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Darim Online webinar, Social Media for Social Learning, facilitated by Caren Levine, Director of the Learning Network, February 22, 2011

Darim Online webinar, Social Media for Social Learning, facilitated by Caren Levine, Director of the Learning Network, February 22, 2011



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  • Social Media for Social Learning: Developing Your Professional Learning Network Caren Levine twitter: DarimOnline, jlearn20
  • How do you define a PLN?
  • A few definitions… (it’s all personal…) A PLN is a system for lifelong learning - Judith Epcke and Scott Meech 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 and experience. - Daniel R. Tobin Personal Learning Networks consist of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from in a Personal Learning Environment . An important part of this concept is the theory of connectivism developed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes . Learners create connections and develop a network that contributes to their professional development and knowledge. [1] The learner does not have to know these people personally or ever meet them in person. [2] - Wikipedia
  • Social Learning
    • “Free range learning”
    • PLUS social media
    Cross et al: Working Smarter
  • Credit: Alec Couros
  • Credit: Alec Couros
  • Connected Learning: Personal Learning Networks
    • Social learning
      • Peer to peer
      • Self-organizing around interests
      • Customizable
    • Learning environments
      • Conference calls
      • Webinars
      • Blogs, Wikis, Twitter
      • Social networks
      • IM, Skype
      • Elearning platforms, immersive (virtual) worlds, mobile
  • David Warlick: One Man’s Ecosystem
  • Personal Learning Networks: Professional Learning in the Connected Age
    • Listening, pulse taking
    • Find others with similar interests
    • Engage with others; influencers
    • Crowdsource – ask your community
    • Contribute to professional network
    • Grow your reputation in a field
    • Develop new skills, learn the culture
    • Become a resource for your community
    • Model for your students and colleagues
    • … .What’s YOUR rationale?
  • Who’s In YOUR PLN? What’s YOUR ecosystem?
  • Why Social Bookmark?
    • Personal Learning Network
    • Information organizer
    • Repository - resources stored online (archives)
    • Identify like-minded people
    • Identify additional resources
    • Develop personal library of online resources
    • Community Learning Network
    • Information gathering and knowledge sharing
    • Create community resource lists
    • Develop community library / network of online resources
    • Subscribe to community “tags”
  • Putting the Social in Bookmarking Where it Gets Interesting…
  • You Are Not Alone Create a Network
  • Tag – You’re It! Subscribe to Tags (key words) Follow “key words” on delicious
  • Home Delivery Information Delivered to Your Doorstep Feed – notification of updated content
  • Getting Organized: Aggregators and RSS Feeds Google Alerts
  • Why Social Network?
    • Personal Learning Network
    • Maintain relationships with friends and colleagues
    • Develop new connections and contacts
    • “ Strength of weak ties” – infusion of new ideas and innovations
    • Ambient awareness; listening; other ways of knowing
    • Community Learning Network
    • Maintain relationships with current, future, and former members
    • Develop potential relationships and members
    • Collaboration and problem solving
    • Social capital – active connections
    • Make the invisible or implicit, visible or explicit
    • “ Strength of weak ties” - – infusion of new ideas and innovations
    • “ Pull” – people and resources as needed; networks based on passions and interests
    • Ambient awareness; listening; other ways of knowing
    Credit: Patti Anklam, Net Work: A Practical Guide to Creating and Sustaining Networks at Work and in the World
  • ## Hashtags ##
  • Lists: Create and Follow
  • Telling Your Story: Twitter Example
    • Profile “Brand You”
    • Choose your Twitter ID/ handle (not too long)
    • Bio in 160 characters (“personal haiku;” elevator pitch)
    • Link to your blog, website, LinkedIn profile, cv
      • Add Twitter ID to email signature, business cards, blogs, etc.
    • Visual Narrative
    • Profile picture
    • Customize your background
  • Telling Your Story
    • Voice and Action
    • Casual
    • Establish credibility and trust
    • Reciprocity, attribution, value
    • Determine audience, goals
    • Listen
    • Learn from others
    • Practice, experiment, be playful
  • Strategies: Creating Your Network
    • Curating and serendipity
    • Embrace diversity
    • “ Circle of the Wise”
      • Beth Kanter: http://
    Flickr credit: cobalt123
  • Strategies: Network Weaving
    • Connecting
    • Sharing resources and ideas
    • Identifying patterns and gaps
    • Modeling
    Flickr credit: weesen
  • Strategies: Time Credit: Aliza Sherman
  • Strategies: Time Aliza Sherman’s 15 Minute Twitter Strategy
    • 5 Minutes: Listen, Retweet
    • 5 Minutes: Listen, Respond
    • 5 Minutes: Promote, With Care Flickr credit: alancleaver
  • You Rung? What’s Your Style?
  • What are YOUR next steps? What would YOU like to try? What’s YOUR PLaN?