Scott Wilson, March 13, 2006
Guardian: Elgg and the Personal Learning Space
"The idea is simple but powerful: give students a personal space online to pose questions, publish work in progress and link to and comment on relevant resources. It also gives them a way to find and link up with other learners with similar interests to create an ad-hoc learning community." So begins this article in the Guardian.
Good news for Elgg, which receives some well-deserved publicity. The article also provides this nice quote from a deputy headteacher at a school using Elgg:
the real strength of the software compared with more traditional VLEs is that "much of the control is handed to the pupils themselves", as they get to choose what they write about and whether to share their work with the rest of the class, "giving them a far stronger sense of ownership".
That sense of ownership is the unique property of a personal learning tool, and its interesting to see this coming through within a school context, where based on recent trends we might expect a desire for more control over students rather than less.