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  1. 1. Reading 5: Building Communities and Networks for Professional Development by Utecht, J. (2010)<br /><ul><li>Building your network: How to get the most out of it?</li></ul>Setting up a PLN is a thing. But effectively benefiting from it is another thing and it is not free! There is a cost to pay; time and effort. You need to get actively involved in sharing the available information: Don’t just learn from others instead, let others also learn from you. In one word, don’t be a lurker. ‘The real learning relationships and network building comes when you become an active part of the community’ (Utecht, 2010, p. 18). <br />Rule of thumb: Activity = Visibility = Connection opportunity <br /><ul><li>RSS</li></ul>Really Simple Syndication (RSS): Internet format that allows a user to connect a website to an “RSS reader” (Utecht, 2010, p. 11) or “Feed Reader” (see,,sid9_gci1242047,00.html). Example of RSS reader: Google reader, Netvibes, pageflakes, etc. RSS reader brings and keeps feeding you with the latest of your preferred websites. For the author’s. But it is not self-sufficient as it has to rely on what is available on other websites or blogs. So, the possibility of being overwhelmed by heaps of information flowing to you from’ everywhere’ on an uncontrolled pace is also to improve. <br /><ul><li>Become Part of a community</li></ul>Active participation (in a two way communication), very important if one has to stay connected to the community, may sometimes be not a reality for educators who have to manage their daily classroom activities on top of their networks. Yet, there is a need for Digital and Networked literacies: understand and use web connections for professional development.<br />However, becoming networked literate entails some time-related challenges that educators should be aware of. Two ways of addressing such or any other related challenges come out of the paper:<br /><ul><li>Get aware of the potential of the people you can be networking with through your ‘virtual staff room’
  2. 2. Use any spare time you have
  3. 3. Growing your Professional Network </li></ul>An educator, or any other person involved in professional life on line, has the key to its growth. A good introduction in form of self-promotion is crucial for growing your network. It must clearly and briefly show your potential network members who you are, what you do, and what you’re interested in; se of blurbs (a.k.a. Bio). Different ways to do a good bio:<br />An avatar (created or own photo)<br /><ul><li>Saying
  4. 4. Quotations
  5. 5. Website
  6. 6. A combination of any of the above
  7. 7. Etc.
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  9. 9. Making your network work for you
  10. 10. “Being connected is NOT being networked!” Use connections in place to create your PLN.
  11. 11. Provide feedback on how it works for you.
  12. 12. Make it work for others especially your students