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PLN Workshop


August 2009 …

August 2009
PLN (Personal Learning Network) workshop presentation for HA staff.
Grades K-8 school.

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  • We will be running into terms and words that may be unfamiliar.No worries, we’ll define them and take hold of them as we go along.
  • I realize this is just another acronym, another buzz word in professional development… but looking beyond that, the idea is sound.
  • This is about moving past your usual contacts, your usual inputs for information – It is about expanding into the space that the internet provides, a truly global platform for communication, collaboration, sharing, & learning.The first step is to challenge yourself. Take hold of ONE idea, ONE resource you hear about today… and push your PLN beyond the teacher’s room and into the global network.I’ll help you.
  • Now, this is the ultimate networked teacher… one who has tons of extra time too!Even if we can each pick 1 or 2 of these items to add to our PLN, we are expanding our learning capabilities beyond what we currently have in place.The opportunities are there – go for it.
  • The video is titled “Introducing the Book” and is about a medeival “educator” calling the helpdesk to get assistance with the latest technology – the book.Don’t be afraid to ask for help!Don’t be afraid to experiment with the Web 2.0 tools available!You don’t have to be the “expert” in front of students with technology, just be willing to give it a shot!And I can be in your classroom with you to lend a hand if you need it.
  • Don’t get overwhelmed.I am presenting a few ideas and demonstrations for ways to expand your PLN.You may not like all of them, that’s OK. Pick one that you would like to try, if we don’t get to it today… let me know you want to try the resource and I will sit down with you and get you set up.These are free.These are amazingly easy (once you are set up) ways to keep on top of the latest news and information in your topic selection.
  • Emails delivered right to your inbox from the group you join.You can join in or begin any conversation.Use your “professional email” address – keep it separate from personal & it is easier to manage.
  • A Ning is harder to grasp at first.But it is just a website dedicated to a selected topic.You join as a member (it’s free).Then you have access to all the information AND the membership.There are discussion threads, groups, etc. that address questions, ideas, and other sub-topics you may be interested in.You can just “lurk” and look around, or jump in and participate.Honestly, be bold and participate – it’s a great way to further your learning and connect with interesting people.
  • Yes, we all know that Twitter is all about people posting the mundane facts of their existence… but if you set up your space well, it can be a tremendous method of communication.Imagine being able to receive resources, ideas, links from the best in your field?How about the opportunity to connect with them directly? No matter where on Earth they are?It’s all about SHARING and bringing together your community.My account, notice: picture, login ID, name, location, bio, following, followers, tweets, RT… some of the names in my list…
  • Listen to them as professional developmentListen to them regularly with class (Grammar Girl on iTunes is very popular)Listen/watch them as a treat w/students (SuperWHY is on iTunes as a video podcast)How about producing your own with class and publishing them on the internet?
  • How about using this for students?Have them set up RSS feeds that cover topics in the curriculum? Maybe all about a science topic and have feeds from journals, blogs, news reports that all deal with science for example?Newsreel can use this to get RSS feeds from latest headlines.
  • PD opportunities online are numerous and varied.Don’t be intimidated, let’s try some together.You will see online conferences, webinars, elluminate sessions, podcasts… all are designed to give you access (most of this time it is free) to great information and peer interaction.
  • As of this presentation, I have almost 4,000 bookmarks in a variety of categories.No reason you can’t find something to help in your classroom.Not all about technology so go exploring.The tags are just keywords that I attach to the bookmarks to help identify them, most bookmarks have more than one tag.When you are ready, let’s sit down together and get you started with Delicious too.
  • An avatar is the representation of yourself you will use for your profile
  • This will be your professional accountUse your full name to sign inUse your professional IDUse your professional email address
  • Start to connect globally
  • Discussion on value of these ideas & resourcesHow can we actually make this expansion of PL


