Online Education!

The greatest gift we can give ourselves is a good education!

The education we accumulate within our lifetime will improve our quality of life many times over. Even though we have not learned yesterday does not mean that today will not be educational for ourselves. Take the time to look at different means of gaining knowledge. Tomorrow may bring you closer to the knowledge you will need to meet your goals in life. Take that chance, learn something new!

PLE

The development of a Personal Learning Environment can take on many different avenues. Each individual has a differing opinion on where they would like their personal learning experience to lead them. With the development of so many different Web 2.0 sites to enhance the personal experience in learning, it may become difficult to decide which sites to use. I personally feel that the more the better. In developing a spectrum of sites to influence ones own individual interests becomes actually very time consuming. The same effect happens when we are just surfing the web, there are just so many interesting websites. How do you choose? I have decided to personally link as many different sites as possible that interest me to my Personal Learning Network site, because each has their own positives to enhance my learning network. This WordPress site has caught my interest as being a great place to air my thoughts, many of which have roots in the Education of today and how it is affecting our young generation. I have chosen this as an excellent place to provide thought and expression of current educational viewpoints and issues. This environment will be helpful to me in receiving input to my viewpoints. Blogging may well become the best addition to my Learning Environment since the start of my Personal Learning Network.

Let us begin with a PLN (Personal Learning Network)

According to Wikipedia, one of the simplest places to start, a PLN is:

A personal learning network is an informal learning network that consists of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from in a personal learning environment. In a PLN, a person makes a connection with another person with the specific intent that some type of learning will occur because of that connection.[1][2]

An important part of this concept is the theory of connectivism developed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes. Learners create connections and develop a network that contributes to their professional development and knowledge.[3] The learner does not have to know these people personally or ever meet them in person.[2]

The following is an excerpt from Dryden’s and Vos’ book on learning networks:[4]

“For the first time in history, we know now how to store virtually all humanity’s most important information and make it available, almost instantly, in almost any form, to almost anyone on earth. We also know how to do that in great new ways so that people can interact with it , and learn from it.”

Then lets look at PLE (Personal Learning Environment)

Personal learning networks share a close association with the concept of personal learning environments. Martindale & Dowdy [5] describe a PLE as a “manifestation of a learner’s informal learning processes via the Web”.