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Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) by Jane Bozarth

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) by Jane Bozarth
“Simply showing up is not enough. As with most things in life, you get back what you put in. If you want to build a Personal Learning Network, then you must be an active part of that network; it’s not a spectator sport.” Since Social Media for Trainers was published I’ve fielded lots of questions about incorporating social media tools into workplace learning endeavors. Who? My interests are in e-Learning, instructional design, social learning, and social media. Where? My best time investment all week is the Twitter-based #lrnchat, which happens twice each Thursday (11:30 am ET with questions repeated at 8:30 pm ET). What else? Brown, Davison, & Hegel’s Power of Pull stresses the importance of reaching outside your usual areas of interest and expertise. The value of the PLN? It’s primarily about learning. Figure 1: Tweet to PLN asking for help. Within 90 seconds I had several answers, including this one (Figure 2): Figure 2. How? Simply showing up is not enough. Related:  Personal Learning Environment & PL Network

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. 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.” 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. I wrote a post recently about how to develop a personal learning environment [PLE], the need and benefits of doing so, for educators in particular. What is a PLN? Twitter 6×6 (Photo credit: Steve Woolf) PLN versus PLE The personal learning network can be a rich source of learning that fosters connections that become part of our professional development as the quotation at the beginning of the post from Metcalfe describes.

5 points about PLEs PLNs for PLENK10 The concept of the Personal Learning Environment in all of its wondrous forms has been one that I’ve struggled with over the last four or five years that I’ve been familiar with it. I’m very excited to be taking part in the PLENK10 course in order to take the time to focus on these ideas and get a clearer sense of what I mean by the word. I would add, that I think this is one of the central values of an open course… it provides the opportunity to bring clarity to a subject in a field… even if we end up with different clarities The PLE related to the LMS (LCMS, VLE etc…) I came to the idea of the PLE as an alternative to the LMS (learning management system, blackboard, moodle, desire2learn etc). There is a sense in which it is the opponent of the institutional sponsored and controlled LMS and as that I am quite fond of it as a student controlled alternative. POINT 1. Personal Learning Environment vs. POINT 2 – PLEs are (to me at least) the ecologies within which PLNs operate

Content curation and the power of collective intelligence | I have been exploring this topic as part of the subject INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals that I am teaching this summer (it’s an elective in our MEdTL amd MIS courses at CSU). A lot is being written about content creation within and beyond the information professions. Here are a few gems that I recommend TLs and librarians check out: Beth Kanter’s blog post Content Curation Primer is a good starting point for information professionals. Weisgerber clearly presents the difference between aggregation and curation, highlighting the importance of the ‘human touch’ in curation by contextualising the ‘found information’. I think her 8 steps in successful curation provide an excellent guide for information professionals who wish to become proactive curators of digital content, adding value to the content they curate. Sophia B. Her presentation is a fabulous educational resource about curation with detailed speaker notes included for many of her slides. Like this:

To build Twitter followers: Join the conversation, tweet often, be yourself August 20, 2012 by Steve Buttry Journalists often ask me how to build a following on Twitter. It’s really pretty simple: Tweet frequently.Have something interesting to say.Livetweet events and breaking news.Find and follow people who share your interests.Join the conversation.Give more than you ask for.Join tweetups and Twitter chats.Be yourself. I was tempted to end this post right there, because this really is simple. But I’ll elaborate, with the acknowledgment that even with elaboration it’s all simple. Let’s start by addressing the notion of “followers.” Tweet frequently. Have something to say. Livetweet events or breaking news. Find and follow people who share your interests. Join the conversation. Give more than you ask for. Join tweetups and Twitter chats. Be yourself. Previous #twutorial posts

Your Most Powerful Search Engine is Your Personal Learning Network (PLN) The use of search engines like Google, Yahoo, or Bing for research is commonplace in today’s online world. In fact, many of us go to these sites instantly when the need to find something first arises, be it something as trivial as finding out when a movie is playing, or as part of a multi-million dollar workplace project. These search engines have redefined how we find information, and quickly become the primary way in which many people perform research. But not for me. I still use these search engines for low-impact searches. In a world of ever-increasing search engine optimization, my personal learning network still delivers in ways that Google, Yahoo, Bing, or any other search engine never can. Google and search engines like it are very powerful. My Personal Learning Network enables me to get to information that is more tailored to my preferences, because they have a better understanding of the lens through which I am viewing the world.

Personal learning environments 3 years on | Enactivist I’m enrolled on PLENK 2010 and look forward to seeing how the debate on personal learning environments has developed over the last 3 years. In 2007 I was interested in the relationship between the emerging PLE and the traditional LMS / VLE (that is, if a technology only 15 years old can be called ‘traditional’) and gave a presentation at the NZ Moodle Moot on the topic ‘Can MOODLE become more SUPPLE ?’ Since then I’ve had to explore the limitations of Blackboard in relation to the same question – to what extent is it possible to develop a PLE space for learners in an institutional context dominated by the lecture as the default mode of on-campus teaching, with the corresponding mirroring of transmission-pedagogy in the default use of the LMS ? I think that while the PLE debates (and diagrams ! have become a lot more nuanced and complex, we haven’t really seen a shift away from the LMS into a setting where the PLE becomes the default mode of online engagement for learners.

