I found this fascinating quote today:
I think it is because I am coming more and more around to the idea that the truly amazing part of Authentic Learning is not the connection you make with information, the way that you aggregate it or making meaning of it. In fact, the most important part of Learning is the connections that you make with the people: the ones that sustain you and make sure that you have all of the resources you need. It is truly the people that add value in a Personal Learning Network and not the tools.Ben Wilkoff, Jan 2009
You should read the whole article.