Thank you Google.  Your threat to remove Reader from your toolbox (and mine) has motivated me.  Even in the face of conjecture that your rethinking your decision, I’m looking elsewhere.  I’m looking for that ultimate tool that does everything that I want it to.  I want to it to slice and dice and even julienne fries.  If it can make a cup of really good coffee at the same time, I’ll be in heaven.

The reality is that my ultimate tool doesn’t exist.  The closest thing that I’ve seen was developed by Stephen Downes back at least 7 years ago.  But his isn’t exactly what I want either.   I need to have one space that will allow me to consume and publish.  I need to have a dashboard that brings everything into one place and a central publishing mechanism that will allow me to unite anything that I send out there regardless of the media or platform used.  It needs to be a space that is constantly in flux and is my home online.  It needs to be with my at home and on the road.

So, I’ve decided to build it myself.  It’ll take a while but, if I’m successful it will be worth it.  I’ll have a lot to learn in the process, but I like learning, so that will be OK.  Ultimately, I would like it to be something that others could use too.  If I can create my ultimate tool, I hope that I can do it in a way that can be converted into a template that others can build on as well.

The purpose of this post?  It is part an announcement to the world that these are my plans so that I feel more obliged to follow them through.  They often say that the first true step in weight-loss is to tell others that you intend to loose weight.  It is also part an open solicitation for ideas.  I know what I want in my PLE, but what networks, functions, tools do you like in your networked communities?  The more ideas that I can incorporate from others, the more potential use my work will be.  Feel free to comment, tweet me, or email.  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

3 thoughts on “Personal Learning Environments – The Ultimate Tool

  1. Hi Marc – I love your thinking! I am just now (finally) pulling together my PLN (as part of a class project but its the primary reason I took the class!). I am now in the process of determining what tools and resources I want to incorporate and I, like you, really want the PLN to be transformative and open. But it also needs to be functional for my needs. I will be very curious to see what you develop. I saw your last post on the “ideal reader” and I agre with so many of your ideals on this topic. Your post is the first I’ve heard that Google is “reconsidering” their decision – nonethless, I am seeking elsewhere at the moment.

    1. Hi Elaine,

      Glad you liked the post. I’d be curious to know what your needs and wants are. Do you distinguish between a PLE and a PLN? What course are you doing this in?


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