Moving from Isolation to Collaboration


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The goal of the webinar is to help you move from isolation to collaboration through the power of social media. You will learn how to become a connected educator and will start building your personal learning network (PLN). We will explore the use of Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Linked In for “do it yourself (DIY)” learning. You will learn how to curate content through these social media sites and will leave the session connected to others.

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  • Kim Opening Thank you Keshia Welcome to Moving from Isolation to Collaboration Building your personal Learning network PLN We want this to be an interactive session so please feel free to post your questions comments and resources in the chat area. Please make sure you introduce yourself via the chat. We will also be sending out an email with a link to this webinar and a survey for you to give us feedback. We hope you will share this with your colleagues. At this time I’d like to introduce Sammie Hardebeck. 812 618 5166 Keshia Like, ask for examples of how the audience already use the tools Keshia Seitz: How many of you use these in the classroom> Keshia Seitz: How do you use them> Keshia Seitz: What challenges do you see to using these tools? Keshia Seitz: What are your concerns or apprehensions?
  • Kim to introduce Sammie Has worked at Ivy Tech Community College for two years Used to work as the Student Services Assistant Currently works as the Instructional & Online Technologies Specialist Teaches online courses at Ivy Tech Has developed both courses that she teaches IVYT 101 First Year Seminar IVYT 120 New Student Seminar Graduated from IUPUC in December 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education K-6 with a dual license in Computer Technology Will be graduating from IUPUI in December 2013 with a Masters in Education with a Focus on Technology She Has a passion for technology and helping students and teachers develop 21 st Century Skills Can be followed on Twitter @shardebeck52 Feel free to visit her blog at
  • Sammie to introduce Kim Kim Hendrick is the eLearning & Marketing Specialist at the Indiana Online Academy (IOA). IOA partners with schools to offer high school classes online for credit. She is the co-creator of the Digital Essential Skills & Knowledge or eDESK which provides a collaborative place for educators to connect and learn. She is a dynamic educator, consultant, & trainer with 23 years of professional experience in facilitating, project management, presenting and training delivery at both a local and national level. She has trained hundreds of teachers throughout Indiana and across the nation through videoconferencing, web and face to face instruction. Her passion is technology and she is very knowledgeable in web 2.0 applications and virtual education. Her expertise has helped schools on the planning, implementation and integration of eLearning and related technologies into the curriculum. You can connect with Kim on Twitter @evolvewithkim or on her website at She is a self-proclaimed Connected Educator.
  • Sammie Do you have need to collaborate with other educators about specific topics or themes? Do you feel disconnected? Today, we will discuss how to become a connected educator by teaching you how to create a do-it-yourself environment using social media. Self-proclaimed connected educators approach learning by putting the learner first They teach themselves about their interests rather than being taught by others Connected educators use multiple forms of social media to network with other educators from across the globe.
  • Sammie This book is one of the best resources for educators who are interested in becoming a connected educator. It has truly changed the way I think about professional development and my practices for becoming connected to others. It is a must read for educational leaders. The book will help Define the connected learner and discusses Do it yourself (DIY) learning How to get connected & develop a connected learning model Learning to learn Building your connected learning community which leads to transforming leadership for a connected world Practical activities to help you connect right away The DOE office of eLearning is hosting a book talk on the connected educator if you would like to join in the conversation at You can also follow Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach on Twitter @snbeach and Lani Hall @hanihall
  • Willingness to be a findable, clickable, searchable-on-Google person who shares openly and traanparently. Once you are willing to do this you can form connections, have conversations, build relationships & begin to collaborate.
  • Kim Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach describes pd for the 21 st century as building a Personal Learning Network or PLN – which is a group of knowledgeable colleagues & recognized experts who are eager to learn and share what they know. Instead of just working with a small team your pln is world wide with experts or teachers just like yourself who you can connect with and learn from. A PLN will help Make your learning highly transparent.
  • Kim The word that we see over and over while researching building a pln is the word CONNECT. Our objective tonight is that you will find other educators to connect with as we go through the webinar.
