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Transformative learning

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Transformative learning experiences are important in today’s education because it encourages students’ to see all points of views. Students’ frame of mind can be transformed into more inclusive, reflective and open ways of thinking through discussion and reflection. Two major elements are critical self reflection/assessment and participating fully/freely. These elements help to transform students’ frames of mind once they are open to various teachings.

(K12Online, 2013. On this day… [Image]. Retrieved from http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=1233)

Community of Practice explained…

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A community of practice is a group of people who share a common concern, interest or passion which they learn about universally through experiences, stories and routines. It is NOT an individual practice with people who have social interests that has no learning opportunities.
It includes:
– Domain: shared domain of interest involving commitment and competence in group.
– Community: group members engage in activities and discussion to share information and learn from each other.
– Practice: develop resources like experiences, stories, and tools which involves time and interaction.

(Tanner James, 2012. What makes a good P3 community of practice? [Image]. Retrieved from http://www.tannerjames.com.au/_blog/Tanner_James_Blog/tag/Community_of_Practice/)

Salmon stages

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This is an image of Salmon’s stages of learning. Looking at this, I feel on a technological sense I have reached stage 3, but on a communicative sense maybe not as much. In general, I am a quiet person so I don’t have much to say online. Although, I have tried to communicate as often as I can. It isn’t because I don’t know how it’s just my nature I guess. I think I might progress through these stages once I become more familiar with all the online websites and social sites.

(Oxford Brookes University, 2012. Gilly Salmon’s five stages of online learning [Image]. Retrieved from https://radar.brookes.ac.uk/radar/items/a68b80cb-c531-44e7-a0af-d5c1f1ef7fae/3/)

What is a PLN?

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A PLN is a personal learning network where like-minded people join groups to discuss information about teaching content, pedagogy etc. The discussions can be face-to-face or they can be online using various websites. The websites let you converse with people all over the world which is a great way to expand your knowledge and meet new people. The discussion can be based on anything that relates to teaching from any source like books, Internet, conferences, PD’s and much more. The PLN involves talking about your experiences when researching, collaborating and discussing ways of advancing teaching practices.
These days, it is about sharing mostly on an online environment (like this) using the vast variety of information provided by the Internet.

(The Teachers’ Tech Lounge, 2012. PLN starter guide [Image]. Retrieved from http://eatoneducationalinsights.edublogs.org/category/professional-learning-communities/)

Blogger/Bloggee

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As a blogger, it is my role to post entries that suit my interest. I can choose how I post them – text, video, photos etc., what my blog looks like, what my readers can see, and how frequent I want to post. It is a personal decision as to how I want to set up my blog and what comments I would like to be viewed by others.
Not forgetting that as a blogger another role is to make my blog interesting, engaging and educational so that my visitors want to come back and read more.

A visitor’s role in blogs involves viewing entries by the author/s and deciding whether or not it is of personal interest as to whether to continue reading. As a visitor you can read all the posts, a little bit or none at all. If you have a response to a post it is nice to reply with a comment, give criticism, and provide ideas or personal insight on the topic.

(MisterEddie, 2008. Monkey [Image]. Retrieved from http://mistereddie.blogspot.com.au/)