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Personal Learning Networks

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 Personal Learning Networks




Personal learning networks are
- a group of people who can guide your learning, point you to learning opportunities, answer your questions, and give you the benefit of their own knowledge and experience... to provide us not only with pointers to sources of information, but to answer questions, to coach us, to reinforce our learning when we try to apply it to our work. - Daniel R. Tobin




by the end of the workshop you will

  • be prepared to develop your own PLN
  • be able to integrate RETA, NMSTE, and other organizations into your PLN
  • understand how to organize / access your PLN in a way that is effecctive for you (pt. 2 of the workshop)


NETS for Teachers

  • 1d. model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in f2f and virtual environments
  • 2b. develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiousitys and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress.
  • 3d. model and facilitate effective use of currentl and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.
  • 5a. participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning.


Tech Requirements

  • Computer w/ Internet connection




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Activities, PLN Part 1 (1.5 hours)

Being a 21st century educator requires an understanding of your personal learning network. These activities will provide a fast paced tour of PLN tools and strategies. This will enhance your experience online and further strengthen your ties to RETA, NMSTE and other learning communities, in NM and beyond.


Defining Personal Learning Networks (40 minutes)

  • PLN discussion - what is it? why is it important? why is this different?
    • Personal - it's all about you; your interests/needs/goals/methods... it should be a system that works for you and, while others may have good suggestions for getting started, it really is a system that you'll have to develop over time (and that will change over time too!!)
    • Learning - the info and ideas that improve your knowledge and understanding... have some learning/professional/personal goals but also throw in random stuff because you never know when that spark of genius will strike
    • Network - your group of people, accessed via your methods... and, depending upon  your PLN style, the ideas grouped and regrouped in different ways. 
  • 3 PLN Examples
  • Fill out this Blank PLN graphic to show your PLN.
  • Where are you?  See the Stages of PLN Adoption


 Start Your PLN (50 minutes)



Activities, PLN Part 2 (1.5 hours)

Further develop and enhance your PLNs in this set of activities focused on discussion of learning strategies and support for individual exploration of your PLN.



Expanding Your PLN

It's actually pretty easy to increase your PLN without trying too hard but a few tips and ideas certainly wouldn't hurt.  Just remember - on the web, it's easier than ever to get a lopsided perspective (e.g. only following people who espouse ideas you agree with) but it's also easier than ever to purposefully include "rogue agents" (e.g. those who hold oposite ideas) into your PLN. 


RSS Refresher

Organizing your PLN requites some understanding of RSS Feeds.  If you're new to the concept of RSS, check out this Introduction to RSS feeds and RSS Readers.  Of course, if you know about RSS, then skip ahead to next activity.



Organize Your PLN

With all the information coming at you from all those great people via all those wonderful technology channels, you're likely to start feeling quite overwhelmed. So, let's take some time to review some strategies that will save your sanity! ;)



Helping Your Students Create Their PLN

As we mentioned earlier - It's not just about the technology or the people, it's about information literacy. More than ever, your students will need have to be able to determine the accuracy and veracity of the info coming at them from their PLNs.

  • Discuss strategies for helping students create a PLN and add those strategies to this wiki.



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