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With one swipe of my finger (accidental you understand) I deleted a number of blogs that I follow. These blogs I discovered while doing the Teacher Blogging Challenge earlier in the year. All I intended to do was some tidying up, as I begin a new challenge about PLN's. Memo to self, do not use my ipad2 to work on my blog. I can end up doing something I don't want!!
However it isn't as bad as it seems. You see I have other links to a number of these educators. I have some of them in my Google Reader, where I quickly can see there latest posts. On my iGoogle home page I have some more. And my final port of call will be Twitter. Well, actually there is one more. I can go to the Edublogs Teacher Challenges and pick up some there. So all is not lost. I can probably restore the ones I want to keep over the weekend. However one swipe of my finger on the ipad2 will take a little more time restoring on my laptop.
I want to continue developing my PLN. I like the idea of small is good. I find if I get too large I can't interact. How does a busy teacher get the time to follow what's happening on Twitter? There is so much excellent material being shared. I think this is a place I need to work on. I still haven't got a handle on the hashtags so that needs to be mastered. I don't use Tweetdeck and I am not sure that it would be of extra value to me. However I am prepared to be open about that. I don't use a mobile phone much. However soon I will need to upgrade because I have quite an old phone. I am thinking maybe wait to the iphone5 comes out. That may keep me more connected.
I enjoy learning from teachers around the globe. I can learn things that otherwise may never cross my path. I am a person who gets easily lulled to a state of boredom attending professional development that is not engaging for me. Yes I do attend engaging PD as well, but not all the time. What I like about a PLN is that I can engage with the ideas and learning that are relevant to me at the time. I may not know I want to learn about it until I see someone share about it. I love that I don't have to 'leave home' to do it. No travel! Now that's a bonus. I am presented with a lot of quality information, guidance, and good practice. It makes me want to strive to lift my teaching practice, it opens up doors and possibilities. Through the blogging challenge I began to keep an eye out for webinars that might give me new ways of seeing things.
Image from the Daring Librarian.