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Personal Learning Networks in Economics Teaching “Chance favours the connected mind” Geoff Riley FRSA Co-founder of tutor2u
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Geoff Riley FRSA - Personal Learning Networks in Economics Teaching © Geoff Riley 2011 tutor2u P a g e | 2 Why should teaching support be limited to those good natured conversations by the photocopier or in the staffroom or face-to-face discussions at a departmental meeting? These are still incredibly important for our own school provides a time and place for ideas and subject knowledge to be nurtured and enhanced. That said there is growing interest within the teaching community in how personal learning networks (PLNs) can be nurtured as part of continuing professional development (CPD). Whilst most schools and colleges have commitment to CPD and a sizeable budget to go with it, the best CPD does not carry a heavy financial cost. Indeed, many of the best resources and events are free! What is a personal learning network? A PLN might be defined as " the entire collection of people with whom you connect, engage and exchange information both offline and online ." This will continuously change and evolve – it must do to avoid information overload for busy people! Many networks can become a varied and vibrant blend of face-to-face connection allied to powerful sharing and networking opportunities through the open global web . I believe very strongly that the increasingly sophisticated usage of social media tools within education serves to increase demand for face-to-face conversations especially for people who have met initially within online communities. Building a personalised learning network The components of a PLN might start with a professional goal or a desire to develop a personal interest (perhaps finding your element in the spirit of the work of Ken Robinson!). At the heart of a PLN is choosing and then creating an infrastructure from which network nodes can appear. Some become part of your daily routine; others are brought into play only once or twice a year - all have the potential for enrichment of your work as a teacher and in many other areas of school life.
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Geoff Riley FRSA - Personal Learning Networks in Economics Teaching © Geoff Riley 2011 tutor2u P a g e | 3 Busy people need to find ways of filtering new information and ideas as they swarm onto the web! Facebook users share more than 30 billion pieces of content—Web links, news stories, blog posts, photos each month. Twitter users generate more than 155 million tweets per day (up from 55 million one year ago). 54 percent of adults who own mobile phones access Twitter with their mobile device
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Geoff Riley FRSA - Personal Learning Networks in Economics Teaching © Geoff Riley 2011 tutor2u P a g e | 4 Enrichment lectures at universities and other organisations At Eton we are lucky to be within sufficiently close reach of the capital to attend many lectures and public events held by the LSE, the RSA, the RGS, and the Royal Society et al. All of them provide podcasts and/or
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2012 for the course ECO 51844 taught by Professor Sabet during the Spring '11 term at FIU.

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