  • When you think about building your pln and connecting to others, you have to think about not just following or listening. You have to contribute. It’s ok to not participate at first, but truly connecting and learning from others means you need to contribute.
  • Kim We’d like to give you an opportunity now to start connecting to others through an ongoing conversation. Many of us use Twitter and we are going to discuss Twitter in more detail later, but would love to have you start connecting with each other and us now on Twitter. Use the #plnchat hashtag and start connecting Please post your Twitter handle in the chat area so you can start following each other. We will post our handles as well.
  • Kim Many times when I work with educators, they just aren’t sure where to start because there are so many choices We are going to try and break this down for you and discuss 4 tools that you can start using but first let’s look at more specifically how to build a PLN
  • Kim The 5 C’s to building a PLN Consider what resource and who to connect to Consume information and resources Converse with colleagues and peers Create content – a professional identity – curate Celebrate your accomplishments
  • Sammie Do you find social media sites to be overwhelming? How do you choose which one to use? Today, Kim and I are going to highlight four social media sites that are user friendly, and they can help you become a connected educator. We are going to focus on Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn We will briefly discuss each social media site and hopefully you will feel comfortable using at least one, if not all of them when we conclude our webinar today.
  • Kim Poll Which of the following social media sites do you use most often? Pinterest, Twitter, Google+. LinkedIn, None
  • Kim Interactive Poll How do you feel about using social media to build a PLN? Overwhelmed Nervous Scared Happy
  • Sammie We all have light bulb moments throughout the day and most of us have to write them down before we forget them. One way you can easily organize your ideas is by using Pinterest Pinterest is a free website that allows people to create pin boards (virtual bulletin boards) to organize their ideas You have the ability to connect with your colleagues and share your teaching ideas and interests
  • Pinterest is the newest social media site As of fall 2012, Pinterest had 11.7 million users, with the majority of the users being female. On average, most users spend at least 17 minutes on Pinterest Pinterest can be used in the business world to recruit people You can create a profile for your classroom and recruit parents to follow you It can also be used to promote products, websites, blogs, and profit You can use it to promote create ideas for projects, lessons, student work, and your personal social media websites The purpose of Pinterest is to share your interests with others Other Pinterest users can follow you, follow your pin boards, as well as repin and like your pins Pinterest can also be linked to other social media sites like Twitter, Google+ Facebook and LinkedIn Three of which, we are discussing today!
  • When you create a Pinterest account your profile with look like this You have the option to edit your background You can view the people you are following as well as the people who are following you You can view and create your pin boards You can add pins
  • When you first login to Pinterest you can view the people you are following pins From there you can search popular categories or type in keywords of whatever it is you are looking for
  • There are multiple ways you can use Pinterest in education, but these are the top 16 that I feel are most important to educators. Curate Content Create boards based on a specific topic or interest Organize ideas Create boards to keep your ideas organized for your colleagues, students, and parents Collaborate with others BECOME A CONNECTED EDUCATOR Allow students to use Pinterest Use boards to promote student work, projects, and help students brainstorm project ideas
  • Here are a couple examples of my personal pin boards 21 st Century Literacies Created by Jenna Cooper and I for a project last semester
  • The INOnline Academy is one of the organizations that I follow on Pinterest As you can see Kim maintains this Pinterest profile You can see she has multiple pin boards with pins that relate to that specific topic If you have Pinterest I encourage you to follow INOnline Academy so you can collaborate and communicate with other Indiana educators from across the state.
