A few days ago, Ben Wilkoff posted From Network to Neighbourhood, a reflection on the cul-de-sacs of his personal/professional learning network. This morning I was walking when I received a message from Jabiz Raisdana who teaches on the other side of the planet. His note prompted me to take a minute to reflect on some of the more distant members of my PLN.
There are many, many other educators with whom I engage in public (and private) conversations on a regular basis. My neighbourhood/network was founded in late 2007 via Twitter, but has expanded many times since that time through a range of tools, experiences and events. If you're still trying to make sense of Twitter and the role it may play in your own PLN, Keri-Lee Beasley and Jabiz Raisdana have just published Twitter - A Cultural Guidebook. The book is based on Seven Degrees of Connectedness, and is available as a free download.