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  • The reason we are here today is the PLN concept: Personal Learning Network. A concept that we believe makes us better teachers...and Social Networks like Twitter and Facebook that help teachers build their PLNs.\n
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  • This is map of my Twitter network. Isn’t it amazing to have the chance to learn from teachers from all around the world?\nGet quick answers to simple questions\nThrow out new ideas to get responses from people whose opinions you trust\n
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  • The webquests are designed for self-access piloting teachers in order to guide them during their experience of using ICT tools and Social Networks and building their PLNs.\n
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  • aPLaNet Plenary

    1. 1. !
    2. 2. PLN
    3. 3. There are so many wonderful resources andexperiences on FB posted and shared bydedicated professionals from various corners ofthe world! I really get inspired by them. I assumethis is one of those triggers in our professionaldevelopment! Look, analyse, internalize and followyour success! Ludmilla
    4. 4. Twitter means community, connection & collaboration (not always in order!) Powerful part of my PLN, search w/ recommendations :)@barbsaka
    5. 5. Twitter is my daily dose of inspiration and motivation. First time ever I wish I was back at school to use all that I’ve learnt.@tamaslorincz
    6. 6. ! http://aplanet-project.org http://aplanet-project.eu
    7. 7. The aPLaNet project is a European Unionfunded project for language educators,especially those who are new or do not use onlineSocial Networks (SN) but wish to learn more andbuild their own Personal Learning Network (PLN)for professional development purposes.
    8. 8. aPLaNet answers three questions thatlanguage educators ask:What is a PLN?What is the added value and meaning of aPLN?How can they develop a fully autonomousPLN of their own? The project Autonomous “Personal Learning Networks” for Language Teachers has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
    9. 9. Why educators should build their own PLNs:To develop their teaching skills and follow the developments inEdTech.To engage students in learning by using EdTech toolsTo follow professional events and opportunities in the educationalcommunityTo share their work (blog entries, projects, conferences attended,etc.)To participate in reflective practice thanks to feedback a PLN canprovide
    10. 10. ➡ Pre-piloting➡ Piloting➡ Final User Kit
    11. 11. Pre-piloting - ➡Identification of ICT resources and social networks ➡A teacher guide ➡Mentor and Mentee guides ➡A methodology guide ➡Self-access webquestsResources are now available in Bulgarian, Czech, Greek,Spanish, English, Romanian, Turkish, German, French,Italian.
    12. 12. Preparation for pilotingTeacher Guide ➡ Introduction to SNs and PLNs ➡ Guide of Social Networks ➡ Guide of ICT tools ➡ Glossary of TermsICT tools fact sheets ➡ Detailed methodology of ICT resources ➡ 25 tools divided into 10 groups for better orientation
    13. 13. Preparation for piloting ➡ Identification of online social networks ➡Videos
    14. 14. Mentored PilotingSelf-Access Piloting
    15. 15. aPLaNet Mentoring Unlike a teacher or even a coach, who is focused on helping us learn and practice a particular set of skills, a mentor acts as a guide who helps us define and understand our own goals and pursue them successfully. (The Mentees Guide, L. Zachary, 2009)Mentored Piloting85 volunteer mentorsfrom 24 countries61 menteesfrom 16 countries
    16. 16. aPLaNet Online Mentoring Resources aPLaNet Mentor/Mentee Guides & Ninghttp://aplanet-project.org/page/mentors-1
    17. 17. Self-Access PilotingTwitter WebquestFacebook WebquestNing Webquest
    18. 18. http://aplanetwebquest.pbworks.com
    19. 19. Case Studies22 submitted casesTurkey – 6Bulgaria – 6Romania – 3Czech Republic – 3Greece – 3from near to zero experience (an intern) to teachers of15, 16 or 20 years of teaching experience.Languages taught: English, Spanish, French, Russian, Bulgarian
    20. 20. Methodology Guide “If you give a man a fish, he will have a single meal. If you teach him how to fish, he will eat all his life” Kwan-Tzu➡ enables the replication of the aPLaNet activities and project resources➡ presents how the system developed within aPLaNet works➡ familiarizes teachers with social networking and ICT tools
    21. 21. Ensuring the Best Quality➡ Internal evaluation➡ External evaluation➡Feedback➡ Questionnaires
    22. 22. Web Properties➡ Website➡ aPLaNet Ning community➡ Facebook - open interaction➡ Twitter - conversation
    23. 23. ➡aplanet-project.org➡aplanet-project.eu
    24. 24. !

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