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10 Simple Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network. Stephen Downes, Researcher at National research council canada. 8 Ideas, 10 Guides, And 17 Tools For A Better Professional Learning Network. Why You Need a PLN, and How to Develop One: Resources Shared at #ASTD2014. At the 2014 ASTD Conference and Expo, I led a discussion titled Why You Need a PLN, and How to Develop One.

Why You Need a PLN, and How to Develop One: Resources Shared at #ASTD2014

Here’s a description of the session: People are not learning exclusively from conventional sources like courses and classrooms anymore. In truth, we never did, but there’s a growing awareness of the small percentage of learning that comes from formal means as compared to informal means. Bloom actions-activities. 6 Cs of a Digital Pedagogy. Following on from the Higher Education Academy's excellent Digital Humanities summit, I've been doing some thinking around the digital skills that we expect students to acquire.

6 Cs of a Digital Pedagogy

The digital age has put more information within our grasp than ever before in History. While in many ways this is hugely empowering for students in Higher Education, it also potentially presents quite a serious challenge to their learning process. The era of ubiquitous content is changing the role of educators too, as we need to help students contextualise and critically evaluate the many sources of information with which they are now presented. In the distant, pre-internet past, there was less information within easy reach. 'Searching' often meant going to the Library and hunting through the bookshelves. There is a danger that ease of access to information could create a generation of students who aren't sufficiently inclined or equipped to challenge existing knowledge. Does this model work for you? Social Media Literacy: The Five Key Concepts. Online digital technology has empowered users in ways that were unimaginable twenty years ago.

Social Media Literacy: The Five Key Concepts

Social media sites have given us the ability to reach a global audience, and have increased the average user's means to persuade and influence. We are no longer just consumers of media, but content creators and distributors, as well as editors, opinion makers, and journalists. How does media literacy fit into this new media landscape? How do we ensure that we are not perpetuating harmful ideas and messages through our online social network?

Perhaps with an increase in our power to influence and persuade should come the critical frameworks that we can apply to the media we create, and not just the media we consume. So how can we create a media literacy framework that takes into account our power and participation in the media? I thought it would be best to go back to the basics, and review the five concepts of media literacy. The Origin of the Five Concepts. What is a PLN. How to Create a Robust and Meaningful Personal Learning Network [PLN] This post describes how educators can develop a personal learning network that supports meaningful and relevant learning.

How to Create a Robust and Meaningful Personal Learning Network [PLN]

The MOOC, Education Technology & Media, etmooc, is used here as a working example of how to develop a PLN. “My Personal Learning Network is the key to keeping me up-to-date with all the changes that are happening in education and how technology can best support and engage today’s students.” Brian Metcalfe: teacher, blogger at lifelonglearners.com A visual image of participants in an open, online course- etmooc, which shows the potential to find and create personal connections as part of one’s PLN.

(image credit: Alec Couros) 6 Possible Roles For Teachers In A Personalized Learning Environment. By Justin Marquis, Ph.

6 Possible Roles For Teachers In A Personalized Learning Environment

D There is a mountain of speculation and debate about what school and learning will look like in the near future. Will education be online? Individualized? Self-paced? The Future of Learning An October, 2012 video released by telecom company Ericsson presents a survey of educational experts and entrepreneurs speculating about the future of education. The focus of the video is the ability of these technologies to track minute user data and facilitate intimately individualized instruction based on that data, including student learning preference, peak performance times, prior knowledge, and a host of other information. “Coursera’s Koller says one of the revolutions in education is that teaching will be less about conveying information and more of a return to its original roots where instructors engage in dialogue, develop critical thinking skills and spark passion about a discipline.” (23 Oct., 2012) The Role of the Educator on an Individualized World?

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Multitasking:This is your Brain on Media. 10 ways to help students develop a PLN… There has been some discussion lately about the precise meaning of the term PLN.

10 ways to help students develop a PLN…

I’m not sure why it matters actually. Like any other word in the dictionary (!) How Do I Get a PLN? What is a PLN?

How Do I Get a PLN?

Will Richardson was the first person to clearly explain to me about six or seven years ago what a PLN was. Back then, PLN stood for Professional, or Personal Learning Network. A better label today, one that might quiet the nitpickers, is Personalized Learning Network -- the shift in nuance maintains that participants are both personal and professional learners.

The Educator's PLN. 50 Great Ways to Grow Your Personal Learning Network. Personal learning networks have always existed, but modern technology has put a new spin on how and where we connect with others.

50 Great Ways to Grow Your Personal Learning Network

These days, personal learning networks, or PLNs, extend far beyond friends, family, coworkers, college classmates, and teachers, and can encompass experts and learners from around the world in just about any given field. Through social networks, email, video, and online chats, learners can connect with and learn from a wider range of people than ever before, yet building a successful PLN that doesn't overwhelm you can be challenging. With so much information out there, it can be hard to know whom to follow, what to read, and how to fit it all into your daily schedule.

Here, we offer some tips that can help you not only build and grow a better PLN, but also get more out of the experience and give more back to your online community. The Basics These basics will help you get started with creating and building your PLN. Seek out experts on the web. Useful Tools.