Online Professional Learning Networks


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Connecting with other educators is important for our professional growth. Online connections help this to happen. This is a presentation I delivered in 2009.

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Online Professional Learning Networks

  1. 1. The Power of the OnlineProfessional Learning Network Helen Otway Manor Lakes P-12 Specialist College
  2. 2. Background Teacher at Essendon Nth PS Leading Teacher at Parkwood Green PS Ultranet Coach, WMR, DEECD Assistant Principal - ICT/Student Learning at Manor Lakes P-12/Specialist School
  3. 3. Guiding questions… What is an online Professional Learning Network (PLN)? How is this different to traditional Professional Learning experienced in schools? How has Web 2.0 made an impact on Professional Learning for educators? What are some examples and tools for online PLNs?
  4. 4. “When I first began teaching in the1980s as a graduate, the people Iwould turn to for support would be myfellow teachers and my leadershipteam. They knew everything I neededto know about what to teach and howto teach it. Or so it seemed.”
  5. 5. Typical Teacher NetworkThis was me Alec Couros
  6. 6. “At times, depending on budgetallocations, I could go off to a PDto hear what was happening withLiteracy or with new technologies.This information sat with me until Iwas ready to use it or would beburied within my mind with all thechores that were more pressing atthe time.”
  7. 7. Traditional Professional Development Whole school PD After school - 3:45pm Offsite workshops Planned for you Scheduled Have to attend
  8. 8. “In 2008 this would no longer beenough for me and wonder if it isenough for others. Admittedly I amnot a graduate teacher anymore butstill feel that there is a wealth of newknowledge and experiences,especially in the area of ICT outthere that I cannot ignore. So wouldmy immediate colleagues be able tosupport my desire to learn and grownow?”
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  10. 10. “In the last 8 months my life as ateacher and learner has changedsomewhat to include a new onlineProfessional Learning Network(PLN). A network that is growingand fluid enough to accommodatemy wonderings and discoveries, myshifts in mindset and my whims.”
  11. 11. The Networked TeacherThis isme now Alec Couros
  12. 12. Implications of Web 2.0 on Professional LearningLearning - Anytime, anywhere Interactive and dynamic Collaborative and connected Relevant and purposeful Spontaneous and open Reflective
  13. 13. Steve Hargadon’s 10 Trends New publishing revolution A tidal wave of information Everything is becoming participative The new pro-sumers The age of the collaborator An explosion of innovation The world gets even flatter and faster Social learning moves towards centre stage The long tail Social networking really opens up a party!
  14. 14. Why Professional Learning? Knowing what to do Knowing how to do it Knowing the best way or other ways to do something Knowing where to find help Knowing who to ask for help Do these fit with your expectations of PL?
  15. 15. Online Professional Learning Networks Ning (social network/website) Blog (online journal) Twitter (micro-blogging) Diigo (social book-marking) And heaps more!!We will look more closely at the top four
  16. 16. “As a result of joining these onlinecommunities and developing them into myown PLNs, I have been on a hugelearning curve and also a journey that Ihave some say, in how and when I learn. Iam able to self regulate my professionalgrowth and can share my reflectionsalong the way through the same networksthat support me. This blog helps me toprocess and document my journey.”
  17. 17. Nings
  18. 18. Ning Interestingness!! Launched in 2005  Join discussions and Online platform forums  Add friends or Join networks ‘colleagues’ Create own profile page  Join groups with specific Make it unique interests Add photos, text, and  Create you own group videos  Create your own network Write a blog post  Over 500,000 networks now
  19. 19. Some examples
  20. 20. Blogs
  21. 21. Blog Interestingness!! Short for weblog  Shared online over the A web page Internet Journal like  Read by your network and Most recent entries or others ‘posts’ go to the top of the  Subscribed to page  Hosted by - Text, images, videos can – Edublogs be included – Campus Edublogs Personalised – Blogger – Typepad
  22. 22. Some Examples … Helen Otway Kim Cofino Judy O’Connell Chris Betcher Will Richardson Jo McLeay
  23. 23. Twitter
  24. 24. Twitter Interestingness!! Free online micro-  Follow people with blogging service similar interests Users send and receive  Have updates sent to updates mobile Messages are no longer  Direct message someone than 140 characters  Seek advice Begin with the question -  Answer other people’s What are you doing? queries Add friends and follow
  25. 25. Why use it? Twitter  To be connected with like minded people  To share links and ideas  To learn what is happening with education locally and globallyOr as an ICT facilitator in NZ put it -And a university lecturer says-
  26. 26. Diigo
  27. 27. Diigo Interestingness!! Social book-marking  Add friends service  Join groups Like delicious  Pool resources for Save ‘favourites’ to specific projects the Internet  Annotate and add Access book-marks on sticky notes to a any computer at website or article anytime
  28. 28. Diigo Groups