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Home is Where the Internet Is...?
Passion is ignited by the world around us; however, nowadays our passions are strengthened by the affordances of technology. When we go home, turn on our computers, and fire up our search engines, we begin to open portals to endless worlds of information and potential interaction.
Social learning has shifted the traditional view of learning inevitably as it encourages the interaction between people worldwide in different online communities and spaces. The Internet serves as an invaluable, always open classroom to all with sufficient access. If we have a question, we simply have to “Google” it. We could learn in a matter of seconds what year something was built, what the definition of something is, and much more, all from the comfort of our own homes. In addition, the Internet provides more formal access to those who wish to take advantage of webinars, blogs, and social networking sites, where they can interact with other scholars.
Social learning extends learning past the classroom setting with a teacher and student, into a setting where anyone can spread their knowledge of a subject with someone who is interested. Will Richardson, author, blogger, and Web 2.0 user, expressed this best by stating, “That’s the biggest reason why these spaces are so compelling, because no matter what we love, no matter what we want to learn, there’s someone out there who wants to learn it with us.”
Building Your Home
Personalized Learning Networks (PLNs) are a major part of social learning. In setting up your own personal digital footprint, you sign up for multiple accounts on various websites. This is just the beginning steps in an unlimited world of interactions. After establishing your presence in the online community, you can also expand your network, and share and learn from and with others all over the world.
PLNs suggest personal preference in the name alone; however, there are many places you can simply get started. Signing up for different accounts and trying out sites will allow you to engage in different types of interactions, as well as see which you prefer. Below are a list of sites to help you get started on your journey to learning socially.