Creating Your Own Personal Learning Network


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Creating Your Own Personal Learning Network presented by Cal Kjeller at Summer Professional Development Institute, Whitehall, PA

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Creating Your Own Personal Learning Network

  1. 1. Creating Your Own Personal Learning Network Utilizing the Web for Personal and Professional Growth
  2. 2. 1,407,724,920 Internet Users!
  3. 3. How Much Data is Flowing? <ul><li>2-3 terabits per second move over the Internet (est. March, 2008) = 2,000 - 3,000 gigabits per second = 2 - 3 Petabits per second </li></ul><ul><li>172,800 – 259,200 Pitabits per day </li></ul><ul><li>63,115,200 – 94,672,800 Pitabits this year </li></ul><ul><li>That is… The entire contents of the Library of Congress every 5 seconds! </li></ul><ul><li>That is… The entire contents of the Library of Congress moving over the Internet more than 2,305,282,680 times this year! </li></ul>
  4. 4. And Guess What… <ul><li>That number is only the amount of information moving over the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>This number DOES NOT INCLUDE all of the countless times more information stored on all of the computers connected to the Internet! </li></ul><ul><li>1 Terabit networkable hard drives – holding about half the amount of information moving each second on the Internet – are becoming standard fixtures on HOME networks around the world! </li></ul>
  5. 5. A River of Data Flowing Past You! Let’s look at what can you do about it.
  6. 6. First… Four Stages of Learning <ul><li>DATA – The river flowing past you </li></ul><ul><li>INFORMATION – The Data you pull from the river and assign relevance and purpose </li></ul><ul><li>KNOWLEDGE – The Information that you actually keep, apply, and use personally and professionally </li></ul><ul><li>WISDOM – Combining Knowledge with intuition and experience over time in a way that makes your personal and professional lives better </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Solution – Create a Personal Learning Network! Personal Learning Network – A group of people who can guide your learning, point you to learning opportunities, answer your questions, and give you the benefit of their own knowledge, experience, and wisdom.
  8. 8. Learning is Becoming an Open Source Project <ul><li>An Open Source project is a software product that is collaboratively built. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone has access to help build the product if they have something worthwhile to contribute. </li></ul><ul><li>No one owns it. No one takes credit for it. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone gets to use the product… even those who did not help build it. </li></ul><ul><li>The “Sage on the Stage” is dead! Most of us just don’t know it yet. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Dark Side <ul><li>A PLN Can be a Tender Trap! </li></ul><ul><li>It is estimated that a new Web 2.0 type application is released every 10 minutes! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s easy to get so infatuated with the bells and whistles of Web 2.0 applications that you forget why you started to look for new applications in the first place… to make your personal and professional life better… not more complicated. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Be Smart. Refuse to Play the Game! <ul><li>It’s OK to be ignorant in the 21 st Century! </li></ul><ul><li>Not a single human being on earth knows about all of the interactive applications on the Internet... Not one! </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be intimidated by those who try to make themselves feel important by constantly pointing out applications with which you are not familiar. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember! It’s not about swallowing the River. It’s about gaining wisdom! </li></ul>
  11. 11. In the End… It’s All About the Network! <ul><li>By using the power inherent in many social-network-oriented web-based applications, you can ensure that the River flowing past you is made up of stuff that you want and need to make your life better. </li></ul><ul><li>Once you’ve managed and channeled the River of data, your goal is to then choose wisely what is important and useful to you from your personalized stream… and let the water wash everything else away! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Before You Take the Plunge <ul><li>Develop a strategy for storing and organizing multiple URL’s, User names, and Passwords </li></ul><ul><li>KeePass - Open Source Windows Software </li></ul><ul><li>Create a disposable email account specifically for registering on social-networking sites. Don’t use your main ISP account’s email. , http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Develop AND practice good password skills. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Join the DEN! <ul><li>Discovery Educator Network </li></ul><ul><li>One of the best teacher resources I’ve found… ever! </li></ul><ul><li>View Introductory Video </li></ul><ul><li>Webinars, resources, and local, regional, and national events presented by leaders in technology-oriented education </li></ul><ul><li>Signup today! </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 14. Blogs, Podcasts, and RSS <ul><li>If you think a blog is just a place to complain about your boyfriend, you’re wrong! </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs are now one of the most important parts of a Personal Learning Network </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts are not just for kids either! </li></ul><ul><li>In conjunction with the wise use of RSS feeds, blogs and podcasts can really help you control and direct the flow of the data River. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Some Good Educational Blogs <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> (start now… there are over 22,000 of them) </li></ul>
  16. 16. RSS – The World in Your Inbox <ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>Find the RSS, HTML, or Xml logo </li></ul><ul><li>Right-Click, Copy Link Location (PC) </li></ul><ul><li>Paste link location into your RSS feed reader. </li></ul><ul><li>Reader? Many Browsers read RSS. Google has Google Reader, and many third party feed aggregators are available. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Beyond Blogs <ul><li>There are a host of other tools you can use to manage the River and create your own Personal Learning Network </li></ul><ul><li>You want to find tools that… Suit your own personal learning style Function well Integrate with other tools Don’t waste your time with frivolous content </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s examine a few </li></ul>
  18. 18. Do you Tweet? <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>What are you doing now? </li></ul><ul><li>Anything you can say in 140 characters or less! </li></ul><ul><li>Automatically uses to shrink long URLs </li></ul><ul><li>Tweet from phone, IM, or browser </li></ul><ul><li>Those you follow and those who follow you become your Personal Learning Network </li></ul>
  19. 19. Have you ever been caught Plurking? <ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Verb. plurk (plüer-kh) - To chronicle the events of your always on, action-packed, storybook, semi-charmed kinda life. </li></ul><ul><li>Similar to Twitter, but more robust. </li></ul><ul><li>Also has an interesting “Karma” rating system that encourages worthwhile posting. </li></ul>
