August 16, 2012: Personal Learning Networks

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Transcript of the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable August 16, 2012

Topic: Personal Learning Networks

Photos, by Grizzla. Please help us by joining our VWER groups at Flickr and Koinup to add your own pictures!

Kali Pizzaro: Hi everyone, and welcome to the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable. We meet each Thursday at 11:30am SLT for an hour. 7:30pm In UK, 2:30pm est

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Kali Pizzaro: Tonight’s theme: Building Personal Learning Networks via Virtual Worlds and Social Media

Kali Pizzaro: let’s start as we always do with introductions. I am Evelyn McElhinney RN, Lecturer in Advanced Practice and part time doctoral student at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland.

Claudia13 Rossini: Claudia….still a builder

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): /me is Joe Essid, University of Richmond English & Writing Center, teaching with virtual worlds since 2007. I run simulations based on Poe’s House of Usher in SL and Jokaydia Grid.

Zotarah Shepherd: I am working on an MA in Education Technology at Sonoma State University in northern California. I finished all my classes. My Thesis project: Teaching and Learning Life Awareness & Success Skills in Virtual Worlds.

Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): Ran Hinrichs – Faculty at UW teaching VW Certificate (University of Washington)

Birdie Newcomb: Birdie Newborn, newly minted Shakespeare scholar

AJ Brooks: I’m AJ Brooks, AJ Kelton in the actual world. I’m the Director of Emerging and Instructional Technology for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University in NJ

AJ Brooks: I’m also a doctoral student at NYU

JeanClaude Vollmar: Hi, I’m Jeff Le Blanc, the VP for IT at the University of Northwestern Ohio.

Zotarah Shepherd: Yay Birdie

Merlin Moonshadow: Michael Smith, IT professional at Emory University and ID student at UGA.

Galileo Zeplin: Ed Johnson, Board of Regents, University System of Georgia

Shailey Garfield: Hello, I am Shailey Minocha from the Open University, UK

David Stack (richmedia): David Stack, Deputy CIO, UW-Milwaukee


Merlin Moonshadow waves at Randy

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Chris Robinson, Virtual Assistant, Georgia Gwinnett College

Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): Hey MM

Ridvan-Researcher (ridvan.atolia): I’m Ridvan, doing PhD at the university of sheffield, UK investigating teaching in virtual worlds in blended situations

GreatHeart: Im Joel (“GreatHeart”) a community builder in spiritual sims and innovative thinker (I like to think)

Kali Pizzaro: ok so anyone else

Kali Pizzaro: going

Kali Pizzaro: going

Kali Pizzaro: gone to the cool guy who brought his wheels

Zotarah Shepherd: There is rom at the table if you want to sit here.

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia high fives David

GreatHeart: (I am working informally to promote entry of RL into SL)

David Stack (richmedia): Hey

Zotarah Shepherd smiles at Great

Claudia13 Rossini: (i though i was in r/l in SL)

Kali Pizzaro: ok so we are discussing PLN and how we form them via VW and social media

Kali Pizzaro: before we do that what is your definition of a PLN

Birdie Newcomb: PLN?

AJ Brooks: /me hears crickets

Kali Pizzaro: personal learning network

Kali Pizzaro: inded

Kali Pizzaro: ok

David Stack (richmedia): I’m not sure. Sometimes I think its just a new buzzword for e-portfolios.

Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): My brain?

AJ Brooks: its a network of people, used mostly for professional development

AJ Brooks: specifically via social media

Zotarah Shepherd: People who kick my… support me in getting my thesis finished.

Birdie Newcomb: Oh, that’s hat I’ve been missing

Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): My posse, I get it.

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): We have faculty learning communities on our campus…we meet to share resources and ideas, much like VVWER

Kali Pizzaro: so for you AJ only online

Claudia13 Rossini: wait…does that make me GrizΓ•s PLN?

Birdie Newcomb: I grab inspiration from anywhere I ca get it.

