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|Coauthors Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli Share Why PLNs Are an Essential Foundation for the 21st Century Learner
|In order to create successful learning networks in the classroom, teachers must first create learning networks of their own. Don't know how? In Personal Learning Networks, the authors share step-by-step advice and real-world examples of how to form global learning networks. To help you get started, Solution Tree asked the authors why PLNs are making a difference in the classroom—and why you should consider creating your own PLN.|
|Q. Please define personal learning networks as they apply to educators and the world of education in general.
A. A personal learning network (PLN) consists of the people and resources that fuel our learning. During the past decade, this network is increasingly online. In a PLN, we can learn anytime, anywhere, with potentially anyone around the world who shares our passion or interest. We can literally build global classrooms of our own making on the web that include communities of learners we interact with on a regular basis.
Q. What is the link between learning networks and student achievement?
A. PLNs are an essential foundation for the 21st century learner. Students who create their own networks drive their own learning. PLNs work across all subject areas because they connect students to people and resources customized to their own learning style. PLNs transform education by making it more customized, global, real-time, and connected.
Q. Why did you decide to focus on learning networks as a means to improve student achievement?
A. Our ability to construct these types of networked connections is a fundamental part of learning in the 21st century. In this new world of learning, student achievement will be framed not so much by what a child knows, but whether or not that child has learned how to learn. In this sense, PLNs are capacity building. They enable students to go beyond their local teachers and textboooks, making the entire world their classroom.
|Q. Could you describe the research and/or real-world stories that went into Personal Learning Networks?
A. Thousands of educators are beginning to create connected learning experiences for the students in their classrooms, and there is more and more evidence every day that the interactions we can have within these networked spaces are challenging many of the traditional structures in our society. This book taps into those stories to create a compelling context for change.
Q. What do you think is the most important message from Personal Learning Networks?
A. The way we learn is changing, and this is a moment filled with both opportunities and challenges for educators and learners of all stripes. If we are to fully understand these opportunities and help our students take advantage of them, we need to form our own PLNs. Only by learning through our own networks can we work together to bring them to our classrooms and our schools in effective ways.
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