So for a graduate school class on on social network learning, we were asked to explore new online personal learning communities as well as dive deeper into our current personal learning networks and communities.
So, I loved exploring communities. I spent time exploring the Community for Apple Teachers as well as the Virtual and Augmented Reality in Education Community on Facebook. I also joined the G Suite for Education community on Google Plus. I am considering taking a TOSA job in a local district here in the Portland area, which is almost exclusively integrating Chromebooks and G Suite apps. I look forward to interacting with this community more as I prepare for this job. I still love iPads so I also joined the iPad Ed Google Plus group as well. In Edmodo, I joined a professional learning group on project-based learning as well as one on programming. I also joined a group for teachers of early learners. I also joined an edWeb group for digital learning and leadership.
I posted questions and shared resources in each community and have already had some great interactions and gathered some awesome new ideas and inspirations.
It was time for an update and refresh of my PLE so I have happy to explore and join some new communities.
For the second part of the assignment, we were asked to create a diagram highlighting our newly expanded PLE (professional learning environment). Here is my image.
When creating the image, I began by creating categories. I truly love to share and learn from my PLE. To share, I also have to be able to create content that can be shared with PLE members to gain insight and feedback. So I began by thinking of places where I gather inspiration. I listed conferences, communities, and online resources such as edWeb. I then thought about the tools I use to create content. Many of my interactions with my PLE are about the creation process where I am gathering ideas and viewing other educator's examples. Once I create, I love to share and communicate. You can see I have many different communities on many different platforms such as Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, and Edmodo.
The most powerful part of this exercise was once I started connecting all the boxes in the different categories. There were so many overlapping lines between inspiration gathering, creation tools, communication, and sharing! It all started to look the a big messy, web! So that is what I decided to complete the image and diagram as a spider-web. I added myself as a spider and made my legs the qualities and resources I hope to gather and share as I interact with my PLE.
I truly love reflective tasks rooted in creativity! There is a deep synthesis that happens when you have to visually create something! It is so invigorating and truly does spark a deep reflective process.
For the final part of this assignment, we were asked to compare our diagrams and PLE's to other classmates.
Susan Davies' PLE Diagram
Susan used a categorization system to show overlap of the different parts of her PLE. I like that she included personal connections which I didn't include. I loved reading about her creation process and truly appreciated how she talked about keeping her image easy and accessible. It is a very accessible image and easy to follow once you figure out the categories. I didn't see many creative tools, which I included but appreciated that she included publications, such as Edutopia, which I now think would have been a great addition.
Rob Blackston's PLE Diagram
I loved Rob's image! I know that he is in medical education and I LOVE that he made his diagram/image reflect a surgical table. It is like you can almost visualize a surgery happening. I also appreciated the simplicity of his. It makes mine feel like a big ol' mess! He seems to have some solid communities and a great foundation of social networks. He has very professional connections which I think reflects the area of education he is in. While elementary educators stay current on big topics as well, they also use PLE's to share lots of ideas while also using their PLEs as sounding boards. In Rob's educational areas, you can see that they have to stay current on big developments in the areas of medical research so they can pass that information on to future doctors. It was fascinating to see the very different worlds we both live in.
Tiffany Kannengieszer' PLE Diagram
My image was very similar to Tiffany's and we seem to have similar parts to our PLEs. We both utilize Twitter and Facebook, but I also like that she mentioned Voxer. I love Voxer and have found it an engaging way to interact with my PLN buddies who live far away. I like that she included learning management systems, which I should have included in mine as well. She also included conferences, which are a big part of my PLE. I also appreciated that she hand drew her diagram noting that she still brainstorms that way. I completely agree. When it comes to getting my thoughts down, I still reach for paper and pencil.
Kelly Spiese's PLE Diagram
I love to hike so I really enjoyed Kelly's diagram. We also utilize many of the same resources in our PLEs. We both noted Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. We both also use Google Docs as a means to share resources. She noted Google, libraries, and databases as research tools, while I gravitate more towards conferences and social interactions. I wish I was a better researcher, but I just love social learning environments. Her digram is very well thought out, organized, and creative. I also appreciated the symbolism of her arrows. For her sharing tools such as Canvas and Google Docs, she had her arrows point out. For her communication and and social network resources, she has the arrow point in towards the trial as if they are guiding her. That was a very cool touch!
Sarah Frances' PLE Diagram
Sarah and I have a very similar PLE and categorized the parts of our PLE very similarly. However, her's is a bit more creative and symbolic. I love the fishing metaphor. It made me think of "catch and release" which is exactly what teachers do with ideas. The gather and catch their ideas, build upon them, and release them back to their PLN's. Sarah and I both use similar communication and collaborative idea tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. We both also included creative tools, but I included a bunch of iPad apps and movie making tools since that is how I usually create and share. I like that she included organization tools such as Diigo and Pearltrees. It is important to organize resources and ideas and now I wish I would have included those in my PLE diagram, but I also need to work on that in general so it totally is art reflecting life ;)
Betty Well's PLE Diagram
I loved the metaphor of Betty's diagram. The diagram of the car and how she related that to both her PLE and PLN was pretty creative. I loved that she had the tools in the trunk! I completely agree that the engine that keeps the car going is professional development and that the wheels are what guide educators to sharing with others. The learners are the drivers who guide the car using all these resources. Pretty cool stuff!! I noticed that we used many of the same "tools". We both utilize Facebook and Twitter to share. She included Pinterest, which is certainly something I need to explore more. I usually find that most links now go to different Teachers Pay Teachers sites which kind of annoys me! But I will ask Betty what educators she follows closely. We also both utilize Google Drive to create and share, but she showcased Google Classroom which I am hoping to learn more about. Our diagram were very different in concept but had many of the same features and resources.
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