Here is a great example of a P.L.E. (Personal Learning Environment). The example is of a 7th grade science student. In the video, the student gives a step by step tour of her own P.L.E. At the end, she explains the different methods she can communicate with her classmates and teachers via the web (such as Skype or blog posts). She also says, “I really like learning this way because we get more freedom…we have so much freedom…you can go on the internet and learn anything…you have the inclination to be responsible.”
If seventh graders can use these tools responsibly, why can’t anyone of any age? I would like to try to incorporate this in my future highschool English class. It has proven to work with any subject, science is the example provided. Within the next few weeks, I will be working on my project which is using Social Media, mainly Twitter, in the English classroom. Basically, in english, the students would be able to do the exact same things as this science student, only using different sources for the given subject: English.
Seeing someone as young as 7th grade utilizing such tools at an early age really makes me happy. It makes me happy that many teachers are switching to this method, in turn, providing more freedom and creating assumed responsibility upon the students, providing them with great practice for research and the real world. In EDT 400, we all have our own P.L.E. for ourselves. It is great practice if we plan to teach this and incorporate it in our own future classrooms.