What is a PLN ?
For #cck11 I use this blog, facebook group cck11, twitter #cck11, Cmaps, Delicious, and some email connections to warn me when someone does make a comment or a new post. This of course is only the digital part of the PLN. F2F connections are not listed.
So the network are all those people connected to these apps using the #cck11 tag. Some names are familiar, some names are new. Some people do share ideas or fields of interest with me.
In Dutch school a PLN is not a buzzword. Dutch schools are in a move towards more predefined course, structures called ‘leerlijnen” [learning lines], programs to teach subjects. In my opinion these highly structured prescriptions for teaching are not compatible with a PLN. Why form a PLM if your teacher knows what you must learn? And when the goal is not to become better, but to follow the path.
(on this: read blog of Edblogras, :”Our school system is designed for formal learning, for students to sit at their desks, fill-in-the-blanks, answer multiple choice questions, and occasionally do fun and interesting science projects”.)
Comment from Lars Was: “My biggest complain is the curriculum. I would love to get rid of the whole thing! Just imagine what you could do when there are no formal guidelines to follow!” (more on his blog)