Building Your Online Personal Learning Network (PLN) - February 24, 2011

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A Personal Learning Network (PLN) can provide you with learning from leaders, experts and colleagues around the world, bringing together communities, resources and information impossible to access …

A Personal Learning Network (PLN) can provide you with learning from leaders, experts and colleagues around the world, bringing together communities, resources and information impossible to access from within your office walls. Learn how you can use social media to begin to create your own PLN and contribute to your professional development.

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  • 1. Building Your Online Personal Learning Network (PLN) Bob Bertsch Web Technology Specialist NDSU Agriculture Communication
  • 2. What Is a PLN?
    • PLNs are deliberately formed networks of people and resources capable of guiding our independent learning goals and professional development needs.
  • 3. PLN Resources
    • BLOGS
    BOOKMARKS SLIDESHOWS VIDEOS
      • Technocrati
      • Google blogs
      • TED
      • YouTube
      • Slideshare
      • Prezi
      • Diigo
      • delicious
  • 4. PLN Resources
    • BLOGS
    VIDEOS SLIDESHOWS BOOKMARKS CONVERSATIONS Twitter Facebook Google Buzz Blog Comments LinkedIn
  • 5. Using Twitter For Your PLN What Is Twitter? Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging tool that allows users to share 140 character bursts of information (tweets).  
    • How are people using Twitter?
      • As a news source
      • As a conversation
      • As conference tracker
      • As a marketing tool
      • As a knowledge network
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  • 6. Setting Up Your PLN Using Twitter
      • Identify people who can contribute to your PLN
        • Authors
        • Bloggers
        • Speakers
        • Magazines
        • News sites
  • 7. Setting Up Your PLN Using Twitter Search for them on Twitter.
  • 8. Setting Up Your PLN Using Twitter Check the following/followers lists of those you follow
  • 9. Setting Up Your PLN Using Twitter Consider following those accounts
  • 10. Setting Up Your PLN Using Twitter Check lists the accounts you follow appear on
  • 11. Setting Up Your PLN Using Twitter Search Twitter for subjects you want to hear about and consider following accounts
  • 12. Setting Up Your PLN Using Twitter
    • Check for better search results by using a hashtag.
      • Hashtags are a community-driven convention for adding additional context to tweets. 
      • You create a hashtag simply by prefixing a word with a hash symbol: #hashtag.
      • Hashtags were developed as a means to create "groupings" on Twitter, without having to change the basic service.
  • 13. Setting Up Your PLN Using Twitter Try a hashtag when searching Twitter
  • 14. Setting Up Your PLN Using Twitter Consider following the accounts that those you follow retweet
  • 15. Creating a Personal Learning Environment (PLE) Personal learning environments allow you to collect all your PLN information in a central location.
    • Collect:
      • News
      • Blog feeds
      • Your Twitter feed
      • Twitter search term feeds
      • Twitter list feeds
      • Social bookmark feeds
      • Web-based tools
    • Create Your PLE on:
      • Netvibes
      • iGoogle
      • Pageflakes
      • Evernote
      • Diigo
  • 16. Feeds
    • Feeds are the way content is syndicated on the web
      • stay up-to-date on new content from a particular source
      • read your feeds in Outlook, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Reader
      • add feeds to personalized web sites like Netvibes & iGoogle
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  • 17. Creating a PLE on Netvibes
      • Choose private, public or dashboard
      • Add widgets
      • Add content using feeds 
  • 18. Questions? Bob Bertsch http://www.twitter.com/ndbob http://www.facebook.com/bobbertsch http://www.diigo.com/profile/bobbertsch