Kali Pizzaro: πŸ™‚

AJ Brooks: yes, for me, my PLN is an online community, one that reaches into a non-digital space from time to time, but my contact with them is usually social media

AJ Brooks: we meet up at conference and such

Birdie Newcomb: Well, then, this is my PLN, right here

AJ Brooks: /me nods and smiles

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Our group from RL will shoulder surf our VWER meeting on Aug. 30th

David Stack (richmedia): so what have we gained by coining a new term, PLN?

Kali Pizzaro: ok so for me it is online and offline but for the purpose of this meeting it is connecting with like minded people who i can learn, share ideas about education

Claudia13 Rossini: confusion of the masses?

Birdie Newcomb: we’re now a part of the great conspiracy

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): This “PLN” meets more frequently and has given me more ideas because of that, as compared to the F2f one

Kali Pizzaro: so in the VW what techniques do you use to form your PLN

Kali Pizzaro: me i look at folks group lists

Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): At UW, we created Avalumni, a collection of graduates of the VW Certificate program, who form a PLN on Avalumni Island. This is an SL version of what you’re talking about.

Kali Pizzaro: and then join

Kali Pizzaro: yes

Kali Pizzaro: good Randy

Birdie Newcomb: I check profiles now and then, but most often just talk to whomever I encounter

Kali Pizzaro: i googled education in sl so used 2.0 to connect to £d

Kali Pizzaro: 3d

Kali Pizzaro: then found the slurls and connected from there

Birdie Newcomb: The SLeD list helps me, though it seems anemic lately

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @David, I don’t know if anyone addressed your question. I guess it’s just easier to use PLN. Ours are called “FLCs” for the same reason.

Birdie Newcomb: FLC?

Kali Pizzaro: or communities of practice

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @Birdie “Faculty Learning Community”

Merlin Moonshadow: So what do you find are your most energized and effective PLNs? Social media? Colleagues? Listservs? Virtual worlds?

Kali Pizzaro: i use a cobination

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Faculty tend to be lone wolves and know it alls (self VERY much included) so forming a community really helps us get out of ur own heads

Kali Pizzaro: combination

David Stack (richmedia): I see. A PLN might be like a “personal” community of practice.

Kali Pizzaro: of social media

Kali Pizzaro: yes David

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): But does a PLN come together to share, then? or it is merely personal?

Birdie Newcomb: I look to be surprised, and no telling where that can come from

Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): I think it’s convergence: LinkedIn, eMail lists, Conferences, Wikis, Blogs, VWs, it’s pretty ubiquitous.

Kali Pizzaro: ok so lets think about social media what tools do you use to

Bia Dreamstime (avatarzinha): are you talking on voice?

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Anyone still use listservs–I still follow/occasionally contribute to WPA and Techrhet lists.

Kali Pizzaro: form your PLN

Shailey Garfield: yes, I agree, Randy

Beth Ghostraven: I use LM_NET

Birdie Newcomb: LinkedIn

Kali Pizzaro: an thanks Randy

Kali Pizzaro: lol

Kali Pizzaro: ok so how many use linkedin


Beth Ghostraven: whispers: where is everyone else?

Birdie Newcomb: Facebook keeps me in touch

Shailey Garfield: yes to LinkedIn

Beth Ghostraven: Hi, AJ

Merlin Moonshadow: Not on voice, Bia. That I know of, anyway.

David Stack (richmedia): Listservs are my life (still). Sigh.

Kali Pizzaro: text only

JeanClaude Vollmar: I use LinkedIn

Zotarah Shepherd: I still lurk on the SLED listserve.

Kali Pizzaro: ok so we have listservs, linkedin vw,

Merlin Moonshadow: Facebook, LinkedIn, this group.

Kali Pizzaro: blogs?

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @Dan, I’m on WAC-L, for writing across the curriculum. VERY useful still as senior scholars contribute and answer you personally.

Shailey Garfield: The groups on LinkedIn are very useful.

