week 5 – Monday (18 July 2011)

Personal Learning Networks

  • Housekeeping
  • Mini-Lecture
  • Lab (tools and exercises)


  • Gradesheet
    • Check for “x”
    • If ‘x’ is missing, upload assignment again using assignment sheet. In URL field, put the week of the assignment in before you paste the URL. Emailing me isn’t working in terms of work flow.
    • If you do readings in advance, please put the week of the reading in the URL field.


  • What are PLNs and why are they important?
    • Help sift through data to identify useful, relevant information
    • Help identify learning resources and opportunities
    • Provide coaching and answers as you apply your learning
    • Share wisdom through dialogue
  • The Internet of Things (50B, 1T?)
  • New Tweet per second record

Lab (tools)

Lab (exercise with Diigo)

1. Log in to Diigo and COM300 group (your logins are your name as I have it on the students page + 300, like this: adam300 — put password on whiteboard).

2. Read & comment (highlight)

3. Install the Diigolet on Firefox (not MSIE) in the lab (hopefully you can do this). Then find an article relating to information networks – personal or otherwise – and “bookmark” it to the class group. Give it a description and some tags that are appropriate to the article. Think of tags as “adjectives”.

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About Kathy E. Gill (@kegill)

Digital evangelist, writer, teacher. Webmaster at King County Elections; educator at UW. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill, gplus.to/kegill, http://wiredpen.com

Posted on July 18, 2011, in Class Notes. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Note: consider group size (last week)

    * Lots of information – mulling over/reading over (read 1st, talk 2nd)
    * Brainstorming by email when time is an issue
    * Pre-meeting planning because of time management issues
    * Collaborative document creation versus serial email for creative writing
    * Short question (email)
    * Crowdsourcing as a tool for gathering disparate data
    * Plain text easy to misinterpret
    * Focus can be an issue if we are multitasking

    * Group presentation – planning
    * Interviews – F2F
    * Importances of non-verbal communication
    * Idea sharing, serendipity, brainstorming – synergy
    * Crisis/emergency communication (real time, deadline-related)
    * The more complex, the more real-time communication is needed
    * Keeping group focused is challenge for leader
    * Requires level-setting/equalization
    * May be more conducive to depth

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