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Leave a comment is an agregration tool to expand curation of internet content. You can compile articles from other sources by “clipping” the article using their button in your browser. Depending on your topic and quality of curation, you can amass follwers. You can also publish your curated material through your typical social media: twitter, FB, linkdn, instagram. Material can also be found from your different news feeds.


The site once logged in is free, easy to use, one-click access to articles, and shows other related notebooks and the amount of followers of that notebook.


If you are looking for a site to draw material from global sources, in real time, and publish your curated material on your news feeds, hits it out of the park. Once I logged in on the site I was able to find articles that I could use immediately for both my consumer audience and my staff. Being able to quickly get to the gist of an article and then being able to dissemenate that information made for very effective communication.


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Weekly Reflection

Looking back we can understand the mystery of probing into the abyss of the web to find tools on PLNs and curation. An active and well thought out PLN can lead to superior curation. Superior curation leads to increased subscriptions and hopefully an increase in goals: whether they are academic or professional. It is much easier to see the difference now between quality tools and criteria after 2 months of reading various articles dating back to 2010 when curation and PLNs were a hot topic among academic institutions. Various tools have been created to automate both processes and those same tools prove that an old business adage is still true today, “it’s not always what you know, but who you know” and “knowing is half the battle”. Automated curation is not a solution to replace manpower.

Leave a comment – Pretty Sweet

Summary: is a website for content curation. It allows a user or guest to search through blogs, news sites, and published posts. It allows a user to migrate and effectively curate the information onto a facebook or twitter account.




Criteria: Content curation requires a lot of time fetching new and relevant content. Many times without adequate research time, you know you have missed an angle. Most times the same piece of original content is recycled through other news channels. Finding the source article is key to being to being able to correctly interpret for your audience the information.

Summary: is user-friendly, intergrated with Facebook and Twitter, and promotes content curation. Most times to publish your curation, you copy a link then login into your social site and paste with comments. brings active, up to date information in a thumbnail format easy to read and filter through. Then promotes a user to curate that information and posts the link and comment to their twitter and facebook account with 1-click.

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3 Different Types of PLNs


This site is very resourceful for determining a direction in tools for your PLN. It separates PLN tools into 3 categories: Synchronous, Asynchronous,  and Semi-synchronous. This is a great site to evaluate your time commitment to your network. The article was written for educators in Lincoln, Nebraska school district. The article covers perspectives for the usage of the twitter tool.

Here is a great quote from the site that reinforces its advice for building a PLN:

“At the heart of every PLN is its members. … Learners become amplifiers as they engage in reflective and knowledge building activities, connect and reconnect what they learn, add value to existing knowledge and ideas, and then re-issue them back into the network to be captured by others through their PLNs. Working your PLN involves a great deal of responsibility because you are almost certainly part of someone else’s network.”

“Preparing children for an unpredictable future means helping them learn to teach themselves. That is why lifelong learning is such a crucial part of the education conversation and why modeling a learning lifestyle is one of the best things that teachers can do today.” 

– David Warlick, “Grow Your Personal Learning Network”
‘Learning & Leading with Technology’, March/April 2009


My criteria in recommending this site was to answer the question: “How to select the right professionals in your network?” The site does not expressly address this question, but does prepare a potential member for their professional network. It warns the person of usage of the Twitter tool and its capabilities. It brought to my attention another question, “How much time will a PLN take to develop and operate?”


This article should be read to better understand the membership of a PLN. As a professional, time and its usage is calculated and critical for success. If you are not able to dedicate a full time operation to the membership of a PLN you need to be prepared before you start.

1 Comment App specifically for PLN and Curation specifically addresses the need to share and collaborate website and their content with others you are working with or want to work with. operates by planting a tree and then using social networks to interact with others that you or may not be connected with.

Each “pearl” is a visual symbol for a website and offers a short synopsis. The pearl can be moved between entities, shared, commented, and publicized on twitter or facebook. The system uses a plug-in to most common browsers: Chrome, Explorer, and Firefox. The pearls can be dropped into other trees and easily organized.


Web 2.0 PLN Best How to Site

This article is in-depth and knowledgeable on how to build a Professional Learning Network.

The four processes discussed are:

1) Collect

2) Curate

3) Create

4) Collaborate

and then Rebekah adds that Citation is also imperative for the PLN process.

She cites three authors: David Warlick, “Grow Your Personal Learning Network”, Kate Klingensmith, “PLN: Your Personal Learning Network Made Easy.”, and Mark Brumley, “Move Over Three R’s, Here Come the Three C’s.” She gives specific examples why each of these is important and how each can be improved. She then went on to adapt graphics from each source to modernize the concepts and internet sites used.

Here is a great reference tool she has updated from Kate Klingensmith:

Kate Klingensmith provides a nice chart of Web 2.0 Tools which I’ve modified: [Note: In the 3+ years since she wrote her post, some of the tools she suggests no longer exist. Obviously, you have to be careful about choosing ‘new’ tools, since they might not continue to be maintained and/or might not continue to offer a free service.]

Great sources of information such as classroom best practices as well as personal opinions; Blogs monitor the heartbeat of new trends in education and the commenting back and forth leads to many great ideas and relationships
  • Google Blog Search;
  • Blog Search Engine;
  • Stephen Downes’ OLDaily ( OLDaily is delivered five days a week and features the latest news and information on e-learning and related fields. OLWeekly is a compilation of the week’s newsletters and is published on Fridays. Both newsletters are available by email or as RSS feed.)
To keep up with educators from around the globe who share best practices and resources in short bursts
Communities of people interested in similar topics, with forums and messaging
Professional Profiles
Find other professionals and experts in your field
RSS Reader
RSS means “Real Simple Syndication” – an RSS reader is a tool that allows you to keep up with many of your favorite blogs, all in once place
Social Bookmarking
Share bookmarks with others, see what others are bookmarking; you can join groups and get email updates on new bookmarks
  • Delicious (not only a good way to carry your own bookmarks/favorites from computer to computer but a great way to ‘subscribe’ to new ‘finds’ from others who are interested in the same topic.WARNING: be creative with your tag searches for synonyms and/or phrases and/or acronyms or abbreviations);
  • Diigo (features include: Annotate webpages with highlights & sticky notes; Organize your digital items by types, tags, and lists; Share your findings, complete with your annotations, by email, RSS feed, twitter, permalink, widget, etc.)
  • Diigo Groups – Education
Social Networking
Keeping up with personal and professional contacts
Real-time talk with personal/professional connections
  • Messages on the Mac (replaces iChat; includes ability to send photos, videos, documents, and contacts and additional features) and Facetime (which allows you to videoconference with other Mac users);
  • Skype (in addition to offering international calling, free video calling includes group video);
  • UStream (share and record your broadcasts and communicate with your followers in realtime via the Social Stream — Ustream’s live chat module that syndicates comments to your viewer’s Facebook friends and Twitter followers; free service offers 10 Gb video storage but is ad-supported)
  • VoiceThread (conversations in the cloud With 3 minutes of phone commenting, 3 VoiceThreads at-a-time with up to 50 slides each, unlimited voice and text comments, and a sizeable webcam commenting storage limit, Free VoiceThread account has potential)
Live, on-line presentations or conferences, with real-time chat, hosted by experts on specific topics; Great way to learn about new things and to meet new people
Community-monitored sites that can function as websites or for group organization and projects

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PLN – motivate and move forward – Dean Groom Blog

The site is a great resource to understand the purpose, future, and strength of a PLN. The basis of the post is that Professional Learning does not happen by accident or without a focused purpose. The post premises the PLN as a part of a learning plan that  has to come from personal motivation, personal growth is achievable, and obstacles will need to be overcome.

The article continues to detail how the PLN as a part of a plan will change the learning process. How the learning process will eventually mimic a MOOC and will allow students or professionals to access learning at anytime and at any pace.

The most important piece of the article is the critical idea that learning has a purpose for others other than any one individual. That learning can increase a community’s value.

The article does have some shortcomings. It does not address strategies to increase or start a PLN, but only gives the motivation to work at a PLN as a part of your overall learning plan.