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PLEs and PLNs for Lifelong Competencies

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PLEs and PLNs for Lifelong Learning Competencies  



In recent years there has been a new array of learning management systems (LMS). Tools such as blogs, wikis, podcasts and social bookmarking have created a significant shift in the educational experience. Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) enable learners to have greater control over their own learning experience. This session will take a look at the current situation by clarifying the concepts of personal learning environments and networks (PLNs). Participants will learn by doing, creating their own Personal Learning Environment and adding tools relevant to their individual needs as the 5-week session evolves.






Target Audience:

Teachers, educators, and individuals seeking an innovative approach to new learning dimensions.


Sponsoring TESOL Entity



Link to Moodle:  This is for our forums. http://tesolitaly.moodlehub.com/course/view.php?id=4


Link to Wiki: http://personallearningnetworksession.pbworks.com


Pre-training: Please read this article on Netiquette to learn about proper etiquette for online learning. Then take the quiz.

The Rules of Netiquette



Weekly Content


Week 1:

This week participants will introduce themselves to the group and get acquainted with its Moodle platform as well as other PLEs and PLNs.  They will analyze and evaluate the variety of frameworks and tools and take a survey of their personal tech capabilities, experience, and needs. 


Week 2:

Participants will be introduced to tools used in the session and examine their practical use and implementation.  They will analyze and evaluate PLE Frameworks and select a format for their own PLE/PLN project.                                   


Week 3:

Participants will explore tools that support and supplant theories and models.


Week 4:

Participants will develop their own PLE/PLNs.  They will visit and tour each other’s PLE/PLNs and take a survey on their favorite tools and purposes.


Week 5:

Presentations and wrap up.  This final week we will present our work and share the results of the survey on favorite tools with the group, so everyone can benefit from a reference list created by the entire class.



Examples of tools that may be explored during the session


Production tools





Google Docs

Collaboration and sharing tools

Social Bookmarking








Persistent Presence tools:Twitter and  Jaiku

Application Sharing



Storage tools

Amazon S3





Aggregating Content



Google Reader



Aggregating People


Social networking services




Aggregating Software






Identity Management






Suites of tools











Daniela Cuccurullo


Hello everyone! My name is Daniela Cuccurullo, from Naples (Italy). I have been Tesol Italy Executive Committee member for ten years and coordinator of TESOL Italy local group of Naples. I work as contract Professor of English language at the University of Naples “Federico II” and at “Istituto Suor Orsola Benincasa”as well as being Secondary School teacher of English, teacher trainer, e-tutor, forum moderator and author of contributions and learning objects for A.N.S.A.S.. I like using both traditional face-to-face methods and e-learning paths in blended training.


Engaged in research on teaching English as a second language through multimedia and CALL, I'm author of essays on didactics, on English literature, reviews and translations.  I still love 'studying', that's why I have four Masters in Multimedia teaching, e-learning and e-tutoring. My particular interests today are reading, online pedagogy, web 2.0 and beyond, 3D immersive virtual worlds like Second Life and PLE/PKE, of course.  I'm very happy to be joining this great group of educators and taking part in the training session.


e mail: danielacuccurullo@gmail.com

Skype id: danicmagic

Yahoo id: dcuccurullo

Second Life id: danic Magic


Letizia Cinganotto

Hi! I'm Letizia Cinganotto. I've been a Tesol Italy Executive Committee member for five years. I have been teaching English in a Secondary School and working as a supervisor of the teacher training. I'm a contract professor at University. I'm very fond of digital teaching and learning, in fact I have three masters in  E-learning and a master in English Language Teaching as well. I cooperate with A.N.S.A.S (ex Indire) and with some Italian universities, dealing with the planning and implementing of learning objects, e-learning courses and masters of English. I have published articles and presented papers at some national and international conferences. 


e-mail: letizia.cinganotto@gmail.com

skype id: ciletizia

Second Life id: ciletizia Orsini


Sandra Annette Rogers





This will be my second year volunteering with EVO.  Last year I co-moderated a session on the Use of the Internet for Young Learners.  Some of my career highlights include: English Teaching Fellow to Mozambique with USIA, dual language Pre-K demonstration teacher for UCLA's laboratory school, product manager with Hampton-Brown publishing, and Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras. Currently, I teach College Reading online for the University of South Alabama, rate TOEFL speaking tests online with ETS, and teach ESL online with eTeacher.  I also author The Broke Blog and run a virtual, 501c3, non-profit, BrokeButNotForLong, Inc.  This year I'll serve as a moderator for the PLEs & PLNs for Lifelong Competencies session.


Email: SandRogers123@yahoo.com

TappedIn Virtual Office: SandraR

Skype: Sandrogers123

SecondLife: Sand Guardian 


Susan Burg


My name is Susan Burg and I live in Florence, Italy where I teach English both f2f and online for a variety of institutes.  I have a Masters in e-learning from the Università degli Studi di Firenze.  I have written papers on e-learning and webquests and have actively participated in Tesol Italy as speaker and participant.  I have been happily involved with the webheads since 2004 both as participant and co-moderator and this year I will be working on the session PLEs and PLNs for Lifelong Competences.





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To join this group:


From January 3-9, 2011
  1. Go to: http://personallearningnetworksession.pbworks.com


     2.  Click on the  flagged section    (this is just an image) on the right-hand side of the wiki.


      3. Follow the instructions.




Note: When you register for the group, you will have to be approved by the moderator. In order to reduce the possibility of "unwanted" members (such as spammers), please be sure to explain who you are and why you want to enroll in the session. This message will only be seen by the session moderator.



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