PLNs for Professional Development Becoming lifelong learners through Personal Learning Networks. Cecilia Cicolini
Those we love dont go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear. Anonymous To the memory of Ana Armendariz,whose passionate teaching and love for our profession shaped and inspired awhole generation of teachers, including myself.
21st Century Learning: Inspiring Stories MARK KLASSEN A cinematographer with a growingreputation for creating beautiful videos. His work shows a great sense of framing,movement and perspective – all the qualities on which compelling filmmaking is built. He has won competitions, received awards and has a growing list of clients who seek out his skills.Source: Will Richardson’s Personal Learning Networks.
Prediction: How old is Mark? How did he train as film maker? Awarded third place (tie) in the city of Kitcheners 2011 Youth Video competition.Hommage is a visual expression of the peace Mark Klassen finds while enjoying nature and canoeing with his brother. Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTDmqF7Y1g4
•Mark is seventeen and he lives in Toronto. • He has never had a minute of traditional classroom instruction in his chosen craft.• His education has been built on a healthymix of apprenticeship, experimentation and self-direction. •He has learnt much working with other artists in the Toronto area through volunteering and internships.
•He has also upgraded his skills withpeople far away from Canada, people hehas never met face to face, never spoken to and probably never will -people whoshare his love of video and want to help him become even better. •Since 2009, he has become part of an expanding global network ofcinematographers online with whom he interacts in a regular basis.
MARK IS CONNECTED THROUGH HIS PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK.
Learning in the pastSource: Carla Arena’s Online Circles of Learning
A PLN is the rich set of connections each of us can make to people in both our online and offline world who can help us with our learning pursuits. While we have always had this type of people in our day-to-day lives, the internet pushes the potential scope and scales of those networks to unprecedented heights. Learning networks are very different in form and purpose to social networks. In a PLN, we connect to people we don’t always know, helpful strangers who share our passion for a particular topic. We do not make these connections just to keep in touch – we make them to learn.Adapted from Will Richardson’s PLNs.
In this new interactive Web world, I have become a nomadiclearner; I graze on knowledge. I find what I need when I need it.There is no linear curriculum to my learning, no formal structureother than the tools I use to connect to the people and sourcesthat point me to what I need to know and learn, the same tools Iuse to then give back what I have discovered. I have become, atlong last, that lifelong learner my teachers always hoped I wouldbecome. Unfortunately, its about thirty years too late for themto see it.The good news for all of us is that today, anyone can become alifelong learner. (Yes, even you.) These technologies are userfriendly in a way that technologies have not been in the past.Will Richardsonhttp://www.edutopia.org/new-face-learning
products of anoutdated system.need to becomelifelong learners to strive in achanging world.
•In a world which is changing at an unprecedented rate and which is technologically rich and interconnected, students need educators to teach them to use internet networks for learning. •Schools need to plug in to this vibrant global network of learning to stay relevant and to prepare students for a changing learning landscape. •One way for teachers to transform is to experiment the power of PLNs so that they can better deliver these new skills and literacies to their students in their classrooms.Source: Personal Learning Networks by Will Richardson
Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicativepractices shared among members of particular groups.As society and technology change, so does literacy.. Twenty-first century readers and writers need to:Develop proficiency with the tools of technologyBuild relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturallyDesign and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposesManage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous informationCreate, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media textsAttend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environmentsSource: http://www.ncte.org/positions/statements/21stcentdefinition
Personal Learning Networks (PLNs):• learning communities: collaboration.• not institutionally bound.• self-directed and self-assembled: Responsibility andempowerment.
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For keeping up with news. For reading interestingcomments and reflections.For learning about events.For interacting with others, asking questions, helping others.
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Teacher learning and instructional innovation thrive in environments where there are others who are experimenting with technology (Windschitl and Sahl 2002, p. 168)The importance of collaboration cannot beoverestimated: teachers need each other - for team teaching and planning, technical problem solving, assistance and learning (Granger 2002)
What would you like to learn?What are your current goals for professional development?
How can you start/continue yourown learning path through some ofthe resources presented?How can you start /continuedeveloping your own PLN as fromnext Monday?
"Isolation is what has stopped us growing. Isolation can limit our potential to an individual subjective experience, one we share with no one...
Paradoxically, self-development is dependent onour interaction with colleagues and students. Our unique perception of reality can be enriched through the experience of others. Through cooperation we have a chance to escape from simple egocentric subjectivity, without chasing a non-existent objectivity.“Ana Maria Armendariz, published in the ELT News & Views Magazine, June 1997.
References, sources and inspiration: Web resources: •Collaboratorium by Carla Arena. •Marian Atta’s webinar for IATEFL, 2012.