PLNs: Theory and Practice

As many of you will know, my PhD research is exploring the concept of PLNs and networked and connected learning, by investigating how teachers experience professional learning through their own PLNs. This post is based upon my research, and was created in part because I was asked by the lovely Dr Mandy Lupton to prepare a […]

Supercharge your PLN – Part Two

Following from my previous post, which explored how you might use hashtags to supercharge your PLN, this post will continue looking at ways to enhance your learning through the PLN, this time exploring the importance of connections. Learning through a PLN is inherently social. If we listen to what George Siemens and David Weinberger say, […]

Innovate or Transform…

21st Century Digital… What? We are seventeen years into the ’21st century’, but for education, I’m not sure that we realise this yet. There is shared agreement that schooling in its current form, is not necessarily synonymous with learning, nor preparing students for what Jan Owen,CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians, says is a […]

Theories of Connected Learning

The simplest way to define a theory is that it is a way of explaining how something works, or why something happens the way that it does. To understand connected learning, and to create effective connected learning environments, we need to understand how learning happens. Several wise people (their names are listed in the reference […]

Understanding Connected Learning – Part One

We have moved from the information age, to the connected age, says President and CEO of Educause, Diana Oblinger (2013). The connected age is enabled by technology that is designed for user contribution – the systems which allow for “the architecture of participation“(O’Reilly, 2004). In the connected age, where information resides is not important; it […]