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SEMINAR OUTLINE-PERSONAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

Seminar Leader: Michelle Kennedy


Email: michellekennedy@shaw.ca Google +: PLE Twitter: @mkennedy68 Twitter Hashtags: #pleoltd & #oltd509 PLE Weebly Page: http://michellelearnsonline.weebly.com/personalized-learningenvironmentsseminar-5.html

Learning is about creating your own standards and adjusting them based on your goals. Learning is about setting your own goals and monitoring your own progress. It is about having conversations with yourself and others.(Konrad Glogowski)
Description of Seminar Exploring and leveraging the use of the PLEs for education is the focus of this seminar. You will explore a what PLEs can offer to both your students and your own learning, investigate educational applications, consider pros and cons, and create your own PLE for your personal learning journey or teaching practice. The Overarching Critical Questions (OLTD 509) to keep in mind during your time in this seminar: a) How can you select emerging technologies which fit your developing philosophy of education? b) How can you inspire, initiate and implement sustainable integration of emerging technologies in your own practice, and in the practice of others? Seminar Learning Outcomes Through course activities, online discussions, readings, and activities, it is expected that you will:

Understand the role and function of a PLE Develop an understanding of how PLE's are used in classrooms today Consider the possibilities of PLE's for online or blended courses Determine the appropriate use of PLE's in the online or blended classroom Explore online tools as frameworks for organizing PLE's and for creating your own PLE

General Information

All the information for the seminar will be posted on my Weebly page and I will repost on the Google+ community. Please use the 509 PLE category in Google+ community for sharing links/information, your blog contribution and your final demonstration of learning activity. Google+ (Earn your 500 points!) 1. At any time, if you find PLE resources, including online tools for PLEs, please feel free to post it in the "Contributed Resources" category 2. Comment on discussion posts and comment on blog posts and add to "Readings, Q2C & Discussion" category. 3. Respond to the critical questions to consider and post in the "Readings, Q2C & Discussion" category. Reply to other posts.

SEMINAR OUTLINE-PERSONAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

Overview of Seminar (1) Get Started: Padlet Activity: Pre-Learning Connections (2) Work on it: (a) Readings & Google+ Contributions: Sharing What is a PLE? (b) VoiceThread Activity (3) Show it: Creating your own PLE and Concept Map (Blog Post)

ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES


1. GET STARTED: PRE-LEARNING THOUGHTS ABOUT PLE FOR YOUR TEACHING (PADLET ACTIVITY)

Critical Question to Consider: In what ways are you hoping to connect what you learn here with your own practice?

TASK: PADLET ACTIVITY: This is a pre-learning activity in which you share your thoughts about the critical question above .
2. WORK ON IT: READINGS AND RUMINATIONS ON GOOGLE+ & TWITTER

Critical Questions toConsider: Consider: How do we students from collecting content to synthesizing content Critical Questions to youmove see the participatory culture as an influence on a PLE's? In in a PLE? important creativity in a PLE? How can your you inspire, initiate and implement sustainable what waysHow do PLEs foster is 21st century skills? How would PLE fit your developing philosophy of integrationHow of PLE's your own initiate practice? education? can in you inspire, and implement sustainable integration of PLE's in your own

TASK: Consider the critical questions above, or any questions that you have about PLEs, and add any links, ideas, conclusions to our Google+ forum and/or Twitter. READINGS: See Weebly page

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WORK ON IT: WHAT IS A PLE? THEORY AND IMPLICATIONS FOR T EACHING & LEARNING

A) VOICETHREAD ACTIVITY: Read and view the content presented (below and on Weebly page). Share your thoughts (on Voicethread) on any of the questions listed above. The Voicethread topic is available on the Weebly page and on Google+ (PLEs) READINGS: (see Weebly page)

RELATED READINGS:

SEMINAR OUTLINE-PERSONAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS Henry Jenkins: Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21 st Century http://henryjenkins.org/2006/10/confronting_the_challenges_of.html Forming Ground Rules: http://www.nsrfharmony.org/protocol/doc/forming_ground_rules.pdf Vanessa Miemis: Guidelines for Group Collaboration and Emergence http://emergentbydesign.com/2010/07/01/guidelines-for-group-collaboration-andemergence/#comment-3157

4. SHOW IT: EXPRESSING YOUR PERSONAL PLE (CONCEPT MAP AND PERSONAL LEARNING
ENVIRONMENT)

Critical Questions to Consider: What does organization of content look like in a PLE? How have other learners constructed PLEs? What organizational tools are available for K12 teachers? How has your understanding of personal learning environments changed? What steps could be taken to implement PLEs with your students? TASK: Choose Task A or B A1. Create a diagram that represents your vision of a PLE. Check out the free concept mapping tools I've listed below (one site, many resources). Briefly describe your PLE and how it reflects your learning. A2. Next, select an environment that best suits your needs and preferences in which to organize your own PLE for a learning or teaching scenario of your choosing. Create a personal PLE using an online tool in which to aggregate content and connections based on your selected topic. A3. INCLUDE YOUR CONCEPT MAP, DESCRIPTIONS AND PLE TO YOUR OLTD BLOG POST FOR WEEK 6-You may also choose to ponder any of the questions to consider (above). This is effectively your weekly blog post. B. Discuss one or more of the Questions To Consider from this seminar in a blog post. RELATED RESOURCES: See Weebly site for additional resources and readings Scott Leslies PLE Diagrams: http://edtechpost.wikispaces.com/PLE+Diagrams Concept Mapping Tools: https://www.diigo.com/user/wdrexler/conceptmapping Performance Tools: http://c4lpt.co.uk/directory-of-learning-performance-tools/