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Creating a PLE

  1. 1. Creating a Personalized Learning Environment Using Pageflakes William F Perry, MA, RN Kettering Health Network
  2. 2. What’s this presentation about? <ul><li>Explore the concept of Personal Learning Environments </li></ul><ul><li>Create a PLE using Pageflakes </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Challenge <ul><li>How can I find information when it’s stored in a dozen different places? </li></ul><ul><li>How can I share it? </li></ul><ul><li>How can I add to it? </li></ul>
  4. 4. And by the way…. <ul><li>I want to get to it from any computer </li></ul><ul><li>At work </li></ul><ul><li>At home </li></ul><ul><li>At school </li></ul><ul><li>And it has to be easy to use </li></ul>
  5. 5. Learning has changed <ul><li>Old way = linear, classroom based </li></ul><ul><li>New way = networks of people and online resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information R/evolution by Michael Wesch </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Where do you find answers? <ul><li>No single repository </li></ul><ul><li>No single best medium </li></ul><ul><li>Resides in multiple human and electronic networks </li></ul><ul><li>Expert is becoming blurred individual vs consensus </li></ul>
  7. 7. Learners have changed as well <ul><li>Meet Charlene by Janet Clarey </li></ul>
  8. 8. Workplace learning characteristics <ul><li>More electronic resources and tools </li></ul><ul><li>Searching can be a blessing or a curse </li></ul><ul><li>Changing methods of communication/collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing process to recognize, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate patterns from multiple sources </li></ul><ul><li>How can we facilitate this learning style ?? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Connectivism <ul><li>Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources. A learner can exponentially improve their own learning by plugging into an existing network. </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing where to find information is more important than knowing information. </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate impacting the decision. </li></ul>George Siemens, Connectivism: A learning theory for today’s learner
  10. 10. New critical skills <ul><li>Because information is changing rapidly and located in so many places, the ability to find, collect, connect and sort information among a multitude of human and computer networks is a critical skill . </li></ul>
  11. 11. Technology - cause and cure? <ul><li>Technology is a reason for information proliferation AND an information management tool. </li></ul>
  12. 12. A PLE is not <ul><li>A specific software application </li></ul><ul><li>A substitute for institutional or regulatory agency required documentation of education/training compliance </li></ul><ul><li>A method for creating e-learning applications </li></ul>
  13. 13. A PLE is <ul><li>A concept rather than specific software </li></ul><ul><li>A group of techniques and a variety of tools. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to gather information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>explore/develop relationships between pieces of information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>browser based (potentially) </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. A PLE helps to <ul><li>View the subject as a landscape as well as individual pieces of information </li></ul><ul><li>Create a personal repository of materials and relationships clustered around a unifying topic or concept </li></ul><ul><li>Document , reflect, communicate, collaborate </li></ul>
  15. 15. A PLE supports adult learning <ul><li>Autonomy </li></ul><ul><li>Practicality </li></ul><ul><li>Relevancy </li></ul><ul><li>Building on prior knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Goal directed </li></ul>
  16. 16. Where does your information live?
  17. 17. Non-electronic sources <ul><li>Books & journals </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom based courses </li></ul><ul><li>Professional meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Live interaction with colleagues </li></ul>
  18. 18. Electronic sources <ul><li>Locally produced files & notes </li></ul><ul><li>Internet/Intranet </li></ul><ul><li>E-Learning courses </li></ul><ul><li>“ Reference” sites </li></ul><ul><li>Text, audio, video, graphics files </li></ul><ul><li>Shared presentations </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feeds </li></ul>
  19. 19. What’s RSS? <ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>A way of “subscribing” to information and having it automatically delivered to you </li></ul><ul><li>RSS in Plain English </li></ul>
  20. 20. More electronic sources using RSS <ul><li>Discussion boards and email lists </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking sites </li></ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking sites </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul>
  21. 21. And how about… <ul><li>Literature searches from PubMed </li></ul><ul><li>Table of contents from my favorite journals </li></ul>
  22. 22. Personal Start Pages <ul><li>Pageflakes </li></ul><ul><li>iGoogle </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes </li></ul>
  23. 23. Key attribute <ul><li>Key attribute of all these applications is a central container or map (whether defined or conceptual) </li></ul><ul><li>Filled with YOUR files, links, notes, documents, and connections. </li></ul>
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  25. 25. Adding preconfigured “flakes”
  26. 26. Adding a RSS feed
  27. 27. Tools to consider <ul><li>Blogs Tumblr - microblog Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Ecto Learning - </li></ul><ul><li>Diagrams - Gliffy </li></ul>
  28. 28. More tools! <ul><li>Mind Maps Mindmeister Mindomo </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple tool sites Zoho Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>RSS readers Google Reader Bloglines </li></ul>
  29. 29. Still more tools! <ul><li>Social bookmarking - </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking - </li></ul><ul><li>Shared presentations - </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis WetPaint Wikispaces </li></ul>
  30. 30. Authors to search and sites to visit <ul><li>Graham Atwell </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen Downes </li></ul><ul><li>Robin Good </li></ul><ul><li>Michelle Martin </li></ul><ul><li>George Siemens </li></ul>
  31. 31. Thank You! Any Questions? [email_address]