Today we have been exploring person learning networks (“PLN”). I suppose the most important aspect, is that they are personal. Therefore, there is no template to fill in. There is not even a standard app or site to use. There are, however, plenty of “mind mapping” tools out there.
Somewhere, rising from the back of my mind, was a thought: “Don’t I have an app for that?”.
Yes. Yes I do.
I had to re-download iThoughts to my iPad, but it still functioned as I remembered. It can set up simple relationships of parent-child thoughts, allow you to move those around the central thought for emphasis, and (my favorite feature) allow you to draw relationship arrows across the standard relationships map.
A picture paints a thousand words, so hopefully my PLN is self-explanatory. As background, I have former classroom colleagues and students, and current parent clients and students. I love the way my former middle schoolers, now in college, are giving me “how to survive college” tips as I update my Facebook network on my studies and the “joys” of dorm life.