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October 18, 2010

Week 6: Using PLE/Ns effectively: skills, mindsets, and critical literacies

How have you developed in your understanding of PLE/Ns? After discussions this past week, we've closed the loop on the main topics that relate to defining and evaluating PLE/Ns...detailing tools...and considering future directions.

In week 6, we will focus on the skills needed to be successful with PLE/Ns. What does a learner need to be able to do/to think/to be in order to function in a digital world? The term "literacy" is central here. What does it mean to be literate? By my (George) definition literacy is the ability to participate in the dominant modes of discourse in a particular era.

Being literate requires technical skills, conceptual mindsets, as well as an attitude of tolerance of complexity and ambiguity. These skills are not prominent in many schools and universities. Many students aren't digitally literate either. Our generation is in a transition phase where those who need to teach literacy are often not digitally literate themselves. So it shouldn't surprise educators that students sometimes do silly things online - they are raising themselves in this environment...the mentors are not the adults and teachers that modelled behaviour for previous generations. Mind you, that might not actually be a bad thing smile.

Readings for this week:

New Media Literacy in Education (Robin Good, Howard Rheingold)

Critical Thinking Resources

Some factors to consider when designing semi-autonomous learning environments

Speaking in LOL Cats: What literacy means in the digital era

Wednesday:

Live Session: Guest Speaker: Will Richardson
Location: Elluminate

Time:8:00 p.m. Moscow; 5:00 p.m. London; 12 noon New York; 9:00 a.m. Los Angeles; midnight Thursday Beijing
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Friday:

Live Session: Facilitator's discussion
Location: Elluminate

Time:8:00 p.m. Moscow; 5:00 p.m. London; 12 noon New York; 9:00 a.m. Los Angeles; midnight Saturday Beijing
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Activities for this week:

As always, activities are entirely optional. Since we have now covered the main aspects of PLE/Ns and will spend the balance of the course looking at application principles, new tools needed, as well as criticism of PLEs, now would be a good time to pause and reflect. How has your understanding of PLE/Ns changed throughout this course? What role can they play in your teaching and learning? What new practices are you considering undertaking? Please share your reflections via the discussion forums for this course or on your blog.

Facilitator Posts

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Formal learners have the best of both worlds?
Rita Kop (fredkop) , October 17, 2010.
Rita ponders on the differences between learning in a formal and informal setting and wonders if learners in institutions really get such a bad deal. She also highlights some challenges to networked learning. [Link] [Comment]

Discussion Posts

Each week, PLENK moves to a new weekly discussion forum. You can see them all here.

Participants' Blogs

Nice that someone who knows how to speak, speaks! And he speaks about stuff related to PLENK2010.
Linn, Jakten på den perfekta lektionen
This video popped up this morning in my reader, shared by Magnus Ehinger. I enjoyed the video so much I had to send out my first tweet ever :-) [Link] 2010-10-18T07:48:00

#PLENK 2010 Reflection on MOOC experiments
suifaijohnmak, Suifaijohnmak's Weblog
My response to Chris Life under microscope I could understand how it feels when “PLENKers are lab rats running the maze of a completely unstructured learning experience so that the people in white coats can observe us and form theories … Continue reading → [Link] 2010-10-18T08:37:58

How Do You Write and Read Blogposts in PLENK2010
Linn, Jakten på den perfekta lektionen
What if most people just read the first two or three sentences in most blogposts in PLENK2010?I red this blogpost today and got to know that many of us leave a web-video in only ten seconds. Then I read the post Three Problems that Make Me Leave Your Blog in Three Seconds.I wonder if you, classmates in PLENK (and others too) have a strategy when you write your blogposts? (I don´t really but the links above made me start thinking about it.) Do you deliberately use the informal style, the .... [Link] 2010-10-17T14:46:00

#PLENK2010 Assessment and Evaluation
suifaijohnmak, Suifaijohnmak's Weblog
I just managed to watch & listen to Elluminate Recording of Wednesday. I read Jenny’s post on evaluation and assessment, and would like to respond and reflect on it. For me, assessment is relating to a collection of evidence which … Continue reading → [Link] 2010-10-17T13:35:10

A Plethora of Personal Learning Environment Distinctions #plenk2010
, PLE's, networks, knowledge & me
via slideshare.net To paraphrase the Tao--The Tao that can be spoken of is not the Tao" Permalink | Leave a comment  » [Link] 2010-10-17T08:44:00

#PLENK2010 - The Daily - October 17, 2010
Paulo Simões, PLENK2010
[Home] [Discussion] [Wiki] [The Daily Archives] [Blog] [Live Sessions] [Recordings] [About] The Daily October 17, 2010 Facilitator Posts To view the entire blog post, click on the title of the post, and you’ll be taken to the blog post itself. Alternatively, click on [Link] to proceed to the post without your click being counted. Discussion Posts Each week, PLENK moves [...] [Link] 2010-10-17T11:12:52

My notes from week five in PLENK2010
Linn, Jakten på den perfekta lektionen
My notes from week four? Here they areMy notes from week three? Here they areMy notes from week two? Here they areMy notes from week one? Here they [Link] 2010-10-17T09:09:00

Hope it's not too late for participating in the Friday Session discussion in PLENK2010
Linn, Jakten på den perfekta lektionen
I am to slow to say something in the sessions but better late than never:-). A clip from the Friday session where Stephen Downes speaks.I understood that • One long term goal was to get to know the city• Short term goals was to move to place A, B, CA review could be: Good! You managed to:Set a goal but still stay open minded for other pathsChoose a method but still stay open minded for other pathsRemain curious and mindful along the wayEventually reach A, B C..Reflect over the .... [Link] 2010-10-17T07:20:00

Twitter Posts

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@patriciab (Patrícia S. Bassani) tweeted: To read: Pedagogical Innovation in New Learning Communities - http://ow.ly/2SMGS (via @joaomattar) #eadsunday #plenk2010 2010-10-17T19:20:56

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