awesome!


  4. Thanks so much, Doug. And thanks for being one of @thecleversheep’s open spokes. You connect so very many of us. My PLN is invaluable to me, for a great many reasons. They cushion the blow when I am having a head-desk moment, force me to go deeper when I’m floating on the surface, help me ask big questions, make me laugh, send me in new directions, make me a better teacher, learner, human being. I stand with giants, and you are among them. Sylvia picked the right word – beacon! You light us up!


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