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Creating a PLN
Creating a PLN
Creating a PLN
Creating a PLN
Creating a PLN
Creating a PLN
Creating a PLN
Creating a PLN
Creating a PLN
Creating a PLN
Creating a PLN
Creating a PLN
Creating a PLN
Creating a PLN
Creating a PLN
Creating a PLN
Creating a PLN
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  • 1. Creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN) 5500:475 The University of Akron
  • 2. World Internet Use
  • 3. Internet Data Flow
    • 2-3 terabits of data move over the internet PER SECOND!
    • That equates to:
      • The ENTIRE contents of the Library of Congress every 5 seconds.
      • The ENTIRE contents of the Library of Congress moving over the internet more than 2 million times a year.
  • 4. Your Data Stream
    • With the internet, there is literally a river of data streaming past you.
    • What can you do with all this data?
  • 5. Stages of Learning
    • DATA
      • The information streaming past you.
      • The data you pull from the river and make relevant to your life.
      • The information you keep, apply and use personally and professionally.
    • WISDOM
      • Combining knowledge with intuition and experience over time in a way that makes your life better.
  • 6. PLN Basics
    • Personal Learning Network :
      • A group of people who can guide your learning, point you to learning opportunities, answer your questions, and give you the benefit of their own knowledge and experience.
      • Daniel R. Tobin, Ph.D.
  • 7. Learning is Open Source
    • Open Source software is software that is collaboratively built.
    • Everyone has access to assist in building the software, if they have something to contribute.
      • No one owns it.
      • No one takes credit for it.
      • Everyone gets to use it.
    • Traditional teaching is being updated with this Open Source philosophy.
  • 8. Let the Network Help You
    • By utilizing many of the new, social-network oriented, Web 2.0 tools, you can ensure that the stream of data moving past you is made up of stuff you want.
    • If you channel the river of data, you can choose wisely and efficiently the information that is useful for you, creating your own personalized stream.
  • 9. Online Communication & Collaboration
    • Just like the telegraph, telephone and television have before it, the www has changed the way we communicate.
    • There a many educators in the online community freely contributing knowledge and wisdom that YOU can and should take advantage of!
  • 10. Blogs and RSS
    • Blogs are one of the most important components of a PLN.
    • If you take advantage of RSS feeds, you can easily and effectively direct and control the stream of data flowing past you.
  • 11. Notable Edublogs
    • 2 Cents Worth
    • Dangerously Irrelevant
    • Ewan McIntosh
    • Moving at the Speed of Creativity
    • Weblogg-ed
  • 12. RSS Feeds
    • Real Simple Syndication
    • RSS feeds are a spam-free, quick and efficient way to read news and weblogs.
    • RSS Readers/News Aggregators
      • Google Reader – free w/ Google account
    • Sites with RSS Feeds are easily identified by an RSS symbol.
  • 13. Other PLN Tools
    • There are a number of other tools you can use to manage the data stream.
    • Look for tools that:
      • Fit your learning style
      • Function reliably
      • Integrate with the other tools you’re using
  • 14. Twitter
    • Micro-blogging platform where users ” tweet ” to answer the question “What are you doing?” in 140 characters or less.
    • You can tweet from web, txt, phone or IM.
    • The people you follow and who follow you become your PLN.
  • 15. Plurk
    • Micro-blogging service that allows users to send updates “ plurks ” through short messages or links, which can be up to 140 text characters in length.
    • Updates are shown on the user's home page using a timeline.
  • 16. NING
    • Online platform for users to create their own social websites and social networks.
    • Similar to other social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook.
    • Anyone can create their own custom social network for a particular topic or need, catering to specific audiences.
  • 17. Keep in mind…
    • When you utilize ANY web-based tool, you leave a cyber-trail behind you.
    • Joe Public can find you on the internet and track you and/or your activity.
    • Anyone who follows your tracks should find a PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR at the end of the trail.
    • You never know who will be following you or when.
  • 18. Bottom Line
    • If you act in a professional manner and practice digital citizenship, both you and your PLN will benefit!
  • 19. Special Thanks
    • Parts of this presentation have been adapted from “ Creating Your Own Personal Learning Network.”
    • Used with permission from Carl Keller.