From PLN to PLEcology

Thoughts on teaching PLN’s this fall. To what end does the PLN come and are we missing a vital piece for the 21st century?  Do we encourage the pre-service teacher|teacher|student|individual to merely to build a community of net-based realities in hopes that they find outlets for there passion to help better their society, economy, and environment?  Perhaps we encourage personal learning environments (indeed I have read the disagreements on PLN v PLE) that add a reality of tools and tech systems to there deliberation on learning.

I like this diagram on the PLN|PLE confluence:

The conversation I want to have with the world about learning asks the fundamental question, “what can we do to prepare young people for the social, economic, and environmental problems they collectively face now and will face in exponential order in the future?” My answer builds on the work of 19th and 20th century educational progressives while embracing 21 century web 2.0 and 3.0 technologies, emerging theory and praxis on learning modalities, pioneering work in business and economics, and systems thinking that takes the the individual into the heart of experiential place based and international learning; a new set of learning spaces that allows the individual learner to gain the essential skills needed to fundamentally shift humanities course through rigorous pure and applied learning experiences:  a personal learning ecology.

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