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As we go along, it is becoming apparent that if I’m going to use this blog as the primary communication tool for the PLE Project, I need a separate page for the administrative aspects of the project.  In the interest of transparency and getting interest and feedback from others as we progress, this page is open to all and I encourage ideas, but it is primarily a space that the participants in the project can come to keep up to date with what is going on.

So, participants, as requested, here is a synopsis of the progress you should have made thus far:

  1. You’ve completed the pre-project survey.  See Mr. Crompton if you need the URL.
  2. You’ve established a blog.
  3. You’ve written an introductory blog post outlining who you are and what your interests are.
  4. You’ve emailed me the address of that blog.
  5. You’ve set up an account in Google and have added this blog to Google Reader using the RSS feed.
  6. You’ve subscribed to all of the other participants blogs.
  7. You’ve searched Google for blogs relating to something that you are particularly passionate about.  You’ve selected 20 interesting blogs from this search and subscribed to them through Google Reader.
  8. You’ve written a blog post telling your subscribers something about your Favourite Five blogs.
  9. You’ve created a Twitter account and sent me your twitter name (handle)
  10. You’ve found 15-20 people that are relevant to your interest to follow
  11. You’ve created a list of the other members in the PLE project
  12. Write a blog post that reflects on your progress to date.  How do you feel about your progress?  What have you learned?  Have things gone as expected?
  13. Start a Diigo account.
  14. Link Twitter to Diigo with Packrati.
  15. Write a blog post about anything that you wish.  If you are unsure of what to write, search the articles tagged with #sgspleproj on Twitter and respond to one of them.
  16. Look at Symbaloo, Netvibes, Flipboard, Feedly or any other dashboard tool.  Your next task is to put together one platform for ALL of your information feeds.  It has to be able to pull together as much information in one place as you need and you want to be able to organize it in a manner that makes sense to you.  Think about what device(s) you are likely to use to access your dashboard – this may have an impact on the tool that you choose.
  17. Set up your dashboard.  Begin by organizing your established personal interest(s) and then expand it out to include other facets of your learning that you might need to include.
  18. Write a blog post about your dashboard.  What do you like about it?  How does it help you?  What do you wish it would do?  How do you think that you might improve it further?
  19. Record a Jing video tour of your dashboard and send me the link.  (Details below)
  20. Complete the mid-project survey.  Get the URL from Mr. Crompton if you don’t already have it.
  21. Consider the prospect of a template for a PLE that would be given to every student in the school.  Recognizing that a PLE is personal and any template would have to include the ability to modify to suite specific needs, what do you see as the essential elements of this kind of a template.  Think in terms of functions rather than specific tools.  Don’t say that everyone needs to have Twitter for example.  Think about what it is that Twitter does that you value and think is important to your PLE.  Respond either by editing our mindmap or by writing in your blog.
  22. Between now and the end of April, we are looking for two blog items per week.  First, you will blog about what it is you intend to learn about or accomplish in the coming week.  Second, you report back to the group via your blog about what it is that you have learned or accomplished.  It would be motivating for all if you were to read and comment on each others’ posts.

Summary Assignment:

Before the end of term, you need to record a screencast tour of your dashboard/PLE.  You need to demonstrate your dashboard to a public audience so that they can learn about what you have done, why you have done it and how it benefits you.  Think of the Symbaloo demonstration video that we watched in class.  While your video will be significantly different, that video is an excellent example of the kind of thing that we are looking for.  You are welcome to use any tool to record your screencast tour but Jing is easy and cheap.  It also allows you to publish the video on their website for free.  While I am not mandating that you answer any of the questions below, I am including them as prompts to get your creative juices flowing:

  • What are the parts of a PLE and how do the tools that you have chosen to use function within your PLE?
  • What is your favourite part of your PLE?
  • How do the parts of your PLE relate to each other?
  • What have been the biggest advantages of your PLE so far?
  • How do you see yourself using your PLE in the future?
  • Has your PLN expanded?  Are there new people that are helping you learn about what you want to learn about?
  • What have you learned through your PLE that you may not have learned otherwise?
  • How does your PLE relate to your school work?  In what ways do you think that it has or might make you a better learner or more successful in school?

Important Links:

PLE Tools List
PLE Rubric – from Clarence Fisher
Dashboard Links worksheet
PLEs – Marc’s take

Student Blog List

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