Thursday, March 8, 2012
Blog Assignment 7
The Networked Student
The Networked Student, by Wendy Drexler, is a video about a student and his Personal Learning Network (PLN). In this video, the student uses his own research and the research of others to spread and gain knowledge by utilizing social networking tools such as Twitter, Skype, and Wikis.
This mirrors what's happening right now in EDM310. As we observe and learn from others - people in our PLN - we, in turn, spread that knowledge by posting it on our blogs. This will be beneficial in the future as well, as we become educators and share information with one another to better ourselves and our teaching methods. An added benefit of this is that as these ideas get spread from place to place through PLNs, a type of uniformity will exist, and education will continue to advance.
Creating a PLN and becoming connected with others takes time and work. Researching, verifying, and disseminating knowledge is not an easy task - but you get out what you put in. Everyone has different focuses and specialties, but by putting forth the effort and making that knowledge available to others, you can make lasting connections that will benefit all parties involved.
Personal Learning Environment
In this video, the student talks about how she's organized relevant links and sources into one convenient place in order to help her learn and complete objectives. She has the freedom to complete those objectives any way she sees fit - and so by compiling all those resources into one place, it makes it easy for her to do any task. She also contributes to others' learning by posting her findings on networking sites.
Her PLE and my PLN seem very different. Firstly, hers is FAR more organized than mine. I need to work to make mine as utilitarian as hers - having all my resources in one place would definitely benefit me. Her PLE is also spread among different resources - people and information sites - whereas mine consists mostly of people. It really highlights the shortcomings in my PLN, so I definitely see myself overhauling how I keep track of my PLN, and what it consists of, in the near future.