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The Guilded Age: Professional Learning Communities in Education

The Guilded Age: Professional Learning Communities in Education | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
By Walter McKenzie

A millennium ago, artists and artisans formed guilds to share expertise and support one another in highly-skilled professional practice. These vibrant learning communities sustained artistry and craftsmanship through the dark ages when centers of learning were exclusive and rare. Much like these medieval guilds, professional learning communities (PLCs) provide a new dimension to professional development as educators flock around high-interest needs and topics. By definition, PLCs

Form organically around immediate member needs and interests.
Allow participants to self-select their roles and contributions.
Offer opportunities to enrich and deepen understanding.
Include collaborative inquiry in the learning process.
Provide practice and risk taking in a safe, supportive climate.
Grow, morph, and disband as part of a life cycle.
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When Walter McKenzie speaks about professional learning communities --- listen.  Walter is a very bright light. He's a pioneer in all things involving virtual communities of practice. He is also one of my mentors. Walter has taught me much over the years. Let him teach you a bit about PLC's. 


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Online learning communities are the key to building successful collaborative learners!

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Bernard Bull: Infographic of Building an Online Personal Teaching Network

Bernard Bull: Infographic of Building an Online Personal Teaching Network | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Bernard Bull: Recently, I wrote an article about how to build an online personal teaching network, re-imagining opportunities to teach in the digital world and thinking about the role of teacher as independent c...

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I see teaching and learning as two sides on the same coin. I learn by teaching, and (ironically?) I teach about learning. Here's a clever infographic from Bernard Bull that helps grasp the elements of personal learning/teaching networks  'visually".

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As competências do professor na rede

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teacher 's Guide on Creating Personal Learning Networks

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teacher 's Guide on Creating Personal Learning Networks | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teacher 's Guide on Creating Personal Learning Networks.


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Meryl Jaffe, PhD's comment, December 2, 2012 7:42 AM
Thanks, this is a super resource.
Siphiwe Kubeka's curator insight, May 23, 2014 7:21 AM

media literacy in learning business studies

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Twitter, PLEs and PLNs | ClintLalonde.net

Twitter, PLEs and PLNs | ClintLalonde.net | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a network of people you connect with for the specific purpose of learning (Tobin, 1998). These people may assist you in your learning by acting as a guide, direct you to learning opportunities, and assist you with finding answers to questions (Tobin, 1998).

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The Innovative Educator: The 5 Cs to Developing Your Personal Learning Network

The Innovative Educator: The 5 Cs to Developing Your Personal Learning Network | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

By Lisa Nielsen

 

"In the 21st century teachers are no longer the sole imparters of information. Instead their role shifts to empowering students to learn independently in part by developing personal learning networks in areas of passions, talents, and interests. Not only are these real-world connections valuable, they enable learning to move from the preparation for life to the living of life by providing individuals with access to learners, leaders and experts around the world bringing together communities, resources and information impossible to access solely from within school walls.

 

"The five Cs below will empower educators to discover how they and their students can begin building personal learning networks specific to the learner’s needs extending relevant learning connections to like-interested people around the globe."


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About NIET Chairman and Founder Lowell Milken

About NIET Chairman and Founder Lowell Milken | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
"The only people who develop human potential and character as a calling are educators. This puts the men and women who choose to be teachers and principals in a position of unique power to help secure our children's future." -NIET Chairman and TAP Founder Lowell Milken
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UW-Stout Online: EDUC 696C Social Media Instructional Strategies Online Course

UW-Stout Online: EDUC 696C Social Media Instructional Strategies Online Course | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Kay Lehmann is offering a new graduate course to all interested in using social media for learning.  She's a great online teacher.  Don't miss this class! ~ Dennis


EDUC 696C Social Media Instructional Strategies Online Course Information...


Online Course 1 semester hour graduate credit ($397)
Instructor: Dr. Kay Lehmann
February 6 - March 2, 2012


Explore inspiring and effective ways to use social media for professional development or in the classroom or assignments, assessments, cross-cultural communication and language learning, collaborative learning, and real-world experiential learning.

