So my first thought when Drew said PLN, was actually “PLU”. For you non-retail workers, this is simply the number associated with a piece of clothing or some item you would buy in a store. Now before you think “is she
that blonde?”- There is a method to my madness. PLU- It’s one number for a
piece of clothing. When that piece of clothing changes (be color, size, etc),
so does the PLU. Now, PLN- I feel is just like that. When a different person
starts a PLN, it changes. What my PLN connects to or involves, will be
different than others, say the curly-haired Spanish teacher’s.

I think this is an awesome concept- each student, each person has a different learning network. And although they don’t match 100%, connections could be made, relationships established.

I’m kinda looking forward to exploring, strengthening and exploring my own PLN- sshhh, don’t tell Drew!

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Comment by Drew McAllister on March 1, 2010 at 7:31pm
In my world, "plu" is what you say when you eat something that's gone rancid. :) Kidding aside, though, I think you make a valid point, Laura, and a challenging one at the same time. Managing my own learning -- setting goals, completing them, evaluating and reflecting on my progress -- is not something I'm used to, but it's something I'm really interested in doing. I guess the challenging thing for me is how difficult it is to figure this out. I'm a very sequential person, and being a part of a PLN just doesn't seem to fit a nice set of steps.
Comment by Francisco Navarro on March 25, 2010 at 5:08am
So the curly-haired Spanish teacher will have a different PLN than the crazy German teacher? Probably, and yes I guess that is good. I forget who said it, but it does seem to be true that one PLN will be different from another not only because of the different connections made but also due to the effort you put in. Effort is challenging...


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