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  1. Excellent post, George! I absolutely agree. I actually blogged today about the power of my PLN, and how sharing and learning from others has really made me a better teacher. I can't thank you and the rest of my PLN enough for all that you have taught me!

    Joining Twitter and blogging regularly has helped me see the real power in sharing. We really can learn so much from each other. Over the past year, I've learned that sharing doesn't take more time, but just a different way of doing things. Writing on GoogleDocs instead of Word is one simple change that makes sharing easy. In the end, it's definitely worth the time try out these tools and share our learning with others!

    Aviva

    • George

      Totally agree Aviva. I don't spend more time doing anything anymore, I just do it differently. Thanks for your comment!

  2. Chris Hale

    George,

    You have just summarized my professional growth of the last 9 months. I feel that I am re-energized through my connections on Twitter and

    EC Ning. My students are loving what we are trying with Google Docs; they laugh at how excited I am when I describe how it helps them. Thanks you for your fascinating blog.

    Chris

  3. I love the list you have created here. When I look back over the last 6 months I am in awe at how much I have learned by using these tools! Thanks for always being there to inspire your PLN to keep sharing!

  4. Cyndie Jacobs

    This is an amazing list of tweeps in and around education that you have compiled. The sharing you have referenced is what drew me to Twitter in the first place. I am still toying with blogging but am not quite there yet. However, the closer I get to retirement, the more enticing it becomes!

  5. Jen (@jenclevette)

    Right arm! Great list, I would add a RSS reader to this as well. Commenting on blogs has been a step in the right direction in fimly establishing people in my PLN and getting the blogging bug.

  6. Dale Jarvis (@vicdal

    Great ideas for making sharing easier and more efficient – thank you, I've already started using them.

    But… I wonder about the quote from George Siemens that you use. In particular:

    "Being connected, without creating and contributing, is a self-focused, self-centered state. I’ve ranted about this before, but there is never a good time to be a lurker. Lurking=taking."

    What happened to personalized, developmental learning? Some learners need to "lurk" before they find their passion or the courage to contribute. At the age of 6 my son went to a gymnastics class where he sat and watched, enthralled, for the entire term, never once stepping on the gym floor. He eventually found his passion, evolutionary ecology, and is heading off to Harvard to do his post doc this spring… in spite of (or perhaps because of) the many opportunities he was given to lurk.

    Having said that, your post inspired me to step out onto the floor :)

  7. Lots of great points George. Twitter has been a great tool for me and my professional growth. I personally use Delicious more then Diggo, but I will look into it. I agree with Jen above that an RSS reader is very important. On my computer I use Google Reader but on my iPad I use Feedler.

    This is also an important thing for students. I often give students chance to share links and videos they find on the internet with me. I have found some great things like Picnik.com through this method.

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