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This presentation is designed to serve as an introduction to a variety of social networking tools available to us today. My audience is K-12 teachers.

This presentation is designed to serve as an introduction to a variety of social networking tools available to us today. My audience is K-12 teachers.

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  • Using Social Networking Tools to Build Your PLN Workshop presenter: Karen Hurd Collegiate Lower School Technology Resource Teacher February 15, 2010
  • Personal Learning Network (PLN) vs Professional Learning Network? (PLN)
  • Social Networking Defined
    • "On the internet, social networking is the process and practice of individuals, businesses and other types of organizations interacting with each other through common web sites and specialized areas within those websites, for the purpose of sharing, gaining, propagating and discussing all manner of information.”
    • (Source: Optimum7.com )
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  • Social Networking Tools Help You To:
    • Interact with people who have similar passions
    • Connect with people across the hall or across the globe
    • Share ideas, lessons, websites, etc.
    • Stay motivated
    • Challenge your thinking
  • Who should be in your network?
  • Will Richardson on PLNs Hi, everyone! So good to see you all again!
  • So where do I begin? Advice: Keeping the K.I.S.S. principle in mind… … start with just 1 or 2 tools.
  • Which two? Advice : Twitter and using RSS feeds to follow a few blogs is a good way to begin… … but there are other choices!
  • What are some of my choices? Blogs Wikis Nings Twitter Social Bookmarks Skype Facebook YouTube TeacherTube Flickr iTunes U iTunes Podcasts
  • Blogs
    • Defined: “(a contraction of the term weblog) are a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary ...” (Source: Wikipedia )
    • An RSS aggregator *  makes it easy for you to collect blogposts on a regular basis and read them all in one place. (Ex. Google Reader )
    Advice – Pick 3-4 blogs to follow to get started. Some Edu-blog Examples
  • Some Popular Edu-blogs
    • Daniel Pink - Daniel Pink
    • Weblogged - Will Richardson
    • Free Technology for Teachers - Richard Byrne
    • Cool Cat Teacher - Vicki A. Davis
    • Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day - Larry Ferlazzo
    • Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Wesley Fryer
    Back to Choices
  • Wikis
    • Defined: A collaborative website that anyone can edit via any web browser. The wiki creator can choose to make the site public or by invitation only.
    • Examples of uses
      • Wikipedia - the most well-known example
      • 1 st Grade Wiki – used for planning purposes
      • EduCon 2.2 Conference – used to prepare for conference & for attendees to interact before and after conference .
    Back to Choices Advice – Useful for specific tasks but probably not a place to begin building your PLN
  • Nings
    • Defined: (website) online platform for people to create their own social networks (Source: Wikipedia )
    • Examples:
      • The Connected World - Collegiate School Ning
      • Independent School Educators Network
      • Classroom 2.0
    Back to Choices Advice – Effective for discussions on varied topics or for posting a question to which you want input from a variety of people. This could be the 2 nd tier of your PLN for now.
  • Social Bookmarks
    • Allow a user to save, tag, and share bookmarked webpages via a central web-based source. Available no matter what computer you’re on anywhere in the world
    • Examples
      • Diigo - I am hwy614me in Diigo
      • Del.icio.us
    Back to Choices Advice - Give it a try. Don’t worry about old bookmarks. Start now with any new bookmarks.
  • Twitter
    • Twitter is an invaluable resource for educators.
    • It is a simple social networking tool that asks you to answer "What are you doing?" in 140 characters or less.
    Back to Choices Video: Real Life Twitter? Twitter as your PLN
  • Build Your PLN on Twitter Back to Choices Video by @ ShellTerrell Twitter Tools
  • A Few Helpful Twitter Tools
    • TweetDeck - is a quick and easy way to manage your tweets, status updates, direct messages, etc. The page is nicely organized for you and all of your Twitter services are viewable at once.
    • Here is a TweetDeck wiki !
    • Twitpic - use to add pictures to your tweets
    • TinyURL – will shorten any URL to 25 characters or less
    Back to Choices Advice - Sign up for a Twitter account. It's fun and easy.
  • Skype
    • Use Skype to see and talk to people all over the world - for free !
    Back to Choices Advice – Use when the occasion calls for it!
  • Facebook
    • "Giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected."
    Back to Choices Advice – A fun application to use to keep up with family and friends, though can be used as a PLN also.
  • YouTube
    • Did you know you can have your own YouTube page where you can subscribe to peoples videos, save favorite videos, and/or upload your own?
    Back to Choices Advice Use when the occasion calls for it!
  • TeacherTube
    • "Our goal at TeacherTube .com is to provide an online community for sharing instructional teacher videos. Upload your lesson plan videos or watch student ..."
    Back to Choices Advice Use when the occasion calls for it!
  • Flickr
    • Very popular for sharing photos and videos
    • Many assign “creative commons” licenses to images so you good to use with students.
    Back to Choices Advice Use when the occasion calls for it!
  • iTunes U
    • “"The campus that never sleeps...a powerful distribution system for everything from lectures to language lessons, films to labs, audio books to tours…”
    • Visit the iTunes store and then look for iTunes U.
    • Lessons can be downloaded directly to you iPhone or iTouch too!
    Back to Choices Advice Use when the occasion calls for it!
  • iTunes Podcasts
    • Visit the  iTunes store and click on Podcasts
    • Subscribe and they come to you (free)
    • Podcasts are stored in your iTunes library
    Back to Choices Advice: There are some great language tutor podcasts here!
  • Time to Decide!
    • “ Don't wait. The time will never be just right.”
    • ~ Napoleon Hill (American author, 1883-1970)
  • The End
    • Contact information:
    • Karen Hurd Collegiate Lower School Technology Resource Teacher khurd@collegiate-va.org
    • Hwy61 on Twitter Karen Boss Hurd on Facebook HWY 61 on Flickr cs_hurd on Skype hwy614me on Diigo