A personal learning networks (PLNs) is a network created through using social networking tools such as Blogs, Wikis, Twitter, Facebook, Ning, Google+, Delicious, and others. PLNs provide a means for us to connect with other professionals throughout the world to build a collaborative community where everyone sharing ideas and provide support. Numerous websites post information about developing a PLN and according to http://suewaters.wikispaces.com/ the top five suggestions for creating a PLN are creating a Twitter Account, create a blog, subscribe to blogs, use social bookmarking tools (Delicious or Diigo), and join Ning community. I would add starting a Facebook to that list due to the fact that Facebook currently has the most users throughout the world. This Wiki current has 115 members and was established in 2011. Sue Waters is also the editor of the http:/theedublogger.com/ and facilitates e-learning professional development workshops. Would rank this source a 4.
Some blog sites such as theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/ by Lisa Nielsen provides helpful tips for starting a personal education blog. Currently Lisa has 14,310 people following her blog. She is an established blogger, educator, author, and serves as the director of digital literacy and citizenship. I would rank this source as a 5.
The two personal learning networks I decided to explore are Delicious and LiveBinders Community in Google+. Delicious is a social bookmarking tool that is available on the web and on mobile devices. The idea behind Delicious is for users to bookmark and tag their Internet researches to share other users. Some useful tools in Delicious is the Discover, Network, Related Tags, and Remember tools. Delicious is a good social networking tools to share research with other users. It is also a good tool for organizing and archiving all your bookmarks.
I also joined the LiveBinders Community in Google+ and will try to join my first Google Hangout session with this community this week. LiveBinders allows the users to create numerous binders and share them on the Internet. You can also copy binders from other users. A LiveBinder is a collection of all the webpages (websites) that pertains to a subject of interest. For example their is an iPads in Schools LiveBinder that provides numerous websites (webpages) about iPads in school (http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=26195). As of now I am one of 16 members in the LiveBinders Community. This Google+ community shares ideas about how to create LiveBinders and how to network and troubleshoot. I look forward to contributing and exploring these two social media to enhance my PLN.