21 st   Century Collaboration
          for Teachers

              Adam Houghton, M.Ed
         Director of Technology, S...
What is a PLN?

Defined as either a Personal or
Professional Learning Network

Purpose is designed by the person in the
cen...
Functions of a PLN


Connect

Collaborate

Contribute - The most important step!
Benefits of PLN’s
Self Awareness

Connected

Empowerment

Model of 21st Century Skills

Confident

Teacher as the Learner
Advantages of Virtual PLN’s
Broaden your reach

Works within your existing “in Person” PLN

Brings people into the convers...
Social Networking in
    Plain English
Stages of PLN Adoption




    http://
www.flickr.co
  m/photos/
 jutecht/ CC
BY-NC-SA 2.0
How I started my PLN

Grew out of an idea to put knowledge back

Use my Blog and Twitter for my virtual PLN

Found out abo...
Adam’s Rules for Social
       Networking

Separation is key

Assign a purpose for each account

Be selective about who yo...
Taking the Leap of Faith
Learn as much as possible about the service before
signing up

Learn about the policies for servi...
Accessing your PLN at
           School

Check school’s Acceptable Use Policy

Don’t give up if school use is prohibited

...
Time for a Quick
    Stretch!!
Twitter in Plain English
History of Twitter

Developed as internet-based text messaging
alternative to cell phones

Created during a brainstorming ...
Organization of a
 Twitter Account
Activity Time


Let’s gather as group

Just blurt out the first “politically correct” thought
that comes into your head

We...
Activity Time Part 2


“I am a teacher looking to use a laptop cart for
the first time and I do not know where to start.
An...
If you are ready to
           “Tweet”
Visit http://twitter.com/

Click the Sign Up Now button

Fill out your user informa...
Building Brand “You”
1. Fill out your one line bio on your profile. This helps
   people identify why they should follow yo...
How to Tweet
140 characters at a time

Typing in a message just broadcasts it to everyone
who follows you

@Username acts ...
Using Twitter Offline
Using Twitter Offline
Using Twitter Offline
Using Twitter Offline
Using Twitter Offline
Using Twitter Offline
Time for a Quick
    Stretch!!
Blogging in Plain English
What is a Blog?
Evolved from the term weblog

A series of entries arranged in reverse
chronological order

Feature develop...
How to Blog
Determine a subject that interests you

“What is your point of view?” or “What is your
question?”

Keep it to ...
My Blog
I blog as the Emerging Principal

My blog focuses on topics related to the new
school administrator’s growth curve
How to get a blog

Several places offer blogs for free including
Blogger.com and WordPress.com

Starting is as simple as fi...
Bringing it Together

Both blogs and Twitter serve each other

Twitter is for short burst thoughts

Blogging is for expand...
Don’t Forget to Enjoy
          the Ride!
Share your thoughts on topics posted by others

Growing number of blogs on K-12 ...
Questions?
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  • Notes to Self
    - Introduce myself
    - Go over workshop schedule
    - Go over my objectives for the workshop
    - Make sure you introduce the workshop format: as interactive as possible
    - Remind participants that the lab is not ours and that it may not run everything as we would expect on our computers
    - Talk slowly and clearly

