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  • Perfect Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Solution Tree (May 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193554327X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935543275
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli have created an essential book for educators, students, and anyone concerned about the future of education. Personal Learning Networks provides the perspectives and the processes we need to use personal learning networks to become educated, empowered and ready for the global economy. --Jason Ohler, Professor Emeritus, Educational Technology, University of Alaska, Juneau

This book presents an innovative, comprehensive strategy for reinventing education to meet the needs of 21st century students and society. Much more than familiar rhetoric on what is wrong with education, the authors provide a compelling vision for education as it could and should be and a road map to help get us there. Mancabelli & Will Richardson have provided us with a step-by-step guide to create globally-connected classrooms, implement powerful project-based curriculum, and introduce our students to tools and technologies with transformative potential. --Angela Maiers, President of Maiers Educational Services, Clive, Iowa

This book is chock-full of useful information and highlights numerous practitioners who are walking the walk. A fantastic resource for administrators, teachers, policymakers, and others who are trying to lead their organizations into the digital, global world in which we now live. --Scott McLeod, Director at UCEA Center for Advanced Study of Technical Leadership in Education, Ames, Iowa

About the Author

Will Richardson -- A parent of two middle school aged children, Will Richardson has been writing about the intersection of social online learning networks and education for the past ten years at weblogg-ed.com and in numerous journals and magazines such as Ed Leadership, Education Week, and English Journal. He was a public school educator for twenty-two years, and is a co-founder of Powerful Learning Practice (plpnetwork.com), a unique professional development program that has mentored over three thousand teachers worldwide in the last three years. His first book, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (Corwin Press, 3rd edition, 2010) has sold over 75,000 copies and has impacted classroom practice around the world. Over the past six years, he has spoken to tens of thousands of educators in over a dozen countries about the merits of learning networks for personal and professional growth. He is a national advisory board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation and a regular columnist for District Administration Magazine. With nearly twenty years of experience in educational leadership, technology, and planning,  

Rob Mancabelli -- With a background in learning, technology and leadership, Rob Mancabelli builds 21st century learning organizations. His focus is on global collaboration, customized content and engaging learning platforms, and his approach delivers results either for educational leaders looking to improve student outcomes or business leaders seeking to enhance employee effectiveness. A frequent speaker, Rob talks about how to effectively transform organizations to meet the rapidly evolving demands of a globally connected world. He writes for numerous publications, as well as at mancabelli.com, serves on K 12 advisory boards for Dell Computer and Acer Corporation, and is in the process of completing his MBA at MIT. Rob lives with his wife, Gayle Allen, in New York City.

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Highly recommended for all in education, from the technology novice to the technology leader.
Nathan
Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli do an exceptional job of providing a passionate, organized, and informative guide for developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN).
Patti Grayson
Great book - short and easy to read with some extremely useful tips for first time users of social networks and PLNs.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patti Grayson on June 16, 2011
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Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli do an exceptional job of providing a passionate, organized, and informative guide for developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN). The authors are powerful, driven, forward thinkers. The gift of this book is that they are able to translate their expertise and passion into a casual, conversational style makes you feel as if they are talking to you personally - encouraging and supporting you through the process required to connect yourself and your students to each other and the world.

This book is unique in that it combines a clear systematic process with a common sense approach and inspiring personal stories and examples that will bolster confidence and empower each reader. A URL is provided to an incredible page of links to each resource cited in the text. While intended for educators, the meat and potatoes of the book are valuable to anyone who considers themselves a life-long learner and is interested in developing an invaluable network of resources to support their learning. You'll find both a strong philosophy as well as practical instructions and personal advice on such tools as Twitter, Google Reader, Blogger, Diigo, and yes, Facebook.

The book goes on to provide the framework for implementing a networked classroom and a networked school to ensure that our students become connected learners as they prepare to enter an ever-changing global community.

I have spent the past year immersed in the Powerful Learning Practice program, co-founded by Will Richardson, and have found the process of developing a Personal Learning Network to be a truly transformative experience for me both as a teacher and a learner. This book makes it easy for anyone to take those first tentative steps, and work toward the imperative transformation of education that the connected world of the 21st century requires. A must read!!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on August 21, 2011
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This book takes the philosophy of real education change/innovation and gives the reader practical step-by-step directions on how to help make it happen. Richardson and Mancabelli meld their vision of using learning networks to drive student and teacher learning with the writing of John Seely Brown, Tony Wagner or Sir Ken Robinson. Great combination! What you get is 21st Century Skills that moves beyond the rhetoric.

Highly recommended for all in education, from the technology novice to the technology leader.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tim Holt on January 16, 2012
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"Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education"
by Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli is a work that sets out to lay a foundation for moving teachers, schools and districts into the twenty-first century of social learning and networking. The two authors set out to give the reasons, the methods, the arguments, and the roadblocks that educators will face when trying to move from the single classroom isolationist model of the 19th and 20th centuries to the connected classroom of the 21st century. Hardly a work of "All the cool kids are doing it, so you should too," and more of a "The future is here and if we are not addressing the needs of our students, we are practicing educational malpractice" work, the book does not speak down to the readers, does not threaten, but lays out a solid argument for the WHY of social networking in education, how it fits and how it needs to be implemented.

The book is an short read, close to 200 pages on iBooks.

There are five chapters, and intro and an epilogue each dealing in depth with a particular topic. The five chapters are:
Introduction: The Power of Networked Learning
Chapter 1: Understanding the Power of PLNs
Chapter 2: Becoming a Networked Learner
Chapter 3: Implementing a Networked Classroom
Chapter 4: Becoming a Networked School
Chapter 5: Ensuring Success of Learning Network Adoption
An epilogue makes a final argument for doing what the book calls for, essentially saying we need to be teaching for the future and not for the past.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Librarychic on March 26, 2012
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This book by educationalists, speakers and authors, Rob Mancabelli and Will Richardson, is about education needing to "transform not reform" (p.3). Although the book focuses on implementing a learning network in a school, throughout the book the 'message' is to also participate in PLN's yourself. "Social networks can be used as a timely, relevant, ongoing, professional development tool" (p.25). The book is hands-on, I regularly stopped to access sites of interest cited within the text to reinforce points. The authors are honest about the process of implementation; as well as its benefits, it describes its limitations, risks, and lengthy timeline. I found it inspiring.
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