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Pln chs

  1. 1. How to start yourPersonal Learning Network(PLN)<br />1<br />
  2. 2. Definition: the entire collection of people with whom you engage and exchange information, usually online.<br />A PLN is formed as soon as any sustained discussion occurs about a specific topic.<br />The network consists of the people conducting the discussion and the artefacts produced or referred as a consequence of the discussion<br />What is a Personal Learning Network?<br />2<br />
  3. 3. PLN’s are currently relevant because of the rise of collaborative technologies accessible from both computers and mobile phones<br />This has allowed discussions to move away from a physical location where the discussion crosses geographic and cultural divides and artefacts are stored ‘in the cloud’<br />3<br />
  4. 4. Learners who start to use a web-based PLN are:<br />A ‘real’ audience for their work. It is not being produced just to satisfy course requirements but is based on the perceived needs and adapting understandings of the members of the network<br />A deeper understanding and connection with a wider community<br />Collaborative learning has a greater impact on an individual’s knowledge than the presence of a ‘greater intelligence’ (i.e. teacher or brighter student)<br />Why should we use PLN’s<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Professional development – learn from content-area specialists<br />Locate resources for your classroom, such as free websites and software<br />Get lesson plan ideas from master teachers<br />Learn about new technology and how to integrate it into your teaching-    Find collaborative solutions-    Find interesting links to education news<br />How Educators Use PLNs<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Why?<br />Get your brilliant ideas, questions and resources out there to share<br />Record your learning journey, your understanding and your achievements<br />Improves overall literacy and communication skills<br />Improves sense of wider community and belonging in an overbusy, disconnected world<br />Start a Blog<br />6<br />
  7. 7. How?<br />Various Blog engines on the web<br />Moodle – oublog with your class<br />Blogger.com (uses Google ID)<br />EduBlogs.org (internationally renowned education based blogging platform)<br />Wordpress, etc...<br />BlogED (behind DET firewall, accessed from “my learning tools” tab in DET Portal<br />Start a Blog?<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Why would you do this?<br />You are looking for other bloggers who have similar learning goals in mind<br />Ideally you want to be able to:<br />further your understanding of a topic (look for an expert) <br />work collaboratively to deepen your understanding (look for peers)<br />nurture new bloggers in your field (keep an eye on comments to your blog and encourage participation)<br />Look for people to follow<br />8<br />
  9. 9. How do you find them?<br />Use a generic search engine (use blog as one of your search terms)<br />Use a blog specific search engine (Google Blog Search, Technorati)<br />Ask or search on Yammer for people within the DET who write their own blogs in your particular field<br />Look for people to follow<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Keep an eye on both your email and the comments on your blog<br />Try to respond promptly and positively to any correspondence<br />Strengthen your connections<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Encourage your network to grow<br />Investigate micro-blogging tools (Yammer, Twitter, Facebook)<br />Join an online community classroom 2.0 http://www.classroom20.com/, a ning network http://www.ning.com/ or an online course that provides areas for discussion, posting of artefacts, etc.<br />Produce other forms of artefacts (pictures, videos, mind maps, presentations, songs, podcasts, etc...)<br />Manage your online identity by consistently using the same username so that people can find your other artefacts easily.<br />What to do next<br />11<br />

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