Educators as Social Networked Learners


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Educators as Social Networked Learners

  1. 1. The Educator as a Social Networked Learner
  2. 2. The Connected Educators initiative’s mission is to help educators thrive in a connected world. Such environments are envisioned in th 2010 National Educational Technology Plan. Connected Educators pursues this mission through seeking to understand and promote educators learning and collaborating through online communities of practice and social networks.
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  5. 5. Networks for Sharing Workshop Information
  6. 6. Tweet Ideas using #RSCON4 & #EdTechSN
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  8. 8. Bookmark & Share Resources in Diigo Group
  9. 9. You will be exploring communities of practice, connectivism, and personal learning networks. Understanding these concepts, philosophies, and ways of thinking provide a foundation for social networking. It can help you use social networks strategically and with intention. It helps inform your actions so you can use networks for engaged, participatory learning. Use one of following to demonstrate your understanding of these concepts: a slide show or Glog of images, an audio cast of sounds, a video of sights, a series of handrawn and scanned pictures, a mindmap of images, a mathematical formula, a periodic chart of concepts.
  10. 10. Example Resources ● ● ● ● What is a Professional Learning Community? Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age Preparing K-12 Students for Connectivist Learning Personal Learning Environments
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  12. 12. Social Media for Professional Development Twitter and Facebook might soon replace traditional professional development for teachers. Instead of enduring hours-long workshops a few times a year, teachers could reach out to peers on the Internet in real time for advice on things like planning a lesson, overcoming classroom management problems, or helping students with disabilities. ( Can Twitter replace traditional professional development?)
  13. 13. Social Media for Professional Development Educators really can’t afford to NOT be on Twitter. Our educational landscape is changing very rapidly. Our students are using this technology every day, and as educators we must continually be growing and finding new ways to learn and to reach our students. When used correctly, Twitter can really become a catalyst in transforming your classroom, your school, and your teaching. (
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  15. 15. Set up Tweetdeck with Ed Hashtags I found using a twitter client like tweet deck completely transforms the way I use twitter.
  16. 16. Educational Hashtags - Find Five The Unofficial Guide to Educational Hashtags
  17. 17. Not only is Twitter a conversation, it is a global conversation where people—with common interests—come together to exchange information in 140 characters or less. The fact that the conversations are short does not mean that they are not powerful. The bits and pieces offered like hors d’oeuvres can take you anywhere and nowhere. They are what you make them. They are bits and pieces of brain candy. More importantly, my brain also learned that you cannot hoard your Twitter findings, you must share them! Like @ariannahuff said, “It’s not just about consuming content, but sharing it, passing it on, and adding to it.”
  18. 18. Just In Time/On-Demand PD
  19. 19. Attend Live Webinars ive. ttp://l h c / m2 ssroo la http: // hom e.ed web .net/
  20. 20. Participate in Tweet Chats TweetChat Schedule:
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  22. 22. Positive Digital Footprint and Reputation Management Plan
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  27. 27. Personal Learning Network Development and Diagrams
  28. 28. Based on your grade-level and content area interests, find five online communities to join. This will assist you in expanding your network and provide you with increased awareness of the social networks. There are lots of options: Linkedin, Google+ Groups, Flickr, Goodreads, Instagram, Nings, MOOCs.
  29. 29. Resources for PLN Development
  30. 30. Create a PLE Diagram to Reflect Your Communities
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  32. 32. This experience has allowed me to look at the communities in a new light. Before, I simply used them for their entertainment value. Little did I know that they would become the basis for my new way of learning. Each day I am amazed by what I find. Andi
  33. 33. This assignment, has made me realize just how much I have not been truly using the Internet and all its tools and resources to its ability. It is like when you bite into a candy thinking that there is yummy goodness in the middle only to find out that the middle is actually hollow and the candy just had a thick shell. But it also has allowed me to immerse myself into resources, tools, and communities that I might never thought of using/joining and broadening my network for the better. Christina
  34. 34. Content Curation 1. helps create information filters 2. contributes to online communities
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  41. 41. Curating is hard work. To come up with a list of acceptable resources involved a lot of filtering, sifting, and otherwise weeding out. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. That somebody is me – and lots of educational technology professionals like me who take pride in their work. We do the hard stuff so you don’t have to. The end result is a resource I feel is substantial, helpful, and contributes to the greater good of knowledge.
  42. 42. Social Networked Learning as an Instructional Strategy
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  44. 44. Create a Basic Social Media Policy for Your Classroom
  45. 45. While many teachers still choose to keep their head in the sand, the fact is that Social Media is in our schools. is no doubt that dealing with social media in a school setting is tricky business. Fears about students safety, cyber-bullying, reputation management, distraction in school and the like are real issues that should be addressed by school communities. This is an important part of creating a culture where students learn to use social media,, something they are already doing in the personal lives, in the space they spend so much of their time. By taking the approach of creating a policy that cultivates an understanding of the proper use of social media, schools not only protect themselves and their students, they also help students learn to better use such technology. Jon F. (How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School)
  46. 46. For your final project, you'll be formulating, outlining, proposing your very own minicurricular unit. Creating your own minicurricular unit for your final project will provide you with the opportunity to synthesize and apply the social networking skills and strategies you learned throughout the course.
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