Maintaining an e-portfolio can provide an ongoing Personal Learning Environment (PLE) where individuals can develop and manage their own personal SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats), while collaborating within their own Personal Learning Network (PLN) using emerging private/public social networking tools.
This article by ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. An interesting quote within the article clarifies the difference between personal and personalized learning which may be crucial in understanding personal learning environments. "Autonomy is what distinguishes between personal learning, which we do for ourselves, and personalized learning, which is done for us," Downes (2011) tweeted last fall.
This article focuses on how PowerMyLearning, a program that any student, parent or teacher can use for free, helps students take ownership of their learning is an example of a personal learning environment. The draw for schools is that it is free, aligned with Core Standards, and allows teachers to personalize with playlists. Parents and students may also set up a free account with the option of the site being in Spanish
"The Sugar Learning Platform is a computer environment composed of Activities designed to help children from 5 to 12 years of age learn together through rich-media expression. Sugar is the core component of a worldwide effort to provide every child with the opportunity for a quality education—it is currently used by nearly one-million children worldwide speaking 25 languages in over 40 countries. Sugar provides the means to help people lead fulfilling lives through access to a quality education that is currently missed by so many."
8 Trends, 8 Opportunities, And 8 Concerns About Blended Learning is a blog post about blended learning but on the side provides a wealth of articles and websites that would help facilitate a student's own personal learning environment.
This paper looks at the history leading up to and helps define personal learning environments. "Furthermore the idea of the PLE purports to include and bring together all learning, including informal learning, workplace learning, learning from the home, learning driven by problem solving and learning motivated by personal interest as well as learning through engagement in formal educational programmes."
The NMC Horizon Report "collaborate on identifying the emerging technologies and key trends and challenges that will impact teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in the K-12 sector over the next five years." Included is a section about the emergence of Personal Learning Environments (PLE).
This is an article about a non-profit organization, OLPC, trying to close the illiterate gaps. "With 100 million first-grade-aged children worldwide having no access to schooling, the One Laptop Per Child organization is trying something new in two remote Ethiopian villages — simply dropping off tablet computers with preloaded programs and seeing what happens." This would represent the students personalizing what they want to learn.
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