Personal Learning Networks for In-Service Teachers
Elizabeth Langran, Fairfield University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) make use of social networking websites and tools to allow users to personalize their learning resources, create community around common professional interests and areas of inquiry, and even attain professional development goals. Nine in-service teachers enrolled in a capstone graduate education course used Twitter, iGoogle, Google Docs, Tapped In, blogs, and Second Life to develop their own PLNs to keep updated in their fields, find resources, and connect with online communities. While initial experience with some aspects of the PLNs was overwhelming for some, the participants were able to immediately apply knowledge and resources from their PLN at their schools throughout the semester.
Langran, E. (2010). Personal Learning Networks for In-Service Teachers. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2754-2760). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).