Educational institutions struggle with how to engage students better and improve results. Some of the discussion focuses on how to encourage self-directed learning. If someone becomes motivated to succeed, they then want to learn. With traditional teaching methods dominating our schools, individual students must take charge of their own learning.
One of the tools they have in doing so is "personal learning networks." This is defined as your own set of books, media sources, and collection of websites -yes - but also fellow students or colleagues, mentors, and librarians. The book by Anya Kamenetz, called DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (2010) will help you understand this dynamic arena. Many exciting avenues to explore -- the book has a list of websites to visit.