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Assignment: The Power of Connection: Building a PersonalLearning NetworkRelationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship toeverything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals who can go italone.—Margaret Wheatley, Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the FutureThe rise of social media and its power to instantaneously connect people to others is a testament to just how interconnected the world has become. Social media has become an important way to form and maintain relationships. Many people use social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues. Businesses search for new ways to connect with current and future customers. How many people, however,have recognized the potential of social media as a powerful learning tool?Forward-thinking educators have begun purposefully building online social networks, known as Personal Learning Networks (PLN)s, of colleagues and experts in the field. Rather than see social