The network has presented challenges for me that actually motivate me to research and spend time learning why I cannot access certain sites or add to the blog. It is frustrating at times but I enjoy testing my skills with technology and learning how to obtain better skills after the research. I seem to go around in circles sometimes.
The digital tools that best facilitate learning for me are embedding things like sound bites and video into PowerPoint; using smart boards and designing online courses. I am a visual learner and enjoy a change in venue that digital tools can provide to keep me engaged.
Use internet searches on topics that I am unsure about. If that leads to a “dead end” I often seek articles and reading materials that are of reference quality. I will consult with the instructor of the course for guidance when necessary.
The personal learning network supports connectivisim in that learning is a process that involves a network from developing connections (Wikipedia, 2011) A blog and other social media helps to develop connections with other people who have different opinions which can facilitate learning. Nurturing connections can facilitate continual learning (Wikipedia, 2011). A blog can help maintain connections and keep the conversation current and flowing and place value on a blend of ideas.