"Will Richardson was the first person to clearly explain to me about six or seven years ago what a PLN was. Back then, PLN stood for Professional, or Personal Learning Network. A better label today, one that might quiet the nitpickers, is Personalized Learning Network -- the shift in nuance maintains that participants are both personal and professional learners. A PLN is a tool that uses social media and technology to collect, communicate, collaborate and create with connected colleagues anywhere at any time. Participating educators, worldwide, make requests and share resources."
In essence, McLuhan opened our minds to the role of technology and media by asking the right questions. He wanted to know how technology and media affect our minds, habits, society and culture. Late in his life he gave us, what in my opinion, is his most useful piece of work – the tetrad. His "tetrad" of four media laws tried to clarify the nature & impact of a technology or medium
GUEST COLUMN | by Joe Mazza A 21st-century principal shares what it means to share these days For a little over a year now, I've been “virtually mentored” by the likes of George Couros, Patrick Larkin, Eric Sheninger and many … Continue reading → ...
Parents fear their own children could be online bullies but still ignore age limits on social networking sites such as Facebook, study shows (Parents helping children become Internet bullies http://t.co/jWA8tf2QQL)...
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's insight:
Important rules to instigate in your home regarding social media. How media savvy are your students?
A growing number of kids at increasingly younger ages are engaging in online social networking today--a development that is leading to a surge of news stories, media attention, and economic investment.
With social networking having permeated the way we look for jobs, share photos and music, and discover news, a startup named Lore is on a mission to do the same for higher education, and potentially re-shape the way teachers and students communicate. Formerly known as CourseKit, the Thiel and Founder’s Fund-backed startup is doing that with a platform that is part Facebook and part Blackboard — for courses. In other words, Lore aims to act as a replacement for the infamous course management system with a gradebook, calendar and document uploading (for class assignments), while giving students a social network-style newsfeed for classroom conversations. Techcrunch article.