Discovering Your Own
 Learning Networks

A Conversation on Leadership, Learning and Creativity




                       ...
Audience Survey – Who is in the room?
 Building Administrator
 District Level Administrator
 Teacher
 Board of Educati...
My Current Projects and Work
   Universal Design for Learning

   1:1 Laptops for Learning

   Data Collection – A New ...
What are you
learning about?
Thomas L. Friedman
Sir Kenneth Robinson
Tony Wagner
Clayton M. Christensen
John Kotter
?
What should learning look like?
   Driscoll (2000) defines learning as “a
    persisting change in human performance
    ...
DOES THIS = LEARNING?
Graduate HS 2026
May Retire in 2065
Tony Wagner: Seven survival skills
for the new economy
1. Critical thinking and problem-solving
2. Collaboration across ne...
So Where Is The Connection?
A Working Definition
   A personal or professional learning network
    (PLN) involves an individual’s topic-orientated
 ...
Immersion Learning
Connectivism
   Presents a model of learning that
    acknowledges the tectonic shifts in society
    where learning is n...
Connectivism
   The pipe is more important than the content
    within the pipe. Our ability to learn what we need
    fo...
PLN - Tools
   Google Alerts         RSS
   Twitter               Community Wiki’s
   Ning Networks         ITunes
...
Suggestions for success
   Create your own network.
   Buy a domain name.
   Use Google Calendar or a shared calendar.
...
“A leader’s job is to engineer epiphanies
one conversation at a time.” - Susan Scott
1. Create that sense of
   urgency
2. Get people excited, build
   your team.
3. Develop your change
   vision and strateg...
Questions?
 Take a few minutes to talk with your
neighbor and formulate some questions,
concerns or anything else on your ...
Contact Info
Email:
wbrennan@portjeff.k12.ny.us or maristbb@gmail.com
Networks:
http://schoolleadership.ning.com
http://ww...
Do you have too many websites to keep up with? Do you
  want to stay connected with the latest research and
              ...
Too Many Blogs?
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and websites!
Personal Learning Networks: A Conversation on Leadership, Learning and Creativity
Personal Learning Networks: A Conversation on Leadership, Learning and Creativity
Personal Learning Networks: A Conversation on Leadership, Learning and Creativity
Personal Learning Networks: A Conversation on Leadership, Learning and Creativity
Personal Learning Networks: A Conversation on Leadership, Learning and Creativity
Personal Learning Networks: A Conversation on Leadership, Learning and Creativity
Personal Learning Networks: A Conversation on Leadership, Learning and Creativity
Personal Learning Networks: A Conversation on Leadership, Learning and Creativity
Personal Learning Networks: A Conversation on Leadership, Learning and Creativity
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Personal Learning Networks: A Conversation on Leadership, Learning and Creativity

  1. 1. Discovering Your Own Learning Networks A Conversation on Leadership, Learning and Creativity Bill Brennan Port Jefferson School District wbrennan@portjeff.k12.ny.us
  2. 2. Audience Survey – Who is in the room?  Building Administrator  District Level Administrator  Teacher  Board of Education  Parent  Others
  3. 3. My Current Projects and Work  Universal Design for Learning  1:1 Laptops for Learning  Data Collection – A New Look
  4. 4. What are you learning about?
  5. 5. Thomas L. Friedman
  6. 6. Sir Kenneth Robinson
  7. 7. Tony Wagner
  8. 8. Clayton M. Christensen
  9. 9. John Kotter
  10. 10. ?
  11. 11. What should learning look like?  Driscoll (2000) defines learning as “a persisting change in human performance or performance potential…[which] must come about as a result of the learner’s experience and interaction with the world.” Understanding Personal Learning Networks 20th Century Learning vs 21st Century Learning
  12. 12. DOES THIS = LEARNING?
  13. 13. Graduate HS 2026 May Retire in 2065
  14. 14. Tony Wagner: Seven survival skills for the new economy 1. Critical thinking and problem-solving 2. Collaboration across networks and leadership by influence 3. Adaptability and agility 4. Initiative and entrepreneurialship 5. Effective oral and written communication skills 6. Accessing and analyzing information 7. Curiosity and imagination
  15. 15. So Where Is The Connection?
  16. 16. A Working Definition  A personal or professional learning network (PLN) involves an individual’s topic-orientated goal, a set of practices & techniques aimed at attracting and organizing a variety of relevant content sources, selected for their value, to help the owner accomplish a professional goal or personal interest. David Warlick (SL) Followed vs Follow
  17. 17. Immersion Learning
  18. 18. Connectivism  Presents a model of learning that acknowledges the tectonic shifts in society where learning is no longer an internal, individualistic activity. Connectivism provides insight into learning skills and tasks needed for learners to flourish in a digital era.
  19. 19. Connectivism  The pipe is more important than the content within the pipe. Our ability to learn what we need for tomorrow is more important than what we know today. When knowledge, is needed, but not known, the ability to plug into sources to meet the requirements becomes a vital skill. As knowledge continues to grow and evolve, access to what is needed is more important than what the learner currently possesses.  The Networked Student
  20. 20. PLN - Tools  Google Alerts  RSS  Twitter  Community Wiki’s  Ning Networks  ITunes  Skype  Blogs  Second Life  YouTube  VoiceThread  Facebook  Pageflakes  Shelfari  Del.icio.us  Google Reader Professional Goal or Personal Interest
  21. 21. Suggestions for success  Create your own network.  Buy a domain name.  Use Google Calendar or a shared calendar.  Limit the number of blogs and other social sites you subscribe to.  Organize folders within your news aggregators (just like email).  Don’t feel like you have to read everything in your reader, b/c you can’t.  Get out to conferences across the county.  Set a goal of 15 minutes of new learning a day.  Find bloggers that are good connectors and filters. They will save you much time.  Go mobile for posting and reading.  Paper is still good. Create time during the week.  But most of all…
  22. 22. “A leader’s job is to engineer epiphanies one conversation at a time.” - Susan Scott
  23. 23. 1. Create that sense of urgency 2. Get people excited, build your team. 3. Develop your change vision and strategy. 4. Communicate it. 5. Empower Others to act. 6. Produce short term wins and visible successes. 7. Don’t let up. 8. Create the new culture and make sure they succeed.
  24. 24. Questions? Take a few minutes to talk with your neighbor and formulate some questions, concerns or anything else on your mind about this presentation.
  25. 25. Contact Info Email: wbrennan@portjeff.k12.ny.us or maristbb@gmail.com Networks: http://schoolleadership.ning.com http://www.classroom20.com Twitter: bbrennan1 AIM: maristbb Delicious: maristbb Blog: http://www.k12edutalk.com Skype: maristbb
  26. 26. Do you have too many websites to keep up with? Do you want to stay connected with the latest research and educational blogs? Learn how to create your own Online Personal Learning Network through the use of RSS and more.
  27. 27. Too Many Blogs? 4 Picture
  28. 28. and websites!

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