Personal Learning Network Requirements

Your Personal Learning Network (PLN) is important to you both personally and professionally. It is the collection of connections that you have to find answers, learn new things, contribute your own ideas and collaborate to create new and exciting opportunities. It can contain a wide variety of social media. These social networks provide tremendous opportunities for teachers to enhance their professional development by networking with each other beyond the boundaries of a school, town or even country.

This Personal Learning Network assignment will involve you in building your PLN and examining its growth over the semester. The intention of this experience is for you to reflect on how you can connect with resources and other professionals. Hopefully this will carry-over into working collaboratively with professionals in your other courses and ultimately in your professional life.

Assignment

  1. Pre-map
    Early in the semester, your instructor will challenge you to create a map of your Personal Learning Network. This may not be complete or complex because it is your initial opportunity to consider these networks. Your map should show what media you use to share information, ask questions, bookmark useful links, how you connect to experts in the field, etc. You will work on this assignment all semester long.
    You may take a look at the PLNs created by students in previous semesters (use them as an inspiration not a strict guideline)
  2. Building Connections
    During the semester, you will be challenged  to expand your Personal Learning Network. Following are just a few ideas and examples to get you started:

    Again, PLN is the collection of connections that you created to find answers, learn new things, contribute your own ideas and collaborate. However you expand your PLN this semester, document the situation. You can use the following prompts to reflect and organize your documentation:

  3. Post map and reflections
    Towards the end of the semester, you will be asked to consider your PLN again. You will expand your initial PLN map to include all of the new resources that you found/created. You will then use your documentation to write a narrative talking about the growth of your PLN and how you will use it in your professional life.
  4. Submission

The project is aligned with InTASC Standards 9 and 10.

Rules for PLN:

Requirements:

Additional Resources:

Point Structure (80 points)

Criteria Points Possible
PLN Pre-Map 10
PLN Post-Map 20
Narrative and supporting visuals 50
Accurate spelling and grammar throughout (up to 10%)
Correct URLs included (10%)

Special Notes