Possibly the most effective way to demonstrate engagement in professional learning is to construct – and make use of – a PLN (Professional Learning Network) via one or two of the flexible online collaborative tools now available. To take three:
- A WordPress blog enables one’s own thoughts and notes to be shared with others, eliciting comments and other forms of feedback. Through the use of RSS, feeds from a range of other sources can be incorporated. These sources may include your other PLN tools, such as Twitter or Facebook, Diigo, etc. It can be used to track Professional Development, allowing updates and revisions very easily.
- Twitter is gradually being understood as a way to begin dialogue, not replace it with 140 character snippets. Through hashtags, networks of professionals can share thoughts and links to resources, including their own, again eliciting comment and feedback.
- Diigo (as an example) allows the gathering of professional readings and their storage, with annotations and highlights, for future reference and for sharing. Tracking what has been read/ what is yet to be read is easy.