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Nurturing Lifelong Learning with Personal Learning Networks


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Nurturing Lifelong Learning with Personal Learning Networks

  1. 1. Nurturing LifelongLearning withPersonal LearningNetworks Buffy J. Hamilton | Ohio eTech Conference | February 2013Image source: Microsoft Office Clip Gallery
  2. 2. a personal learning network is an organic collection of resources to go to when you want to learn new ideas, strategies, and informationImage source: Microsoft Office Clip Gallery
  3. 3. personal learning networks help us continuallycompose and construct our own narratives oflearning in a collaborative wayCC image via
  4. 4. “It takes time and a level of humility to come toterms with the idea that knowledgeis…constructed from knowledge distributedacross networks…the ability to learn---how toparticipate and share knowledgecompetently in online spaces---hasbecome a necessity.Alison SeamanHuman Resource Development practitionerHybrid Pedagogy blogger
  5. 5. Workshops and conferences (F2F and virtual)PLN Nodes Professional Organizations Professional Publications (Print and Digital) Listservs/Email Groups
  6. 6. Virtual SocialSocial Networks Communication Bookmarking/Sharing and Online Learning and Curation Tools Facebook Skype Diigo, Delicious Twitter Google Hangouts Evernote Google + Webinars StorifyGoodreads/Reading MOOCs Networks
  7. 7. Twitter and Twitter Chats Photosharing Google Docs (Flickr, Pinterest)Video Channels Blogs Apps RSS feeds
  8. 8. social media and open networks amplify possibilities for learningImage via Microsoft Office Clip Gallery
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  10. 10. “If you’re discovering that your personal learning network is expanding wonderfully and unpredictably in an almost viny, plant-like manner, you’re already engaged in what Dave Cormier calls rhizomatic learning—a process of learning that mirrors the spreading of rhizomes so there is no center, just a wonderfully ever- expanding network of learning connections rooted in creation, collaboration, and the building of communities of learning.” Paul Signorelli, “#etmooc as an Example of Connected—Rhizomatic—Learning” via Microsoft Office Clip Gallery
  11. 11. “As a story forlearning, it is messy, unstable and uncertain…In a sense, participatingin the community is the curriculum.”Dave Cormier, “Trying to Write Rhizomatic Learning in 300 Words,”
  12. 12. Who or what is in your personal learning network (PLN)?
  13. 13.
  14. 14. anytime, anywhere learningImage source: Microsoft Office Clip Gallery
  15. 15. build and customize your network andcontentImage source: Microsoft Office Clip Gallery
  16. 16. gain multiple perspectives from manydiverse voicesImage source: Microsoft Office Clip Gallery
  17. 17. share and discover ideas whilenetworking with othersImage source: Microsoft Office Clip Gallery
  18. 18. collective construction of knowledgeImage source: Microsoft Office Clip Gallery
  19. 19. Immersion Evaluation “Know It All” Perspective BalanceSource: Jeff Utecht, “Stages of PLN Adoption”
  20. 20. Explore: It’s not just about knowing how to find experts, co-learners, Tips but about exploration as invitation to serendipitous encounter. Search – Use tools to find pools of expertise in the fields that interest you. Follow candidates through RSS, Twitter. Ask yourself over days, weeks, whether each candidate merits continued attention. Tune your network continually, dropping people who don’t gain sufficiently high interest; adding new candidates. Feed the people you follow if you come across information that you suspect would interest them. Engage the people you follow. Be polite, mindful of making demands on their attention. Put work into dialogue if they welcome it. Thank them for sharing. Inquire of the people you follow, of the people who follow you.. Ask engaging questions – answers should be useful to others Respond to inquiries made to you.Source: Chuck Frey, “How to Cultivate a Personal Learning Network: Tips from Howard Rheingold”,
  21. 21. foundational participation participationframeworks: for forparticipatory engagement professional learning and growth networked learning
  22. 22. Educators StudentsImages via Microsoft Clip Gallery
  23. 23. part 1:foundationalframeworks:participatorylearning
  24. 24. relatively low barriers to artisticexpression and civic engagement
  25. 25. Co-teaching, co-learning; fluidity between roles of novices and experts
  26. 26. strong support for creating and sharing one’screations with others Photograph used with permission of Andy Plemmons
  27. 27. members feel some degree of social connection with one anotherCC image via
