This time it's personal

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Personal. That means that when you learn, you do it differently to everyone else. It follows that the tools and technologies you use for learning are those you have selected to use because you are (or should be) comfortable with them, personally. These tools, services and technologies become a part of your personal learning environment or PLE. The PLE is an approach rather than a technology. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

Connected Educator Game

Teacher Tech

For my class I am taking I was asked to visually represent Connectivism, Communities of Practice (CoP), and Personal Learning Environments (PLE). For this activity I created a board game prototype to allow you to move around the board as you engage with the images. To play the game, make a copy of the game […]. Draw Google Sheets gamification google script sheets spreadsheets

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Off the rails?

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The state education system can easily be compared to a railway network. Some prefer to travel in a taxi, or even by using their own personal transport. This is a metaphor for personalised learning, with the personal learning environment supporting an individual's learning. There is plenty of opportunity to deviate from prescribed educational processes, which leads to endless possibilities for personal research and digressions into uncharted territory.

Is sharing caring? #OpenBlog19

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I attended an event in Utrecht, in the Netherlands way back in 2007, at around the time that social media was emerging as a serious learning technology. Together for two days, we discussed how digital technologies and networks could support learning. The event was called 'Show that you Share' and focused on tools such as Creative Commons , personal learning environments and mobile phones as a means of creating, sharing and repurposing content, knowledge and artefacts for education.

3 things you should know about Edupunk

Learning with 'e's

Those who are involved in the ''do it yourself'' approach to learning will tell you that there is quite a struggle going on right now between institutions and individuals over what tools to use for the serious business of lifelong learning. There is also a belief that, just as the music industry of the late 1970s was stagnating, so the education system of the early 21st Century is in need of a reboot. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

Personal and personalised learning

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Photo by Marshall Henrie on Wikimedia Commons My keynote speech at the nextEd2019 conference in Lisbon was titled 'Personalising learning in the digital age'. I explored some of the older concepts such as personal learning environments, networked learning and desire lines, before moving on to discuss some of the latest thinking around personal learning. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Limitless learning

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The personal learning environment (PLE) is still a bone of contention. Over at the Open University of Catalonia, in Barcelona, Ismael Peña-López has been doing some stirling work on theories surrounding Vygotsky's learning model and PLEs. What is interesting about Ismael's model is the way he incorporates the ZPD into a general model of the PLE, and argues that in fact, both MKOs and ZPD can constitute a PLE.

New and emerging technologies

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The video below is the result of that interview, in which I answer questions such as: what emerging technology trends have the greatest potential for learning? and should we be waiting until our learners adopt new technology or should we be leading the way as learning providers? As you might expect, smart mobile technologies, personal learning environments and social learning feature prominently. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

PLEs, MOOCs and connectivism

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''Students should be at the centre of learning'', declared Stephen Downes , ''because there is no other place they could possibly be.'' Downes was speaking at the ELI 4th International Conference on e-Learning and Distance Education held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This was one of several sound bites that exemplified the theme of his speech, Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

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#EDENchat Up close and personal

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I have written a lot about Personal Learning Environments in the past, especially when they were emerging as a concept, and sounded quite new. There were posts about the Anatomy of PLEs , their functionality , their role as a counterpoint to the institutional Learning Management System, and also their relationship to MOOCs and Connectivism. What is your experience of using PLEs in your own learning? How can the concept be applied to wider issues in education?

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#LearningIs personal

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We all learn differently. Everyone of us has individual needs and personal requirements. Unfortunately, most of us are products of education systems that are based on the industrial model of education which is far removed from personalised learning. Friedrich Nietzsche once said: 'In large states public education will be mediocre in the same way that cooking in large kitchens is usually bad.' Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Learner Voice and Choice Leads to Engagement

Leadership Lounge

The current education system was built around teachers being held accountable for their students' learning instead of the students themselves. This is how most of us learned in school and in teacher education programs, but the approach tends to create a sense of compliancy and “learned helplessness” for both students -- the learners -- and teachers. The best way to do that is a summary of the Stages of PLE. Stage One PLE. Stage Two PLE.

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Ugh. Classic Politics Now Extends to Social Networking in Education.

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The United States Department of Education is sponsoring a program called Connected Online Communities of Practice , a three-year initiative. I run what is arguably the largest social network for educators, Classroom 2.0 Can anyone tell me why nobody from the Department of Education called to ask my advice on this project? It''s because these are individual connections created by the individual, and that is their value: they are personal.

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Selfie number 10

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So I thought - perhaps I should write a blog series about the top ten photos and selfies of people I admire, and who have contributed significantly to my own learning. On the left of the picture is Harold Jarche , who is chair of the Internet Time Alliance and a champion of social learning. I have followed his work for some time, but the first time I met Harold was at the Learning Technologies event in London in 2013. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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Selfie number 5

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I first met Alec Couros among that amazing gathering of people at the inaugural PLE (Personal Learning Environment) conference in Barcelona, in 2010. Alec is Professor of educational technology at the University of Regina in Canada. Alec is very influential in the world of learning technology, and has a huge following on Twitter and other social media channels. When you hear Alec speak you realise just how passionate he is about openness in education.

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Selfie number 4

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I first met Graham at an event in the UK around 2006, just when I was becoming aware of the potential of social media such as wikis, blogs and social networking platforms as a learning tools. He has some radical things to say about education, and he isn't always popular. I then wrote and published a flurry of papers on social media and education, and around the same time I set up this blog. He also heads up the European research agency Pontydysgu (A Bridge to Learning).

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GlobalEdCon 2013 - Day Three Schedule

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Today is day three of the 2013 Global Education Conference. To receive the daily conference schedule, be sure to join the Global Education Conference network. Assistant Professor of Education Why my experience as a Cultural Exchange Educator helped bridge the gap between my community and others. - Gadsden, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Improve learning and teaching – Finnish it?

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GlobalEdCon 2013 Day Four + Helping the New Grassroots Projects

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Today is day four of the 2013 Global Education Conference. During the conference opening sessions we brainstormed as set of grassroots global education projects that we could bring to our personal learning networks to try to get started. Given that our combined network reach is probably in the millions, the idea is to turn our personal learning networks into a large personal action network to make a difference for students right now.

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