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    1. 1. Spicing Up Your Professional Learning Network Heather Hurley Instructional Technology Coordinator Arlington Traditional School Presentation Adapted from Powering Up Your Professional Learning Network by Jen Dorman [email_address] http:// jdorman.wikispaces.com /
    2. 2. Ask Yourself… van Harmelen, Mark (August 2006). "Personal Learning Environments". http://octette.cs.man.ac.uk/jitt/index.php/Personal_Learning_Environments. Retrieved 2006-08-24. How many Educators can I collaborate with on a daily basis?
    3. 3. What is a PLN? Personal Learning Network Professional Learning Network <ul><li>&quot; Personal Learning Environments are systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning. This includes providing support for learners to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>set their own learning goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>manage their learning; managing both content and process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>communicate with others in the process of learning and thereby achieve learning goals. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A PLE may be composed of one or more subsystems: As such it may be a desktop application, or composed of one or more web-based services.&quot; </li></ul>van Harmelen, Mark (August 2006). &quot;Personal Learning Environments&quot;. http://octette.cs.man.ac.uk/jitt/index.php/Personal_Learning_Environments. Retrieved 2006-08-24. Professional Learning Environment
    4. 4. Title http://www.flickr.com/photos/jutecht/2384289406/
    5. 5. Stages of PLN Adoption <ul><li>Stage 1 Immersion: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Immerse yourself into networks. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create any and all networks you can find where there are people and ideas to connect to. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration and connections take off. </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Stages of PLN Adoption <ul><li>Stage 2 Evaluation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate your networks and start to focus in on which networks you really want to focus your time on. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You begin feeling a sense of urgency and try to figure out a way to “Know it all.” </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Stages of PLN Adoption <ul><li>Stage 3 Know it all: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find that you are spending many hours trying to learn everything you can. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Realize there is much you do not know and feel like you can’t disconnect. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This usually comes with spending every waking minutes trying to be connected to the point that you give up sleep and contact with others around you to be connected to your networks of knowledge. </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Stages of PLN Adoption <ul><li>Stage 4 Perspective: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start to put your life into perspective. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually comes when you are forced to leave the network for awhile and spend time with family and friends who are not connected. </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Stages of PLN Adoption <ul><li>Stage 5 Balance: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Try and find that balance between learning and living. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding that you can not know it all, and begin to understand that you can rely on your network to learn and store knowledge for you. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A sense of calm begins as you understand that you can learn when you need to learn and you do not need to know it all right now. </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. What do you know? <ul><li>Take an index card </li></ul><ul><li>5 minutes to write </li></ul><ul><li>What do you know about PLN’s? </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>How does technology fit? </li></ul>
    11. 11. NSDC Standard – Collaboration Skills The Standard Staff development that improves the learning of all students provides educators with the knowledge and skills to collaborate. “ While collaborative, face-to-face professional learning and work are the hallmarks of a school culture that assumes collective responsibility for student learning, technology will increasingly provide a means for new and different forms of collaboration . Technology will enable teachers and administrators from around the country and world to share ideas, strategies, and tools with one another in ways that will dramatically increase the number of collaborative links among educators. But electronic forms of such work will also present teachers and administrators with new challenges whose outlines are only becoming dimly visible as larger numbers of educators begin to use these processes to strengthen their teaching and leadership practices.” http://www.nsdc.org/standards/collaborationskills.cfm
    12. 12. Spicing Up Your Network
    13. 13. Professional Networks
    14. 14. http://community.discoveryeducation.com
    15. 15. http:// www.pbs.org /teachers/connect/
    16. 16. <ul><li>LinkedIn Groups: </li></ul><ul><li>NSDC </li></ul><ul><li>ISTE </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery Educator Network </li></ul><ul><li>Learning, Education and Training Professionals Group </li></ul>http:// www.linkedin.com /
    17. 17. Groups <ul><li>NSDC </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery Educator Network </li></ul><ul><li>ISTE </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life for Educators </li></ul><ul><li>Using Wikis in Education </li></ul>http:// www.facebook.com /
    18. 18. Ning <ul><li>http://www.classroom20.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http:// teachingeverystudent.ning.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// education.ning.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.neccning.org / </li></ul>
    19. 19. RSS Aggregators & Internet Start Pages
    20. 20. This symbol is your friend http://www.iste.org/source/Orders/isteProductDetail.cfm?product_code = newrss
    21. 21. Finding Feeds <ul><li>Blogs, podcasts, news sites, and many other media services syndicate their content through RSS feeds </li></ul>RSS – Really Simple Syndication
    22. 22. Customized News Feeds http:// news.google.com /
    23. 23. Google Reader http:// www.google.com /reader/
    24. 24. iGoogle http:// www.google.com/ig
    25. 25. Podcasts
    26. 26. iTunes and Podcasts
    27. 27. iTunesU
    28. 28. http:// www.gcast.com /
    29. 29. Microblogs
    30. 30. http:// twitter.com /
    31. 31. Mr. Tweet looks through your extended network to help you build effective relationships on Twitter. Which are my followers I should be following in return? Who are the influential people I should be following? http:// mrtweet.net /
    32. 32. Twitter Search http:// search.twitter.com /
    33. 33. If You Can Tweet Then You Can Plurk http:// www.plurk.com /
    34. 34. Managing Multiple Accounts <ul><li>Ping.fm - http:// ping.fm / </li></ul>AtomKeep - http:// www.atomkeep.com /
    35. 35. Desktop Applications <ul><li>Twhirl - http:// www.twhirl.org / </li></ul>TweetDeck - http:// tweetdeck.com /beta/
    36. 36. What Can You Say in 140 Characters?
