So what the heck is a PLN?
PLN stands for Personal Learning Network. I know I’m not alone when I say I have no idea what that was 3 months ago. At first I thought it was some type of website where people collaborated on similar subjects and ways of learning. In a way, I was kind of correct. I took this quote from teachthought.com to better describe what a PLN is.
“A Personal Learning Network is a way of describing the group of people that you connect with to learn their ideas, their questions, their reflections, and their references. Your PLN is not limited to online interactions, but it is that online, global interactive part that really makes it special. It is personal because you choose who’s part of that group; you choose if you want to lurk–just check out what people are saying–or if you share; because you choose when to do so, and how to do so.”
So my Personal Learning Network is connected to my new Twitter account. Feel free to check it out: @_RyleighStearns. This is my first ever Twitter account simply because I try to stay away from social media as much as I can. My first thought was “great I need to make a stupid twitter”. But the more I started using it, the more it made sense. I followed other people who created their PLN’s from Intro to IDS. I also followed health pages that I thought were the most interesting to me along with some science ones as well. To make my blog posts more known on my website, I would tweet them out with the link so more people could check out all of my posts that related to my new major and IDS. I think my favorite part about having a twitter was live tweeting with the rest of the class during a discussion. I have some of the most memorable tweets that I wrote in there that I highlighted in my Storify.
I will continue to use my new PLN for years to come. As time goes on and I continue my
education in the health science field in the hopes of becoming a radiologic technician, I see my PLN as something that I will lean on for more information. My PLN is a great way to keep in contact with others in this field and help me as a further in my career. As of now, I do not view twitter as another stupid social media site. I see it more as a learning experience and a website where I can enhance my learning experience.