Expanding My Personal Learning Network
After a productive discussion and feedback session with my classmates in ED113, I’ve further expanded my circle of knowledge to encompass new subject threads—Education, Art, and Gaming—as well as formats.
Podcasts is an area I’ve grown significantly in my PLN. I’m an avid consumer of podcasts for entertainment, and can always find time to listen during the day. In this way, it’s the best format for me to digest new content for this project—as opposed to training myself to more diligently visit my Twitter feeds.
This week I haven’t chosen to prune anyone from my network just yet. I’m still getting to know all of these new sources of information, and no one has seemed to clutter my feed thus far. When I start honing in on my project idea, I can see where pruning this network will provide more focused feeds of content to inform my work. But in my exploratory phase, exposure to a wide swath of thinkers will help me draw inspiration and sparks for my big idea.
In addition to building my PLN, I’ve also begun collecting articles that I find via Twitter and other feeds using the Pocket app. This is an app I’ve used before, and fell off it for the past year or so, because I had a hard time keeping up with it. However, what I love most about this app is that when I place an article in my Pocket—using a convenient browser app—it saves the article so that I can view it without an internet connection. It syncs to both my phone and computer, so I can view it on any of my devices. Pocket also streamlines the reading experience, serving up the content without the distractions of the original webpage design—although in some cases this can be seen as a point against the platform. I can also tag the articles for easy sorting.
Since starting my PLN (at least an organized version of it) a couple weeks ago, I’m already finding myself much more engaged and informed about art, museums, education, and design. While it is a lot of work to keep up with all of the feeds, I’ve found that the truly inspiring nuggets of knowledge I’ve discovered make it all worthwhile.