Social Networking for Professional Practice GAC 21 st Century Learning Fair February 17, 2009 Julia Osteen [email_address] Image source: Courosa on flickr
Educational Bloggers <ul><li>Take a look at some of the articles on one of the blogs listed below. Make a list of qualities that make a blog post effective. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.speedofcreativity.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.infinitethinking.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://oedb.org/library/features/top-100-education-blogs </li></ul>
Managing Blog Articles <ul><li>Utilize RSS </li></ul><ul><li>RSS reader – Google Reader </li></ul><ul><li>RSS in Plain English - http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=086faafd8c122981cc82 </li></ul><ul><li>Adding subscriptions to Google Reader - http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=3f29633b23791ee81d73 </li></ul>Image source: Cattrain on flickr
Using your Reader <ul><li>The content in your reader can be overwhelming because it will continue to "pile up" endlessly. BUT -- it's not actually there -- it hurts NOTHING for you to skim and skip items and mark them as "read" just by scrolling past them. You aren't actually deleting anything. </li></ul><ul><li>In fact, learning to quickly scan and process a lot of news items is an essential part of RSS literacy and information management -- the important ideas will always come back around, and you will also learn to pare down your subscriptions as you go. If you feel compelled to thoroughly read every item, you will remain completely overwhelmed and quickly "quit" your reader. Keep trying -- it gets easier! </li></ul>
Microblogging <ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking – the key to twitter is to find people who send out meaningful tweets and follow them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute – those who contribute tweets are more likely to be followed by others thereby increasing your network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources – since using Twitter I have come across more helpful resources than ever before </li></ul></ul>Follow me @ josteen
Online Conferences <ul><li>K 12 Online Conference - The K12 Online Conference offers a free, innovative opportunity for teachers to learn about the ways in which Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used for teaching and learning. Each October, during a two-week period, conference presenters post their online "sessions," typically in video format, to the conference blog. The sessions, which may be viewed online or downloaded anytime, remain available on the web for anyone to "attend." It's a conference that never closes. </li></ul>
Classroom 2.0 <ul><li>Classroom 2.0 is a social networking site for those interested in Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies in education. Classroom 2.0 is hosted on a Ning platform. </li></ul><ul><li>From the site: We especially hope that those who are "beginners" will find this a supportive community and a comfortable place to start being part of the digital dialog. </li></ul>
GAC Faculty Ning <ul><li>Be part of the group of people working to keep content fresh on the Ning </li></ul>
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