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It's a  Ning Thing

It's a Ning Thing



Social Networking - why use it ?

Social Networking - why use it ?



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  • Interesting, Alan - I'm with the all the way, as you know... do you know Sefton have set up a ning following my INSET there last week - http://seftongeographyforum.ning.com/ not a lot there at present, mind...
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    • It’s a NING thing... Virtual ‘professional’ networking for Primary Geography Champions Sheffield Alan Parkinson Secondary Curriculum Development Leader Geographical Association
    • “ Social networking”
    • “ Social networking”
    • Professional networking
    • The Networked teacher.... Then and Now (Alec Couros)
    • Networking as CPD
      • Picked up tips for websites, TV programmes I’d missed, events, publication of reports that are relevant
      • Discovered that people are at the same event, or in the same city that evening
      • Got an instant answer to a technical query
      • Worked collaboratively on a project with other teachers in other schools, some of whom I had never met
      • Got feedback / gave feedback on CPD sessions attended
      • Reflected on lessons that had been taught, and considered different approaches
      • Asked other teachers to comment on suggested activities
      • Thought about possible specification choices
      • Gained resources and shared resources
      • Spent time / saved time ?
    • This much is clear...
    • Every teacher should also be a learner. The Social Web makes this possible at a time and a place to suit everybody.
    • Twitter “What are you doing...?” 140 character limit
    • The Ning...
      • September 2007: created NING for 6 th form geographers – lesson resources added at the end of each lesson
      • Homework tasks uploaded and responses added
      • Students discussing tasks and sharing ideas and websites they had discovered.
      • Each student had their own HOMEPAGE: familiar feel to other social networks...
    • http://newedexcelgeog.ning.com
    • http://ks3geography.ning.com
    • http://geographical.ning.com Over 240 members
    • http://geographychampions.ning.com
    • What can you do ?
      • Sign up and you have a member page, which can be customised to suit you.
      • Start a discussion, or contribute to a discussion
      • Make a blog post, or add a comment to an existing blog post
      • Join a group dedicated to an area of interest
      • Keep in touch with the teachers in your Geography Champion network !
    • How do I do it ?
    • This presentation available on Slideshare also: Slideboom (User name GeoBlogs) You will all be given a USER GUIDE
    • My contact details alanparkinsonatthega [email_address] GeoBlogs GeoBlogs