Blogue vous dites ? [sommaire]Le texte ci-dessous est une version en évolution de cette page wiki qui présente les blogues en apprentissages. Introduction Le présent document a pour but principal de présenter les blogues en tant qu'outil pédagogique. Nous survolerons également des sujets comme comment on se crée un blogue ou encore quels sont les précautions à prendre pour que l'aventure bloguale soit la plus positive possible. Des exemples de billets et de blogues pédagogiques vous seront également présentés. Ce qu'est un blogue Définition de Wikipedia: S'appellent blogue sur Internet à la fois des journaux intimes anonymes, des œuvres de dessinateurs, le carnet de bord de photographes, des carnets de voyage, des satires, des romans en construction ou encore des sites relatant quotidiennement des anecdotes. Définition Un blogue désignait à l'origine un genre de journal de bord personnel sur le web (web + log, qui signifie journal). Le blogue reflète les opinions de son auteur. Pourquoi bloguer?

5 Twitter Rules Every User Should Know We love to do stories on Twitter and how it’s helping teachers and students connect like never before. Many of our fellow bloggers publish stories on Twitter every day! So I thought it might be worthwhile to share the official Twitter logo and brand guidelines. They’re relatively simple and straightforward but worth knowing about. Twitter is a major company worth a lot of money. See Also: The Ultimate Guide To Using Twitter In Education For the full list of guidelines (there’s plenty more – definitely check out this page . Rule #1 You can’t imply that your event, book, website, or other publication is endorsed or sponsored by Twitter. Rule #2 Don’t use any of the below versions of the Twitter logo. Rule #3

Using Twitter as a Professional Development Tool Last week during a discussion about design, Jeanette Campos asked me a fairly is simple question: What are the three artifacts that have shaped you most as a designer of creative learning solutions to complex problems? Immediately one word came to mind: Twitter. It isn't the tool itself that has been so impact full for me; it's the world to which Twitter opened up to me. I started my career as a learning and performance professional much the same way many in our field do: without any training or education on what it means to work in this field. It's a challenge for individuals and for the industry as a whole. I recall those early years well. Then I discovered Twitter. To be fair, it was social media in general that enabled me to extend beyond the walls of my organization and connect with others externally in the field. I connected with a few individuals at first. Wikipedia defines Personal Learning Networks as: Every learning and performance professional should have a PLN.

Technology I Use Everyday as an Educator Recently, a colleague asked me what technology I use each day and how does it help me or my students. So, here is my answer: (all of them are free) 1. Email - I use email for communication. All of my students have my school email address, and I give it out to parents also. I can send messages to my students, communicate with parents, and communicate with other educators. 2. 3. 4. Engrade - Engrade is a free online gradebook for teachers. 5a. 5b. There are also Dropbox apps for iPhone, Android, iPad, Blackberry and HP/Palm webOS, but you can also access the mobile site from any web-enabled phone. 6. 7. 8. I can project videos, presentations and demonstrations using the projector. 9. 10. 11. I have also switched to using Aviary's clipping extension for Chrome to clip graphics from the internet and edit or modify them. I start my day at home by checking email, calendar, and my lesson plans (on Evernote) for the day on my Palm Pre+ smartphone. Please share your resources too.

Une définition des médias sociaux Voilà plus d’un an que ce blog est ouvert et je viens de me rendre compte que je n’ai jamais réellement pris le temps de fournir une définition des médias sociaux (contrairement à Cédric). Il existe déjà de nombreuses définitions mais je ne m’y retrouve pas tout à fait. Commençons par les définitions en anglais : Wikipedia – « Social media is online content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies. Ces définitions sont intéressantes mais soit trop longues et déstructurées, soit trop courtes et vagues. Intéressons nous maintenant aux définitions en français : Wikipédia – « L’expression « médias sociaux » recouvre les différentes activités qui intègrent la technologie, l’interaction sociale, et la création de contenu. Idem pour ces définitions, je n’y trouve pas l’essentiel en un minimum de mots. C’est donc à mon tour de me lancer avec cette définition graphique : Plusieurs points à retenir dans cette définition : Voilà c’est fait, je me suis jeté à l’eau.

A Visual Guide To Twitter For Beginners You may have a Twitter account that you don’t use very often. You may tweet once in blue moon. You may just use it to ‘lurk’ during hashtag chats you enjoy. ( Check out our list of Twitter hashtags for to get started with that!) But you may not be a full-fledged Twitter user … yet. This dense and highly visual approach to understanding Twitter is just great. The below infographic is basically a beginner’s guide to Twitter except it’s one easy-to-read format: infographics! Click the image below to enlarge it a bit – that’ll help view some of the smaller text. Personal Learning Networks (PLN) = An Attitude of Gratitude | Learning in the White Space Anyone who believes they got where they are by her- or himself is pretty much lying. We all have someone who helped us get here. In my case, I have a whole host of “someones”. And I would be remiss if I didn’t say so. I hope you know who you are, as they are too numerous to mention here. (note to self: send out many, many written thank you’s!) To begin, I don’t think Betty G had any idea of the gift she gave me so many years ago. As I built my career in training, learning, facilitation, design and development, I made connections. Fast forward to early 2010 when this little thing called Twitter came into my world. Friendships have formed with people in the learning field, whether we’ve ever met in person or not. As someone who works from my home, having connections is important, especially with my fellow “training managers”. PLN: THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!! Like this: Like Loading... Author: dawnjmahoney What do you want to know?