The Value of a Professional Learning Network (PLN)

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The Value of a Professional Learning Network (PLN)

  1. 1. The Value of a Professional Learning Network (PLN) Carol Skyring 21st Century Navigator @carolskyring
  2. 2. 2 points if you’ve used 1 point if you’ve heard of • Twitter • Blogs • Wikis • Facebook • Google+ • Slideshare • Delicious • Netvibes • Flickr • LinkedIn • YouTube • Diigo • Hootsuite • Pinterest • Podcasts • Scoop-it
  3. 3. • What’s a PLN? • Value of a PLN • PLN for on-going professional learning • Tools you can use to create a PLN • Connect with others through your PLN
  4. 4. Some research/theory Some practical tips +
  5. 5. What’s a PLN? Personal (or Professional) Learning Network • It’s about people • Connect • Help • Advice • Learn • Share • Inspiration • Guidance Couros 2006
  6. 6. Dave Warlick 2009 Technology can extend your PLN
  7. 7. Value of a PLN • Stay current • Continuous learning • Answers/help/resource s/advice when you need it
  8. 8. Top 10 reasons* 1. Access timely information 2. Make diverse and global connections 3. Access valuable resources, advice and support 4. Access key learnings from conferences, workshops or seminars without having to attend 5. Engage in conversations and discussions 6. Access experts 7. Keep up with current trends 8. Extend professional networks beyond their local area 9. Reciprocity 10. Learning *From my doctoral research
  9. 9. Top 10 Professional Learning Activities on Twitter* 1. Sharing or on-sharing a resource eg website, book, video 2. Following a link tweeted by someone in their network 3. Reading activity updates of others in their network 4. Saving a resource tweeted by someone in their network 5. Acting on something they have read in a tweet 6. Engaging in a conversation with someone in their network 7. Going back to a saved resource tweeted by someone 8. Using hashtags (#) to share information on a specific topic or from a conference, workshop or seminar 9. Searching for content 10. Asking for a resource on a specific topic *From my doctoral research
  10. 10. Golden Rule You not only seek to learn from others, but you help others in the network to learn.
  11. 11. Some PLN tools
  12. 12. Let’s concentrate on a few The aim is to find & make connections
  13. 13. Follow peers & experts Peers: • Find a peer & follow • Check who they follow Experts: • Search for their Twitter handle
  14. 14. Join hashtag discussions eg #edchat
  15. 15. Follow hashtags Conferences eg #mobilearnasia Resources eg #elearning
  16. 16. Check #ff suggestions
  17. 17. Same process
  18. 18. Try a hangout https://sites.google.com/site/eduonair/
  19. 19. Join groups
  20. 20. Why blogs? • Up to date information • Latest from experts and practitioners • Use Google blog search (http://www.google.com.au/blogsearch)
  21. 21. Getting started: the process is basically the same • Join & fill out your profile (nobody will connect with a nobody!) • Lurk for a while • Follow a few educators & see who they follow • Share, comment, ask questions • On-share resources & ideas from others
  22. 22. What does it look like? • Monitoring blogs – *Carol’s Netvibes (set up your own at www.netvibes.com) • Monitoring social sites – *Carol’s Hootsuite (set up your own at www.hootsuite.com) *You won’t be able to access my sites
  23. 23. Managing all that information • Diigo and/or Delicious • Pinterest and/or Scoop-it
  24. 24. Pinterest
  25. 25. Scoop-it
  26. 26. Its not what you use – it’s how you use it! • Don’t just ‘consume’ – contribute • Do acknowledge others • Do share freely • Don’t share links you haven’t checked yourself • Don’t spam people • Do learn the language
  27. 27. Which is right for you? Take the leap • @carolskyring • www.slideshare.net/learntel www.flickr.com/photos/supaztyler/2215267163/

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