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Managing Life and Personal Learning Environments in the 21st Century

Session Two: Saturday 12:30pm–2:00pm
Room 311
Brandon Lutz, Tracey McGrath, Lori Sheldon, Scott Snyder
Affiliation: School District of Philadelphia, Wayne Highlands SD, West Shore SD; all) PAECT
Conversational Focus/Audience:
All School Levels
Conversation Description:

As educators have encountered an ever increasing amount of technology and have begun building personal learning networks that connect them to a wider base of people outside of their face to face lives through blogs, Nings, wikis and twitter, many have experienced difficulties in managing the new sources of learning with their day to day life. From information overload to pressure from spouses or partners at home, how can one learn to navigate life in these networks and maintain their personal relationships so that the technology and connections don't take over? This session will be led by a diverse group of presenters who have all experienced these challenges. Directed questions will guide a discussion designed to pull strategies from real life situations into the open for those struggling to balance their digital life with their face to face life. Given the power of the network in dealing with pedagogical issues, what can the network do to help its members deal with this management problem?

Conversational Practice:
The facilitators will lead a discussion using a series of directed questions in order to draw on the experiences of session participants for managing life in the new era of technology integration. Virtual attendees will be invited to share their thoughts via a backchannel discussion group. All ideas will be recorded and posted on a wiki as a reference for those interested and for future conversations.
Elluminate Rooms ( instructions for launching Elluminate )
Stream via Elluminate: Room 311 — Channel B


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