An eye out for the objective…

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I feel like I’m in the early stages of a needs assessment on myself. If you had asked me what I’m doing for my capstone a month ago I would have listed off about 5 to 10 different ideas. I have definitely been thinking about this for quite some time, years maybe.…

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Hand-crafting a greater role for personal learning networks

Personal learning networks should deepen our humanity.

That’s a half-baked idea, but I think it starts to get at something that has emerged in a few recent conversations I’ve had with a good friend. This all starts because personal learning networks (PLNs) and their impact within workplaces and education spaces raises a set of questions for me that is driving my current work and thinking.…

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Half baked, revisited

I’ve been thinking a good deal lately about personal learning networks (PLNs) and their relationship to organizational knowledge sharing and collaboration. Or maybe not so much thinking as observing. Observing the emergence of new PLNs.

PLNs are the result of an individual being a connected and effective digital, networked learner.…

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Start Your Personalized Professional Development

Personalized professional development (PPD) means you use your personal learning networks (PLN) to develop a plan for expanding your skill sets. With your PPD plan, you determine the skills you want to focus on, like …… Continue reading

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Connecting: Moving Forward

I have been so busy this week with things in my classroom and my teacher leadership class as part of my masters program that I haven’t had time to stop and smell the #etmooc until today.  So, while listening to George Couros talk about connecting to your administrators and using social media in a way that can change education and the way we all learn, I stopped and thought:  Who am I connected to and why?…

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MOOCed into Learning via #etmooc

I’ve been MOOCed. And it’s not as if I could have avoided it. I knew, as soon as I began exploring the topic of massive online open courses (MOOCs) in November 2012 with colleagues on the New Media Consortium (NMC) Advisory Board for the 2013 Higher Education Edition of the Horizon Report, that it would only be a matter of time before I stepped into the vortex and was completely immersed in learning more about the topic.…

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Hand crafted PLNs

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I am going somewhere with this story – so stay with me a minute.

I live in Evanston, Illinois – a city just north of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan. It’s a pretty urban suburb. Lots of restaurants and shops.…

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Why Collaborate?

So much has been happening this week: working on report cards, meeting with colleagues on our School Improvement Team to plan for our up-coming School Effectiveness Review, and following the “happenings” on #etmooc.  And all the while, I’ve been “curating” (which to me means absorbing the new information and giving it time to curate while I reflect on it) – that’s my new word of the week.… Continue reading

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How to Draw a PLN – An Exercise in Reflection

After the #etmooc Blackboard Collaborate session Tuesday night with Alec Couros on Connected Learning, I started to think more about my PLN and the prompts that were suggested. How would I define my PLN – in words, in imagery? Being a visual person, I wanted to represent it with a graphic, so I started to think about the best way(s) to do that.…

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Ed-Tech and Media MOOC Invitation

While many of you who find yourselves here may already been in the loop on this, I wanted to take the opportunity to invite readers who may not be yet to participate, lurk, or test the digital waters of an open online learning experience being offered by some of my internet colleagues in the new year.…

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