Showing posts with label Personal Sharing Network. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Personal Sharing Network. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What's Obvious to You, Is Amazing to Someone Else

One of the reasons I sometimes hear people give for not blogging, Tweeting, or otherwise participating in sharing their ideas online is, "I don't have anything to say." To that I often reply, "yes, you do." The great thing about sharing online is that you never know who is going to discover what you share. Something that you think has been said one hundred times over might be brand new to someone else. We all have something to share.

Applications for Education
This message needs to be shared with our students too. One of the ways you can do this is by having students write a weekly reflective blog post. They don't have to write complex blog posts, just a short summary of their learning and observations that week will do. In this way students can learn from each other. Even if they don't pick up anything brand new from this process, they will at least be reminding each other of what they have learned that week. A simple way to set up that type of student blogging is by using Posterous Spaces which I wrote about here.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Developing a Personal Sharing Network

As I mentioned last night on Twitter and on Google+ I've decided to stop using the term Personal Learning Network (PLN) and start using the term Personal Sharing Network. I'm changing the phrase I use because after giving many presentations on the topic and watching even more presentations and conversations on the topic I've come to the conclusion that there's too much emphasis on what "you can get out of a PLN" rather than "what you can share." Yes, I'm guilty of promoting PLNs in that manner in the past.

You can learn a lot by observing and occasionally sharing with a network. But until you start to share, you won't experience the full benefits of social media. As Guy Kawasaki mentions when in his latest book Enchantment (affiliate link) the way to get people to work with you is to trust them first and to share with them first. The more you share the more others will share with you.

This morning at the Washington Library Media Association's annual conference I will be giving a 45 minute talk on the topic of Personal Sharing Networks. The session will be streamed live at 10:15am PST and I would love to have you join us to add your comments and questions to the conversation. The slides for my talk are embedded below.