During our fifth week in our Social Networking class, we were asked to explore personal learning environments (PLE’s) by:
- Creating a PLE diagram of our online communities
- Representing at least 10 different online communities in our graphic and explicitly showing connections between the communities.
- Post a link and screenshot of our PLE so our classmates could view it on Facebook & Tweet our diagram out using the #EdTechSN hashtag
- Complete a Reflection via a blog post addressing the following:
- What did you learn about yourself when looking at your PLE?
- Visit your classmates’ (min. 6) PLE posts. How does your PLE compare to other peers in class?
- Write a self-reflection and a comparative analysis that discusses similarities and differences between yours and your classmates’ diagrams.
Artifact #1: PLE
Artifact #2: Reflection
Connie Malamed describes Personal Learning Environments as “A self-directed and evolving environment of tools, services and resources organized by a person seeking a way to accomplish lifetime learning, to create, and to connect with others of similar interests” (Malamed, 2014) I thought of a Christmas tree because just like we collect ornaments over time to enhance our Christmas trees our PLE’s get enhanced over time with various tools. The tools are not in a hierarchical order just like our ornaments are not on our tree, but they are organized by type of tool (as seen by the labels). I purposefully put the collaborating tools outside the tree because collaboration happens regularly and with many of the same tools, when communicating, collecting, and creating.
- Models for Designing your Personal Learning Environment -Connie Malamed
Reflection of Learning/Standard Connection:
- AECT Standard 2.2 Using: Collaborative Practice: – My PLE diagram, I demonstrated how I implement appropriate educational technologies and processes based on appropriate content pedagogy and distinguished the various categories I use to do so.