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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Web Tools for Creating a Personal Learning Network

In our previous posts we shared the following information about Personal Learning Networks (PLNs):

   Definition of a PLN

A  Personal Learning Network  or PLN for a student is  a learner created collection of knowledge resources both physical (i.e. library) and virtual (i.e. internet) that addresses the essential question or questions that a learner in conjunction with his/her teacher wants to investigate. Click here for additional information about essential questions.

Click on this YouTube video for a more elaborate explanation of the PLN: .

In addition to the traditional knowledge resources (i.e. teacher, library, encyclopedia,  periodical, learned societies, etc,), what web resources might a Jewish student  or teacher include in his/her PLN?

Below you will find a chart of sample secular and Judaic virtual resources for a Personal Learning Network for  students and  teachers. This listing of selected online resources should not be construed as a complete listing of authoritative resources available on the internet.

                   Sample Secular and Judaic Virtual Resources for a

                                Personal Learning Network[1]

Secular and Judaic Examples and Guides
Social Networking
Keeping up with personal, more social contacts like friends, family, and former students
Populated with educators from around the world who share best practices and resources in short bursts
Professional Profiles
Find other professionals and experts in your field

Community-monitored   sites that can function as websites or for group organization and projects
Great sources of information such as classroom best practices as well as personal opinions; Blogs monitor the heartbeat of new trends in education and the commenting back and forth leads to many great ideas and relationships
RSS Reader
RSS means “Real Simple Syndication” – an RSS reader is a tool that allows you to keep up with many of your favorite blogs, all in once place
(see this video ‘RSS in Plain English’)

Communities of people interested in similar topics, with forums and messaging
Social Bookmarking
Share bookmarks with others, see what others are bookmarking; you can join groups and get email updates on new bookmarks
Live, on-line presentations or conferences, with real-time chat, hosted by experts on specific topics; Great way to learn about new things and to meet new people
Share conversation on scholarly topics

In this post we will discuss the use of specific web tools for creating a PLN

For an examination of specific web tools that can be used to create a PLN click on the links below:

On the next post we will discuss how PLNs can enhance learning in the face to face and virtual classrooms.

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