  • 1. Beyond the teacher’s room
    Expanding your PLN
    Christina DiMicelli
  • 2. Today
    Intro to some Web 2.0 resources
    Hands-on activities
    Create avatar
    Sign up for some resources
    Plan for tomorrow
  • 3. Focus on PLN ~ What is it?
  • 4. PLN
    A collection of resources that
    extend your learning.
    Some of the most powerful components of a PLN are the PEOPLE you connect with that enable us to grow and learn together as a global community.
  • 5. What are examples in YOUR PLN?
    Talking to colleagues in the Teacher’s Room
  • 6. Are you using any Web 2.0 tools to expand your PLN?
    TraditionalWeb 2.0 Enhanced
    Teacher’s Room conversation ----------------------------> Twitter conversation
    Newspaper / Journal articles ------------------------------> Blogs / RSS feeds
    Business cards w/contact info ----------------------------> Email, cell phone, website URL
    Your work published in newsletter -----------------------> Writing a blog
    Photo album -------------------------------------------------> Flickr, Picasa
    Attending a conference ------------------------------------> Webinars, Elluminate, Elearn
    Yellow stickies everywhere --------------------------------> Social Bookmarking
    Local focus group -------------------------------------------> Ning, Listserv
    Listening to radio show ------------------------------------> Podcasts
    Web 2.0 = web-based tools & resources to create, collaborate, publish, research, etc.
  • 7. TODAY – you will begin to expand your PLN from this…
  • 8. to this…
  • 9. Does the idea of trying Web 2.0 make you feel like this?
    Click picture to view video
  • 10. One small step at a time
  • 11. Web 2.0 Examples & Demos
    RSS & Blogs
    PD Webinars
  • 12. Listserv
    A mailing list in which
    emails to entire group
    serve to communicate
    questions, ideas, &
    discussion on a
    common topic of
  • 13. Ning
    … think of it as a group of people collected in one spot online to connect & converse on a mutual topic(s) of interest. A coffee shop w/lots of conversations happening – join one!
    Classroom 2.0
    Projects by Jen
  • 14. Twitter
    Much can be said
    within the
    constraints of
    only 140
  • 15. Podcasts
    A regularly produced audio (or video) presentation published on the internet on a specific topic – available to the public.
    You DO NOT need an iPod to access!
    Seedlings (Maine educators) – also a Ning
    iTunes is THE repository for podcasts (that’s another workshop!)
  • 16. RSS Aggregator & Blogs
    Real Simple Syndication OR Rich Site Summary:
    A summary of the latest info from all your favorite news sites, blogs, etc.
  • 17. PD Webinar
    PD Opportunities come along
    from many sources – this one
    is from a Ning email.
    Following Twitter will provide
    further opportunities as will
    RSS feeds and Listservs.
  • 18. Delicious
    Social Bookmarking – keep all your bookmarks on the internet, tag (identify them with keywords) them, access them from ANY computer, and SHARE them with others.
    My bookmarks – you are ALWAYS welcome to look
  • 19. Take a SHORT break…
    Upon returning, we will have hands-on activities to begin expanding PLNs…
    Beyond the Teacher’s Room
  • 20. Create an avatar
    A real picture is best for your PLN profile(s), however today we will work with avatars (great for students).
    Build Your Wild Self
    Go ahead, build yourself
    “I’m Done”
    Print your wild self (you will not send to printer)
    Right click on image – Save image as
    Save to hard drive
    (you will upload this file to the profile created later)
  • 21. Sign up for a listserv
    Use your professional email address and find a topic of interest at:
  • 22. Sign up for Twitter
    Use your professional login ID as your Twitter name
  • 23. Twitter Settings
    Make sure to update your profile:
    Add your avatar picture
    Add a short, descriptive bio
    Change your background
    We’ll put our IDs up on the board to share:
    Start to FOLLOW each other
    Try a couple of tweets and see what happens
  • 24. Important Twitter Lingo
    RT = ReTweet – give credit where due, when you pass along a tweet, the RT shows where it originated from
    DM = Direct Message – sometimes you just want to send a tweet to a person directly without it being public
    Many times the URLs may look strange, they have been condensed to save space through a tool that changes the size of the URL
    Hashtags(have a # before the word) – gives your tweet a keyword that can be searched, not always necessary
    @ before a login ID – this identifies the “word” as a person and the tweet will show up as a Mention on their page, it is identifying someone directly
  • 25. Tweet Example
  • 26. Ready to Follow others?
    Take a look at this wiki
    Add your name
    Find others to follow
    Take a look at my follows and
    choose some for yourself
  • 27.
  • 28. Explore an RSS aggregator
    Take a look at my NetVibes pages
    Another great example to explore
    Let’s create one for YOU and for your CLASS!
  • 29. Explore a Ning
    Sign up and become a member of a Ning. Today’s choices – try ONE!
    Classroom 2.0
    Projects by Jen
    Flat Classrooms
    National Council for Social Studies
    Elementary Tech Teachers
  • 30. Plugged in for the Future
    Which resource are you most likely to use tomorrow?
    Which resource would you like more information or training on?
    Are you ready to move Beyond the Teacher’s Room?
  • 31. Workshop Survey
    Please take a moment to answer a few questions – completely ANONYMOUS – about today’s workshop. Thank you!
  • 32. Photo credits:
    Networked Teacher
    Teacher Room
    Globe in Hands
    Cartoon Globe
    Cultivate Social Network
    Global Connect
    Web 2.0
  • 33. Photo credits (continued):
    Podcast RSS
    RSS Button
    Twitter Bird
    Plugged In Tomorrow