  • I wanted to showcase Richmond Community School Corporation because they have created a Pinterest profile for their teachers, staff, students, and parents. Their pin boards showcase important topics in their school corporation It also appeals to K-12 students, and it is not grade specific Personally, my favorite board is the Science Fair Experiment board and the “R” community board Again, if you have a Pinterest account and are interested in starting your own classroom pin boards, I encourage you to use this as an example This would also be a good example to show other teachers and administrators
  • Kim As you can see on this info graphic there are over 465 mil accounts on Twitter with over 175 mil tweets a day. These numbers were from 2012 so I’m sure they are even greater. That is hard for me to wrap my head around. How many of you are already using Twitter – raise your hand? If you haven’t done so, please posts your Twitter handle so we can connect to you. Remember we are using the #plnchat hashtag during this webinar if you are Tweeting. I like Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach’s analogy of Twitter being like a river. The river keeps flowing but sometimes you might just walk past and have a quick look, sometimes you might hang around and dip your toes in, other times you might spend hours swimming around. Effective teaching and learning doesn’t occur in a vacuum. To be the best teacher you can be, you need a diverse and innovative network. Traditionally, the staff at your school was your only network of teachers to collaborate with. This network may not be diverse or innovative. With Twitter, the barriers of distance and access are broken down and the world is at your fingertips!
  • Learning needs to be ongoing. The world is changing. There are new tools that can help students learn, new ideas about learning, new brain research, new emerging technologies, new social structures, and so on… Teachers cannot maintain a professional outlook by attending two or three PD workshops a year. To keep up with new learning, you really need to be plugged in to an ongoing source of professional dialogue and resource sharing. It needs to be something that happens regularly, at least several times a week. You have to create relevance for yourself. So Join, follow people, lurk, contribute & stick with it
  • I’d like to share how I’ve evolved with Twitter. Just like many educators, I joined Twitter a few years ago and just didn’t get it. It didn’t make sense and I thought who would want to follow me and what do I have to share of importance. Many of you probably feel that way too. We had to tweet for one of our grad classes so you can see my first tweet from August of last year. I really was nervous and wasn’t sure what to even say so I just retweeted Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach because I knew she was respected.
  • By December I started participating in a Twitter chat with other educators from Indiana using the #inelearn Twitter chats will help you find your voice and it a great learning tool! The #inelearn hashtag is one that you will definitely want to search since it is all Indiana educators and leaders. Twitter works for me because I find resources that are more relevant to what I am doing, more timely, ongoing, interactive, daily and personal. Traditional PD just can’t offer all that. I also trained my colleagues how to use Twitter because I saw its power!
  • Twitter is an amazing resource when you attend conferences. Many conferences will use a hashtag specific for the conf and then you can search the hashtag later and get all the resources and connect to people at the conference. This is one I attended at Southmont HS in Crawfordsville. Everyone was posting resources and I found about 20 people to connect to via Twitter including Kevin Honeycutt who is a national speaker so now I can continue to learn from him. Look for hashtags at the next conference you attend.
  • By March my PLN had grown and I was listed by another Indiana educational leader that I have never met as someone to follow on #FF follow Friday or Friend Friday. I truly felt honored to be included on his list. Talk about powerful! This makes me want to find quality resources to share with my pln.
  • In April, I had a professional article published on edudemic and ConnectEd Tweeted out a link to my article and listed my twitter handle as the author. I received quite a few more followers from this post. If you give Twitter a chance, I promise it will help you evolve in your professional learning too.
  • If any of you are following anyone that you would recommend, please share in the chat. Do any of you Tweet with your classroom? If so share how you’ve incorporated it and what challenges have you faced?
  • If you have any favorite hashtags you follow, please share them in the chat as well.
  • If you truly want to push yourself and learn quickly, participate in a Twitter chat. I try to participate at least 2-3 times per month if my schedule allows. Weekly Twitter Chat Times | Personalize your PD- Love that # INeLearn is included! Google Docs 8 great twitter accounts for students to follow
  • In just 10 minutes, I can find a new tech tool to try, link to a professional blog, read a whitepaper about eLearning, look at the chat log that I missed the night before, find at least 5 more educational leaders to follow and the list goes on and on. I have learned more from my PLN on Twitter in the last 8 months than I have in the last 10 years of attending one day workshops. I’m going to post a link to a Live Binder that will help you get started with Twitter. Resource – Live Binder
  • Who knows maybe one of these days, you’ll be the one in the large blue bird suit.
