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How to build personal learning network


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  • 1. How to Build Personal Learning Network- “Pageflake”
    - "Mashups" of RSS feeds and widgets
  • 2. 1. What is Personal Learning Network?
    • Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are all about using web tools such as blogs, wikis, twitter, facebook to create connects with others which extend our learning, increase our reflection while enabling us to learn together as part of a global community. PLNs increase our opportunities to ask questions and receive help compared to our normal daily face-to face interactions.
    • 3. Learners can choose what tools they use, who they connect with, how they want to learn, and when they want to learn through
  • 2. What is “Mashups”?
    "Mashups" typically combine RSS feeds and small applications, commonly called "widgets," on a single Web page. Both Pageflakes and netvibes are excellent free tools, as is Google'siGoogle. You can use these tools to collect and display updated Internet content and they are especially usefully for current-events projects. Mashups combine content or functionality from existing web services, websites and RSS feeds to serve a new purpose.
  • 4. 3. What is Pageflakes?
    Pageflakesis an Ajax-based startpage or personal web portal similar to Netvibes, My Yahoo!, iGoogle, Wikpage and Microsoft Live.
    The site is organized into tabs, each tab containing user-selected modules called Flakes. Each Flake varies in content; information such as RSS/Atom feeds, Calendar, Notes, Web search, weather forecast, bookmarks, Flickr photos, social networking tools like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, email and user-created modules. Pageflakes has 250,000 Flakes and over 130,000 Pagecasts (publicly shared pages created by users with individual URLs).
  • 5. 4. Advantage of Pageflakes in the classroom
    Aggregate multiple sources of information
    Introduce students to resources they need
    Resources persist after class has ended
    Encourage life-long learning
    Student-created pages
    Reflect on which resources are most valuable for their own learning
    Benefits of using a variety of technologies
  • 6. 4. Advantage of Pageflakes in the classroom
    Complements learning styles
    Present information in a variety of ways
    Promotes social constructivism
    Use teaching tools that are similar to what today’s learners are using in their everyday lives
    Delivers content in a variety of formats all in one place using widgets
  • 7. 5. Pageflakes: Language Online Classroom
    Language teachers or learners can build their own pageflakes such as course announcements, a mini-blog (discussion in other languages ), discussion forum (practical issues, in English), YouTube video (showing a language video), news in English or other language (RSS feed from an English newspaper), shared bookmarks, and a to-do assignment list.
  • 8. 6. How to build up Pageflakes
    Step 1. Go to the site Pageflakes.
  • 9. Step 2. Click Sign up and create your account.
  • 10. Step 3 : Click Community on the top.
  • 11. Step 4: Select your own favorite flakes, pagecasts or people.
  • 12. Step 5. Select Flakes section and search your interests.
  • 13. Step 6: Select Community section and search your interests.
  • 14. Step 7. If you want to delete a flake or pagecast, go to the main page and delete it.
  • 15. Step 8: Arrange your own flakes and pagecasts according to the topics.