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Teachers and administrators in rural areas can use technology to expand their Professional Learning Network (PLN) to make the most of their professional development time. The presenter will share the …

Teachers and administrators in rural areas can use technology to expand their Professional Learning Network (PLN) to make the most of their professional development time. The presenter will share the strategies one such teacher used to expand his PLN via the use of Social Networking and Twitter plus the benefits of such strategies.

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  • Many teachers in South Dakota are in small schools. I’m the only chemistry teacher in my school, and I don’t know the other science teachers in my county!
  • I’m closing in on 1,000 sites bookmarked.
  • Imagine
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    • 1. Growing my Friends-List
      Twitter and Social Networking for Educators
    • 2. About Me
    • 3. Please share
      Current Position
      Why did you choose my presentation?
    • 4. When was the last time you…
      Discussed educational research?
      Discussed pedagogy?
      Shared ideas or advice?
      Argued over your curriculum?
      Suggested readings or read someone else’s?
      Left your classroom for ideas?
    • 5. The problem with teaching in South Dakota?
      Never leave your room
      Never go into someone else’s
      Only one teaching subject
    • 6. The problem with teaching in South Dakota?
      Professional Development
      Limited Local Options
    • 7. The Solution
      Expand your PLN!?!
    • 8. What is a PLN/PLP/PLE?
      Whatever you call it, it is the people and tools that help you learn new information.
      Personal Learning Network
      Professional Learning Network
      Personal Learning Plan
      Personal Learning Environment
    • 9. Five Reasons Why Educators Should Network
      Adapted from Tanya Roscorla’s Post of the same name.
      To learn with others
      To serve your students
      To access a dynamic resource
      To extend your learning base
      To stay engaged in education
    • 10. Map of My PLN before August 2009
      Grand total
      42 People
    • 11. Map of my PLN Today
      Over 3,540 Members of EduPLN
      Over 2,800 members of the AP-Chem List-serv
      Over 2,200 members of the AP-Physics List-serv
      Over 350 people connected to me on Twitter
      OVER 8,000
      Unique Friends
    • 12. Tools
      Distributed Lists
    • 13.
      Just one of many social bookmarking sites, Digg, StumbleUpon, Mixx,
      Use tags to mark websites
      See who else has marked that website
      See what other sites they have marked
    • 14. Mail Distribution Lists
      Get to know your mail options.
      Using Rules to pre-sort
      Sort by thread
      College Board Discussions
      Google for Educators
    • 15. Twitter
      • Instantaneous
      • 16. Conversational
      • 17. Great Search tools
      • Overwhelming
      • 18. Too Fast
      • 19. Too many conversations
      • 20. A lot of ‘junk’
      • 21. You miss things when you aren’t online
    • 22. Tips for Using Twitter
      Adapted from David Hopkins’s blog Don’t Waste Your Time
      Work out what you want to get out of Twitter
      Make sure you put some relevant and interesting information in your Twitter profile
      Share and share alike.
      Look at the people who follow someone in your network.
      Don’t be afraid to ‘block’ people who you don’t think you want following you.
      Don’t worry about numbers
    • 23. More Basic Tips
      Re-Tweet the ideas of others
      @<username> - respond to others, have conversations
      Use Hashtags
      #followfriday(#ff)– suggest people to follow
      #teacher, #principal
      #tie10 – hashtag for this conference
      #edchat – Video
      Use groups
      Skip the celebrities…
    • 24. More Advanced Tips
      Use What the Hashtag? – find out what the abbreviations mean
      Use Twitcleaner –
      Use URL Shortening services
      Tiny URL
      Use Desktop applications to manage Twitter
    • 25. Who to follow?
      The founders of #edchat
      Many more by subject at
    • 26. Ning
      Ning is a site where you can build your own Social Network, like Facebook. Ning is just one of many such tools.
      • Great for storage
      • 27. More moderated
      • 28. Persistent
      • 29. Totally self contained
      • Ning is converting to a pay service.
    • 30. Imagine…
      Having someone there for you when you need it… at any time, any where.
      You had access to inexpensive, but powerful professional development
    • 31. Closing Thought
      The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what (awards) he is capable of receiving. The most important motive … in life is the pleasure of working and thereby obtaining results which will serve the community. ~Albert Einstein
    • 32. References
      Cassinelli, Colette. "What is a PLN and Why do I need one?" edtech VISION. Colette Cassinelli, 15 Feb 2010. Web. 14 Apr 2010.
      Hopkins, David. "Twitter Tips: for Teachers & Educators." eLearning Blog Don't Waste Your Time. David Hopkins, 09 MAY 2009. Web. 13 Apr 2010.
      Roscorla, Tanya. "5 Reasons Why Educators Should Network." Converge Magazine. e.Republic Inc, 22 Jan 2010. Web. 17 Apr 2010.
    • 33. Attributions – All images used under a Creative Commons License
      Slide #1- “Growing A Rope” by Tinkerbrad
      Slide #3 –”Young Tree” by aaron_language
      Slide #19 – ‘holding hands’ by JonathanCohen
      Slide # 25 – ‘alpacas’ by lamazone,
    • 34. Alpacas