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A Guide for Developing a PLN for Educators

When considering how to shape digital citizenship development among students, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) considers it paramount for teachers to possess the skills and behaviours necessary for participation in the digital age and to model these for students (2008). It is argued that understanding both digital competencies and new ways of learning in order to model digital citizenship become possible when educators take on the responsibility of developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN) (Richardson & Mancabelli, 2011, p.10).

Sometimes, the idea of beginning a PLN may sound daunting for teachers. The following two-part guide aims to introduce the basics of building a PLN specifically for educators, including the terminology, tools, and methods necessary to get started.


International Society for Technology in Education. (2008). Standards for teachers. Retrieved April 2, 2015, from

Richardson, W., & Mancabelli, R. (2011). The power of networked learning. InPersonal Learning Networks: Using the power of connections to transform education(pp. 1-14). Moorabbin, Cictoria: Solution Tree Press.



As the Curriculum Leader of the Mt Alvernia iCentre, my key areas of interest are: Teaching and Learning The information landscape Digital Literacy Digital citizenship Literature Reading

3 thoughts on “A Guide for Developing a PLN for Educators

  1. Well done Helen. I think separating the content into two Powtoons is a good idea – and it allows for viewers to choose when to find out more. Did tyhat mean you could work with the free version?

    1. Thanks Margaret. Yes – as the free version only allows 5 minutes. I also had to speak quite quickly in the 2nd video. But I was pleased it made me split them in the end because I think 8 minutes is too long for anyone to sit through.

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