Personal learning networks: exploring the information needs of educators
Mossman, Amanda K.
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In this paper, personal learning networks are examined. It is proposed that educators benefit from examining their information needs and addressing them with the creation and use of personal learning networks. A review of the literature concerning personal learning networks is provided in addition to results from a study conducted with three elementary educators. The study found that while the educators were unfamiliar with the terms Web 2.0 tools and personal learning networks (PLNs), they were in fact already using a few tools and had strategies in place for finding information. By the end of the study, the educators had successfully added the use of more Web 2.0 tools and expanded their personal learning networks.