- Getting Started with Social Networking - a free e-book (pdf file) that you can download to your computer.
- Starting Your Own Personal Learning Network - how-to's and tools
- 21st Century Technology Tools, 2nd Edition - a free download from Liz B. Davis, who writes The Power of Educational Technology blog.
Several family and consumer sciences teachers have asked me why they would want to get involved with these tools, especially when they can barely keep up with the e-mail in their inbox. They are also satisfied with their current streams of information - the family and consumer sciences e-mail list, for example.I can't answer that question for you. For me, I just can't stop learning. It's what is recharging me professionally right now. Connecting with people from outside of family and consumer sciences and career education has allowed me to consider a variety of perspectives in a non-threatening way. More than once I've read someone's blog post, Twitter message, or listened to a podcast that has challenged my thinking. This is a good thing for someone who has been in education for over 20 years now. Maybe it will be a good thing for you, too.
What learning networks are you using, and what is your result?