I must confess to being confused about what a Personal Learning Environment (PLE) is. Having just watched Graham Atwell’s new slide cast on the topic, I can agree that a PLE should be an environment that allows “accessing and searching, aggregating and scaffolding, manipulating, analysing, storing, reﬂecting, presenting, re-presenting and sharing.” But doesn’t that mean that, in the e-learning context, a PLE environment is just a computer (desktop, laptop, netbook or mobile) and a web browser? I wonder if the introduction of any form of technological “platform” restricts at least some of the opportunities for wide collaboration, reflection, discussion and personal learning? I observe my students informally engaging in many of the activities that a PLE is supposed to promote (including face-to-face conversations). They’re engaging in personal learning, but they don’t go into an artificial “environment” to do it. Maybe PLEs, like VLEs, are more about institution and teachers seeking control, than students’ learning.