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MSTA 2010 Building A Personal Learning Network

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This presentation discusses how to use and build a PLN and was presented at the 2010 MSTA (Missouri State Teachers Association) Conference in Kansas City, Missouri on November 12, 2010.

This presentation discusses how to use and build a PLN and was presented at the 2010 MSTA (Missouri State Teachers Association) Conference in Kansas City, Missouri on November 12, 2010.

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  • 1. Eric Langhorst Liberty Public Schools BUILDING YOUR PLN PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK
  • 2. Eric Langhorst speakingofhistory@gmail.com Adjunct Graduate Faculty Member Doctoral Student Teacher Leadership 8th Grade American History Teacher
  • 3. Copy of presentation and links available online www.speakingofhistory.com November 12, 2010
  • 4. •What is a PLN?
  • 5. •What is a PLN? •Why should I use it?
  • 6. •What is a PLN? •Why should I use it? •Tools to connect?
  • 7. •What is a PLN? •Why should I use it? •Tools to connect? •Real life applications
  • 8. •What is a PLN? •Why should I use it? •Tools to connect? •Real life applications •Tips
  • 9. •What is a PLN? •Why should I use it? •Tools to connect? •Real life applications •Tips
  • 10. MSTA already has all of these resources available for you to connect with them
  • 11. A personal or professional learning network (PLN) involves an individual’s topic-oriented goal, a set of practices & techniques aimed at attracting and organizing a variety of relevant content sources, selected for their value, to help the owner accomplish a professional goal or personal interest. - David Warlick
  • 12. SPECIALIZATIO N Not as much about having SOME information but about knowing how to get the BEST
  • 13. We are all now PRODUCER S of content as well as
  • 14. Twitter tool which allows you to communicate with those you select in less than 140 characters
  • 15. Twitter REAL LIFE EXAMPLE I start using a new activity known as “The Article of the Week” I share with fellow history teachers and soon a group of us are sharing ideas, resources, etc.
  • 16. Delicious Social bookmaking tool, allows you to save bookmarks on any computer and share them with others
  • 17. Delicious REAL LIFE EXAMPLEWorking on an assignment comparing the Finnish and U.S. education systems Want to find online articles and resources
  • 18. Flickr Online application for posting, sharing and commenting on pictures As of September 2010 Flickr had 5 Billion photos loaded
  • 19. Flickr REAL LIFE EXAMPLE I need an image of the cannons at Fort Ticonderoga to show my 8th grade American History class
  • 20. Blogs a journal written online and accessible to users of the internet
  • 21. Speaking of history blog
  • 22. Blogs REAL LIFE EXAMPLEI want to keep up with new ideas and concepts from people I respect
  • 23. Skype Audio and video conferencing tool
  • 24. Skype REAL LIFE EXAMPLE I want my students to ask questions of experts and experience things outside of my classroom
  • 25. YouTube Online application for sharing, viewing and commenting on videos
  • 26. YouTube REAL LIFE EXAMPLEI would like to find some quality content to enhance my class for my high achieving students Extra content to add to my class
  • 27. Podcasts Audio and/or video content which you can subscribe to through the web
  • 28. Podcasts REAL LIFE EXAMPLEI want to find engaging content for my students about Colonial America I would like to find audio or video content for free
  • 29. Google Google has a variety of tools helpful to educators – Docs, Mail, Video, Phone
  • 30. Google REAL LIFE EXAMPLEI want to call parents from my classroom but can’t make a long distance call from my room Google Phone from G-mail will allow me to make that call
  • 31. PLN Tips A PLN is a two way street – the more you contribute the more you will get back
  • 32. PLN Tips Cultivate your PLN – you don’t want too few or too many
  • 33. PLN Tips Check to see who your friend considers friends
  • 34. PLN Tips Use your PLN effectively but find a healthy balance
  • 35. PLN Tips Dip your foot in the PLN pool with friends you have in real life and know
  • 36. Eric Langhorst Liberty Public Schools BUILDING YOUR PLN PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK