Monday 27 September 2010

Grow Your Own Personal Learning Network

Well this is my first blog posting for quite a while, but I'm hoping to have a lot more coming up very soon. This is just a quick posting to share a session on building your own Personal Learning Network, that I did for teachers in British Council Bilbao recently (25th September 2010).

The session was part of a larger conference that was happening all over Spain to celebrate 70 years of the BC in Spain.

You can watch a recording my conference presentation here.

Or follow this link to it:

The links from the presentation are also below and you can download a PDF copy of the presentation slides here: PLN Presentation slides (PDF 4.7 Mb)

Tools for growing your PLN

  • LinkedIn is a great place to put your online CV, connect with other ELT professionals and start joining special interest groups. The groups are a great place for sharing and finding information.
  • I'm on LinkedIn at:
  • Although controversial as a teaching tool, Facebook can also be a useful professional networking tool, just start looking for the ‘Like’ button on various websites and click it to keep in touch with what’s happening.
  • I'm on Facebook too and am in the process of creating a page for people interested in learning technology in ELT.
Ning and other independent social networks
  • Many of the IATEFL Special interest groups use Ning for discussion of very specific areas of teaching. Here's an example from the Global Issues SIG
Yahoo Groups
Blogs of course
Some great bloggers to follow are:
Feed Readers
Storing links and social bookmarking
These are great tools for storing links to information so that you can find them when you want them and share them with others.

Here are some tools for reflection

More information
I'd really like to add a special than you to Barbara Sakamoto from Teaching Village for allowing me to share here work on PLNs and for helping to save me and I hope you a lot of work too.

Please also check out the other recorded presentations as they include:
I hope you find these useful and thank you to everyone at the British Council Bilbao for their hospitality and professionalism under pressure.

Related links:

Nik Peachey


Unknown said...


The new Sagemilk app might be of interest for you

Its a smartphone app that is easy to make and customize to learn whatever you input. Here is a tutorial.

Unknown said...

This info is a perfect summary of PLN info! I'm giving a *brief* and abridged introduction to the topic at a colloquium this coming weekend, and I'm very excited that I will be able to point them to your post here for an extremely up-to-date and UNabridged list of everything they might want to know about PLNs! Thanks!

admin said...

Hi Nik,
Thanks for including me and my blog to your post!I'm truly honored with that!!Your blogs were the first ELT blogs I had ever read and they have encouraged me to start my own blog journey! You have certainly broaden my mind and you have always been an inspiration to me. I hope to be as famous as you are one day!!
Thanks for this amazing post and please post more often, I do enjoy reading what you write!! =)

P.S: Hope to have more time to chat with you this year at IATEFL =)

Nik Peachey said...

Many Thanks Ozge

It's very flattering to have inspired such great work. Now I feel guilty that I have so little time to post new updates. I'm hoping for better times in 2011 and a little more time to keep my blogs up to date.

See you at IATEFL.



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