A personal learning network can be whatever you decide to make it! For me, my idea of a PLN is a space where you can connect with the front runners of the field you happen to be interested in. Not only that, you can share, comment, read and engage in great conversations about the newest happenings around the world. Twitter is a great platform for a PLN because it has a professional side that a lot of young people don’t know about. It’s another great way to integrate the use of technology into today’s society and higher education.
Twitter can be a more professional and educational platform, if you choose to make it that way. Building my PLN was (and still is!) a challenge: finding credible accounts that don’t post garbage or spam, and even just finding accounts that are associated with athletic training was hard. Most of the accounts I follow are sports medicine based, considering that is my area of interest. Some of the best accounts I follow include: The National Athletic Trainers Association, The Korey Stringer Institute, The Concussion Blog, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine Online, Injury Pic Page (because as a future AT I LOVE GORY INJURY PICS), and The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, just to name a few! Building a PLN involves google searches, twitter searches, following credible and interesting accounts then sifting through the accounts they follow, reading through tweets that have been published to decide if an account is worth following, etc. Long story short, it’s a lot of work but it is most certainly worth it. This semester I sort of slacked on further building my PLN, but because I spent so much time last semester working towards following great accounts, I was still able to find a plethora of information I’d never seen before.
Here are some of my most memorable tweets, retweets and favorites of the semester: