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Copy of Professional Learning Networks (PLNs)

Creating your own PLN

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What Is a PLN?
A PLN is a system of interpersonal
connections and resources that
support informal learning.
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Case Study!
Use Twitter to tweet something you have discovered today...remember to add hashtags like...
Growing Your PLN
The goal of education in the 21st century is not simply the mastery of content knowledge or use of new technologies. It is the mastery of the learning process. Education should help turn
novice learners into expert learners
—individuals who want to learn, who know how to learn strategically, and who, in their own highly individual and flexible ways, are well prepared for a lifetime of learning.

National Center on UDL
Now it's your turn!
Still not convinced?
"Connectivism presents a model of learning that acknowledges the tectonic shifts in society where learning is no longer an internal, individualistic activity. How people work and function is altered when new tools are utilized. The field of education has been slow to recognize both the impact of new learning tools and the environmental changes in what it means to learn. Connectivism provides insight into learning skills and tasks needed for learners to flourish in a digital era."
George Siemens
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Flanigan (2011)
describes PLNs as teacher-driven, global
support networks that decrease isolation
and promote independence.
There are
two types of PLNs: information
aggregation and social media connections.
Flanigan, R. L. (2011, October 26). Professional Learning Networks Taking Off. Education Week. Retrieved from http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/10/26/09edtech-network.h31.html?tkn=NXCFrTi53Q/RNUP7oI3Dyieu/9gskTJyoOc/
Need more convincing?
We can no longer personally experience
and acquire learning that we need.
We derive our competence from
forming connections.

Siemens, G. (2004, December 12). Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. elearnspace. Retrieved September 28, 2012, from http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm
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Campus life fends off net threat: unis. (2012, Sept 28).Canberra Times. Retrieved September 28, 2012, from http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/campus-life-fends-off-net-threat-unis-20120927-26oer.html

Melbourne jumps on the MOOC bandwagon. (2012, Sept 20).TheAustralian. Retrieved September 28, 2012, from http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/melbourne-jumps-on-the-mooc-bandwagon/story-e6frgcjx-1226477804029

Webley, K. (2012, Sept 26). MOOC Brigade: Who Is Taking Massive Open Online Courses, And Why? Time. Retrieved from http://nation.time.com/2012/09/26/mooc-brigade-who-is-taking-massive-open-online-courses-and-why/
and so do we...
Step 1: Decide if you want:

a) an information aggregation network

b) a social media network

c) both!
Information aggregation:
you need an RSS reader!
Or subscribe using email
(here comes an unashamed plug)
Social Media PLN
Learners will need new literacies:
Social networking
Privacy maintenance
Identity managment
Creating content
Organising content
Reusing and Repurposing
Filtering and Selecting
(Steve Wheeler, 2012)
Benefits of Information Aggregation PLN?
Read from a wide range of sources when and where you want
Stay up to date with cutting edge thinkers
All of your information in one place at one time
A great place to start your PLN
What does an Information Aggregation PLN lack?
Interactivity - you can post a comment to a blog, but you won't get instant response to a question
A sense of community
The opportunity to 'give back' and share with the wider community
So...you want to try growing a Social Network PLN?
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr
(cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr
Building your network
What is a hashtag?
Attending conferences virtually
like a 'keyword'
Use it to search for tweets on a particular topic
most conferences now have a hashtag
Good hashtags for TLs
1. Start small
2. You don't have to tweet...you can just follow
3. Find a few key 'tweeps', then see who they follow
May I suggest....

2 "Experts"
2 Colleagues
1 Uni lecturer
Staying on top of it all...
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Thanks to Chike:
See you on Twitter soon :-)

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