Personal learning environments

[cross-posted at LeaderTalk]

I found this map of Ray Sims’ personal learning environment via a link from Stephen Downes (thanks, Stephen!). It’s a neat idea. I’m guessing that it would be pretty informative to ask K-12 teachers and administrators to diagram their own personal learning environments and then have some discussion around some key questions:

  • What sources do we tap into for our own professional learning?
  • What overlaps are there between staff members?
  • What gaps are there within our school organization (i.e., what learning channels should we be monitoring but aren’t)?
  • What are some strategies for staying on top of the incredible wealth of information that is out there?
  • How do we learn about new learning channels?
  • How are we modeling ‘lifelong learning’ for our students?
  • and so on…

This is cool. I may try to create my own map and see what it looks like. How about you? What does your personal learning environment look like?

3 Responses to “Personal learning environments”

  1. Unfortunately, I don’t need a map to know where some gaps are at my site, sigh. I like this idea, and will likely do my own over break.

    FYI, there are two online mind mapping products (free) for those out there who don’t have Visio or Inspiration: (supposed to be able to interact collaboratively–had some trouble with that when we tried it on Ed Tech Weekly) (Needs to be loaded on desktop)

    Happy Sunday!

  2. Gwynne: thanks for the pick-up. I like your questions. I had similar thought of making this an assignment within a course (in my case in the corporate setting); however, I haven’t pursued that yet. I’m tagging your post as a reference for if I do get back to that thought someday.

    Prompted by previous comment:
    – The map was created using View Your Mind ( ), free and open source; however, Linux only.
    – A good resource for mindmapping tools and techniques is:
    – The wikipedia page is also good:


  3. Great idea…I will be doing this now for myself after this weekend’s conference.

    It also got us thinking about how we can map students’ learning of 21st century learning skills K-12 so that we can better articulate and integrate this into their schooling.

    Love it!

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