    37. 37. Social Bookmarking and Annotating
    38. 38. Social Bookmarking - Delicious http:// delicious.com /
    39. 39. Social Annotation - Diigo http:// diigo.com /
    40. 40. http://tinyurl.com/6zosub
    41. 41. Diigo Groups
    42. 42. Blogging
    43. 43. Popular Blogging Sites <ul><li>Blogger </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.blogger.com / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>WordPress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// wordpress.org / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>EduBlogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// edublogs.org / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Windows Live Spaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// spaces.live.com / </li></ul></ul>
    44. 44. http:// www.nsdc.org/learningBlog/index.cfm
    45. 45. http:// blog.discoveryeducation.com/heather_hurley
    46. 46. <ul><li>Collaborative Live Blogging with Integrated Media </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.coveritlive.com/ </li></ul>
    47. 47. Wikis
    48. 48. Education-Friendly Wikis <ul><li>Wikispaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.wikispaces.com /site/for/teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PB Works </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://pbworks.com/academic.wiki </li></ul></ul>
    49. 49. http:// eduwikius.wikispaces.com /
    50. 50. http://techatats.wikispaces.com/
    51. 51. Video
    52. 52. http:// www.youtube.com /
    53. 53. http:// www.ustream.tv/channel/aps --smart-connection-day http:// www.ustream.tv /
    54. 54. http:// www.livestream.com/barretttigertv http:// www.livestream.com /
    55. 55. Interactive Publishing - Photos
    56. 56. Presentations <ul><li>http:// www.slideshare.net / </li></ul>
    57. 57. Online Presentation Tools <ul><li>Prezi </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://prezi.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Zoho Show </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// show.zoho.com / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spresent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.spresent.com / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>280 Slides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://280slides.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Presentations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// docs.google.com / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Voicethread </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// voicethread.com / </li></ul></ul>
    58. 58. Photo Sharing <ul><li>http:// flickr.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http://picasa.google.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.shutterfly.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.snapfish.com / </li></ul>
    59. 59. Flickr
    60. 60. Picture Walk <ul><li>Choose a picture </li></ul><ul><li>How does this picture describe your work? </li></ul><ul><li>Find someone else with the same picture </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss with your partner </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to show and tell </li></ul>
    61. 61. Online Collaboration
    62. 62. Mind Mapping <ul><li>http:// bubbl.us / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.gliffy.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.mywebspiration.com / </li></ul>
    63. 63. http:// www.zoho.com /
    64. 64. http:// docs.google.com /
    65. 65. http:// groups.google.com /
    66. 66. http:// sites.google.com /
    67. 67. Collaborative File Storage <ul><li>http:// drop.io / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// box.net / </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.getdropbox.com/ </li></ul>
    68. 68. Online Conference/Meetings
    69. 69. http:// snipurl.com/denwebinars
    70. 70. http:// edtechtalk.com /
    71. 71. http://wiki.classroom20.com/live%20conversations
    72. 72. VOIP / Text / Video http:// skype.com / http:// www.oovoo.com /
    73. 73. PLN on the MUVE
    74. 74. DEN in Second Life <ul><li>DEN in Second Life SLURL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://slurl.com/secondlife/Eduisland%20II/75/100/22 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DEN Second Life Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// blog.discoveryeducation.com/secondlife </li></ul></ul>Peyton Merlin
    75. 75. ISTE Events http://www.flickr.com/photos/krossbow/ ISTE in SLURL http://slurl.com/secondlife/ISTE%20Island/93/83/30 ISTE in SL Wikispace http:// secondlife.iste.wikispaces.net /
    76. 76. PLN Implementation Plan <ul><li>Stage 1 Immersion: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Immerse yourself into networks. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create any and all networks you can find where there are people and ideas to connect to. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration and connections take off. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PLN Action Plan Steps </li></ul><ul><li>What Tools Will You Use? </li></ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Potential Barriers </li></ul>
    77. 77. Tools <ul><li>Mind mapping </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul><ul><li>Zoho Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative File Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Attend a Webinar </li></ul><ul><li>Use Skype or ooVoo </li></ul><ul><li>Join Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Delicious </li></ul><ul><li>Diigo </li></ul><ul><li>Set up or join a blog </li></ul><ul><li>Set up or join a wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Use Slideshare </li></ul><ul><li>You Tube or other video sites </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr or other photo sharing sites </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery Educator Network </li></ul><ul><li>PBS Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Linked In </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Ning </li></ul><ul><li>Google Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Plurk </li></ul>
    78. 78. Join My Network <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// blog.discoveryeducation.com/heather_hurley </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// blog.discoveryeducation.com/virginia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// techatats.wikispaces.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://twitter.com/h270 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Plurk </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.plurk.com/user/h270 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Diigo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.diigo.com/profile/hsquared70 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>