After yesterday’s post, we had a lively conversation on Twitter about a DLN (Digital Learning Network) and a PLN (Professional or Personal Learning Network.)
There’s no doubt that both are useful and necessary, but where do you start, and which is the most important? I thought a lot about this yesterday afternoon, because right now I’m more interested in my DLN as it offers so much to me at this moment. A PLN would be in addition to the Digital Network, whereas I know that others value their PLN first and to branch it out digitally is overwhelming.
One of the things that I’m saying over and over to teachers is that it’s never about the tool. It’s about collaboration and connections. For many, that needs to be real time, real people. For others, a virtual network is adequate—even preferred.
Which do you prefer, and why?