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Why (And How) You Should Create A Personal Learning Network

What Is A PLN? Through the use of my own Personal Learning Network (PLN) , I came across several great examples that both define what a PLN is, and explain the value of creating one for yourself. According to a wikispace about creating PLNs, “Personal Learning Networks are systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning. This includes providing support for learners to: 1) set their own learning goals 2) manage their learning; managing both content and process 3) communicate with others in the process of learning and thereby achieve learning goals Simply put: A PLN is a system for lifelong learning. ” Why Start Your PLN Now? Teachers in our district, especially freshmen teachers, have a ton on their plates this year. Here are some ways that educators are using their PLNs: 10 Easy Ways to Kick Start Your Personal Learning Network Social Networking – Keeping up with personal, more social contacts like friends, family, and former students (Facebook, Google+) Resources

35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals. Although PLNs have been around for years, in recent years social media has made it possible for these networks to grow exponentially. Now, it’s possible to expand and connect your network around the world anytime, anywhere. But how exactly do you go about doing that? Check out our guide to growing your personal learning network with social media, full of more than 30 different tips, ideas, useful resources, and social media tools that can make it all possible. Tips & Ideas Get started developing your social media PLN with these tips and ideas for great ways to make use of social tools. Actively make ties : It’s not enough to just follow and read, you need to connect. Guides Tools & Resources Want to really make the most of your PLN?

Twijector - real-time twitter wall (back channel) for conferences and events | Twitter broadcasting | Twitter wall How To Create a ‘Personal Learning Environment’ to Stay Relevant in 2013 “Our understanding of learning has expanded at a rate that has far outpaced our conceptions of teaching. A growing appreciation for the porous boundaries between the classroom and life experience…has created not only promising changes but also disruptive moments in teaching.” EDUCAUSE Review, 2012 This quote from Disrupting Ourselves: The Problem of Learning in Higher Education (Bass, 2012), gives a good a reason as any for educators to develop a Personal learning Environment [PLE]; a space where we can keep up with the experimental modes of learning, instruction, changing pedagogy and instructional methods that surfaced in 2012. In a previous post I introduced the concept of PLEs and touched on why educators may want to consider developing a PLE for 2013. Three Reasons Why Educators Need a PLEEducation is in a phase of disruption (not news to anyone)—and it’s not just a blip or a bump, but is what Harvard professor and author Clayton Christenson describes as disruptive innovation.

5 Things Google Wants You To Know About World Teachers' Day It’s World Teachers’ Day tomorrow and that means teachers around the globe should be honored and shown the respect they truly deserve. But in this truly connected age, there should also be a big emphasis on the world part of World Teachers’ Day. Take the day as an opportunity to grow your PLN, share your insight on Twitter, or simply connect with a teacher anywhere you are. In honor of World Teachers’ Day, Google has assembled a few key statistics that I wanted to pass along. As of today, more than 20 million students, faculty and staff worldwide use Google Apps for Education. We at Edudemic wanted to join Google (and everyone else) to congratulate all the teachers around the world for doing what they’re doing.

0. Induction: activities | OCTEL This first week is an opportunity to get to grips with how the ocTEL course works and gives everyone the chance to think about some big questions in technology, learning and teaching. We will be touching on several of the issues that will come up in more detail later in the course, but dealing with them in the concrete, practical terms of what you need and prefer as participants, andhow this kind of Technology Enhanced Learning is suited to meeting those needs. This course lets you define your own aims and follow your own paths, but we set out core learning outcomes for every week. By the end of this week, you should aim to One aspect of participating in ocTEL is working out how the course can best work for you and how much time you have to participate. You might want to include There will be a weekly webinar at lunchtime on Wednesdays, starting on 10 April. Activity 0.1: My big question (45 mins) Activity 0.2: Initial comments and discussion (30 mins) Activity 0.3: Exploring and experimenting

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.” 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. 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) Logo for etmooc from etmooc.org In the etmooc we are primarily using Google+ Community , Blackboard Collaborate and Twitter to interact. Resources Like this: Like Loading...