Beth Ghostraven: Facebook & Twitter are great for keeping up w/ other librarians around the country/world

David Stack (richmedia): I”m on LinkedIn, but I’m not sure I really “use” LinkedIn, at least like some people.

Claudia13 Rossini: (i’m a hermit…aside from SL)

David Stack (richmedia): Sim. Facebook.

Kali Pizzaro: yes twitter is excellent

Zotarah Shepherd: Education Thesis Collective in SL was another group I started, but meetings wound down after a while, though we had a blog.

Kali Pizzaro: ok so how many use twitter

Frankie Antonelli: @David Stack, I am there w/you re: LinkedIn

Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): Facebook is causing lots of security concerns, because it’s being targeted like Office.

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): But conferences in person are great…especially small ones. I got to chat up John Bean, a writing guru, and he gave me materials for our faculty training seminar

Birdie Newcomb: twitter – sparsely

Kali Pizzaro: and who do you follow that you think is vital for education πŸ™‚

JeanClaude Vollmar: I’ve read blogs, but don’t subscribe to any per se. I read them when I research stuff or when someone puts out a link to something interesting.

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): I use Twitter, but don’t follow it as closely as I do Google+ and FB.

Merlin Moonshadow: I’m on Twitter, but can’t really claim to use it.

David Stack (richmedia): I broadcast on twitter for purposes of reputation management, but don’t read others tweets all that often.

Zotarah Shepherd: Tux, Blu and I have met every week in SL since January 08 to support each other with our thesis and research.

Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): Twitter is event driven, for me.

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): “Reputation management!” I need to hire you to save mine, David πŸ˜›

Birdie Newcomb: blogs — I get a ton of comments, can’t answer them all, most are not related towhat I actually said

Claudia13 Rossini: too late Iggy

Shailey Garfield: I don’t have an account on Twitter but I ‘follow’ some researchers/groups by looking at their tweets from time to time – or search if I know the hashtag

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): LOL I knew someone would say that Claudia πŸ™‚

David Stack (richmedia): I’m sure there’s money to be made there, e.g.,

Merlin Moonshadow: Well, if the hat fits, Iggy… πŸ˜‰

Kali Pizzaro: i follow a lot of folk who post some great ideas for tech in teaching

Claudia13 Rossini: i don’t understand where you all have the time

Zotarah Shepherd: I don’t get Twitter or Facebook though I have accounts and peek in now and then.

Birdie Newcomb: TED, when I get around to it

Beth Ghostraven: Yes, TED is great

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Mr. Luddite here is going to make a bold claim: getting away from the doo-dads and info-torrent at a face-to-face conference remains my best way to learn from my elders and noted scholars in my field

Claudia13 Rossini: i love TED

Zotarah Shepherd: I watch TED sometimes.

David Stack (richmedia): Agrees with Iggy

Beth Ghostraven: F2F is great if you can get there, but it’s few & far between for me

Kali Pizzaro: woop yes i have just Joined the TEDxWomenGlasgow team

Merlin Moonshadow: Time is definitely an issue. It’s hard to keep up with multiple networks.

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I then use the doo-dads to maintain the relationships forged in person

JeanClaude Vollmar: TED is great, agree with that. ‘Specially now that they’re available on Netflix at home. πŸ™‚

Beth Ghostraven: I wish I could get my district to unblock Twitter

Claudia13 Rossini: just my opinion, but it seems like an info overload….instead of really quality exchange of thoughts and ideas

Kali Pizzaro: where are you Beth

Beth Ghostraven: Virginia

Kali Pizzaro: if you follow specific folk or organizations you can

Kali Pizzaro: get policy or reports hot off the press

Kali Pizzaro: that is useful for me

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @Beth, use it on your smart phone. The district does not own your telecom!

