PLEs social dimension

For social tools to succeed, they should also be personally useful. Maybe personal learning environment frameworks*, in turn, need to have rich social functionality to really take off?” Tony Hirst  June 1 posting on OUseful info. This sums up one of the increasing dilemas when considering social networking tools/PLEs – where the lines between the formal learning and personal (informal) domains are. In my work at NSW DET we are currently looking at what social networking tools to integrate into portal services. A discussion today resolved that we need to have a holistic view of how these tools integrate with an entire learning community ie teachers, students, parents , workplaces etc. A true PLE needs to account for all these dimensions and not merely that of the realm of formal education-thats the domain of ePortfolios. Tried to capture this in my PLE diagram of a student in the digital knowledge space.

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About thand

I'm a currently working at NSW Departrment of Education & Training, Connected Classrooms Program, Sydney.
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