“The summation of human experience isbeing expanded at a prodigious rate, andthe means we use for threading throughthe consequent maze to the momentarilyimportant item is the same as was used inthe days of square-rigged ships.” Vannevar Bush, 1945
Personal Learning Networks are deliberately formed networks ofpeople and resources capable of guidingour independent learning goals and professional development needs.
An important part of PersonalLreaning Networks is the theory of connectivism developedby George Siemens and Stephen Downes. Learners create connections and develop anetwork that contributes to their professional development (mathematical skills) andknowledge.[The learner does not have to know these peoplepersonally or ever meet them in person.
The first officially recognized social network was sixdegrees.com that launched in 1997 and officially shut down in 2000. According to the Wharton School of Business, as of October 2008 social networks impacted more than 230 million people worldwide.
Identify people in your field whose work you admire Find their individual and/or organizational blogsSubscribe to their blog’s RSS feed Expand the list of experts you subscribe to by: Checking their blog roll Following links on their blog to other blogs Checking to see if your favourite twitter users blog
Class chatter that allows students to continue discussion topics outside the classroom (Parry, 2008) Follow professionals who are actively engaged in particular topics or events. For example, students can follow any number of correspondents at MSNBC, CNN, and other news outlets Writing assignments where students build on each other’s tweets to generate a story, poem, or haiku. (Parry, 2008) Collaboration with students from other countries regarding specific topics of political or historical significance