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Personal Learning Networks

Video: Thoughts on PLNs...from Will Richardson

 

Schools tend to be blind to student use of personal networks.  Our job as educators is to help them ethically use personal networks in a safe manner. 

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Curation: Creatively Filtering Content

Curation: Creatively Filtering Content | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Curation is a life skill and an important part of being digitally literate.  Educators need to know how to curate information so they can teach students how they can curate content for research, their interests and passion. As part of this process educators need to encourage students to curate information using techniques that address their own personal learning needs.
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We introduce content curation using both Diigo and Scoop.it in our E-Learning for Educators class. It's our firm belief that online teachers must be information fluent and that they teach those skills to their online students.


We also see these skills as a strong foundation for building personal learning networks.

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Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's comment, August 29, 2014 4:05 AM
loving your figure! obvious for curators, not so much for students and teachers
Aparna Nagaraj's curator insight, August 29, 2014 10:30 AM

You come across a lot of stuff, find some of them valuable, find value in some parts, and you see connections between the different stuff you come across. You curate by filtering, extracting, and bringing out the connection between the stuff you find, and this curated new stuff becomes more valuable than those already shared stuff that you found. Valuable enough to be shared to others who are looking for similar stuff as you are.

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Catalyst Academy | Navigator

Catalyst Academy | Navigator | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

The HP Catalyst Academy is a fresh approach to professional development that will accelerate professional learning among STEMx educators, providing personalized and powerful learning experiences that inspire and transform teaching practices.

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This is part of a big STEM push from ISTE and HP. This is a launch for a 'Global Collaboratory" dedicated to STEM.  Check out the catalog of Mini-courses.  They also have a badge exchange.  Other ambitious features include a New Learner, Measring Learning, and Stem[preneur consoritums.  

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Twitter: 10 Educators To Help You Make This A Great Year

Twitter: 10 Educators To Help You Make This A Great Year | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
No one can get through the rigors of a school year alone.  All educators, no matter how experienced, can use all the help they can get to make this year the best it can be for our students.  The li...
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PLN Starter Kit - LiveBinder

PLN Starter Kit - LiveBinder | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Resources for Fledgling Connected Educators...


This crowdsourced resource is meant to help those who are just beginning to start their journey as a "connected educator." It is not exhaustive. In fact, if all goes to plan, it will be a perpetual work in progress - just like the PLNs it will hopefully help build.

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10 Women Who Rock . . . and Teach! | Edutopia

10 Women Who Rock . . . and Teach! | Edutopia | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

By Lisa Dabbs 

 

I want to celebrate and share with you ten women in my personal learning network (PLN). These are ten women who inspire, who pour their hearts out and give of their time to this great profession we call teaching. These are women who rock their work, teach many and support new teachers! I want you to get to know them better as you do YOUR work this month to share activities with your students that will help them learn about inspiring women and events in women's history.


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Developing an Online Personal Learning Network

Developing an Online Personal Learning Network | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Personal learning networks aren't about one social network platform.


Personal learning networks take time to develop.


Personal learning networks can be as large or small as you want them to be.


Your personal learning networks will change over time.


Everyone has something to share.


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eLearning Conferences 2012

eLearning Conferences 2012 | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Clayton R. Wright has done his 26th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year. Past years eLearning Conferences 2011, eLearning Conferences 2010, eLearning Conferences 2009. You can contact him at: crwr77 [@] gmail.com. It covers events from four continents. The list focuses primarily on the use of eLearning, technology in educational settings and on teaching, learning, and educational administration.


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A video interview with Etienne Wenger (Q5)

Question 5 of 18 - Is a Community of Practice today different to what it was ten years ago? Recorded November 2010 at the School of Education, University of ...

 

Wegner is a pioneer who continues to develop the idea of a CoP in the evolved landscape of easy to find social networks.  It's good to listen to the pioneers! ~ Dennis


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Dennis T OConnor's comment, December 3, 2011 2:28 PM
This video gets to the heart of the matter in a way that clearly communicates the essential ideas that Wenger helped pioneer. Thank you!

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