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Contrasting PLEs with LMSs

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The neXt/eXtended Web

3rd October 2010
PLE/PLN and learning theories

10th October 2010
Evaluating Learning in PLE/Ns

17th October 2010
Using PLEs successfully

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PLE/N Tools

31st October 2010
Personal knowledge management

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PLE/Ns in the classroom

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Critical perspectives on PLE/PLN


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PLENK Motivating Students (Skupik), Skupiktalk
Daniel Pink on motivation:  If you want students to fill in the blanks correctly or jump high or do any rote such as memorizing times tables or a physical task, give them bribes. @font-face { font-family: "Times New Roman";}p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }a:link, span.MsoHyperlink { color: blue; text-decoration: underline; }a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed { color: purple; text-decoration: ... [Link] 2010-12-30T03:56:00

PLENK Watch This (Skupik), Skupiktalk
Everyone needs to watch this: Friday, December 24, 2010 Dr. Gabor Maté on the Stress-Disease Connection, Addiction, Attention Deficit Disorder and the Destruction of American Childhood Today, a Democracy Now! special with the Canadian physician and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté. From disease to addiction, parenting to attention deficit disorder, Dr. Maté’s work focuses on the centrality of early childhood experiences to the development of the brain, ... [Link] 2010-12-24T14:56:00

PLENK2010 Supporting Outstanding Volunteers (Skupik), Skupiktalk
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PLENK Education Theorist Feuerstein (Skupik), Skupiktalk
When we were looking at the lists of education theorists, I just glazed over. It was 'way too much data. However, I was reminded of the work of Reuven Feuerstein today by Maté and Neufeld. These two doctors have written a book on parenting called Hold Onto Your Kids. I recommend it to all people who have children of any age and to teachers of students of all ages, too. In their chapter on how to draw your children (or students) to trust you and attend to what you have to share with ... [Link] 2010-12-12T18:26:00

PLENK2010 I have another blog. (Skupik), Skupiktalk
I have another blog just for educational topics. I call it Educhat. In it I waffle on about teaching grammar, mathematics etc. This one I intend to use for a number of different bees in my bonnet, but in Educhat I will stick to education. It is for educators, parents, students and anyone else curious about these topics. [Link] 2010-12-01T19:59:00

PLENK2010 What Did I Learn? (Skupik), Skupiktalk
PLENK2010 There seems to be some hand-wringing about what was learned from this PLENK MOOC. I don't believe that all can be known at this point. I am still reading some of the longer reports and intend to re-read much of the material. Every day new websites and applications are mentioned. There is just so much stuff out there. I have been sharing with my community of teachers here, and one person is replying with gratitude for the information. Actually, that's not a bad ... [Link] 2010-11-17T15:55:00

#PLENK2010 Some Limits to Connectivity (Skupik), Skupiktalk
PLENK2010 Even where there is broadband, it may be as slow as dial-up is in the city. It may serve only 10% of the population. It may be outrageously expensive. It may be arbitrarily limited by the big-name carrier. Those who may need it most may not be able to afford a computer as well. The online service may not be helpful enough. ... [Link] 2010-11-14T04:08:00

PLENK2010 Serendipity in Learning (Skupik), Skupiktalk
PLENK2010 You can join through Facebook or by logging in. Tell it what you are interested in, and it will send you pictures and articles about stuff. Oh no! I am interested in Everything. My dearest wish, when I was a child, was to live beside the library. I'll bet you knew about it, eh? [Link] 2010-11-13T18:12:00

PLENK2010 Education Controversy (Skupik), Skupiktalk
PLENK2010 Where do you stand? Are you for Phonics? Or are you for Look-Say? Are you for Whole Language? How abut Organic Development? I can tell you that each plays a part in learning to read, and they are not competing methods. Where the competition comes in is that the publishers of text-books want to sell their new lines of text books. If they can convince a school board that their texts provide the latest best methodology for teaching reading and that those old text books are ... [Link] 2010-11-13T17:27:00

PLENK2010 What Do You Know? (Skupik), Skupiktalk
PLENK2010 Do you know what you know? If you are a teacher, you probably do know what you know. But many of your students may not be too sure of what they know. I have found that there are are both children and adults who have no confidence in their own knowledge base. Sometimes they are perfectly right to doubt. When they graduate from Grade 12 and apply to university or community college, they are told that they are reading and performing at Grade 9 level and have to take some make-up ... [Link] 2010-11-13T16:40:00

PLENK2010 What are you learning and teaching? (Skupik), Skupiktalk
There is a story of a young, but earnest Zen student who approached his teacher, and asked the Master, "If I work very hard and diligently, how long will it take for me to find Zen? The Master thought about this, then replied, "Ten years . ." 
The student then said, "But what if I work very, very hard and really apply myself to learn fast -- How long then?" Replied the Master, "Well, twenty years." "But, if I really, really work at it, how long then?" asked the student. "Thirty years," ... [Link] 2010-11-10T23:04:00

PLENK2010 About Making Non Readers (Skupik), Skupiktalk
PLENK2010 Have you seen this site? I enjoyed the interview with Alfie Kohn. [Link] 2010-11-10T03:17:00

PLENK2010 Making the Obvious Apparent (Skupik), Skupiktalk
PLENK2010 Why do I consider my booklets unique? I am not writing about the usual things things that math books write about. My books do not have pages of drill exercises. There are lots of writers who have made those books. The problem I have seen, and write about, is the lack of comprehension of reading and writing word problems. Most of the students I have encountered can and do learn to manipulate the numbers, but they don't really understand Algebra because they don't ... [Link] 2010-11-09T16:32:00

PLENK2010 PREPARING THE STUDENT (Skupik), Skupiktalk
PLENK2010 As you may have noticed, I have worked, even at the university level, with students who were not at the top of the class in high school. For whatever reason, they missed some foundational lessons. That is why I invented my colour-code for teaching grammar, and began writing my own booklets on how to write essays, word problems and such. J Chesney thought that my introduction to how to write a word problem in Grade 4, an examination of the difference between narrative and ... [Link] 2010-11-09T00:06:00

#PLENK2010 This week on Spark (Skupik), Skupiktalk
PLENK2010 Jim notes that Spark on CBC1 seems to match our PLENK topics a lot. This weeks is on games and play, including in education. Go to to locate the Mp3 version for Spark 126 Nov 7 & 10, 2010. [Link] 2010-11-08T00:54:00

PLENK2010 Cognitive Misers (Skupik), Skupiktalk
PLENK2010 I subscribe to Delancey Place. Every day I get an excerpt from an interesting book. Today's offering (Nov 4, 2010) is about cognitive miserliness: our tendency to jump to the obvious answer rather than the correct answer which takes a bit more work. During the last score of years, few mathematics teachers bother teaching how to solve "word problems" or "story problems". When the commercial tests give only 1-3 marks for a word problem, ... [Link] 2010-11-04T13:08:00

PLENK2010 Information Overload Again (Skupik), Skupiktalk
PLENK2010 Ever wonder why everything is so expensive? Especially why your wages don't cover your Death Pledge (mortgage)? Watch this series. [Link] 2010-11-04T00:53:00

PLENK2010 The Drowning Student --Mortal Combat (Skupik), Skupiktalk
PLENK2010 Years ago I was locked into Mortal combat with a kid and a class. Then I moved away for a few years. When I moved back, I met this kid in the public library. He greeted me and humbly apologized for being a real pain in the neck back in the day. He said the other boys had put him up to it. Fortunately, I had not been in mortal combat with him. At the end of every rough day I put it aside and started each new day fresh with constant optimism. Cock-eyed, eh? There were a few ... [Link] 2010-11-03T19:53:00

PLENK2010 Information Overload (Skupik), Skupiktalk
PLENK2010 My son was telling me that some scientists want to genetically modify human beings so that we can see ultraviolet light as bees and other insects do. I immediately saw it would change everything--it would end the world as we know it. "Oh, no. Do we have to?" I asked. I think it is really good for teachers and other adults to go back into an environment where thy are learners. It has been very exciting meeting new people, new ideas, and practising new skills. But it is ... [Link] 2010-11-03T04:27:00

PLENK2010 Soylent Green, Anyone? (Skupik), Skupiktalk
PLENk2010 Canada’s National Farmers Union wants the Canada-EU trade deal scrapped. US farmers face the same assault by agribusiness and the biotech industry under S 510. Epoch Times noted: “Under provisions in CETA [Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement], using saved seed could result in a farmer’s land, equipment, and crops being seized for alleged infringement of intellectual property rights attached to plant varieties owned by corporations such as Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, and ... [Link] 2010-11-01T23:58:00