Just learning what a PLN means this week shows how you can learn something new everyday. This is interesting in the fact that we don’t have to figure this all out by ourselves and that there are handy tools to help us in the future. The Personal Learning Network is different for people who go into different professions.
Being an art education major I thought that it could be difficult finding some things to connect to, but then soon realized that I had more. I have one network that will help me through my student years, called the National Art Education Association. I am part of this because of the thought to be art education club on my campus. With the lack of numbers it did not become a club, but being a member of the association has its benefits. Such as I get monthly magazines that have handy articles and resources for art teachers. This will help me as a future teacher to gain materials and keep. Now, instead of fumbling around as a new teacher right out of college. The Twitter part of the association has encouraging posts that tell the stories of why people wanted to become art teachers. Like this one from
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>[VIDEO] Tell Your Art Story: Why did you become an art educator? Featuring Greg Petecki <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/artsed?src=hash”>#artsed</a> <a href=”https://t.co/OeSgVDj2rW”>https://t.co/OeSgVDj2rW</a></p>— NAEA (@NAEA) <a href=”https://twitter.com/NAEA/status/793060359456391168″>October 31, 2016</a></blockquote>
Though that was a good first step without knowing that was what I was doing, I am not very good at replying or making myself known and commenting on information. This is something that I will have to grow into and learn how to be more bold and get out in my profession.
One thing that I read when researching what a PLN is was that it is personal. It is about us and what we want to learn and go forward in. I see a challenge with seeing some actual content that I will be learning in some of my twitter followers. But as advised the more the better. Though having so much clutter kind of defeats the purpose of learning if that is all you actually see it as, clutter. To help with that though would be to share or just respond to the articles or posts that interest me or will help me learn. The blogging portion is fantastic! To read what others are going though and to see their struggles and how they have overcome is really inspiring to me.