MY PLE Diagram – The PLE KITCHEN

For the final part of our assignment this week we had to create an original image which represented our concept and idea of a PLE. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted my image to be. I am quite a visual person so I wanted it to look good but spent too long playing with Photoshop. I even went to the IT department and borrowed a Bamboo drawing tablet and pen so I could create an original drawing. As usual, I was off on the wrong track. If I could only remember my wife’s advice that I am always wrong, then I would regularly dismiss my first idea and go straight to plan B.

Anyway, I realized the art was not as important as the metaphor so I listed the things I wanted the image to say. They were in no particular order:

  • My PLE is unique and dynamic
  • It will be different each time I access or use it
  • Even if someone else create the same PLE it would be different
  • I have to be a creator
  • There has to be a change for learning to take place
  • The end result (my learning) is created from a mixture of what different inputs I have.

Just by listing those things, it came to me. My PLE is a recipe. I use ingredients and select, decide, choose, add, adjust, taste and create something for myself or others. The subtlety is mine, the final flavor might be different from what I expect and if done correctly I feel satisfied. Yup. My PLE is Pie, Soup and Casserole.

I have created this image to reflect that. The PLE Kitchen. I used Glogster which is limited but did the job. I hope it makes sense to you all. It does to me.

As always feedback is much appreciated. Thanks

Andrew

Link to original Glogster diagram. The PLE Kitchen

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Addition.

After posting this, I spent some time reviewing and commenting on my peers’ images in our Facebook group. A couple of thoughts jumped into my mind in terms of comparing their images to my own. Firstly, all of the images I reviewed involved the use of icons to represent different sources, combined with a different and personal interpretation of how each person processed and made sense of them. To that end, mine is very similar.

Where mine differs from some, is that my image is quite linear. Input, process, output which is different from a few who had chosen the circle concept to represent their processing. Matt’s was similar to mine in that respect. All of the images I looked at had thought and refection evident in both the concept and the execution. I went for a metaphor to deliver my message which again was different from most images. It is just my own style – I learn from analogies and comparisons. What was evident was the caliber of my peers on the course. Everyone had put in effort and thought to their images and while many of us took a similar approach I got something out of each image I reviewed. Thanks to everyone.

Online Learning Communities – Finding a heartbeat

I have learned another good lesson this week. For a community to be valuable it has to have heart. It might seem obvious but online committees are just like real world communities; they grow, develop, thrive and then often die away as different factors move the members on. Like a city, what is left can be stronger than what existed before but can also be full of empty spaces. Look at Detroit. The communities that are left are strong but small. The devastation and ruins are everywhere.

I think that online communities are exactly the same but these events happen in double-time. The big difference is that the internet doesn’t really rot away. Everything is just left – it doesn’t purge itself. Maybe it is easier to disconnect from an online community because the community is virtual. There is less of an emotional connection because it is not grounded in real-time human interactions. Certainly that is something I have thought about as I have gone through this week’s activity.

In looking for communities to join, I found many places where comments were old, replies were few and nobody was really using the community. Everyone bar a few seemed to have moved on. I wanted to join networks which I could add to and which would add to me as a professional so I had to dig.

I eventually realized that the responsibility was mine. I had to engage, look around, meet a local and if it didn’t fit, or was a ghost town then move on. And so I did.

I have been a member of LinkedIn for a while now but had not joined any communities. I did so this week and found a good dialogue taking place. A teacher asking for advice had replies about an issue and a number of people jumped in with good advice. There was a connection. I joined the Teacher’s lounge and an E-learning group.

I joined several different groups on Google+ and enjoyed just reading. Easy to be a lurker and consumer. I added a few comments in the edtech group and will go back again this week. There were some groups which were more active than others but there was a beating heart which was good.

I joined eweb.net which has a huge amount of communities. I joined a few – non edtech ones as well as tech focused ones. My participation was limited but involved gaming and coding for elementary pupils. I’m not sure how frequently others will respond.

I also joined the Flipped Learning Network where I found a lot of information but I’m not sure there is a lot of activity. My posts are still on the front page as most recent and it has been a couple of days. I feel like Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn might be where I focus most of my time. Scoop.it is also a tool that I am using to source information. I want to be careful and ensure that I have quality not quantity experiences.

As with my last post, I have created a google slideshow with screenshots of my different contributions to sites.

My final thoughts are this: All communities are organic. They start small, grow, but often die away or morph into something else. I need to make sure that in order to get the best from my online communities, they are a good fit for me, have a pulse and that I become a creator not just a lurker.

Here is a link to some screenshots of my participation.

Thanks

Andrew