Chuck Frey’s article, How to Cultivate a Personal Learning Network: Tips from Howard Rhiengold, taught me many things about creating and maintaining my personal learning network. The first tip is to explore. A person can learn a lot from exploring the internet. The internet is a web of knowledge. Each blog post we read, each word we look up, and every article we read off Facebook gives us a little bit more knowledge. It is good to look all over the internet, not only at our interests, but at things we would never expect to learn about. I plan to explore through my own personal learning network to learn more and more from experts.
The second tip is to understand search engines. Using more than one search engine can be beneficial when trying to learn about a topic. Different search engines can bring up different material about each topic that may not have easily easy to find on the previous search. I plan to use any resources possible to find the things I need on the internet.
The third tip is to ask yourself whether the people are your personal learning network are growing your knowledge. Following people on twitter or following blogs that only post useless nonsense is not a way to use your personal learning network to the highest quality possible. The people you want in your personal learning network are the people that make you ask questions or give you knowledge. Evaluation of the people in my personal learning network is a must!
The fourth tip is to continue adding more people to your personal learning network, while dropping those who are not adding anything to your network. There are millions of people from across the world that use social media sites and have blogs. More knowledge can be obtained with your personal learning network if a person continues to add more and more people to their network. I will keep adding people to my person learning network.
The fifth tip is to give the people in your personal learning network information (or articles, etc.) that would help broaden their knowledge or pique their interest. A personal learning network cannot work if people are not sharing thoughts and interests. In order to maintain a personal learning network, a person must contribute to the conversation that others are having. I plan to try and share knowledge that my personal learning network would find beneficial.
The sixth tip is kind of like the fifth tip; engage the people in your person learning network. Starting conversations, or even asking questions, can begin a conversation that can teach everyone in the personal learning network.
The seventh tip is to be sure to ask engaging question to your personal learning network. In order to learn anything, question must be asked. In my personal learning network there are many expert, or seasoned, teachers that can answer any question I have. Why wouldn’t I take advantage of that?
The eighth tip is to respond to the people in your personal learning network that answer your questions. The biggest takeaway I got from this article is to be kind and thankful to your personal learning network. When someone answers a question for you, or shares an article you like, say thank you!
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