5 Potential Ways MOOCs Will Evolve In order to understand where MOOCs are heading (at least taking a stab at guessing their future), it’s important to know what the stated goals are. In case you’re still new to MOOCs, here’s a helpful rundown of the guiding principles behind MOOCs : Aggregation. An earlier list (2005) of Connectivist principles from Siemens also informs the pedagogy behind MOOCs: Learning and knowledge rest in diversity of opinions. Now that you’re a MOOCs expert, let’s examine where they could lead. 1) Most Likely: More Startups, More Schools Offer MOOCs If we continue along at the current rate of adoption and usage, it won’t be surprising to see a slew of startups jumping into the MOOCs space. 2) Sorta Likely: Many Schools Join edX & Similar Alliances, Large Companies Try To Make Money Off MOOCs 3) Less Likely: Schools Big & Small Offer MOOCs Exclusively, MOOCs Lose Momentum Due To Fractured Offerings 4) Not Likely: Companies Run All MOOCs, Schools Pay Them To Do So

7 Things You Should Know About MOOCs A massively open online course (MOOC) is a model for delivering learning content online to virtually any person—and as many of them—who wants to take the course. Course activities can be scheduled or asynchronous, and a fluid structure is valuable because students can choose their level of participation and many will do so in an à la carte manner. A MOOC throws open the doors of a course and invites anyone to enter, resulting in a new learning dynamic. Although this dynamic will make some students uneasy and will force instructors to rethink at least some of the elements of their courses, the MOOC can potentially alter the relationship between learner and instructor and between academe and the wider community. The "7 Things You Should Know About..." series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies.

Personal learning network A personal learning network is an informal learning network that consists of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from in a personal learning environment. In a PLN, a person makes a connection with another person with the specific intent that some type of learning will occur because of that connection.[1][2] The following is an excerpt from Dryden's and Vos' book on learning networks:[4] "For the first time in history, we know now how to store virtually all humanity's most important information and make it available, almost instantly, in almost any form, to almost anyone on earth. We also know how to do that in great new ways so that people can interact with it , and learn from it." Personal learning networks share a close association with the concept of personal learning environments. Aspects[edit] PLNs are becoming an important part of professional development in several fields with some businesses creating their own e-learning content and PLEs for their employees.

This Free Font May Actually Help Dyslexic Students Read Better This is one of those developments that make you love technology and how it can truly benefit education. There’s a free open font now available that may actually help dyslexic people read better. Whether it’s true or not, this idea is incredible. The font, available for download here , was made by Aberlardo Gonzalez and has a license that lets you use it for free without any restriction. How To Use The OpenDyslexic Font From The Font Creator Your brain can sometimes do funny things to letters. Get The Font The font is available for download here on GitHub

NETVIBES Personal Learning Environments and the revolution of Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development Developmental psychologist Lev Vygotsky defined what the person or a student can do — or the problems they can solve — as three different stages: What a student can do on their own, working independently or without anyone’s help.What the student can do with the help of someone.What it is beyond the student’s reach even if helped by someone else. He called the second stage the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) which had, as said, two limits: the lower limit, which was set by the maximum level of independent performance, and the upper limit, the maximum level of additional responsibility the student can accept with the assistance of an able instructor. This reaching beyond one’s capabilities can be pictured as the student entering their Zone of Proximal Development. The Personal Learning Environment and the Zone of Proximal Development: a static approach The Personal Learning Environment and the Zone of Proximal Development: a dynamic approach The future of educators?

Why Music Teachers Should Use The New Myspace Myspace is working to get its sexy back. That’s because Justin Timberlake is now basically the guy running the whole show. He and a slew of investors have put a fresh coat of paint on the relatively dormant site. Judging by the new tools and features that are coming to the new Myspace , this could be a really great tool for music teachers and students. 1) Myspace leverages Facebook & Twitter When you first sign up, Myspace asks if you want to sign in / sync your Facebook and Twitter accounts. 2) It’s like Pinterest for music Pinterest and it’s mosaic design is all the rage in web design. 3) Run a blended classroom From the looks of things, you can integrate your Myspace to be an almost digital music classroom. 4) Stay on top of music trends Teachers can monitor trends in music of all genres from their dashboard. 5) Get global feedback on your songs and work As you can see, there’s a pretty snazzy interface that shows what people are saying about your songs, music, uploads, and other stuff.

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