The first week of the semester, we were tasked to create a visual of our PLNs (technically PLE) for our Online Pedagogy course. My PLN for that class looked a little different. I decided to not reuse that visual because the Connect, Collect, Reflect, and Share cycle seems to be a model that presents the material in a way that I can better understand.
My information sources include: My inservice gatherings, Google Scholar, Pinterest, Instagram, the library, Research Gate, Reddit, YouTube, family, friends, co-workers, and mentors.
Reading through example PLNs, I’ve found good resources that I’m unaware of or not utilizing that I would like to try out. My “connect” tab has stayed that same for a while, so it would be nice to expand that through trying new outlets.
I often reflect in the morning or right before bed. Time such as: while doing my makeup, right before going to sleep, when I journal before bed to write out my thoughts, reading my peers’ thoughts on the subject, talking it out with friends and family, and jotting down sticky-notes and revisiting it.
I often share by telling people such as: my folks, best friend, co-workers, with classmates, through assignments or my website.
This area is lacking for me. I don’t often post on social media, but am more of a consumer. I think that it would be helpful to be more active on platforms like Twitter or Instagram to expand the network to include more people who have fresh eyes to my ideas or different concepts.
Most of my collecting is done through bookmarking on FireFox and taking a screenshot of something and saving it to my desktop. As far as curriculum / ideas for homeschool – I have created a Google Classroom that holds a lot of organized curriculum (By topics and by medium (online / traditional). Once that gets a bit larger, then I will be able to share that resource with families and co-workers.
In LaSota’s article, I really liked the Water Cycle analogy. I first read this article for my Instructional Design class, where I was tasked to create a lesson plan / learning assignment about PLNs. It would be fun to read through it now that I have a better understanding and more experience with PLNs.
I also liked the breakdown of each section and the examples given for each topic. These types of visuals and examples really helped me to build my own PLN.
What does a successful learner look like?
I remember when updating our standards, our district tasked us with answering the question:
What does a graduate from our school district look like?
Our graduates should be successful. Not successful as in stellar grades, going to college, six figure job, etc; but doing what makes the student happy, a productive citizen of society, and a life long learner. Of course, we want the students to have amazing grades and go to college if they can, but we recognize that this isn’t every student. We want to empower the students to learn more about careers they are interested in or schools that can help them get where they need to go for their future career. We want to show them how to be productive members of society, know their culture, help around their community, how they learn, and to love learning . The article says, “It is that map that I think successful learning looks like. Not a series of remembered ideas, reproduced for testing, and quickly forgotten. But something flexible that is already integrated with the other things a learner knows.” I would like to include materials / connections / people in my PLN that can help me to help those students, not only academically, but culturally, socially, career, and through service. I would also like to include PLNs in my materials for students for them to learn how they learn better. This is a tool that grows along with you, so it would be helpful for the kiddos to be aware of their collect, connect, reflect, and share even now.
They are not looking for ‘the accepted way’, they are not looking to receive instructions, but rather to create.Rhizomatic Learning – Why we teach? by Dave
Overall, I like that the author is using another analogy that is helpful in understanding this concept. The rhizome plant has a lot of connecting roots, which is like out PLN, everything is connected together – no start or finish, like the learning process.
Here is the mindmap I created for my Online Pedagogy course: