Personal Learning Networks and the 21st Century Learner
Blevins, Allison M.
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Twenty-first century students do not have adequate opportunities to work with Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. As a result, students are entering college and the workforce unable to meet technology demands. Students are also not given opportunities to grow as learners through the use of personal learning networks (PLNs). Students can use PLNs to learn in the way best suited to their individual learning style. Not only is learning more customized, but personal learning networks also increase student motivation in the classroom. PLNs teach students how to manage their own learning, learning which aligns with the Common Core State Standards being adopted by many school districts. In addition, personal learning networks prepare students for future schooling and careers by teaching them how to work in a collective manner with other learners and allowing them to work with the Web 2.0 tools they will be expected to use.