Saturday, May 26, 2012

PLN Starter Kit.

Okay, PLN. Library Girl needs our help.

This is the scene of every great comic book movie... where our caped hero is overcome and it's only through the contributions of passersby that they can accomplish their standing o-worthy feat.

It's time to help curate, coral, tame, and tag the "must read"blogs, the "must follow" tweeters, and the all of those other great people you've discovered online who have affected your practice through what they write and how they think about the world.

In a minute, I'm going to suggest you join me in contributing to Jennifer's (aka Library Girl) GoogleDoc form to indicate the educational blogs and tweeters that top your lists. I've completed the form and I've also shared my responses below.

Jennifer LaGarde of The Adventures of Library Girl blog is hoping to support our professional learning network by crowd sourcing those blogs and tweeters who we consider the best of the best, then sharing the results through a sort of digital "start here" of go-to resources for library, technology, and information specialists.

By helping her out you will make the world a better place in the following ways:

  1. You will be sharing resources that impact your instructional practice that will, without a doubt, impact the instructional practices of other like-minded individuals.
  2. You will be supporting those hard-working bloggers and tweeters whose professional strides and shared resources so easily transfer from their hands to yours.
  3. You will be contributing to a collaborative effort that serve as a rich resource for newly appointed teacher librarians and tech educators as well as all those with years of experience who continue to seek professional growth.

@JenniferLaGarde is awesome and I would pretty much do anything to help her out. She's also hands-down my favorite person in the whole world whom I have yet to meet. What she does and who she is online alone speaks volumes for the ways she cares for our profession and for supporting us through social networks and resource mining. I have yet to meet her in person, but that hasn't stopped us from rapidly connecting through Twitter, the TL Virtual Cafe, and a mutual love for math and video games.

Okay... enough of the mushy gushy.

Read her "PLN Starter Kit: An Exercise in Crowd Sourced Learning" post on Adventures of Library Girl and complete the Google Form and the end of the post with whatever links you feel comfortable sharing.

Here are the links I promoted. Thanks (in advance) for making the world a better place!

Teacher/Librarian blog

Classroom Teacher Blog

Other Blog

Other (Education) Blog

Other (Just for Fun!) Blog

Twitter Teacher Librarian

Twitter Classroom Teacher

Twitter Other (Education Related)


  1. This is such a great idea! I saw it on her blog, and put it on my to do list. But haven't made it to that part of the list yet. I think I'm going to skip down to it today! Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Stacey, I think that's a great idea! The sooner we fill it, the sooner we can revisit to add more. Adding tweeters was by far the hardest thing for me. I'm really into the educational potential of Twitter via the speedy idea sharing, etc... but haven't found my roots yet to actually be very cognizant of those Tweeters I refer to regularly. I look forward to revisiting after the ISTE conference when I know I'll be more in tune with the tweets.

      Best to you!

      - Matthew

  2. Awww. Shucks! Thanks so much for spreading the PLN love by helping me rally the troops! I'm excited to dig into the data next month. Keep those suggestions coming!


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