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  • George Siemens (2003)
  • Professional learning networks

    1. 1. Professional Learning NetworksLearning has become easier and ejoyable
    2. 2. What is a PLN?• I asked my PLN and these are some of theirresponses:
    3. 3. What is a PLN?
    4. 4. What is a PLN?
    5. 5. What does MY PLN do for ME?• I go to my PLN for many things:– Learn new things– Ask questions– Collaborate– Validation– Camaraderie– Stay in touch with friends
    6. 6. • Many of you may have heard about this:Screen shot taken at 10:13 AM on 4/19/09 at
    7. 7. •Twitter is a micro-blogging website that allows youto form your own PLN (Professional/PersonalLearning Network)•When you become "friends" with people withsimilar interests, you can share ideas andcollaborate with other teachers from other cities,states, or even countries!
    8. 8. •Plurk is another micro-blogging website that allowsyou to form your own PLN (Professional/PersonalLearning Network) like Twitter•It is more conversational than Twitter because itallows conversations to stay threaded
    9. 9. Video (
    10. 10. Reasons to use a social bookmarkingnetwork:•Saved bookmarks will not be deleted whencomputers are re-imaged•You can access your bookmarks from anycomputer with the Internet from anywhere•You can form a network and sharebookmarks with friends and colleagues
    11. 11. BlogsBlogs are not about writing. They areabout conversation. Because of thepower to leave comments aboutanother’s thoughts, real conversationand possible collaboration happens. Ihave had numerous conversationsand even disagreements in blogs!
    12. 12. Blogs• Finding blogs to read is easy–You can use a site like bloglines–You can find one to follow and see ifyou can follow who they follow–Check out your friend’s Deliciouslinks–Ask!
    13. 13. Blogs• You can start your own blog–Blogger–Wordpress–Edublogs–Many, many more
    14. 14. RSS Feeders• Rich Site Summary or Really SimpleSyndication• A way to bring new blog posts to you• Many available– Google Reader– Bloglines– Pageflakes– Suprglu
    15. 15. Google Reader in iGoogle
    16. 16. Discovery Educators Network
    17. 17. LearnCentral
    18. 18. And more…• Google for Educators• Innovative Teachers• PBS Teachers• Linked In• Ning• Jaiku• Kwippy• Ping• Second Life• Diigo• Podcasts• YouTube• TeacherTube• Ustream• Wikis• Google Docs• Slideshare• Skype
    19. 19. Personal Learning Networks (PLS)Source: Sue Waters, 2008 Blog(Note: Current survey under way includes virtual worlds)
    20. 20. Typical Teacher NetworkAlec Couros
    21. 21. TheNetworkedTeacherAlec Couros
    22. 22. Personal LearningPEOPLE!ToolsInformation
    23. 23. Sir Ken Robinson (2010) RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms
    24. 24. The added social value >• Enables and provides support for learning• Can increase the effectiveness of learning• Can increase access to learning• Allows people to connect with each other in spiteof geographical distances• Provides a forum and permission to participate• Complements face to face communicationAdapted from George Siemens
    25. 25. Use a PLN for asking and answering questions
    26. 26. Use a PLN to collaborate on projects
    27. 27. Use a PLN to get feedback on your own work or seekinspiration from others
    28. 28. A PLN may include specific tools to help you getorganised
    29. 29. Learner 2.0• Operate within decentralisedand deliberately formednetworks of tools, resourcesand people• Established throughcontributions to blogs,tweets/tweeting via Twitter;sharing slides (Slideshare) etc• Crowdsource ideas,active/passive social searche.g. for research orassessment• Importantly it is both personaland collaborativeSource: David Hopkins, 2009, University of Bournemouth @hopkinsdavid
    30. 30. ReffencesD, f. (2008, October 18). Retrieved march 15, 2013, from connectivism (personallearning networks) for 21st century teachers:, S. (2009, march 7). personal networks. Retrieved march 16, 2013, fromslideshare: http://www.daddydesign.comSmith, S. (2007, April 17). personal networks development. Retrieved march 16,2013, from slideshare:, S. (2007, April 17). professinal (persona)l networks development. Retrievedmarch 16, 2013, from slideshare: