It takes a PLN: Upbeat USA Today piece about the growth in personal learning networks. The numbers cited in this piece seem a bit disjointed ("a loose consortium of teachers that now numbers nearly 9,700,"? and how does that link to the estimated "5%" of teachers who use PLN?) But the core idea--that a PLN helps students find mentors outside a school's boundaries--is compelling. Just ask the folks at Rocket21 or startup, Qykno.