    Activity
    -Introductions – Introduce Me, what I do, and where I do it.
    -Have participants introduce who they are, what they teach, and where they teach
    -Have participants identify any specific objectives they are looking to get out of the workshop
    -Survey group for Social Networking use (Adjust accordingly)
    -Get participants logged into the computers?
  • - It is truly about YOU!
    - The more comfortable you make it, the more likely you are to use it
    - A good PLN is like a garden, it needs to be tended to regularly
  • Connect - Can be done in several different ways
    - Key is to find those who can help you
    - Be patient finding those who can help
    Collaborate - Begin discussions with your peers
    - Ask questions and begin the knowledge sharing process
    Contribute - The key part of the process
    - Put knowledge back into the system
    - Offer value
  • Self Awareness - of new research, new strategies, new educators, and new ideas that can enhance and impact their teaching and learning
    Connected- they develop learning networks as they meet teachers with similar interests and issues and connect become leaders inside and outside of their classrooms
    Empowerment - as they take control and responsibility of their own professional growth.
    Model of 21st Century Skills- With first hand experience on how to operate in a 21st century learning environment, teachers become equipped to demonstrate and model learning behaviors and strategies for their students
    Confident-Teachers feel appreciated and respected for their contributions and knowledge and become confident and more competent in their own teaching practice
    Teachers as the Learner - the most important requirement to being a 21st Century educator - don't you think?
  • - The virtual PLN ideally should function within your existing learning network
    - It allows you to broaden your reach beyond your school and the ideas contained within it
    - These ideas could
  • Stage 1 Immersion: Seeing the value in the tool and really wanting to embrace it
    Stage 2 Evaluation: The Whoa stage! Taking a look at your network and seeing where the value is. You begin feeling a sense of urgency and try to figure out a way to “Know it all.” Remember that what I use for my PLN may not work for you.
    Stage 3 Know it all: The “I need a life stage”. Find that you are spending many hours trying to learn everything you can. Realize there is much you do not know and feel like you can’t disconnect. This usually comes with spending every waking minutes trying to be connected to the point that you give up sleep and contact with others around you to be connected to your networks of knowledge.
    Stage 4 Perspective: The stage that I am presently in. I am busy presently in my real life and I have less time to devote to the network. However I know that I want to get back to it.
    Stage 5 Balance: Identification of the best fit in your life. Understanding that you can not know it all, and begin to understand that you can rely on your network to learn and store knowledge for you. A sense of calm begins as you understand that you can learn when you need to learn and you do not need to know it all right now.
  • - My PLN started as part of my Master’s practicum
    - I felt that my learning process had extracted so much information from the “system” that I needed to put some back
    - It was a struggle until my PLN became visible to me and that the tools I needed were twitter and a blog
    - My process grew very much in sync with the stages of PLN adoption: heavy at first to as needed currently
  • - Don’t think it does not matter; your friends may not know or see it that way
    - Having students in a network is great, but having students find out about your less than perfect moments in college from your friends is not
    - Don’t risk it, create a “school you” and a “real you”
    - Even with separation be selective about who is in your network. You might be surprised at the connections that exist in your personal network
    - Keep your moments of weakness for in person conversation
  • - Social networking is not a bad thing, but like anything take the time to understand it
    - Do a Google search about a site or service you are looking to join
    - Be careful about content ownership
    - Facebook updated their user policy twice this year; the first said they owned the content and the second rescinded that due to a strong backlash
    - Understand the worst case scenarios
    - *** Lead into conversation about the Washington Post article handed out
  • - You can’t override network security to access your PLN, so make sure you check your school’s AUP before accessing tools like Twitter at school
    - If something is blocked don’t fret about, learn about it
    - Teachers have to show value to me and this has led to me unblocking sites
    - The value cannot be mixed, hence the need for separation
    - Don’t be afraid to share within your own building, the PLN is not about computers or people, it is about your needs
    - Transparency is key
  • - Here is the layout of the standard Twitter page
    - My picture and user name reside in the left corner of the page
    - If this was not my page there would be a button below my picture saying either Follow or Following
    - As you go down the left side of the page, my tweets are listed in reverse chronological order
    - The right side of the page lists my information including my personal information
    - The bio is critical to a Twitter page, it tells potential followers who you are. It does not need to be super personal, but it should give someone an idea as to why you are following them
    - Below the personal information are the number of people I follow and the number of people who follow me
    - Next is my Tweet count
    - At the bottom is a random view of avatars of people I follow
  • 21st Century Collaboration For Teachers

