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Just found your blog via Dollar Philanthropy. Loved your post there, love your posts here. Have subscribed.

So from this post, it sounds like your a GTD follower, yes? If not, you've seem to have found many of same solutions.

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Thanks for the kind words, Gayle--I checked out your blog and subscribed to it, too! :-)

Funny you should mention GTD. I've seen a little about it, and it's been on my list of things to get to (ironic, I know), but I haven't really gotten into it. I think I've stumbled into what I'm doing here, by bits and pieces as I've gone along. A lot of trial and error and adopting ideas that I've seen in the trail of crumbs through the web. Now you're making me think, though, that I need to look at GTD more seriously--see what I'm missing.

Thanks again for the comments and let me know if you have any GTD resources you'd recommend.


For me David Allen's actual book, Getting Things Done, was the most helpful. But the following resources got me interested in going deeper. Perhaps they will for you too.



Hi Michelle, thanks for quoting my definition. I completed the work, to which you have kindly linked, as an assignment in a Masters Degree unit about emerging technology in education. The irony is that I received almost no feedback about it from the lecturer, even though I managed to cover just about the entire breadth of online commentary about PLEs at August 2006. My grade was good but not exemplary. It generated no discussion amongst my (virtual) classmates. I don't mean to bignote myself by any means, but I wonder if it even made sense to them or found any relevancy in their learning lives. A lost opportunity, really. My opinion about ed-tech academia is not improving....


This is an amazing post! I've never thought of calling it a personal learning environment! And I knew we had a lot in common - we're both mindmapping kind of girls!

It's interesting, Ron, that you didn't get a lot of feedback in your class. I wonder if it's because you were essentially writing about not needing a class to learn! I agree, too, that it may be a difficult concept to understand for a lot of people. I find that because we've tended to see learning as something that happens to us, rather than something that we do for ourselves, this idea that we'd have a PLE may seem really foreign. I find that when I work with staff, for example, they assume that I will set everything up for them and they get highly annoyed if I make them do the work of creating their own learning. :-)

I completely understand your opinion of ed-tech academia. . . .

And Beth, thanks for the compliment--I've learned a lot of my strategies from you!


Have you thought of/tried organising your personal tools in a Stringle wrapper (http://ouseful.open.ac.uk/stringle)?

This would let you access the tools you commonly use from a single web page


Thanks for the tip, Tony. I'll have to check it out.

Thank you so much for this post. I'm an ESL teacher at the University of Padua in Italy and I've had my students using all sorts of Web 2.0 tools for their language learning rather than using a platform and I'd never thought of it as a PLE though I have been reading a bit about PLEs. My students are currently editing wiki pages in http://edutechwiki.unige.ch/en/Main_Page and today the wiki administrator, Daniel Schneider sent me a message linking me to this blog. I've never quite decided how to use conceptual maps with my students (it's a big thing here in Italy) and this blog post has given me an excellent idea: have them each design their own PLE as they see it.
It's nice to know there are so many other people out there interested in similar issues, even if not all in the same field.
So thanks to you Michele, to your links and to the others who have posted replies.


Very nice site. Thank's for help. Will tell about you to my friends in Kanzas city.

You have a lot of things to say and it looks like you have found the right balance of tech and widgets and ideas to manage it well. Keep them coming. I have to say one thing though - you notes and posts are long and I lose it most of the time - so I have to go back and read it again. is that intentional

I found this blog on a google search and boy am I glad I did. I thought I heard someone mention it in a free chat room.
Awesome read!

I have really found your post to be informative and this has compelled me to visit your blog over and over again. For the sake of relevance I'd like to thank you for your efforts in spreading academic information. Regards.

Nice Topic here, with great thought of yours. Nice post

This is a great post! I am working on a thesis on PLEs and got a lot of leads here!

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