  28. 28. members believe that their contributionsmatterCC image via
  29. 29. communities formed around content andinformation literacy standards CC image via
  30. 30. communities formed around passions,interests, wonderings, needs, andcuriosityCC image via
  31. 31. Hear Dr. Wesch’s TED Talk CC image via
  32. 32. a participatory model of learning isscalable to any subject area or age group Image used under a CC license from
  33. 33. “there is no one size fits all model ofparticipatory learning”Source: Dale, Jenny, and Lynda Kellam. "The Incredible Embeddable Librarian."Library Media Connection 30.4 (2012): 30-31. Academic Search Complete.CC image via
  34. 34. part 2:participationforengagementandnetworkedlearning
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  36. 36. Connected Learning PrinciplesSource:
  37. 37. Project New Media Literacies: The 5 Characteristics of Participatory Learning (CPLs)Source:!+Framework
  38. 38. meaningful play and experimentation Image used under a Creative Commons license from
  39. 39. integrated learning space that valuesconnections between home, school,community, and the world
  40. 40. teachers and students as co-teachers andco-learnersCC image via
  41. 41. learning that feels relevantCC image via
  42. 42. opportunities to create and solveproblemsCC image by
  43. 43. createconversationsfor learningvia mobilelearning
  44. 44. conversations via networked learning withexperts around the world
  45. 45. collaborative learning and knowledge buildingwith cloud computing
  46. 46. network, attention literacy, andinformationdashboards
  47. 47. netvibes
  48. 48. netvibes
  49. 49. symbaloo
  50. 50. curation
  51. 51. curation
  52. 52. inquiry, engagement, and collectiveintelligence face to face
  53. 53. networked learning communities
  54. 54. networked learning communities
  55. 55. participate through blogging and video YouTube CC image via 6295240/sizes/z/Wordpress CC image via
  56. 56. Online LibrariesCommunitiesAfter School Clubs Programs Other Learning Spaces with Adult and Peer Mentors
  57. 57. ConnectedLearning Interests Peer Academic CultureSource:, Mizuko, Kris Gutiérrez, Sonia Livingstone, Bill Penuel, Jean Rhodes, Katie Salen, Juliet Schor, Julian Sefton-Green, S. Craig Watkins. 2013. Connected Learning: An Agenda forResearch and Design. Irvine, CA: Digital Media and Learning Research Hub.
  58. 58. part 3:participationforprofessionalgrowth
  59. 59. energize your mind and spirit by plugging intothe wisdom of the crowd and growing yourpersonal learning network Image used under a CC license 10557450@N04/
  60. 60. CC image via
  61. 61. CC image via CC image iva
  62. 62. willingness togrow and evolve CC image via /
  63. 63. curious and inquisitiveCC image from
  64. 64. expand your universecc licensed photo by
  65. 65. a sense of play cc licensed photo from
  66. 66. babysteps areOK
  67. 67. social learningCC image via
  68. 68. lifelong learner=synergy Image used under a CC license from
  69. 69. forge your own pathfor learning Image used under a CC license from /
  70. 70. CC image via
  71. 71. Q&A Q&ACC image via
  72. 72. contact information Twitter: @buffyjhamilton
  73. 73. Works CitedBraum, Heather. "Professional Learning Network Plan." Weblog post. Heather Braum EDTECH Learning Log. N.p., 29 July 2011. Web. 22 Jan. 2013. <>.Cormier, Dave. "Trying to Write Rhizomatic Learning in 300 Words." Daves Educational Blog. N.p., 13 Dec. 2012. Web. 04 Feb. 2013. < learning-in-300-words/>.Frey, Chuck. "How to Cultivate a Personal Learning Network." Mind Mapping Software Blog How to Cultivate a Personal Learning Network Tips from Howard Rheingold Comments. N.p., 16 Jan. 2012. Web. 22 Jan. 2013. <>.Jenkins, Henry. Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21 st Century. Chicago: MacArthur Foundation, 2006. Digital Media and Learning: MacArthur Foundation. Web. 14 Oct. 2010. < E807E1B0AE4E%7D/JENKINS_WHITE_PAPER.PDF>.-- -. “Critical Information Studies For a Participatory Culture (Part Two).” Confessions of an Aca Fan. N.p.,10 Apr. 2009. Web. 14 Oct. 2010.-- -. “Learning in a Participatory Culture: A Conversation About New Media and Education (Part Three).”- Confessions of an Aca Fan. N.p., 12 Feb. 2010. Web. 14 Oct. 2010. <>.
  74. 74. Works CitedSeaman, Alison. "Personal Learning Networks: Knowledge Sharing as Democracy." Web log post. Hybrid Pedagogy. N.p., 3 Jan. 2013. Web. 15 Jan. 2013. <>.Signorelli, Paul. "#etmooc as an Example of Connected—Rhizomatic—Learning." Weblog post. Building Creative Bridges. N.p., 4 Feb. 2013. Web. 04 Feb. 2013. < rhizomatic-learning/>.Utecht, Jeff. "Stages of PLN Adoption | The Thinking Stick." Web log post. Stages of PLN Adoption | TheThinking Stick. N.p., 3 Apr. 2008. Web. 22 Jan. 2013. <>.