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Presentation given during the BaW 2013 TESOL EVO workshops online http://baw2013.pbworks.com/w/page/63107161/GrahamStanley (recording of webinar available to watch here) ...

Presentation given during the BaW 2013 TESOL EVO workshops online http://baw2013.pbworks.com/w/page/63107161/GrahamStanley (recording of webinar available to watch here)

Informed by work on the aPLaNet project: http://aplanet-project.org

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  • Give a very brief overview of the aPLaNet project: Q: Who is it aimed at? A: European language educators, but open to all Q: What are our aims? A: We want to help and encourage those who are reluctant or shy to use ICT, SN or build a PLN on their own through mentoring and providing materials for self-access.
  • The British Council is involved n a European Union funded project under the lifelong learning programme to help teachers build and effectively use a PLN (Personal Learning Environment) The importance of building your own PLN can be understood by looking at the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) and how it is ineffective for lifelong learning. VLEs such as Moodle or Blackboard are institution owned and so when a learner stops studying at the organisation that owns it, or if a teacher changes jobs, all of the content that this person has created, and all of the connections that they have made, generally disappear, as the person is removed from the organisation's system. Because of this, encouraging people to build their own, personal learning environment, and connect to people (i.e. the PLN) means a more durable system for learning and development is created and which is owned by the individual Our aim in aPLaNet is to make more teachers aware of how they can do this, and to provide mentors to help them through the early stages of developing their own PLN
  • Social networking is becoming one of the most popular places for language learners and teachers to connect Many teachers and learners are now building 'Personal Learning Networks' using tools such as Twitter as the hub. As recent news events has shown us, Twitter is one of the best ways of receiving instant information from around the world. As a teacher, building a large network of other teachers using tools such as Twitter gives you access to a wealth of collective knowledge and intelligence. It works best when you connect to a very large number of people and when you participate actively, sharing with the community. For many teachers, Twitter has become the first port of call when looking for ideas or resources for class and there are a number of excellent regular discussions that take place such as #educhat and #eltchat which enable continuing professional development to take place in a relaxed and friendly way online.
  • Give a very brief overview of the aPLaNet project: Q: Who is it aimed at? A: European language educators, but open to all Q: What are our aims? A: We want to help and encourage those who are reluctant or shy to use ICT, SN or build a PLN on their own through mentoring and providing materials for self-access.

Social Networking & PLNs Social Networking & PLNs Presentation Transcript

  • Using Social Networks When creating your PLN Becoming a Webhead January 28th 2013Graham Stanleyblogefl@gmail.comhttp://blog-efl.blogspot.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/tarikb/2821633690/
  • about aPLaNetThe aPLaNet project is a European Union fundedproject for language educators all over theEurope, especially those who are new or do not useInternet social networks (SN) but wish to learnmore and build their own Personal LearningNetwork (PLN) for professional developmentpurposes.Find out more here:http://aplanet-project.euDisclaimer: The aPLaNet project has been funded with support from theEuropean Commission. This document reflects the views onlyof the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any usewhich may be made of the information contained therein.
  • helpwithPLNs APLaNeTSeven Partners:ISTEK, TurkeyUniversity West Scotland, UKSofia University, BulgariaBritish Council, SpainEuroEd Foundation, RomaniaCELT Athens, GreecePelikan, Czech RepublicAssociate Partners140 institutionsfrom 33 countries http://aplanet-project.org/ http://aplanet-project.eu/
  • Why should educators network?
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/catspyjamasnz/
  • LMS Learning Management SystemVLE Virtual Learning Environment = institution managed system
  • http://eltple.wikispaces.com/How+does+a+PLE+work%3F
  • http://www.facebook.com PLE & PLNhttp://blog-efl.blogspot.com.es/personal personallearning learningenvironment network 1,900 friends= TOOLS = PEOPLE 5,000 followers http://www.twitter.com
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/pipeapple/3280609082/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/dplanet/272955234/
  • 1) Create an account and choose a name http://www.twitter.com/grahamstanley
  • What is this Twitter thing anyway?2) Post your first message Im having a nice cup of tea Its a lovely day! Where are all the people? Hello world! Whats so special about Twitter? Whats for lunch?
  • 3) Follow people and be followedfind someone interesting and follow them follow people who are interested in the same things as you Get someone whos well-known to introduce you to the Twittersphere
  • 4) Participate join a discussion – e.g. #eltchat share an interesting link ask a question respond to people with @ tell everyone how you feel pick a fight
  • Using a Twitter client - Tweetdeck http://www.tweetdeck.com
  • Always on 24/7 instant support Global staffroomhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/tsevis/3486977626/
  • Don beafraid offollowers http://www.flickr.com/photos/superamit/3886055392/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/hubspot/3111238226/
  • Build your PLN organically Follow like minded people Make use of Twitter lists http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilse/3389565299/
  • Let yourself be distracted at first... http://www.flickr.com/photos/passiveaggressive/528463396/
  • But dont let it take over …....................your life http://www.flickr.com/photos/christianpayne/3359866774/
  • Learn the lingo...#ff twit RT DM hashtag (#) @ tweet http://www.flickr.com/photos/toonz/3677263997/
  • but... http://eltchat.com/http://www.flickr.com/photos/actiondatsun/2099869248/
  • Find it useful? Fly the flag http://www.flickr.com/photos/xotoko/2382680812/
  • Twitter for mobilehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/stevegarfield/3616155715/
  • http://twistori.com
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/jliba/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/christchurchcitylibr aries
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/robo ppy/
  • before twitter... http://www.flickr.com/photos/sheepses
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/iateflonline
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/s3a/m/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/iateflonline
  • Twitter or Facebook?Facebook or LinkedIn? LinkedIn or Ning? Ning or Edmodo?
  • about aPLaNetThe aPLaNet project is a European Union fundedproject for language educators all over theEurope, especially those who are new or do not useInternet social networks (SN) but wish to learnmore and build their own Personal LearningNetwork (PLN) for professional developmentpurposes.Find out more here:http://aplanet-project.euDisclaimer: The aPLaNet project has been funded with support from theEuropean Commission. This document reflects the views onlyof the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any usewhich may be made of the information contained therein.
  • Thank you anyquestions? http://twitter.com/grahamstanley