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PLNs: Asking the right questions (eLearning network)


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Personal Learning Networks have proliferated across the web, and no more so than in the field of education. Everyone has different reasons and strategies for getting involved or starting a PLN, so what might those be? Using stories from the Library's PLN programs combined with group discussion about what PLNs are and what they do, this presentation will shed light on how becoming a networked educator can be a liberating learning experience.

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PLNs: Asking the right questions (eLearning network)

  1. 1. PLNs – Asking the rightquestionseLearning Network
  2. 2. Your pilotHamish P–2
  3. 3. Why a PLN? Web Digital publishing Social media services Rich media streaming Mobile learning Cloud services Game-based learning Collaborative learning ‘You are what you share.’ P–3
  4. 4. What is our PLN history? VicPLN 23 Things – Web 2.0 Libraries Personal learning Building networks SLAV partnership Blogging P–4
  5. 5. What’s in our PLN program? VicPLN Unit design Information & resources Materials & tools Questions & Answers Discussion - webinars Personal contact Support P–5
  6. 6. What’s driving PLNs? Information Scarcity – Abundance Inter-linked Being informed – learning Clarity and connection
  7. 7. Social media P–7
  8. 8. The cloud P–8
  9. 9. Video games P–9
  10. 10. Activity 1: My favourite thing TASK Each person must share a favourite resource. The table must then nominate one resource to share with the whole group. P–10
  11. 11. How do networks work? Systems Absorption Expulsion Propulsion Proximity Ripples P–11
  12. 12. What systems exist? P–12
  13. 13. What does the web look like? P–13
  14. 14. What value do PLNs offer? Communication Portable Trusted sources Speed Information complexity Patterns not pieces P–14
  15. 15. How does search work for a PLN? Search Search knowing it exists AUTHENTICATION Search knowing if it exists VERIFICATION How do you Google? Communities & conversations Finding & feeding Serendipity & discovery
  16. 16. How do communities of interest work? Apophenia ‘Making connections where none previously existed’ Danah Boyd Meaningful patterns Seeing connections Authorship & authority DECENTRALISED P–16
  17. 17. What are the global connections? P–17
  18. 18. Activity 2: Is it the right tool for the job? TASK Each table has a PLN tool to evaluate. What could it be used for? What networks does it link to? What problems could arise? P–18
  19. 19. What tools are needed? Teachers do not need more tools – you are the carpenters of learning. Build and create. P–19
  20. 20. How do tools work for a PLN? Tools Facebook – Groups & Pages Twitter – Hashtags & Lists Google+ - Communities & Hangouts Webinars: Collaborate, Teacher 2.0 Social bookmarking: Diigo, Delicious, Evernote, Pinterest
  21. 21. What makes PLNs vibrant? P–21
  22. 22. Where are the experts? An expert is reading reacting repeating reflecting
  23. 23. How might a PLN help education? Curriculum Capabilities Literacy & numeracy Intercultural understanding Ethical understanding ICT capability Personal & social capability Critical & creative thinking P–23
  24. 24. What kinds of other PLNs are emerging? Open-source teaching MOOCs: Coursera, edX Khan Academy Teachers pay teachers User pays User wisdom P–24
  25. 25. Activity 3: What ingredients are needed for a PLN? TASK Your team is creating a PLN experience. What do you add in? What do you leave out? How do you sustain it? P–25
  26. 26. What is a New Culture of Learning? John Seely-Brown The web is a participatory medium Constantly changed & shaped by participation Vast resources: motivation & boundaries Imagination P–26
  27. 27. What do people in the VicPLN say?PLN Participant Survey 90% reported the PLN changed their professional practice, 69% said it changed it somewhat or completely 73% reported a sense of substantial personal progression 93% would recommend the course to colleagues 73% felt excited or passionate about the course 90% reported a sense of having learned P–27
  28. 28. What do people in the VicPLN say?“I am finding this course to be of great benefit to both my knowledge and also my confidence.” P–28
  29. 29. What do people in the VicPLN say? “Its very affirming to know that through the technology, the machinery and cyberspace, the human thread can connect, stimulate and inspire.” P–29
  30. 30. What do people in the VicPLN say?“I have been introduced to many new tools; it has been a really satisfying and productive experience.” P–30
  31. 31. Where might PLNs take us? Relationshift Technology is the weapon of mass (differentiated) instruction The creativity (wisdom) of the crowd New evolving from oldGoyte – Somebodies – YouTube Orchestra
  32. 32. What’s next? Play, explore, engage Find the platforms or services that suit you Find the communities that support or inspire you Have fun! Any questions? @SLVLearn on Twitter Bright Ideas blog: Bright Ideas Facebook page: P–32