Here's what a PLN can do for you.
- It will help you build a community among like minded educators.
- It will shower you with unique ideas, links, articles and videos.
- It will prevent you from having to Google everything because now you will have a reliable network from which you can pluck resources.
So what does a professional learning network look like? Well for me it started off slowly with Twitter. I began by subscribing to a bunch of educators who were recommended to me by a friend and then eventually by Twitter itself. (Twitter generates suggestions based on who you currently follow.) You can follow me @JillBergeron2 and see who I'm following. Wanna know more about Twitter? Check out this amazing guide put out by Edudemic.
From Twitter, I moved on to Diigo, a social bookmarking site. When you sign up for Diigo, be sure to sign up for a teacher account through Diigo in Education. This has been such an asset to me in my job and here's why. Diigo will send you bookmarks either every day or every week (your choice) that are specifically related to education. You can sort through other teach bookmarks by use the tags. Again, just like Twitter, this is a site where you can follow other educators whom you respect.