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Why students need a 'professional learning network' too

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Started by Karen Spencer 25 Aug 2011 10:21am () Replies (1)

As a kid, I had a passion for frogs. I got books out of the library, copied the pictures, found out everything I could, and bored my parents to death with it. I had a 'frog project', totally self-initiated, which lasted for, oh, at least four weeks

When I spoke at the student-run Tech Hui earlier this year, I made the point that social media has huge learning potential for student to pursue and build their own PLN (professional learning network). They can now talk to experts in fields about which they are passionate; for example, a keen scientist can have a conversation with Stephen Hawking on Twitter, or post a note to Margaret Atwood.

Here's a post from Edutopia which makes the point really nicely: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/social-media-empowers-students-andrew-marcinek

Just like that child long ago with the odd, slightly intense interest in frogs (!), do you see students harnessing technology to independently pursue their passions?

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