During James Farmer's recent keynote at the "Live To Learn, Learn To Blog" event my new mobile went off midstream, causing me to scramble for the nearest exit, cursing under my breath that I wished I had at least worked out how to put it on silent before travelling to Melbourne. It was Alex Hayes who was calling from Orange Base Hospital shortly after the birth of his son, Ethan, with an offer to be part of a NSW TAFE Regional event. He wanted me to explore my thoughts around the concept of the PLE - the Personal Learning Environment.
Unfortunately, the timing of the event conflicted with work and family commitments so I had to decline the offer of a trip to Sydney. But I thought that I'd at least try and hammer out what I would have covered and wanted to say. I'm not an expert and there are plenty of academics and other experts publishing their take on the concept so I definitely wanted to put a more grassroots perspective out there to add to the conversation. I've put together a slidecast which was pretty easy to construct. It's just a shade over 15 minutes in length (which is plenty long enough for anyone browsing this on my blog) and has areas that need further detail and explanation. But if Alex can use it tomorrow in his event, well, that's a bonus and I welcome any conversation that comes this way.
This also helps me get past the fact that my proposal for the K12 Online Conference fail to spin its wheels past the submission stage. Your opinions welcome in the comments.
Excellent presentation Graham! You have covered everything in such a clear, concise and beautifully presented slideshow. I’ll definitely be using this one with my teachers this year! Thank you for sharing!
I loikes – almost enough to forgive the mobile 🙂
I had some thoughts around ple being an opportunity to think about learning from the stuent perspective, and that the social space and policies around learning, the agreements, like copyright/copyleft, curriculum/reporting/qualifications, negotiated learning and collaboration, ability to access material after a course is finished or no longer funded.
These things are all a part of the social ple we make as individuals and learning communities.
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Once again Graham your blog has helped clarify the thinking on this topic. it helps raise to the forefront ideas about how to look forward to new challenges of working with our children in our classroom in their learning world as oppsoed to our some of our ‘default’ ways of planning and presenting.