Beth Ghostraven: I just use whatever great ideas I come across & spread them around

David Stack (richmedia): I think Gartner calls the challenge something like “attention management” rather than “information overload”

Beth Ghostraven: @Iggy, I do, but I have to hide; we’re not supposed to use those either

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): And which district in Virginia? My wife is in Henrico and can appeal to have a site unblocked

Birdie Newcomb: ah, framing

Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): Cognitive management in learning is something we all appreciate. I believe the latest research on multitasking is not favorable to dashing here and there for so much info. I believe we do best with goals and activities.

Beth Ghostraven: Yeah, I keep trying–not at the top of their list

Beth Ghostraven: They block it as policy for staff

Kali Pizzaro: so if trying to keep on top is so difficult what is the benefits of a PLN

Beth Ghostraven: Do all of your districts allow Twitter?

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Get your principal to go to bat if you make a good enough case

Birdie Newcomb: I find “doing my best” keeps me in a cage, often.

Zotarah Shepherd: Blocking sounds like censorship.

Birdie Newcomb: It’s predetermined goals.

Kali Pizzaro: so why do we bother creating PLN?

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @Zo, welcome to protecting “our children” in K-12.

David Stack (richmedia): I think we all use each other as filters or editors. If a trusted colleague tells me about something I’m more likely to check it out.

Birdie Newcomb: I prefer anwandering aimlessly until I find something worth pursuing


Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): I think the key to following social media is not to worry if you miss something because you don’t check when busy.

Kali Pizzaro: good point David

Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): @Beth – Big problem in the gvmt. Almost all social media is blocked. And many in industry block social media, YouTube video, Virtual Worlds. How do we incorporate with such obstacles?

Beth Ghostraven: @David, yes, & that includes my trusted colleagues online

Zotarah Shepherd: Your schools should trust their teachers.

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Exactly, David. I trust most of what I see on WAC-L and also here at VWER.

David Stack (richmedia): Agrees that the key is to not try to “catch up” on missed social media – hard to do.

Kali Pizzaro: so it is recommendations and you see certain folk as credible?

David Stack (richmedia): I tend to think that others are more on top of their info flow than I am and have done some sifting and winnowing, which may not be true.

Beth Ghostraven: Yes, based on my past experience, their credentials, and whether what they say makes sense

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @Kali, it’s like our Aug. 30 meeting here. Non-SLers want to hear what Tom and Celia have to say!

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): So we set up VWER and invite my PLN and some other colleagues to look on at the conference room.

Beth Ghostraven: (who are Tom & Celia?)

Kali Pizzaro: lol

Kali Pizzaro: Iggy!

Birdie Newcomb: I trust personal experience over analysis — when someone shares deeply, i listen

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Question, are we talking only about gathering/following/learning for ourselves in such networks, or ways we participate/contribute? The former sounds more like research strategies.

Merlin Moonshadow: So what’s the best way to grow your network? Shotgun approach, or carefully building solid contacts? It seems like you can miss out on good information either way.

Kali Pizzaro: building

Kali Pizzaro: or contributing

Beth Ghostraven: Haphazardly works for me

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Tom Boellstorff, author of Coming of Age in SL and Celia Pearce who wrote Communities of Play…their books are good and get our non-SLers really excited about this meeting, even though they don’t have avatars

Kali Pizzaro: so it can be hard to keep on top so why bother? so good point Dan

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): maybe they will after Aug. 30 πŸ™‚

Kali Pizzaro: πŸ™‚

Beth Ghostraven: Although what seems random to me is actually finding clues and searching for leads about what I’m interested in

Kali Pizzaro: for me it connects me to folk I would never connect to

Kali Pizzaro: it confirms some of my own thoughts on learning

Beth Ghostraven: @Kali yes

Kali Pizzaro: links me to

Kali Pizzaro: interesting reports etc

Kali Pizzaro: that i dont have time to find

Beth Ghostraven: As a solo librarian any networking I can get is a lifesaver

Birdie Newcomb: Lots of things are interesting, only aa few things actually help me progress.

Kali Pizzaro: πŸ™‚

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Are PLNs ways of dialogue, interaction, or just a research process?

