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
Understanding Personal Learning Networks
20th Century Learning vs 21st Century Learning
Tony Wagner: Seven survival skills
for the new economy
1. Critical thinking and problem-solving
2. Collaboration across networks and leadership by
3. Adaptability and agility
4. Initiative and entrepreneurialship
5. Effective oral and written communication skills
6. Accessing and analyzing information
7. Curiosity and imagination
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.
Followed vs Follow
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
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
PLN - Tools
Google Alerts RSS
Twitter Community Wiki’s
Ning Networks ITunes
Second Life YouTube
Del.icio.us Google Reader
Professional Goal or Personal Interest
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
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…
“A leader’s job is to engineer epiphanies
one conversation at a time.” - Susan Scott
1. Create that sense of
2. Get people excited, build
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
Take a few minutes to talk with your
neighbor and formulate some questions,
concerns or anything else on your mind
about this presentation.
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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