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Building a PLN


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Presentation for Seminar in Ed Tech, course at University of Manitoba. A "TED" style talk about Building a PLN.

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Building a PLN

  1. 1. Presentation in partial fulfillment of the requirements for: EDUC 7450! Seminar in Educational Technology for: Dr. D. Hlynka University of Manitoba by: Michael Nantais March, 2010
  2. 2. Pe! rsonal ! L! earning! N etwork!
  3. 3. Vygo tsk Sh ir k y y Sieme ns Gee Is Lea rning S ocial?! f Rogof ger W en Lave & Co r m ie r
  4. 4. Build ing m y PLN! This map was made using mindmeister – online mind mapping tool:
  5. 5. A good place to start the journey! Social Bookmark ing!
  6. 6. Photo Sh aring!
  7. 7. Ning Social Networks Social Networks!!
  8. 8. Oth er ‘too ls’ …! Scrib d Sl i deshare wallw isher Shelf ari us tream and many more…
  9. 9. a PLN? Can it be useful for learning? ! YES … but there are some downsides, too! •  Hints: –  start slowly –  pick a few tools that suit you –  find people you know & respect to start with, grow from there. –  don’t let it consume you! –  don’t forget about f2f relationships too!
  10. 10. How is a PLN Helpful?! Screenshot from Wallwisher ( courtesy of J. Evans
  11. 11. Social sites mentioned! Bookmarking: Other sites: Delicious: Mindmeister: Diigo: Wallwisher: Slideshare: Photo sharing: Scribd: Shelfari: Picassa: Ustream: Flickr: Social networks: Facebook: Ning: Twitter: & many more!
  12. 12. Some Relevant References! •  Cormier, D. (2008). Rhizomatic education: Community as curriculum. Innovate. 4(5). Retrieved from http:// •  Downes, S. (2005). E-learning 2.0. eLearn Magazine. Retrieved from •  Gee, J. (2005). Semiotic social spaces and affiity spaces: from the age of mythology to today’s schools. In D. Barton and K. Tusting (Eds.). Beyond Communities of Practice: Language, Power and Social Context. (214-232). New York, NY: Cambrdge University Press •  Lave, J. & Wenger, E. (1991). Situated learning: Legitimate peripheral participation. New York, NY: Cambrdge University Press •  McCormick, R. (2004). Collaboration: The challenge of ICT. International Journal of Technology and Design Education. 14, 159-176 •  Rogoff, B. (2003). The cultural nature of human development. New York, NY: Oxford University Press •  Siemens, G. (2004). Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age. Elearnspace. Retrieved from http:// •  Shirky, C. (2009). Here comes everybody: The power of organizing without organizations. New York, NY: Penguin Books •  Punie, Y. (2007). Learning spaces: an ICT-enabled model of future learning in the knowledge-based society. European Journal of Education. 42(2). 185-199. •  Vygotsky, L. (1978). Mind in society: The development of higher psychological processes. Cole, John-Steiner, Scribner & Souberman (ed). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press •  Wenger, E., White, N. Smith, J. (2009). Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities. Portland, OR: CPsquare.
  13. 13. Credits: images & video! •  Movie clips from: Carnival of Souls (1962) obtained from •  Image (slide 3 ) : my Twitter background •  Image (slide 5) : mind map created on Mindmeister ( •  Images (slide 6) : screenshots of my Diigo account ( •  Images (slide 7) : screenshots of my Picassa & Flickr accounts •  Images (slide 8) : screenshots from a Facebook Group & several Ning Groups I belong to or created. •  Image (slide 9) : “twitter bird” from, •  Image (slide 12 ) : wallwisher ( screenshot with permission of J. Evans •  Image (slide 13) : clock & quote: pool-858082@N25/