Frankie Antonelli: I recommend Howard Rheingold’s latest book Net Smart has some great points/resources on how to use and gain from social media. Great tips I am trying to incorporate in my flow.

Kali Pizzaro: do you have a link

Beth Ghostraven: @Prof all 3

David Stack (richmedia): What about PLNs that have nothing to do with your “real” or day-to-day work?

Frankie Antonelli: @Kali:

Merlin Moonshadow: All of that for me, Dan.

David Stack (richmedia): That’s kind of what this group is like for me.

Kali Pizzaro: Dan here is a interesting post from a fab guy

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Thanks, Frankie!

Kali Pizzaro:

Frankie Antonelli: @Iggy, np

David Stack (richmedia): I don’t do anything in 2nd Life except attend these discussions to see what’s happening in a different “space” than my usual haunts.

Kali Pizzaro: today’s blog is about PLN

Shailey Garfield: Perhaps I have missed: Does PLN imply that there are two-way conversations happening or it could be that we might be ‘following’ some people and they may not know?e g

Beth Ghostraven: The Rheingold link was just blocked

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Thanks, Kali.

Beth Ghostraven: (for me) lol

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): LOL Beth…but you can log into SL from work?

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): here it is at Amazon

Birdie Newcomb: I’m so used to gleaning from others whom I don’t know, that I use the same model in blogging — writing to people I’ve never met.

JeanClaude Vollmar: That is kind of funny Iggy considering many think that SL is a vast wasteland of nefarious sexual activity.

Kali Pizzaro: here is another link that explains the concept


Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Life is full of funny ironies, JC

Beth Ghostraven: @Iggy yeah, it’s prob just a matter of time

Shailey Garfield: Thanks, Kali for the pointers

Kali Pizzaro: so really it is about the connections you form

Beth Ghostraven: I’m taking a PD class on Virtual Environments

David Stack (richmedia): Beth: So your district allows you to log into virtual environments but blocks twitter. That’s strange

Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): @Beth – what is “PD”?

Beth Ghostraven: Yeah, we can get Youtube, too

Beth Ghostraven: professional development

Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): Thx

David Stack (richmedia): I must not be following the right people on twitter if its more nefarious than YouTube

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): @Kali, seems that is the point that “Once a Teacher” makes, that PLN are people you have two (or more) way conversations/interactions with, more than just following/researching/reading. Yet he or she includes RSS.

Claudia13 Rossini: lol Rich

Beth Ghostraven: I know, I don’t get it–it’s not like the students are using it

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): The reason I bring this up is I work with student on improving their research for writing, and I wonder how much I should include PLNs.

Kali Pizzaro: @Dan it can connect them to experts

Beth Ghostraven: I think everyone needs a PLN no matter what field they’re in

Kali Pizzaro: that they might never reach

Kali Pizzaro: yep agree

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Good point, Kali.

Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): Virtual worlds are a great way to integrate PLNs and design around them, so everyone can focus their activities around their use.

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): And make them more active than passive researchers.

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I got great ESL references for a student who wants a summer certification program. That’s the value of a PLN for me, recently.

David Stack (richmedia): My wife is a former linguistics prof and I like to think I can write OK. We’re critiquing our daughter’s college application essays through many drafts. I guess we’re her PLN.

Kali Pizzaro: πŸ™‚

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @Dan, without my PLN he’d have been stuck..we should encourage students to start their own PLNs

Beth Ghostraven: A big part of my PLN is emotional support from peers

Kali Pizzaro: that is another point @david you can use your PLN to crowd review your work

Beth Ghostraven: Not whining, just speaking the same language and sharing

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): So a class of students can be a PLN for them.

Kali Pizzaro: yes Beth very important bounce ideas

Birdie Newcomb: No whining? Hmm, nned to reevaluate…

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): /me nods at Beth. That’s the value of VWER if, say, you are the only SL prof on your campus. I found out a colleague brought in a class this summer and never told me! My be the reputation thing again πŸ™‚

Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): I’ve got to rush to another meeting. Great conversation. Good seeing part of my PLN here. A URL for our program in Virtual Worlds.

