Whether you call it Personal Learning Environment or Space or Universe, by any name, this concept refers
to one's stance and knowledge of how to learn in a digital age. Consider knowing how to connect,
communicate, collaborate, research, create, manage, and curate to be some of the most important new
literacies.

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"Why aren't we really working on expanding our capabilities?" -- Doug Englebart, early computer innovator, The Mother of All Demos

We are in ECI 521! The course design and its emphasis on everyone's contributions to our collaborative inquiry creates a sandbox for new literacies and technologies. Consider this an opportunity to "expand your capabilities" as you explore new tools/resources and create communities and networks of others interested in learning through literature with young adults. That's what a Personal Learning Environment (PLE) is all about.

Tools for Communication


Open Communication -- you, course colleagues, and the world . . .
Blogging --
WordPress -- lots of customization; easy to pick up (recommended). Here's an exceptionally well-done tutorial by Georgia McCabe. You'll find an abundance of materials when you google to learn about how to begin blogging. If you find anything extremely helpful, please share.
Blogger -- also easy to begin
Tumblr -- image-rich possibilities

For ways to post to your blog beyond text . . .
Soundcloud -- easy to record or upload files that you can then embed in your blog post.
Eyejot -- record yourself on video and easily embed in your blog or simply use iMovie / Moviemaker to record yourself and upload to YouTube. You can then embed in your blog post.

Twitter -- Bookhenge Tweets; Culture Tutorial -- Twitter for Teachers
VoiceThread -- we'll use VoiceThread for making audio commentaries for activities, including our Journey Books and various Collaborative Critical Inquiries. VoiceThread Help . . .

Closed Communication -- you and me
Google Docs -- serves well for your Reflective Assessment Process; simply "share with collaborators" when it's ready for me to respond. Learn more . . .


Tools for Collaboration

(helpful for virtual book clubs)
CoSketch -- consider this an asynchronous (or synchronous) whiteboard that you can use to collaboratively create visual thinking.
Google Docs -- many book clubs have found organization easier by using this tool.
Twitter -- book clubs could agree on a hashtag and tweet so that all messages appear on one page. Culture Tutorial -- Twitter for Teachers
Webspiration -- really interesting tool for using visual learning to begin a virtual book club or any project. Collaboratively build concept maps or book maps with discussion questions about books.
VoiceThread -- we'll use VoiceThread for making audio commentaries for activities, including our Journey Books and various Collaborative Critical Inquiries. VoiceThread Help . . .




Tools for Curating

Diigo -- We have a course Diigo group for curating resources that we find and create -- The Bookhenge Group To learn to Diigo . . .
Zotero -- free service for bookmarking and providing citations for online sources. You can even form groups for collaborative projects.
Wikis -- Wikispaces provides Pro Account wikis for educators. Begin here . . .
Symbaloo -- very visual way to archive and/or present resources


Tools for Bookcasting


Bookcast Production-Transaction Cost Matrix (includes the "Teachable Moment" copyright video and sources for royalty-free music and images.)
New Tools for Video Slide Shows
Creative Commons-licensed Materials? Try here . . .
More Resources on Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons . . . See especially Code of Fair Use for Best Practices in Media Literacy Education (adopted by the National Council of the Teachers of English)
Royalty-Free Music -- Free Music Archive Incompetech
Best Online Sites for Creating Music
Bookcasting Exemplars and Tools Used
YouTube -- you'll publish your bookcasts to your own personal channel on YouTube. Create your YouTube channel . . .





Tools for Scholarship

Action Learning Projects -- Symbaloo Webmix with links to Action Learning Project multimedia reports
The Digital Scholar-- John Latham's PLE (Personal Learning Environment) for scholarship.
Google Reader for Beginners -- subscribe to blogs about young adult literature and by YAL authors.
Zotero -- free service for bookmarking and providing citations for online sources. You can even form groups for collaborative projects.