This is a partial and random list of educators I follow in my personal learning network (PLN). Some folks are new to my network, while others I have known for some time. Of course, these are mainly virtual acquaintances only, as I only get to see some of these professionals if we both attend a TESOL convention or other live event. I used this style of a blog post on my nonprofit blog and really liked how it looked. I hope you do, too. If you don’t know these folks, find them on Twitter! You can find me @teacherrogers. I listed these educators in my PLN titled the Online Educator, which feeds my Twitter-based newspaper on Paper.li: http://paper.li/teacherrogers/1301595898#.
After listening to a webinar today on PLNs, I realized that I often speak about various facets of personal learning networks but haven’t addressed them head on. I’m a big advocate of PLNs because of their power to network with peers locally and globally. Additionally, I work from home, so I don’t have the more familiar hangout time with colleagues during breaks or at lunchtime when you would normally spend time discussing various topics. Instead, I’m more likely to attend a Google+Hangout or webinar to interact with peers in my field. Nowadays, I only see my peers face-to-face (F2F) at conferences. I just went back to school for my doctorate this spring, so now I’ll actually meet peers F2f but only during class on Monday nights!
First, allow me to make my own distinction between these two terms: PLEs and PLNs. Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) are formed to provide a depository or “online treasure chest” of great ideas and tech tools that you or your peers discover. You can have a shared PLE or an individual one. Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are formed to guide our independent or group learning goals and professional development needs within a dynamic flow of information from our peers’ discoveries or that of our own. In my opinion, PLEs are more controlled by the individual or group and therefore static, while PLNs are more dynamic with input and output occurring from a networked community of learners.
Secondly, I’d like to share my own PLN because I think it’s critical to provide real examples and not just theory. Are you familiar with Paper.li? It’s a Twitter app that allows you to aggregate your twitter followers’ tweets into an e-newspaper. The possibilities are endless! I noticed that besides compiling your twitter feed and hashtags (#), it also will siphon your Facebook feed . . . that is, if you want it to! “Feed” in this context refers to your followers or friends comments, articles, photos, and links. Paper.li could be the next best thing for social networking for learning communities. Imagine what you could do with it for your school or project! Watch my video demonstration on how to use Paper.li to set up your own PLN: http://www.screenr.com/embed/92Ss
I invite you to subscribe to my e-newspaper, The Online Educator, to become part of my PLN. I follow the EFL/ESL and tech leaders from around the world. Since this paper publishes weekly, it forces me to read about the latest technology tools and how they might be integrated into the classroom. For instance, I’m following the tweets of the Presidents of TESOL France and Chile, as well as IATEFL. Here’s the link: http://paper.li/teacherrogers/1301595898#. Check out these other twitter e-newspapers on similar topics:
Do you use a Web 2.0 language learning website? Do you like it? If so, please add your comments and include the links to share with my readers. I have only used Verbling.com for my own personal use—for free Spanish conversation in exchange for an English conversation. I’ve used English Cafe and NiceNet as resources for my students. Generally, I’ve taught from commercial, for profit, learning management systems (LMS) instead of social networking sites.
Here are the social networking sites that were discussed in a recent TESOL computer-assisted language learning interest section (CALL-IS) listserve:
Paper.li is a twitter app that allows you to aggregate your twitter followers into an e-newspaper. The possibilities are endless. I noticed that besides compiling your twitter feed, it also will siphon your facebook feed . . . that is, if you want it to! “Feed” in this context refers to your followers or friends comments, articles, photos, and links. Paper.li could be the next best thing for social networking for learning communities. Imagine what you could do with it for your school or project!
Watch my video demonstration on how to use Paper.li to set up your own personal learning network (PLN):
I invite you to subscribe to my e-newspaper, The Online Educator, to become part of my PLN. I follow the EFL/ESL and tech leaders from around the world. Since this paper publishes daily, it forces me to read about the latest technology tools and how they might be integrated into the classroom. For instance, I’m following the tweets of the Presidents of TESOL France and Chile, as well as IATEFL. I’m learning so much from my online peers. I hope you can, too! Here’s the link:
This is my first foray into Multiliteracies (#evomlit) but my second year with the Electronic Village Online (EVO). Last year, I co-moderated a session for EVO titled, Internet4YoungLearners. This year, I’m mentoring the PLE&PLN session for 2011. Furthermore, I’m participating in two other EVO sessions: Second Life Village and Digital Storytelling. I’m a constant learner and have taken on technology as my 4th language!
I hope to create my online portfolio during this session on WordPress. I have so many things to share with you on my blog. My computer won’t let me unzip files, so I’ll have to purchase that software soon. That’s the only thing right now that’s keeping me from adding widgets and other fun tech devices to this blog! For now, I’m adding as many nonzip files as possible.
My multiliteracy’s goals for this eportfolio are as follows:
Create a singular location for all of my online projects/efforts.
Blog about integrating technology into the classroom, including professional development for teaching online.
Clean-up my online presence (close inactive accounts, set up Google alerts, update useful accounts, etc).
Highlight my technical capabilities
Consistently update the eportfolio to reflect recent achievements and/or findings.
“The more radical the person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can transform it. This individual is not afraid to confront, to listen, to see the world unveiled.― Paulo Freire