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Noelene Callaghan

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Personal Learning Networks

Posted on 19 January, 2013 at 6:25

Creating a digital foot print is becoming significantly important for many individuals. It is certainly dependent upon occupation and interest groups, however, more and more individuals are adopting the need to have a personalised learning network.


Socially, many individuals possess accounts on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, YouTube and so forth. Professionally, individuals seek LinkedIn, twitter and Blogs. A PLN permits individuals to have a voice online. This voice provides them the opportunity to share their experiences, their findings atheories success and failures with community members off similar interest.


Like my personal work ethic, my digital ethic is to keep my professional and personal PLNs separate. Thus, professionally, I have developed PLNs that are education specific and are aimed to inform other teachers with an insight of my teaching experiences and research that I have found that is meaningful and relevant to todays pedagogical practices.


Professional PLNs thacloudscape include my blog, twitter, linkedin and PLANE.


Within my school, I use Moodle and the schools Facebook to communicate with my students. I have also used Edmodo, wikispaces and twitter to support particular learning activities. This is extremely important as I am able to connect with my students outside class time and provide them with sufficient support at their pace.


Personally, I use FourSquare and Pinterest to communicate with friends.


Collectively, these PLNs provide me with opportunities to communicate, engage and connect with others and to create new connections with students and colleagues in my school.



Power of PLNs

PLNs are networks that have no barrier to entry. They cross teaching sector and geographical divides and age is not an issue. All it takes is a commitment to engage and a willingness to share what you know.


Now, maybe more than ever, our profession needs to respond to change. As we sit on the cusp of the introduction of the Australian Curriculum, we need to find ways to make true what the documentation asks of us;


‘The commitment to develop a national curriculum reflects a willingness to work together, across geographical and school-sector boundaries, to provide a world-class education for all young Australians.’


‘Working nationally makes it possible to harness collective expertise an effort in the pursuit of this common goal. It also offers the potential of economies of scale and a substantial reduction in the duplication of time, effort and resources.’



Significance of PLNs

PLNs provide individuals with learning and access to leaders and experts around the world bringing together communities, resources and information impossible to access solely from within school walls.


It opens boundaries and creates a flat world where all individuals as leathers have equal access to information


The Power of PLNs

Google is revolutionising the education domain. 2013 will see a different type of PLN used by teachers and their students. Google Drive, Google + and Google Apps will enable us all to create a personal learninnetwwork that facilitates collaboration and learning a virtual context in real time. This area will certainly change and we will see many of Googles products replace the 'traditional' products of Facebook, Skype and others.






Categories: 2013, Education, Publications