Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Personal Learning Environments (PLEs)

The other day I wrote about information overload. One of the first terms that comes to mind when I go back and read the first line from that post - "We all have much more information from many more sources than we have ever had before." - is duh. Information overload is likely to be quite apparent to us all. However, what is perhaps less apparent to many of us is how to deal with it. In this post I will start to explore more fully some of the ways to deal with information overload.

Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) have been receiving much attention over the last few years, especially with the growth of Web 2.0 tools. Michele Martin in her blog, The Bamboo Project, has a great post about PLEs in which she gives descriptions, issues and ideas about PLEs and details some of the tools she uses. Robin Good also has a great post about PLEs -
Personal Learning Environments: What They Are And How To Implement Them
. These two posts provide a good starting place for your learning about PLEs.

One of the key points to realize about PLEs is that by their very nature, they are personal. Consequently, each individual's PLE will likely be unique. I am in the process of updating my PLE to make the best use of many technological tools - those Web 2.0 tools I mentioned above. Once I have done that I will post my new PLE here. In the mean time, starting with my next post, I will be discussing some of those tools either individually or grouped by their primary function.

If you are interested in learning about a particular tool or group of tools please leave me a comment.

1 comment:

Sue Waters said...

Hi John

The whole PLEs and eportfolio has been a bit emotional here in Australia. Definitely an area I am keeping out of if I can avoid it. However you will find a small discussion between Michelle Martin and Ray Tolley happening in our etools and tips for educators community. Within a community forum I belong to in EDNA it has been very emotional.

Good luck with your 31 day challenge. I personally found that putting the information from several tasks into the one post worked well except where I discovered information that I really wanted to share as a post. Some people set up separate pages for these posts -- but I think it made it harder for people to realise that they were posting on the challenge.