  • Google+ homepage
  • About Me
  • News Feed
  • Communities
  • Find People
  • My Circles
  • PLN Circle
  • Another profile example
  • Linked In is social networking website for people in professional occupations
  • I just read a new number that it is now over 200mil
  • Social media sites are being used more and more by recruiters
  • Online resume
  • People endorse your skills & expertise.
  • Recommendations.
  • Join groups that are relevant to your profession.
  • Participate in group discussions and find resources.
  • News feed
  • Mobile app so you can be connected at all times.
  • Post your Linked in info in the chat area so you can connect with each other. My info is
  • Kim
  • Kim Post Interactive Poll – Now that you’ve heard all the benefits how do you feel now about using social media to build a PLN? Overwhelmed Nervous Scared Happy
  • Keshia’s closing comments
  • Moving from Isolation to Collaboration

    1. 1. Presenters:Sammie Hardebeck & Kim HendrickW550Moving from Isolation to CollaborationMoving from Isolation to Collaboration --Building your Personal Learning Network (PLN)Building your Personal Learning Network (PLN)
    2. 2. o Ivy Tech CommunityCollegeo @shardebeck52o shardebeck.wordpress.como Self-proclaimed ConnectedEducator
    3. 3. o Indiana OnlineAcademyo IOAeDESK.como 23 years in educationo @evolvewithkimo Evolvewithkim.como Self-proclaimedConnected Educator
    4. 4. Ever feel like this?Ever feel like this?
    5. 5. ““As a connected educator, you haveAs a connected educator, you havethe opportunity to direct your learning,the opportunity to direct your learning,connect, collaborate, and grow yourconnect, collaborate, and grow yourprofessional practice.”professional practice.” (p. 11)(p. 11)~ Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
    6. 6. How can a PLN help me?How can a PLN help me?How can a PLN help me?How can a PLN help me?
    7. 7. You have to CONTRIBUTE!You have to CONTRIBUTE!Building a PLN isn’t just following or listeningBuilding a PLN isn’t just following or listening
    8. 8. #plnchat#plnchat
    9. 9. Where do I start?Where do I start?
    10. 10. 5 C’s to Building a PLN5 C’s to Building a PLNoConsideroConsumeoConverseoCreateoCelebrate
    11. 11. Too many choices?Too many choices?
    12. 12. Need to organize your ideas?Need to organize your ideas?
    13. 13. How do I Start?How do I Start?oJoinoFollow peopleoLurkoContributeoStick with it
    14. 14. Evolving with Twitter…Evolving with Twitter…Evolving with Twitter…Evolving with Twitter…
    15. 15. to follow?Who to follow?
    16. 16. MyMy Connections…Connections…MyMy Connections…Connections…
    17. 17. #Hashtags#Hashtags#Hashtags#Hashtags#inelearn#ioaedesk#edchat#edtech#ff#quote#scchat#edreform
    18. 18. #inelearn
    19. 19. #edtech
    20. 20. You just have to start …You just have to start …You just have to start …You just have to start …
    21. 21. Too many educators to collaborate with?Too many educators to collaborate with?
    22. 22. Getting StartedGetting Started
    23. 23. Why UseWhy Use
    24. 24. Are you ?
    25. 25. Find NEW ConnectionsFind NEW Connections
    26. 26. “Choose to be powerful.” (p. 145)(p. 145)~ Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
    27. 27. ResourcesResourcesFlickr. (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2013, from Flickr website: (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2013, from Google+ website:, K. (2012, October 12). 35 ways to build your personal learning network online.Retrieved April 14, 2013, from edudemic website: network-online/LinkedIn. (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2013, from LinkedIn website:, L. (2011, August 12). The 5 Cs to developing your personal learning network.Retrieved April 14, 2013, from Lisa Nielson: The Innovative Educator website:
    28. 28. Nussbaum-Beach, S. (2012). The Connected Educator: Learning and Leadingin a Digital Age. Bloomington: Solution Tree Press.Pinterest. (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2013, from Pinterest website:, B. (2010, June 7). How to use Twitter to grow your PLN. Retrieved April14, 2013, from Edutopia website: (n.d.). Retrieved April 14, 2013, from Twitter website: