ITEC 2009 - PLN: A gardener's approach to professional learning

David Warlick is a wonderful speaker and an even more wonderful person. I was very fortunate to spend some time with him last night and this morning. I have very much enjoyed being a learner in his presence...


My notes from David's second presentation at ITEC 2009:

  • Blogging is about listening as much as it is about writing
  • David is talking about who he reads (for example, Stephen Downes serves as a filter for David)
  • PLN = personal learning network
  • There's nothing new about PLNs; they existed long before the Internet; they were just more limited than they are now
  • Everyone's PLN is different
  • David: "I blog to learn. Many of my blog entries are questions from which I learn from others."
  • For a lot of people, Twitter is the heart of their PLN. For others, it's their blog, Facebook, Second Life, Ning, Delicious, Flickr, or whatever.
  • The Classroom 2.0 Ning has 31,705 members as of this morning
  • The real power of PLNs is in mining the conversation. Because conversation is getting laid down, becoming part of the record, it can be monitored, mined, etc.
  • Founder of Technorati: "Blogging is the exhaust of the human consciousness."
  • Warlick: "As a 6th grade teacher, I learned very quickly that the amount of time students paid attention to me was directly related to the strangeness of what I was talking about."
  • David's bookmarks are at www.delicious.com/dwarlick
  • Social bookmarking is my personal digital library
  • Tagging is a key function in the networked Internet
  • See also: A gardener's approach to learning

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