Kali Pizzaro: could be and social media can expand that beyond the class@Dan

Kali Pizzaro: thanks Randy

Beth Ghostraven: Oops, g2g–thanks all!

Kali Pizzaro: here is another good person to follow on twitter and a great blog

Kali Pizzaro:

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Thanks, Beth!

Beth Ghostraven: :o)


JeanClaude Vollmar: Dang, it’s rush out time for me too. Meeting in 15. Hopefully I’ll see you all next week. Have fun!

Kali Pizzaro: thansk Jeff

Birdie Newcomb: Bye JC

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): take care, JC

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): If anyone has more URLs for PLNs, drop them in for the transcript

Kali Pizzaro: ok so we have VW, blogs, twitter folk, facebook groups, TED

Kali Pizzaro: anything ot add

Kali Pizzaro: to

Kali Pizzaro: Google+

Kali Pizzaro: ? @Dan did you say you use that more

Kali Pizzaro: oh and linkedin

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): I do use Google+ more than Twitter. I just find it more engaging, and like not being limited to 140 characters.

Kali Pizzaro: πŸ™‚

Kali Pizzaro: i cant get into it

Frankie Antonelli: @Prof Dan: I am finding myself using G+ more as well

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Ahhh, only available in US, Kali?

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid) admits to following SarcasticRover on Twitter but not much of anyone else…

David Stack (richmedia): A bunch of our tech support people have wikis set up for their various teams which I believe serve as PLNs for them. I just don’t want so many places to look for developments.

Kali Pizzaro: ah no i mean psychologically

Kali Pizzaro: lol

Shailey Garfield: Another ;link on PLN:

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @David, that’s just the problem….the torrent of stuff to follow (says the guy with the phone turned OFF)

Kali Pizzaro: great Shailey thanks

Kali Pizzaro: SO does anyone still use rss

Kali Pizzaro: feeds

Claudia13 Rossini: never used RSS

Shailey Garfield: yes, I use RSS and the feed comes through Google Reader

David Stack (richmedia): @Iggy Yep, that’s why I still try to get every networking venue to ping me via email for important developments

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): I use Google Reader and tend to access it through Flipboard on an iPad.

Claudia13 Rossini: (or twitter, G+ linkdin, facebook, etc etc etc)

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): In case anyone’s interested…

Kali Pizzaro: Claudia we always know where you are

Claudia13 Rossini: lol

Kali Pizzaro: what about netvibes

Kali Pizzaro:

Kali Pizzaro: i tried it on time but got fed up

Kali Pizzaro: ok so folk are looking at netvibes lol

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): I played with Pageflakes for a while, found it too time consuming.

Kali Pizzaro: so any other apps that collate and make it easier

Kali Pizzaro: to keep up

AJ Brooks: Sorry I’ve been mostly absent folks, but work stuff popped up. I’m approving membership requests for our Facebook group if any of you want to put the request in now while I’m in there.

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): No escape, AJ, even in a fake world!

AJ Brooks: fake?

Claudia13 Rossini: eyes Iggy

AJ Brooks: don’t get mestarting on THAT, bro

Shailey Garfield: I am finding the curated information via scoop. it quite useful: for example,

Birdie Newcomb: I confess to being addicted to Huffington Post — not two-way but broad sweep

Kali Pizzaro: yes Scoop. it can be great

Merlin Moonshadow: I would use Twitter and G+ more, but I feel like I only have time for a few networks, and FB and LI seem to be more useful at this point. That might change if I actually started using them, though.

Kali Pizzaro: πŸ™‚

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Also Pro Publica.

