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RSS Readers as a PLN Tool



This YouTube clip is a perfect example of finding the right tool to create your PLN. An RSS Reader is a tool that allows you to stay in constant contact with your favorite blogs, links, news, and other varies important information pertaining to you. The idea is to subscribe to a blog or other form through your RSS (Real Simple Syndication) and have a constant flow of information that is continuously updated and is always accessible.

How it meets the criteria:

RSS Readers meet the PLN criteria because they are a growing part of any individuals learning network, in fact they are quite essential. To grow your network you need to be constantly in touch and informed, RSS readers are the perfect way to be connected. It’s accessible on the go in your phone, or even stationary. Once you’ve RSS subscribed to something of interest, that will always be a relevant resource to go back to.


I recommend utilizing the RSS readers because I use it and know how important it has become in my own personal life and business. It’s so essential to always be up to date with topics of interest as well as competitors on the market place. By having news worthy topics available at the touch of a button in your immediate feed is a fundamental tool that I hope is here to stay.

For a better understanding of RSS readers and how to integrate them into your life, please check out this YouTube video below.


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Finding the right tools for your PLN


This link is a slideshow that breaks down the points of a PLN and how to obtain the tools needed to create your own individual PLN. It defines online terminology like Synchronous (live E-learning like ICN), Semi-synchronous (Web 2.0 like wiki, blogs, etc.), and Asynchronous (self paced), amongst many other valuable resources.


The most helpful aspect of this slideshow is the “5 Steps to set up a Personal Learning Network”. It chronologically dissects each step into another sub genre and breaks down each point. At the end of the slideshow there is a helpful graph of retention rate when sharing what you know. 90% is teaching others, while 0% is discussion. Fascinating!


Does this source help explain how to set up a PLN?  Does it suggest tools for making that easier?

Of course! This slideshow, while only 19 slides, gets deep into the methods of creating PLN’s and what tools are needed for PLN’s to be successful to each individual. It gives great sources of blogs and RSS feeds to cultivate a worthwhile PLN.

Does it link to other stories that can be helpful?

This slideshow most definitely links to other stories and sources that can be useful. I myself learned of because of this slideshow. While short, this linked slideshow gets to the real point of what is useful. Just like a PLN, it’s designed with the individual in mind with easy navigation and user friendly.

Is the article/website easily navigable?

As stated above, this link is very user friendly and navigable. It’s easy to quickly skim or even slowly detail the entire slideshow. The slideshow itself is very simple and is well designed in order to create maxim usage of space and text without filling up pages with too many photos. The text itself is professional and credible.


This slideshow is a great source to consider because of its efficiency and readability to any fast paced online user. This slideshow acts as a emollient compared to other sources on the web. It definitely creates a relaxing security over finding the necessary tools needed to cultivate and medicine your own PLN.

Post By: Lindsey W.