Personal Learning Network

Emily Thomas
Mind Map by , created over 5 years ago

This mind-map depicts my goals for creating my own PLN and it shows the tools I will use to create it successfully.

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Emily Thomas
Created by Emily Thomas over 5 years ago
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1 Goal: Become a self-teacher for all things related to progressive teaching, technology in the classroom, and 21st century education

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  • This goal is related to the digital content that I already consume. I do a lot of reading online on the topics of art, literature, politics, and news. I plan to extend this readnig more into the area of education. Instead of reading these articles as another part of my daily digital content, I'd like to make a more pointed effort to explore the education sections of each of these resources. 
1.1 Find the best digital content from news sources and organize successfully
1.1.1 Digital tools
1.1.1.1 Diigo
1.1.1.2 Evernote
1.1.1.3 Blogger
1.1.1.4 LiveBinders
1.1.2 Online resources and digital content
1.1.2.1 NYT
1.1.2.2 Slate
1.1.2.3 The Atlantic
1.1.2.4 The Chronicle of Higher Ed
1.2 Read at least 1 article or blog posting each week; save the most notable to Diigo
1.2.1 Digital tool
1.2.1.1 Diigo
2 Goal: Paperless writing classes

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  • While the system I have created for my writing classes works well, I would really like to venture into the more progressive territory of student assessment and digital tools. Thus, I am planning to make all my classes next semester paperless through the use of Turnitin.com
2.1 Begin using Turnitin.com for all writing classes
2.2 Research the best methods for assessment and implementation for paperless writing classes
2.3 Collaborate with other writing teachers for advice
3 Goal: Build a network of experts I follow online

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  • This goal will require me to increase my awareness of the online community devoted to education. I have begun following several experts in the field on Twitter, but plan to begin following several acclaimed educational blogs as well. 
3.1 Follow Education Experts on Twitter
3.2 Follow Education-focused blogs online
4 Goal: Become a more student-centered instructor

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  • In my writing classes especially, I still tend to adopt a style of teaching that is traditional and lecture-based. I want to learn how to teach writing in a way that encourages student-centeredness. 
4.1 Self study how to adopt this approach
4.1.1 Read various scholarly journals and education-based websites for research, tips, and methodology

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