Presentation

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I have created a Prezi to explain the different types of learning spaces:
~ the classroom and the school
~ beyond the classroom
~ the electronic learning space
~ the individual learning space
~ the group learning space
~ learning in the 21st century

Click on this link:
http://prezi.com/xdtvocnh7aqq/present/?auth_key=0xytw7i&follow=ux_o1wd-86jy#65_50139505

Electronic age

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As teachers, these days we are faced with the ever-changing effects technology has on our teaching methods. These effects can be considered good or bad depending on personal view, but the facts are that our options are vast and varied now because of technology.
The electronic learning space has been adapted widely across the world in the 21st century. With the help of the Internet, interactive whiteboards, computers, iPads, smart phones and so on, we are faced with an endless supply of resources for student learning. This style of learning space will continue to grow and advance in the future and it is up to teachers to stay updated and connected to electronic advancements. It is important to always try and test new technology like using iPad apps or blogs before introducing this to students. Ensuring that the content is relevant and appropriate will help with ensuring electronic methods are worthwhile. By doing this, students will benefit greatly and continue to be challenged in their learning.

(Teacher Serginho’s blog, 2013. Imagine [Image]. Retrieved from http://teacherserginho.blogspot.com.au/2012_01_01_archive.html)

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/)