  20. 20. EdStreamTV <ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Live Video Streaming from NECC (National Education Computing Conference) on WikiSpaces </li></ul><ul><li>Your EdStreamTV Guide For NECC 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>An example of what can be done! </li></ul><ul><li>Could your class create a live video cast someday? </li></ul>
  21. 21. You Always Wanted to Be a Star <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Watch 26 channels simultaneously on the Mogulus Grid </li></ul><ul><li>Start your own live broadcast using content from around the web or your own webcam </li></ul><ul><li>Spread your channel all over the internet by embedding it on your blog or Facebook profile </li></ul>
  22. 22. More Video… USTREAM.TV <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> quickly and easily allows anyone with a camera to broadcast to the world. </li></ul><ul><li>All you need to stream is a computer, internet connection, a microphone and a webcam or video camera. Our system will auto detect your camera type. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Second Life <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a place … NOT a game! </li></ul><ul><li>Fantastic opportunities for networking </li></ul><ul><li>Must be 18+ to be on Adult Grid </li></ul><ul><li>Teen Grid inaccessible without FBI clearance </li></ul><ul><li>Must download and install client </li></ul><ul><li>Resource intensive! </li></ul><ul><li>Includes x-rated content on adult grid, but it is easy to steer clear of it </li></ul>
  24. 24. Second Life… Get Started! <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Skip the “Join a Community” step </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a name carefully! You may be stuck with it for a long time. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your SL name SHORT and easy to type! You won’t regret it. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a name that reflects your professional position! </li></ul><ul><li>Provide real information about yourself… they may check. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Second Life… Get Started! <ul><li>First, master Orientation Island. Then, thoroughly investigate Help Island. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to move around, change your appearance, and fly before you go exploring on the main grid </li></ul><ul><li>Act the way you would normally act when on the streets of any large city, and you’ll be fine. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, you can always just close the client if you get lost or flustered! </li></ul>
  26. 26. Second Life… Get Started! <ul><li>Expect to spend up to ten hours in world before you are comfortable with the interface! </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life vocabulary … Avatar – Your person in Second Life In World – logged into Second Life SL/RL – Second Life / Real Life Rezzing – the process of graphics resolving Rez Day – The day you created your avatar Rolling Restart – Normal server maintenance Public Sand Box – A place where you can try your building skills </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Social Bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmark, tag, organize, and share internet sites </li></ul><ul><li>Makes your bookmarks browser/computer independent! </li></ul><ul><li>Browser tool bar makes use a snap </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Upload, find, and share presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Great for publicly posting copies of a presentation you give. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t reinvent the wheel! Presentations available on just about any subject. </li></ul><ul><li>Can be slow to load </li></ul><ul><li>Distinct URLs for linking </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight, annotate, bookmark, tag web pages, and share them </li></ul><ul><li>Create and share specific bookmark lists </li></ul><ul><li>Create workgroups! </li></ul><ul><li>View the annotations of other users on a page </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Video Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>500 Meg Storage per week </li></ul><ul><li>EMBEDD code generated </li></ul><ul><li>Direct URLs </li></ul>
  31. 31. Ning <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Create your own collaborative workspace or join the spaces of others </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  32. 32. PageFlakes <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Add, Delete, Flakes or Widgets to create a composite page that can be made publicly viewable. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a networking center for you and your class </li></ul><ul><li>Pull in feeds from all over the web </li></ul>
  33. 33. VoiceThread <ul><li>http:// /#home </li></ul><ul><li>Hold a conversation/discussion centered around some a number of media types </li></ul><ul><li>Submit comments by computer, phone, text, or drawing </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in any public VoiceThread </li></ul><ul><li>Create asynchronous mini courses/webinars </li></ul><ul><li>Link directly to a specific VoiceThread </li></ul>
  34. 34. Dandelife <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Your Lifecast </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 site activity aggregator and mini blogging site. </li></ul><ul><li>Pull in streams from sites like, Twitter, Fickr, You Tube, Facebook, RSS feeds, Amazon, and Live Journal </li></ul><ul><li>View as timeline, blog, photo timeline, or embed as a widget </li></ul>
  35. 35. Flickr <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>One of the most popular image sharing sites on the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Requires a free Yahoo ID </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a good idea to make a Yahoo ID anyway so that you can use the email account for your networking registrations. </li></ul>
  36. 36. Slideflickr <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Create a slide show from files in your Flickr account and share them </li></ul><ul><li>Customize your presentation </li></ul>
  37. 37. Tools for Creativity <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Creating videos, animations, etc. takes tools </li></ul><ul><li>Check out this site for a great list of Web 2.0 tools you can use to create content </li></ul><ul><li>This link alone will keep you playing for weeks! </li></ul>
  38. 38. Tons of WEB 2.0! <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  39. 39. More Tons of WEB 2.0! <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  40. 40. Final Thoughts <ul><li>I’ve seen slide backgrounds from a presentation I gave at PETE&C show up in a professional development presentation in a Mexican school system. </li></ul><ul><li>I recently saw pictures of me presenting in Second Life in promotional media for a presentation given at the National Educators Computer Conference on using Second Life to Create a Personal Learning Network. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Final Thoughts <ul><li>Remember! No matter where you go or what you do on the Internet, you leave footprints. </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone following those tracks should always find a professional educator at the end of the trail! </li></ul><ul><li>Since you never know where or when people will pick up your tracks, you only have one recourse. </li></ul><ul><li>REMAIN A PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR AT ALL TIMES WHEN ONLINE! </li></ul>
  42. 42. Thanks!
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