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Web tools and applications, #PLENK2010
noreply@blogger.com (Veronica Baig), Loose Ends
 Last weekend, my presentation entitled PLEs for Teaching ESL and Effective Practice went well. It was mainly an Alberta crowd, so it was a friendly audience. I was pleasantly surprised that there were about 25 people who turned up for the session. What was particularly interesting was the "women of a certain age"--a group of which I'm definitely a member--who spoke with me afterwards. They said that they found it empowering to hear these ideas and the information from someone ... [Link] 2010-11-12T23:49:00

noreply@blogger.com (Veronica Baig), Loose Ends
The online discussion yesterday in #PLENK2010 was very interesting contemplating the nature of data, information, knowledge and the relationship between these concepts. It was new territory for me, and it was a mind-stretching experience. I'm sorry to be missing tomorrow's online session with Harold Jarche, but I'm off to a local conference for the next two days where I will be attempting to share what knowledge I have acquired about PLEs over the past two months. I'll ... [Link] 2010-11-04T22:03:00

noreply@blogger.com (Veronica Baig), Loose Ends
Last week seemed to get away from me; in part it was general work pressure, but also because I didn't relate well to the question being asked about creating our own tools. I understand the question only too well because I teach in the asynchronous online environment, and I that is available seems to satisfy the needs of my particular students. Nearly four years ago, I started using blogging technology (I use that term because these are not traditional blogs) with my students (ESL and ... [Link] 2010-11-02T12:28:00

To Tweet or not to Tweet, and #PLENK2010
noreply@blogger.com (Veronica Baig), Loose Ends
 I am one of those holdouts who does not use twitter. Despite people assuring me that I would "get it" once I took the plunge, and despite listening to presentations on the use of twitter, I could not see the relevance to me or the pedagogical usefulness of it in my teaching. Thanks to a fellow participant in #PLENK2010, I found this video that finally explains why I perceive twitter the way I do and validates (to some extent) my feelings on the topic: http://tallblog.conted.ox.ac.uk/... [Link] 2010-10-21T17:48:00

noreply@blogger.com (Veronica Baig), Loose Ends
This week's readings opened a new can of worms; how do we evaluate learning that takes place within a PLE? I have to relate this to my own learning in #PLENK2010 and to other open, online courses that I have taken. If we end up knowing more than we did when we started, and if we have learned to use new tools, develop new artifacts, extend our own PLE, then we have had a successful experience. The trap is in in thinking we need to learn everything--NOW! I keep coming back to the idea of ... [Link] 2010-10-15T20:49:00

noreply@blogger.com (Veronica Baig), Loose Ends
I managed to catch both of the Elluminate sessions this week for #PLENK2010, and they were helpful in reassuring me that I'm not alone in finding Learning Theories not so much a difficult topic but a frustrating one. The best analogy I can think of is that it's like being in a market; every "product" is calling out "Buy me!" However, I see things I like in each product; I like the colour of one, the texture of another, the price of a third, etc. I can also see that some products are ... [Link] 2010-10-08T21:26:00

The Virtual Way Forward
noreply@blogger.com (Veronica Baig), Loose Ends
I've finally got to Steve Wheeler's slide show of Web 3.0 the way forward for the PLENK2010 course--it's mind boggling to use the vernacular. It's fascinating at the same time--how to envision the future from the relatively small (future hindsight) steps we have taken so far. It's also depressing--I feel that although I'm running faster and faster to keep up with new technology, new concepts, etc.,. in reality I'm getting further and further behind. [Link] 2010-10-01T20:06:00

noreply@blogger.com (Veronica Baig), Loose Ends
There has been so much discussion about the precise nature of PLEs in this course. Some people think the term should be inclusive and encompass everything that is part of the environment from which we can learn. Others clearly think that because we generally mean the computer environment when we discuss PLEs, whether in PLENK2010 or elsewhere, that we should be more restrictive in our usage. I suggest we resolve the issue by using the restrictive term digital PLE when we mean the latter. ... [Link] 2010-09-27T01:29:00

PLEs vs LMEs?
noreply@blogger.com (Veronica Baig), Loose Ends
I've read some of the readings for thisPLENK2010 week 2, but I'm not sure that there really is a conflict between these two concepts. In my mind, they are used for different things, but they can also be used in tandem--as witness this very course; housed in the LMS moodle, but all of us free to use whatever we like of it and repurpose it into our own PLE. We also bring our PLEs into play when we participate in a course such as this one. That also reflects the teaching that I do. ... [Link] 2010-09-22T19:08:00

#PLENK2010 Blog Stats
noreply@blogger.com (Veronica Baig), Loose Ends
This post has nothing to do with the topic for this week in PLENK 2010, but is a reflection on the fact that I have just discovered the Stats function on blogger--it's fairly new; I've been aware of it in only the last few weeks, and I hadn't had time to explore it. It keeps track of the "hits" on a blog. So while it may seem from the comments that only a few people are reading our blogs, that isn't so. While only 2 people have left comments on this blog, here are the ... [Link] 2010-09-21T21:32:00

noreply@blogger.com (Veronica Baig), Loose Ends
I really like George's idea of a PLE as expressed in The Daily today: " Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; ... [Link] 2010-09-16T19:36:00

noreply@blogger.com (Veronica Baig), Loose Ends
I've read all of the introductory materials from The Daily to help me get started with #PLENK2010, and I've watched the initial Elluminate recording. The concepts are familiar to me, but I already feel as though I'm behind--this was the wrong time to come down with the flu! I've called the blog Loose Ends--not because I am at loose ends, but because I see PLNs as going off in a variety of different directions. I am hoping to find "something" that will help me to tie all ... [Link] 2010-09-14T17:01:00