This chapter of "The Connected Educator" reflects on the authors explaining how their stories got them to where they are in their field today. Social networking allowed these two to explore deeper into their careers by experimenting with others whom are in the same field. Building a connected learning community is important if you want to learn how to be more successful in what you are doing in life. Personal learning networks can build relationships and from that, you grow more in that community that you are in by leading and learning besides one another. These network communities work together in research, developing programs and implementing in schools.
Blogging can be one of your first steps into becoming successful within your field and creating the relationships with your colleagues with whom you know and who you may meet along the way. Twitter, Delicious and other social medias are easy to follow and they become one big link-sharing party. When it comes to designing your own personal network, you have to learn who to trust in the making. Asking questions like "Does this person blog?" or "Are we interested in what this person is sharing" is important to ask when you need to find the right people to trust in the network.
This chapter relates to my future career and major in many professional ways. I remember in my freshman year of high school, I had this history class that was very unique. My teacher was very interested in connecting with other people around the United States. She would connect with teachers from Texas, California and many other states and would share her teaching methods with them and vice versa. A few times during the school year, we had the chance to Skype other classes from those states and get to chat about differences and similarities that we share. It was really neat seeing how different they have it in schools compared to my high school. I would love the opportunity to do that with my students if I have the chance to teach fifth or sixth grade so they are old enough to comprehend. My high school history teacher would not be able to do anything interesting like that if it were not for learning communities and social networking within this field.