The idea of a Networked Learner is when the concept of a PLN is applied with our students. Students can create their own learning networks, using many of the same tools that we have been introduced to they then have the ability to become a networked learner. Applying this in class would be very beneficial to students as they will discover that learning can be done in various locations and at any time, learn how to seek answers from their own personal learning community, and discover the wealth of information available to them.
By having students create and develop their own PLN’s, and demonstrating to them how we use our own PLN’s, I think this will help instill the idea of lifelong learning in our students. Having student’s create their own PLN’s puts them somewhat in control of their own learning, and they can discover how easily they can collaborate and help others, and learn from others.
The following video was one that we watched during the presentation. In it a 7th grader explains to the audience how her learning network is set up, how she uses it, and how she benefits from it.
Within the idea of PLN's comes the theme of collaboration. Alec discussed using your PLN as a method of collaborating with colleagues and experts from around the world. The same applies with our students. By having students create and manage their own PLN's we are providing them with the opportunity to collaborate with other students and teachers world-wide. This in itself provides students with unique learning opportunities that may not otherwise be available to them.