Social Media Tools forPersonalized Professional Development Lucy Gray Summer 2012
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What is a PLN?
What is social media?“Online technologies and practices that people use to shareopinions, insights, experiences, and perspectives with eachother.”“Social media are works of user-created video, audio, textor multimedia that are published and shared in a socialenvironment, such as a blog, wiki or video hosting site.”
Media and Tools Photos Audio Video Bookmarks Information Networking Flickr iTunes YouTube del.icio.us Twitter Facebook Picasa Podomatic Teacher Tube Diigo Slideshare LinkedIniStockPhoto iPadio Vimeo StumbleUpon Scribd Ning Blogger Quora
Why?Take charge of your own professional development andmodel learning for co$eagues and students.By developing a PLN, you can investigate best practices andtarget your needs and interests. Anytime, anywhere.Our students are networking and we need to understand thespaces created by social media as we$ as how to engage kids.We need to see ourselves as curators and creators of content.
What’s your web 2.0 story?
My Web 2.0 StoryPre 2000 Attended Illinois Computing Educator events, Classroom Connectconferences1999 Started Technology in Education graduate program at National LouisUniversity2000 Started Friday 5 list of educational resources • Began using Backﬂip toorganize bookmarks • Became an avid user of the ED TECH listserv among otherpre-Web 2.0 online • Attended NECC (now called ISTE), MACUL conferencesfor the ﬁrst time2005 Became an Apple Distinguished Educator • Introduced to the joys of RSSfeeds and NetNewsWire • Attended my ﬁrst ADE Institute (Alan Novemberpresented introduced to podcasting, Skype,Technorati, Creative Commons) •Started blogging and exploring web-based apps
My Web 2.0 Story2006 Participated in Google focus group • Wrote global awareness curriculum forApple in Europe • Started blogging for Inﬁnite Thinking Machine • Startedvolunteering on ICE conference committee2007 Helped with the Google Teachers Academy • Introduced to Facebook,Twitter and Ning • Started the Global Education Collaborative2008 Helped with Chicago GTA • Bought an iPhone • Visited Singapore2009 and 2010 Served on NMC’s K12 Horizon Report Advisory Board • Startingconsulting work • Launched Global Education Conference •Travelled to Bahrain forthe Education Project Conference2011 NMC’s K12 Horizon Report Advisory Board • CoSN’s Leadership for MobileLearning Initiative2012 ?
The Point? Personalized learning!Others will have other sets of experiences. Your ahamoments should be diﬀerent than mine.Collaboration via technology has profoundly changedmy professional life and the way that I work.
Tried & TruePhotos Audio Video Bookmarks Information NetworkingFlickr iTunes YouTube del.icio.us Twitter Facebook Diigo Slideshare LinkedIn Scribd Ning Quora
Lucy’s Top 5Microblo%ing using TwitterNetworking and community building via NingReading weblogs organized by a newsreaderDiscovering images and groups in FlickrFinding and sharing resources via social bookmarking
Serendipitythe occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneﬁcial way
Why Twitter?Connect with othersStay current in your areas of interestShare and co$ect resourcesGet spontaneous responses &om your networkDirectly access experts and we$-known people in yourﬁeld
Try Following...https://twitter.com/mamante http://twitter.com/liveclass20http://twitter.com/specialkrb http://twitter.com/HuﬀPostEduhttps://twitter.com/pbskids http://twitter.com/agoogleadayhttp://twitter.com/paulawhite https://twitter.com/#!/search/ edappshttp://twitter.com/teach42 Lucy’s mobile learning listhttp://twitter.com/dianeRavitch/ Lucy’s recommended list
Why Ning?Build customized social networking sitesServes as a repository for videos, audio, and textStructure adds to community buildingFind a ning for every educational topicKeep your Ning public or privatePearson is providing &ee Ning Minis for educators
A Few Favorite NingsClassroom 2.0TeacherLibrarianNingIndependent School EducatorsNetworkThe Global EducationConference NetworkPearson sponsoring Nings foreducatorsAlternatives to Ning
Why Blogs?Reﬂect on professional practiceRecord ideasShare resourcesEngage in conversations with other professionalsShowcase best practices and examplesInspire others
A Few Favorite BlogsLangwitchesAlways LearningWeblo%-edNever Ending SearchHuﬃngton Post EducationTeach Like it’s 2999Multiple Pathways
Why Flickr?Share and store photosCreate stuﬀ with yourimagesOrganize photos usingtagsJoin aﬃnity groupsGeotag photos
A Few Flickr FavoritesField Guide: Birds of the Interesting ThingsWorld CalendarTe$ a Story in Five Frames Flickr ClockClassroom Displays The CommonsAtrocious Apostrophe’s World MapPopular Tags in Flickr Flickr Toys
Why Social Bookmarking ? Method of sharing and organizing online resources Accessible &om any internet connected computer Subscribe to tags of interest Fo$ow like-minded people through a network
Delicious & Diigo Favorites People to add to your network in Delicious: http://delicious.com/ cchausis http://delicious.com/ cnansen http://delicious.com/ brasst
Delicious & Diigo Favorites Groups to join in Diigo Google in Education Resources for Languages Classroom 2.0 21st Century Stuﬀ list iPad, iPod, iPhone Users Group Leadership for Mobile Learning
Worthy of a MentionDocument sharing Scribd SlideshareChat Skype iChat AV Face Time
Organizing It All Use a newsreader or news a%regator
Tip #1: Understand tags Tags are simply keywords determined by users: #globaled #tedxnyed #edchat #PBL #biepbl #4thchat #isedchat
Tip #2: Follow thought leaders and organizations in your ﬁeld Principal Chris Tech Coordinator Lehmann Silvia Tolisano Librarian Joyce Education Valenza historian Diane Ravitch Teacher Lisa Parisi Joan Ganz Cooney Center
Chris LehmannBlogTwitterSchool web siteApple in EducationProﬁle
Tip #3: Leverage searchCreate searches in Twitter for topics of interest and see what pops up “Everyday Math” “Steve Hargadon” earthquake NSTAFo$ow people found in these searches that seem to share yourinterests
Tip #4: Select a handleCreate a common username to use in various onlinecommunities Establishes your digital footprint Makes you recognizable across communities and forums
Tip #5: Develop critical mass You won’t be able to take advantage of the information ﬂowing through social media unless you fo$ow a signiﬁant number of people Don’t try to keep up Utilize lists in Twitter
Taking Charge GuidelinesPick ONE tool to meet a particular professionaldevelopment need or interest.Rea$y learn that tool and develop conﬁdence around it.Utilize third party tools that enhance the functionality ofyour tool of choice, i.e. browser bookmarklets.Find an informal online mentor to help you on your PDjourney