Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Networking and Composting

From The Green Dollar

After spending a week with my sister who is actively engaged in composting, I started a compost pile of my own and started thinking about how a personal learning network and a compost pile had a lot in common.

Of course, the most obvious similarity is that they can both be messy and need to be turned over or revised from time to time.  But, in addition, think about these attributes of a compost pile and see if you can find the similarities to a PLN.

  • Good material goes into the mix.
  • The right balance of ingredients is crucial for a good result.
  • The ingredients get mixed together and interact with each other.
  • The mixture produces a compound that will nurture new growth.

New to networking or creating a personal learning network(PLNs) for yourself or your students?
Here's what Will Richardson has to say about student PLNs.

You can find more information on PLNs in my Delicious account.