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In PLN news #1: Jennifer’s PLN Starter Kit

Thanks, Jennifer LaGarde, for pulling together a wonderful PLN Starter Kit. Jennifer described the need to crowdsource such a tool in yesterday’s Adventures of Library Girl post.

About a month ago I asked you to help me create a “PLN Starter Kit” – a resource for educators who are ready to start building a Personal Learning Network but who just don’t know where to start. I’ll be honest, I didn’t decide to do this out of the goodness of my heart. Rather, this project is the answer to complaints concerns I hear all of the time. “Well, I know I should be reading some blogs, but I just don’t know who to follow.” Or “I just don’t get Twitter. I’ve tried it, but I just can’t seem to find the good information.” It’s not that I’m tired of comments like this, (ok, I am a little bit tired of them), it’s just that I never quite know how to answer them – which is really frustrating because I simply cannot say enough about how my PLN has shaped my thinking, helped me grow as an educator and, to be blunt, made me a happier person. It’s absolutely maddening to know that something has made an indelible, life changing and permanent impact on my life and not be able to say “here’s how you can have the same experience!”

This is a rich tool for us to explore on our own, with the new librarians we mentor, and with our teacher colleagues.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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