This course has been crucial to me in encouraging and allowing me to consider not only the future of learning but the way the learner themselves is changing. Technology has created a whole new world and considerably changed the way both teachers and students operate. Social learning, constructivism and connectivism are all theories in education that have greatly changed due to technology. We can all reflect back on the qualities of a learner and the interaction with technology to see this. I am now convinced that education does not merely take place in a classroom – there is a whole world out there to navigate, collaborate, communicate and create with. Regardless of the digital tools I use I will take this deeper understanding with me from this course.
▪ What are the key things you learned during the course?
This PLN course/is has slowly changing the way I work. I realize that I can learn something new every day – a teaching technique, a new digital tool to try, what’s happening outside my school in the area of education. All this from the people I join with online. I no longer feel that I need to wait for the one or two days of PD that may be offered by the school. One of the key things I have learnt about PLN’s is that they have no borders – no limits. My PLN is not just a collection of ‘websites’ it is not merely information, it is a collection of colleagues and like minded, interesting, motivated people. The people near and far who are involved in my PLN are what makes it worthwhile.
▪ Were there any highlights?
Highlights to me were the interaction with others through my blog – the comments posted by other PLN participants and the PLN team. This has encouraged me to persevere and overcome my reluctance to contribute. I have probably in the past been a follower and now I feel that I may have something worthwhile to contribute to the online conversations of a PLN.
▪ How did you feel during the course – did it change from trepidation to frustration to joy or vice versa? Or something else completely?
I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. There have been moments of trepidation, frustration and joy. Mainly when dealing with the technical aspects of using the internet and various digital tools within a school network – this surely has to be addressed by DEECD. The support from the PLN team and participants has been outstanding and that has made it easy to have a go at some of the more daunting tasks.
▪ How would you describe the course to somebody else? Would you encourage them to do it? Did anything slow or stop your progress?
I would describe the course as the one PD that you MUST DO, ASAP. I would encourage others to do it and would like to encourage groups within the school to undertake the PLN at the same time in order to support together and to work with the same tools across all areas of the curriculum. Certain tasks required a large time commitment and that can be an issue at times but I enjoyed all the work/tasks/blogging reflections and have been able to complete all the units within the required time frames.
I completed a presentation on PADLET using Skitch and Evernote. Here is the link.
I completed a movie trailer using iMovie for My PLN Journey. I think the analogy is interesting. This PLN course has been a taster – the PLN team have given us glimpses of all that is exciting and left us wanting more. It is now up to us to continue writing the story.
Thanks to all the PLN Team and participants for making this one of the most worthwhile PD experiences I have had.