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Personal Learning Networks

Personal Learning Networks

Seven Degrees of Connectedness... the Infographic While I haven't had time to respond to all the comments I received on the framework I posted yesterday, I did engage in a short conversation with Sylvia Tolisano about turning the Seven Degrees of Connectness into an infographic. After following Sylvia's work online for a few years, I count myself lucky for having the opportunity to meet her first hand at Educon 2.3. After sharing an idea, and engaging in a short conversation, Sylvia produced the infographic that follows. Network- Book In recent years there has been a growing public fascination with the complex "connectedness" of modern society. This connectedness is found in many incarnations: in the rapid growth of the Internet and the Web, in the ease with which global communication now takes place, and in the ability of news and information as well as epidemics and financial crises to spread around the world with surprising speed and intensity. These are phenomena that involve networks, incentives, and the aggregate behavior of groups of people; they are based on the links that connect us and the ways in which each of our decisions can have subtle consequences for the outcomes of everyone else. Networks, Crowds, and Markets combines different scientific perspectives in its approach to understanding networks and behavior. The book is based on an inter-disciplinary course that we teach at Cornell. You can download a complete pre-publication draft of Networks, Crowds, and Markets here.

Jan05_01 Editor’s Note: This is a milestone article that deserves careful study. Connectivism should not be con fused with constructivism. George Siemens advances a theory of learning that is consistent with the needs of the twenty first century. His theory takes into account trends in learning, the use of technology and networks, and the diminishing half-life of knowledge. George Siemens Introduction Behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism are the three broad learning theories most often utilized in the creation of instructional environments. Learners as little as forty years ago would complete the required schooling and enter a career that would often last a lifetime. “One of the most persuasive factors is the shrinking half-life of knowledge. Some significant trends in learning: Many learners will move into a variety of different, possibly unrelated fields over the course of their lifetime. Background Driscoll (2000, p14-17) explores some of the complexities of defining learning. References

Digital Portfolios Best Practices Infographic Today's students are the most accomplished and the most connected. Back in the day, no one needed a resume until they were out of school. Now, even middle schoolers are being asked to submit completed resumes to apply for summer programs. This is why an up to date, professional portfolio is now a necessity for students. A portfolio's goal is to showcase your talents, skills, projects and recognitions. When you are building a portfolio, each item needs to have proper details. Set yourself up for success. See also: How to Build a Student Portfolio Infographic Networks-Intro Scott B. Weingart Part 1 of n: An Introduction This piece builds on a bunch of my recent blog posts that have mentioned networks. Some Warnings A network is a fantastic tool in the digital humanist’s toolbox—one of many—and it’s no exaggeration to say pretty much any data can be studied via network analysis. The danger here is two-fold. When you’re given your first hammer, everything looks like a nail. The Basics Nothing worth discovering has ever been found in safe waters. Anyone with a lot of time and a vicious interest in networks should stop reading right now, and instead pick up copies of Networks, Crowds, and Markets[] and Networks: An Introduction[]. Those of you with slightly less time, but somehow enough to read my rambling blog (there are apparently a few of you out there), so good of you to join me. Networks The word “network” originally meant just that: “a net-like arrangement of threads, wires, etc.” A simple network representation from wikipedia.org The Stuff The Relationships

Making Shift Happen: Professional Learning Communities vs Personal Learning Networks Gosh darn... Still curating. This PLN vs PLC won't leave my head alone! I have re-read our Ministry's monograph on Professional Learning Communities. 1. It all sounds good! I think Timothy Scholze, from our etmooc, hits the nail on the head in his post on Google+. In his post, Hey! I want to try to figure out why the PLN we create on our own feels so life-giving while the PLC we are asked to be a part of in our building can be filled with so much negativity. Comparing the etmooc to an on-line course is helping me to understand the difference between the PLN and the PLC. So what's the difference? Well, we clearly can't choose who is in our Professional Learning Community - if we are working toward School Improvement and Student Achievement, it has to be the people in our building with whom we work. But as I continue to think about this, (my brain won't let me stop thinking about it!) When I first started teaching, I worked in the Primary Division of a small school.

Why and How to create successful Personal Learning Networks Back in the 1950s and 60s, when you needed to make a photocopy at work or place a long-distance call to your counterpart in another city, you couldn’t walk up to the photocopy machine or telephone and do it yourself. A “trained” operator had to do it for you. Today, if there is a particular workplace challenge to overcome, you no longer have to wait for training. By leveraging your personal learning network to get the information you need, you can become instantly productive. The idea behind a Personal Learning Network has its roots in a learning theory, called the Theory of Connectivism, advanced by George Siemens back in 2005. According to Siemens’ Theory of Connectivism, continuous learning in the workplace can most effectively happen when employees personally reach out, beyond the formal classroom setting, and create informal structures within their environment to support their ongoing learning needs. PLNs simplified Why is developing a PLN important? Barriers to workplace learning

