PLN is a bit of a buzz word at the moment, so what does it mean? (1 min to discuss gapfill)Wikipedia definition (click to fill gaps – discuss issues if necessary)Our definition (click to appear)Basically, an English teaching PLN is a community of practice comprising of teachers and managers who share their lesson ideas and experiences and reflections, and communicate to share and learn together.
Karen: Last year my PLN comprised my co-teachers, friends who teach/are examiners, and my DoS. My network was independent from Sophia’s network and your networks. Although I used some technology, e.g. digital resources for lesson plans, I did not use technology to CONNECT with other people.
Karen: If you had told me my PLN would look like this a year ago, I would have laughed in your face! I wasn’t even on Facebook let alone Twitter…..and had no idea what PLN meant…Twitter & Blogs are larger font as these have the most impact on my learning at the moment (explain briefly some of the connections in the diagram).You can see how connected the PLN is. I learn from many many other people, and with other people: I am basically connected to a global staffroom of engaged and interested teachers…..>>
We would like to argue that networking is something we need to do in this day and age. To sum up some of the personal benefits Karen has been talking about…Find what you need, when you need – eg that lesson plan - be supported by people who know what you are going through - Be inspired by those around you All this tailored exactly to your individual needs and context.Many studies on social/emotional importance of being part of a community –– thanks to online networks, no one has to feel isolated – you can find like-minded teachersThis is all very nice. But at the end of the day a lot of people also don’t feel they have the time to invest in for a social networking platform, such as Twitter or Facebook.Maybe see it as a fad/bandwagon – maybe just too troublesome with signing up, checking, online security etc. But there are other reasons why it’s worth investing yourself in social media…>>
We live in a time when knowledge is increasing at an exponential rate. People’s roles, jobs and skills change many times over a lifetime - so the ability to keep learning essential. Learning is more critical than knowing. “Our ability to learn what we need for tomorrow is more important than what we know today” (Siemens)This is a basic principle of connectivism, an influential theory of learning for a digital age first put forward by George Siemens.He also said “the network is the learning” - new knowledge can be found in many places, distributed across a network of connections, so in order to learn we need to be able to “construct and traverse those networks” (NB “network”= the pipeline(how you connect), people (who can tell you what you need to know) or things (e.g. websites, corpus data)In the “old” days, new knowledge was only available through universities, conferences or articles. Nowadays this know-how is available to EVERYONE, we just have to know where to look - or who to ask.
We can’t ignore these changes in learning, or we’ll be left behind. We all need to learn to travel the network, to gather the knowledge that we need, as individuals. We can feed this greater knowledge back into our wider world to improve practice in classrooms, organisations, the EFL industry, policy-making…This is one of the main ways we can increase the professionalism of our industry.
Jigsaw: Set up A/B pairs or groups. A looks at blog, B looks at FB. 5mins, then jigsaw to share findings, with careful monitoring to get a sense of how people feel, any issues.
It literally takes 1 minute to get an account – you just go to Twitter.com, pick a user name, an email account, a password and you’re ready to go.Here’s a dummy account I set up yesterday Once you’re in, you can search for people or things to read about – not really reading about people – you’re reading things they think is worth reading (demo, e.g. Scott Thornbury, ELT, pronetc)Explain about hashtags, especially #ELTchat and #AusELT as a way of allowing specific groups of people to connect and share relevant info.24h ago I sent out a tweet to #AusELT and asked “What do you get from having an online PLN?” I asked them to reply using the [#networkedteacher] hashtag. This is what they said (search for the tag, read some of the comments!)
You might be feeling a bit uncertain about using some of the social media networks we’ve talked about today. Everybody’s network is different and is used for different purposes. We’ve talked about blogs, and facebook and Twitter, but there’s also LinkedIn, Google+, Ning and many more. Don’t let the sea of information out there put you off.Start small. You can access the #AusELT network on Twitter without ever having to follow anyone or write a tweet. You can access the #AusELT group on facebook without ever having to become “friends” with anyone in the group or share any personal information. Or you can access the community simply by reading the blog – and you can comment if you want to. Find what works for you. Very useful to have a support buddy too (we can do that!)
Hand out slips of paper with sentence heads1 minute to complete 1 or more, or all!Compare w/person next to you – can you help? Or do you know someone who can? (set time limit)Good networking! We’d like to collect your slips because we might be able to help too – put up ideas on the blog, maybe we’ll discuss in a Twitter chat, or on Facebook, or through a blog post (collect from those willing)
Some ways to get started…
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Inspiration and thanks to
Building your own personal learning network
NGL14, 20th March 2014,
Falun, Dalarna University
Ebba.Ossiannilsson@ced.lu.se Lunds universitet
Lars.Uhlin@ki.se Karolinska institutet
What is a PLN?
“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.”
A community learning from each other and with
each other: creating knowledge through
Personal Learning Environment (PLE)
and Communities of Practice (COP)
Filter; Netvibes, Freedly
Curate; ScoopIT, Pinterest,
Free cloud tools:
Google drive, FB, Twitter, Blog
(Wordpress, Blogger) etc
”Networking and Prosumers”
Follow for example
Disruptive Education on Facebook
What kind of info is on the site?
What could be useful to you/your partner?
Short messages (tweets)
Search (#) or follow (@)to read
FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOU
Find a connected
friend for support
I want to learn more about…
I want to talk to people who…
I want feedback/advice on…
I want to be able to…
What do YOU want from your network?
Complete 1 (or more)
Compare w/person next to you – can you help?
Or do you know where to look?
In the coming week or month, could you try one
of the below?
Follow at one useful blog
Join a Facebook group
Join Twitter and follow some people or hashtags
Lurk at some #– if you like it, join in this time or
next time . . .
So what now?
Ebba.Ossiannilsson@ced.lu.se Lund University
Alastair.Creelman@lnu.se Linneaus University
Lars.Uhlin@ki.se The Karolinska Institutet