Personal Learning Network (PLN)
Networked Learning Independent Study Project Design
The project is positioned within the following perspective.
What if your teachers disappeared and you had to learn on your own? Would you give up on learning? Where would you begin? Why would learning be important? You are an empowered learner. You have the power to learn anything. How much you learn is up to you. How you manage your learning is up to you. How you manage your time is up to you. A big part of your success will depend on how well you are organized.
Introduction of Tools
Web applications are introduced one at a time to give participants the chance to master the tool within the context of the study topic. Digital literacy is integrated into these lessons as needed. The essential questions of digital literacy are presented.
Web Application (Components of the Networked Learning Environment for Research)
Social Bookmarking (RSS) “Diigo”and/or “Pinboard”
- Create and Account
- Follow 10 Individuals or organizations you found during research.
- Advanced use as interested
NOTE TAKING (INFORMATION MANAGEMENT) AND ETHNOGRAPHY “Evernote”
News and Blog Alert (RSS)”Google Alert”
Personal Web Aggregator (RSS, Information Management) “iGoogle”, “Symbaloo” and “Netvibes”
News and Blog Reader (RSS) Google Reader RSS Feeds
Personal Blog(RSS)/Mobile Blog “Blogger”
Internet Search (Information Management, Contacts, and Synchronous Communication)”Google Scholar”
Video (Research, Fun) “Vimeo”
Photo Sharing “Flikr or Picassa”
Video Conferencing (Contacts and Synchronous Communication) “Skype”
Once the personal learning environment is constructed, you will continue to conduct research and navigate new content on a daily basis. Lab activities will be divided between introducing a tip or offering a research theme for the day, actual time spent conducting research will vary.
Covered with time remaining or interest.
Podcasts (RSS) “iTunesU” “Academic Earth”