Kali Pizzaro: ok soooooo how about edu tweetchats

Zotarah Shepherd: I like Huffpost too Birdie

Kali Pizzaro: πŸ™‚

Frankie Antonelli: I found P2PU ( very useful during the VW mooc (

Merlin Moonshadow: I’ve… seen emails about tweetchats. Does that count?

Zotarah Shepherd: You can post comments on HuffPost

Kali Pizzaro: lol @merlin it would be good if you had a #

Merlin Moonshadow: MOOCs are another good example of a PLN, but again, i’ts a time thing.

Zotarah Shepherd: I get Tweet summaries and highlights now and then

Birdie Newcomb: My town has a local chat site, full of scanned reports and queries, gang activity down the block of across town , with comments, a running conversation

AJ Brooks: Howa re MOOCs a PLN?

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I think AJ’s move to have Tweetchats about VWER is a good move for us…we can diversify our platforms a bit (or soapboxes, if you will)

AJ Brooks: it all depends on people using the #vwer

AJ Brooks: and I like the asynchronicity, like txt messages, I can response when I have a minute

AJ Brooks: AND from a multiplicity of devices

Merlin Moonshadow: It’s a group of people learning about a topic of interest. More transient, maybe, but you can build connections and add to other networks.

Shailey Garfield: But Tweetchats don’t give the sense of being together as w have here in SL, Iggy. So I am not sure about moving to Tweetchats

Frankie Antonelli: @Merlin, I agree. I have enjoyed the MOOC’s but the time commitment makes it challenging

AJ Brooks: But the think about an PLN is that its supposed to be personal, not just a group of people

AJ Brooks: I see a PLN as a bunch of circles, with YOUR circle in the middle

Birdie Newcomb: Hey, I like that — in the middle.

Svea Morane: i like being the center of the universe πŸ˜‰

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): “All about me?” sounds like academic life to me!

Frankie Antonelli: it is a strand in one’s PLN

David Stack (richmedia): Tried to join in the #vwer chat earlier today but forgot to append the #vwer before hitting send. Didn’t want to spam my followers by sending it again with the tag.

AJ Brooks: well – the idea of a PLN is that is personal

Claudia13 Rossini: (is in a galaxy far far away)

AJ Brooks: so each of us is the center of our own PLN (imho)

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): AJ, what’s the chat app you mentioned that will add the #vwer hashtag for you?

Birdie Newcomb: Oh, not just me?

AJ Brooks: ooo – I forgot the name, one sec

Kali Pizzaro: ah noyou go a nice way to end it’s all Personal

Kali Pizzaro: πŸ™‚

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): As we’re chatting here, I’m chatting with two kids on Google chat and an LCC colleague on FB. There’s a PLN for you!

Kali Pizzaro: indeed

Kali Pizzaro: ok folks time is up

Merlin Moonshadow: What do you mean by personal, AJ? As in, a personal connection to everyone in your PLN?

AJ Brooks: Tweetchat

Kali Pizzaro: another way to build your network

AJ Brooks: Pesonal, as in, revolving around you

Kali Pizzaro: lol

AJ Brooks: @dan – tweetChat

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Thanks, AJ.

Kali Pizzaro: ok thanks folks ok what do we have next week

AJ Brooks: A PLN is not just a group of people you are part of, in my understanding

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Audio! As in, “Can you hear me now?”

AJ Brooks: it is YOUR PLN

Kali Pizzaro: indeed

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): We will have next week….drum roll please….

Kali Pizzaro: drrrrrrrrr

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): I already said πŸ˜›

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): “Can You Hear Me Now? Audio in SL: when & how”

Kali Pizzaro: ah cool

Kali Pizzaro: lol

Merlin Moonshadow: I guess I’ve been thinking of it in broader terms. But that’s my personal point of view. πŸ˜‰

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): what he said

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): with Grizzla leading the happy workers in song!

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): LOL right

Claudia13 Rossini: lol

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Are we going to use voice?

Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): of course not!

Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): lol

Kali Pizzaro: lol

Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): just for the song, Dan

Zotarah Shepherd: hehe


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