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Basic introduction to Personal Learning Networks. What is a PLN? What Web 2.0 tools are used? What are each of those tools? Starting your own PLN by finding blogs to follow and learning how to ...

Basic introduction to Personal Learning Networks. What is a PLN? What Web 2.0 tools are used? What are each of those tools? Starting your own PLN by finding blogs to follow and learning how to subscribe to them using an RSS reader (aggregator)

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    • Developing Personal Learning NetworksUsing RSS Feeds
      Betsy MacDonald
      ECA – Caracas, Venezuela
    • Personal Learning Network (PLN)
      • Facilitate professional growth:
      • Read & share ideas with peers
      • Discover trends & innovations
      • Connect with others to collaborate and interact
      • Follow educational technology leaders
    • PLN Web 2.0 Tools
      • Blogs
      • Micro-Blogs
      • Social bookmarking sites
      • Online communities
      • Wikis
      • Podcasts
      • Webinars
    • Micro-Blogs
      • Follow other teachers
      • Receive and share ideas and links
      • Converse in 140 characters or less
      • Use any of the following tools:
      • Twitter
      • Plurk
      • Tumblr
    • Social Bookmarking Sites
      • Store ‘favorites’ or ‘bookmarks’ online
      • Available from any computer
      • Tag to categorize
      • Share your own & explore others’
      • Popular bookmarking services:
      • Del.icio.us
      • Digg
      • Diigo (dEEgo)
    • Online Communities
      • Social networks customized for education
      • Join to connect with like-minded teachers
      • Participate in discussions and forums
      • Receive news of webinars
      • Explore many reputable communities:
      • Classroom 2.0
      • ISTE Ning
      • NextGen Teachers
    • Wikis
      • Collaboratively create and edit web pages
      • Participate in discussions & live conversations
      • Join special interest groups
      • Find a Wiki that fits you:
      • Classroom 2.0 Wiki
      • Webtools4U2Use
      • Educational Wikis
    • Podcasts
      • Series of digital files released as episodes
      • Listen on demand or subscribe
      • Podcatcher=collects and delivers podcasts
      • Visit one of many sites:
      • iTunes U
      • EdTechTalk
      • Tech Talk 4 Teachers
      • The Education Podcast Network (EPN)
    • Webinars
      • Web conference for presenting material
      • Some offer opportunity to interact
      • Tune in live or watch archived footage
      • Several good sources:
      • Classroom 2.0 LIVE
      • Education Week Webinars
      • Elluminate
      • Teachers.tv ( )
      Technically not a webinar, but an excellent video resource
    • Blogs & RSS Feeds
      • RSS=Really Simple Syndication
      • Allows you to subscribe to blogs
      • Read what others are doing
      • Stay updated on trends & innovations
      • Subscribe via an RSS reader (aggregators):
      • Google Reader
      • Bloglines
      • Pageflakes
    • Using Google Reader
      • Add a Subscription
      • Paste a feed URL or search
      • Manage Subscriptions
      • Unsubscribe, create folders & tags
      • Home
      • Shows new postings
      • Suggests Top Recommendations
      • Search box searches all blogs completely
    • Reading Blog Posts
      Blog Post in Google Reader
      Blog Post in the Blog
    • Alternatives to Online Aggregators
      • Receive posts as email
      • Look for a Subscribe by Email link
      • Tabbloid (www.tabbloid.com)
      • Sends a .pdf to your email address of all your chosen feeds
      • RSSOwl (www.rssowl.org)
      • Desktop reader - looks like Outlook but gets blog posts instead of email
      • Flock (www.flock.com)
      • A social network browser that has a built-in reader
    • Getting Started with Aggregators
      • Setting up an Aggregator
      • Google Reader
      • http://www.google.com/reader
      • Sign in or Sign up
      • Finding blogs to follow
      • http://betsymac.edublogs.org
      • PLN Resources
    • Subscribing to a Blog
      • Go to the blog
      • Look for and click RSS feed icon
      • On the Blog itself
      • In the address bar of Mozilla Firefox
      • In the toolbar of Internet Explorer (next to the home icon)
      • Look for this icon
      • When (if) it asks, choose ‘Add to Google Reader’
    • Finding Blogs to Follow
      • Edublog awards highlight excellence
      • http://edublogawards.com
      • Moving Forward suggests several
      • http://movingforward.wikispaces.com/blogs
      • See my PLN Resources page
      • http://betsymac.edublogs.org/plnresources
      • Check blogrolls on your favorite blogs
    • The End Beginning
      • Enjoy
      • Pass it on
      • See you in cyberspace
      Betsy MacDonald
      MS IT Instructor
      Escuela Campo Alegre
      Caracas, Venezuela
      betsymac@yahoo.com
      http://betsymac.edublogs.org/
      Silhouettes modified from images acquired here:
      Karen Whimsey. Public Domain Images. 2009. (21 September 2009). <http://karenswhimsy.com/public-domain-images>