    1. 1. 21 st Century Collaboration for Teachers Adam Houghton, M.Ed Director of Technology, SAU 23 October 9, 2009
    2. 2. What is a PLN? Defined as either a Personal or Professional Learning Network Purpose is designed by the person in the center of it - YOU!! No perfect number of people or design
    3. 3. Functions of a PLN Connect Collaborate Contribute - The most important step!
    4. 4. Benefits of PLN’s Self Awareness Connected Empowerment Model of 21st Century Skills Confident Teacher as the Learner
    5. 5. Advantages of Virtual PLN’s Broaden your reach Works within your existing “in Person” PLN Brings people into the conversation with different perspectives 24/7 access Conversations can be with people down the street and across the world Eliminate preexisting biases
    6. 6. Social Networking in Plain English
    7. 7. Stages of PLN Adoption http:// www.flickr.co m/photos/ jutecht/ CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
    8. 8. How I started my PLN Grew out of an idea to put knowledge back Use my Blog and Twitter for my virtual PLN Found out about the tools from various podcasts and my “in-person” PLN Got started and immediately found value, which led it to grow significantly over time
    9. 9. Adam’s Rules for Social Networking Separation is key Assign a purpose for each account Be selective about who you let in Keep your personal life personal!
    10. 10. Taking the Leap of Faith Learn as much as possible about the service before signing up Learn about the policies for service i.e. Who owns the content? Make sure you are 100% comfortable with the potential consequences http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/ article/2008/04/27/AR2008042702213.html
    11. 11. Accessing your PLN at School Check school’s Acceptable Use Policy Don’t give up if school use is prohibited Share the content with others Be transparent
    12. 12. Time for a Quick Stretch!!
    13. 13. Twitter in Plain English
    14. 14. History of Twitter Developed as internet-based text messaging alternative to cell phones Created during a brainstorming session by a company called Odeo Long term potential continues to be hampered by the lack of a clear revenue stream
    15. 15. Organization of a Twitter Account
    16. 16. Activity Time Let’s gather as group Just blurt out the first “politically correct” thought that comes into your head We are tweeting in reality!
    17. 17. Activity Time Part 2 “I am a teacher looking to use a laptop cart for the first time and I do not know where to start. Any pointers?”
    18. 18. If you are ready to “Tweet” Visit http://twitter.com/ Click the Sign Up Now button Fill out your user information If you have a web based email account (Gmail, AOL, etc.) you can search for contacts already on Twitter You can also invite people by sending them an email You now have a Twitter account
    19. 19. Building Brand “You” 1. Fill out your one line bio on your profile. This helps people identify why they should follow you 2.Identify what your ideal virtual PLN should look like 3.Find teachers based on your subject or specific interests. Start at http:// twitter4teachers.pbworks.com/ 4.Click the follow button beneath the person’s name 5.When you follow someone, check out who they are following 6.Don’t be afraid to enter the conversation
    20. 20. How to Tweet 140 characters at a time Typing in a message just broadcasts it to everyone who follows you @Username acts as a public reply D Username sends a direct message that only the specific user can see RT @Username is a retweet with credit given to the original tweeter #Subject allows for tweets to be grouped together and searched
    21. 21. Using Twitter Offline
    22. 22. Using Twitter Offline
    23. 23. Using Twitter Offline
    24. 24. Using Twitter Offline
    25. 25. Using Twitter Offline
    26. 26. Using Twitter Offline
    27. 27. Time for a Quick Stretch!!
    28. 28. Blogging in Plain English
    29. 29. What is a Blog? Evolved from the term weblog A series of entries arranged in reverse chronological order Feature developing commentaries, individual or collective on their particular theme Allow for a two way conversation between author and reader
    30. 30. How to Blog Determine a subject that interests you “What is your point of view?” or “What is your question?” Keep it to 800 words or less Be patient and develop a style Do it regularly, the more regular the posts, the more people will read it Remember that virtually anybody can read it
    31. 31. My Blog I blog as the Emerging Principal My blog focuses on topics related to the new school administrator’s growth curve
    32. 32. How to get a blog Several places offer blogs for free including Blogger.com and WordPress.com Starting is as simple as filling out a simple form Do not forget to read through the terms of service!
    33. 33. Bringing it Together Both blogs and Twitter serve each other Twitter is for short burst thoughts Blogging is for expanding on those thoughts New blog entries linked on Twitter Allows you to find other bloggers to read
    34. 34. Don’t Forget to Enjoy the Ride! Share your thoughts on topics posted by others Growing number of blogs on K-12 education - read some Google Reader can be your friend! Podcasts are great way to kill time in the car or exercising
    35. 35. Questions?

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