A Few Resources to Get Started with PLNs

Dr. Alec Couros

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Background:

  • The Typical Teacher Network - This diagram attempts to visualize the typical network of teachers.
  • The Networked Teacher - Increasingly more teachers are developing rich personal learning networks (PLNs) through the use of social media (sometimes called Web 2.0 tools).
  • PLE Diagrams - Scott Leslie has compiled comprehensive list of individuals who have visualized their personal learning environments.
  • What Does the Network Mean to You? - I asked the question of my network, "what does the network mean to you?". As a result, dozens of people responded via Voicethread (through text, audio, video) to explain their thoughts on networked learning and professional development.

Examples and Information About Open Courses

Featured Tools:

  • Google Tools

Some of the Major Categories of Tools: (some tools fit in more than one category)

  • Microblogging Tools
  • Blogs & Wikis
  • Simple Blogs
  • Social Bookmarking Tools
  • Info/File Management
  • Media Sharing
  • Social Networking Tools
  • Social Curation
  • Other Great Stuff
  • Free/Open Content

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