Personal Learning Networks for Educators: 10 Tips By Dr. Mark Wagner I often begin my workshop on personal learning networks (PLN) for educators by asking these questions: Who is in your learning network? Who do you learn from on a regular basis? Who do you turn to for your own professional development? Some educators are lucky enough to learn from their coworkers or colleagues at their site. I usually ask these questions at conferences, which are frequently only annual events – and rare treats for many educators. Learning to Network and Networking to Learn 1. 2. 3. 4. Networking Tools and Anecdotes The four tips above are the core activities of building a personal learning network, and they can be applied using various tools to connect with others online. 5. 6. 7. 8. Final Thoughts These final two tips will help keep your initial frustrations in perspective, and help you avoid the temptation to focus on unimportant metrics as you grow your network. 9. 10. Note: I’ve also been writing about this topic for some time.

20 Ways To Improve Your Professional Learning Network In 2013 Networking is a prime form of 21st century learning. The world is much smaller thanks to technology. Learning is transforming into a globally collaborative enterprise. Just this month, a tech news article showcased how Harvard scientists are considering that “sharing discoveries is more efficient and honorable than patenting them.” As educators, we aim to be connected to advance our craft. Learning networks are based on the theory of connectivism, or learning from diverse social webs. What are some ways to grow your PLN and improve the quality of your interactions? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. You can bookmark a page in a “virtual” library or online archive, even PDFs or videos. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. PLNs are a powerful change agent. This is a cross-post from opencolleges.edu.au; image attribution flickr user worldeconomicforum

10 Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network - 10 Reasons Every Teacher Needs A Professional Learning Network by TeachThought Staff What’s a professional learning network? According to Marc-André Lalande, “a Personal Learning Network is a way of describing the group of people that you connect with to learn their ideas, their questions, their reflections, and their references. Your PLN is not limited to online interactions, but it is that online, global interactive part that really makes it special. As for this graphic? Let us know in the comments if you have other suggestions! 1. Consider: OER Commons Resources 2. Consider: 23 Ways To Use The iPad In PBL 3. Consider: 52 Education Blogs You Should Follow 4. Consider: An example like clarifying the difference between ‘doing projects’ and PBL 5. Consider: Project-Based Learning in your classroom 6. Consider: Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future 7. Consider: 50 Ideas For Using Skype In The Classroom 8. 9. Consider: The most popular twitter hashtags in education 10.

Connectivism & The PLN One of the principles of connectivism is that you share. You offer your knowledge, skills, abilities, talents, materials, resources to someone else, free of charge. For nothing in return, you give it away. Now, a true capitalist would smell something fishy in this idea. As a matter of fact, it would not be unusual to hear something like, “There’s something rotten in the state of Denmark.” We sell things. So, let me say up front, I’m a capitalist, and a consumer. Having said that, I do draw your attention to another option, entirely viable, and entirely up to you. I want to give an example of what being connected to you, my unseen and unknown friend(s) out there in Digital Wonderland, what your connection means to me. Connectivism is Sharing - freely 1. So, what can I do when I don’t know what to do? In the case of my management concerns, an excellent presentation was given at IATEFL 2011 in Brighton. Let me emphasize that I got all of this for nothing. Aggregate: Collect a resource.

Wired for Collaboration Beth Sanders and Pernille Ripp, along with countless other teachers from around the world, are “connected educators.” Beth uses digital technologies “to tear down the walls of a traditional classroom”. An educator committed to social justice, her students share their voices with the world through class discussions held on Twitter. Pernille has brought networked learning to a global level — in 2010, she began the Global Read Aloud program, which connected more than 144,000 students, representing thirty countries from six continents. They are exemplars of connected educators, teachers who construct knowledge, collaborate, and interact with other educators all over the world via social media to develop networks to deepen understanding (Wong, 2013). …[W]hat we learn with has changed. Connected educators have embraced these changes and incorporated this new reality into the classroom. Connected educators are redefining the role of teacher and student in the classroom. Teacher Education

Develop your PLN There’s a lot of information out there about PLNs, but sometimes you just want a simple guide to get you started. Here it is. This infographic gives a very brief, four step guide to initiating a PLN. Of course, a PLN is not something that you can develop in an afternoon, but by following the steps in this guide, you can make a start, and you know what they say, a journey of a thousand steps… There’s a printable PDF version also if you want to post this in your classroom, library or elsewhere (click the link, or the infographic image below). Below the infographic are links to the other PLN posts I’ve written, so if you want to delve deeper, it’s easy to find them. Creating and maintaining a PLN can be so rewarding – and don’t forget to add me to your network – I’d love to learn with you! Other posts on PLNs that I have written include: PLNs: Theory and Practice Supercharge your PLN – Part One, Part Two and Part Three The Symphonic Magic of the PLN Personalised Learning through the PLN

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