What is a PLE?
A Personal Learning Environment is a digital toolbox which covers activities such as Generating, Organising and Sharing Content Online. Your PLE may consist of Blogs, Wikis, cloud storage and bookmarking, RSS feeds, Reader pages, File Sharing sites and ePortfolios. These spaces may be built and maintained by you as an individual or part of a collaborative team.
Steve Wheeler states that: Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) do exactly what they say on the can - they are personal to each individual, created by them, owned by them, used by them within their lifelong learning.
As we begin to shift from paper-based to blended (or digital) learning environments the development of a PLE is a positive approach to support lifelong learning.
Wendy Drexler, in her paper on 'The Networked student', says the development of a PLE leads to inquiry-based learning and digital literacy, empowers the learner, and offers flexibility as new technologies emerge.
It is a great idea for senior students to build and organise their PLE through a 'Personal Home' page. Example of, and sites to use are on the 'DER Study Tools' page (see top right hand side).
An excellent video to explain how one student uses a PLE to help her research,
learn and study.
This video uses a personal homepage site called Symbaloo (see next page for more information) to develop a personal homepage. This homepage then keeps the student's resources and learning all in one dashboard style website.