Monthly Archives: August 2013

COMMUNITIES of PRACTICE

A Community of Practice, otherwise known as CofP, is a term whose definition is as old as civilisation.

Investigated by Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, it defines a group of any size of people who have something in common and a “…learning partnership between its members “ (Wenger)

There are three necessary elements to a CofP according to Wenger.

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Images of 21st Century Classrooms

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August 17, 2013 · 9:02 pm

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A BLOG AND A WEBSITE?

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The learning of blogging

Blog originated from the word “weblog” or “web log”

Website means from “a site on the web”

Some differences between the two:

1. A blog usually has more information on the site than a website because it is constantly being updated and having comments posted by many people.

2. A blog is like a “news”-paper with many articles of different subject matter whereas a website is more like one article in the newspaper.

3. Readers are allowed to comment on the blog

4. Blogs are diary like in its approach with regular inputs ie posts, whereas websites are static

5. Blogs are in reversed chronological record of opinions and information (ie latest to earliest posts)

6. Bloggers often work together ie community of bloggers and sharing news and opinions about an interest whereas a website usually has one author

7. Blogs are often updated daily on the internet

8. Blogs cover a wide variety of topics and news where as a website has a specific subject

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So what is a PLN?

A PLN is an acronym for Personal Learning Network.

PLN network of peopleA PLN:

1. Is interactive,

2. It is collective and connects you to and engages you with other people with similar interests

3. Has the intention that learning will occur

4. Is usually online. They have always existed pre Internet and WEB 2.0 eg staffrooms, worksites, meeting rooms but are now accessible to anyone, anywhere via the Internet and Web 2.0.

5. A place, where people with similar and specific interests, can filter through a “tonne” of information and share the most beneficial, useful and learning based ideas.

6. A virtual place to provide feedback, and to share ideas to fellow “learners’ through articles and websites

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How Is Research Informing Classroom Design in the 21st Century?

Road map to the future

Road sign to the 21st Century classroom

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To Blog or not to Blog, that is the question!

BLOG MAN

TO BLOG OR NOT TO BLOG…THAT IS THE QUESTION

So here I am…a blogger. I am sure when I was a kid, many years ago, if I called someone a “blogger” I would have been looked at quite sternly by Sr  “Maria” and even more sternly by my mother when I got home and she found out.

But somehow the term “blogger” is becoming warmly endearing to me. Imagine shouting at someone “You are the greatest blogger I have ever seen”..hmmm…or ..”Your blog is amazing!”

OK, maybe endearing isn’t the term, more like nervously acceptable.

But it appears I have to “catch up” with the teaching and learning trends that I have missed out on. Ironically I have only been out of teaching for 5 years but it still appears that I am “well behind the 8th ball”…never mind, never scared to take on a challenge.

So I sit here, typing on my keyboard and then deleting the text I just typed because it wasn’t what I meant. Retyping and deleting again…is this blogging? Is this the social addiction that so many comment about? Type and delete…type and delete…type and post…YES…that’s what I meant to say! I have a blog!

Maybe my next one might be Blog 2.0…I think I am addicted!!

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