Below, each member of the Week 8 team has posted a video clip or an image to describe their PLEs, in part or in whole, that they use for work, studying or for personal interests. We invite you to explore and share your own description of your PLE.
I am a former teacher and current instructional designer/developer at Alberta Health Services. We develop elearning courses for staff development in our clinical systems. Tools like Twitter, Diigo, Flipboard, and Google Reader have transformed how I learn and have made me a big believer in PLEs.
A short narrative of my PLE
I am a secondary school mathematics teacher in British Columbia, Canada. I am currently trying to implement some of what I have learned in the MET program by encouraging students to use the technology they have available to them to enhance their learning. As much as I enjoy technology, my PLE is still pretty “old school” as you can see by watching the Prezi below.
As a secondary school teacher in School District #43 in British Columbia, Canada I will complete my MET from UBC in the spring of 2013. In my time as a teacher I have consistently increased my use of technology to improve my classroom and my teaching. Recently I have become a big fan of Edmodo and Quizlet, which I use regularly in all of my classes, whether it is English, Social Studies, or Student Services! I am also expanding my own educational horizons and doing professional development every day through my own Personal Learning Network on Twitter:
I love learning and that’s why I’ve spent most of my adult life in school. During breaks in the real world, I’ve taught at the primary level and have written high school science online courses. Lately, I’ve worked on educational presentations for the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa and I’ve written teacher guides for activities that include the use of Google Docs, Twitter and online videos produced by TFO.
Click here to see the interactive version of my PLE map.
After having been the Mathematics and Science Department head for two and a half years I am now the Director of Educational Technology as a result of my push to incorporate technology into the learning process and my progression through the MET program at UBC. I encourage students to use the tools (smart phones, cameras, and computers) they have available to them to build and demonstrate their understand of course concepts, whether it be in mathematics, science, or any other course they are in.
I am an Adult Educator with the Vancouver School Board in British Columbia. Working with adults, I encounter a variety of ages and abilities. Some students are digital natives while others have little to no experience with digitial technologies; however, almost all of my students are unaware of how to leverage digital tools to enhance their learning, nor do they possess adequate media literacy skills. In my practice, I make it a point to introduce students to learning technologies and encourage their development of media literacy skills. Click on the thumbnail to view the full-size image of my PLE which highlights some of the tools I use in my professional, personal and scholarly life.