Building Up Your Teaching Arsenal Discover how to connect to, learn from, and collaborate with teachers from around the world by creating a Professional Learning NetworkPresenters: Sue Butler & Lynnette Johnson
What is a Professional LearningNetwork?And how can I use a PLN to improvemy teaching? Click pic to link to video
What do you want to knowmore about in this PD session?Open your computers, open up your Internetbrowser, and type in: http://www.m.socrative.comWhen it asks for a Room number, type: 9277Type in your answer to the above question.Click here - Symbaloo - for sites used in this presentation.
Creating a Digital File CabinetHow do you keep track of all thecool stuff you find on theInternet?Tool: www.diigo.com
Diigo: Social BookmarkingDiigo is a social bookmarking tool thatallows you to create a digital file cabinet. You can “tag” (same as the tab on a paper file folder) each site to keep you organized; you can even give a site multiple tags. You can add notes to help you remember why you bookmarked the site. You can highlight relevant parts of the site. You can add sticky notes to the site.
Building Your PLN Activity!Using Diigo ( www.diigo.com ), bookmark 10websites you already use. Professional organizations Websites you use with your students Websites you use to create lesson plans SMART Exchange, etc.TAGGING: your tags need to be consistent,general, and easy to remember
Why is it called “social”bookmarking?You can benefit from all user’s, a group’s, orindividual’s bookmarks by sharing them.(Let someone else do all that pesky searching theweb for you!)This turns your bookmarking site into asocial networking site.a site that focuses on facilitating the building ofsocial networking or social relations among peoplewho share interests, activities, and/or backgrounds.
Using Diigo for SocialNetworking Click pic to link to video
SocialBookmarking/Networkingusing Diigo All User’s bookmarks: type a keyword next to the magnifying glass of your Diigo library and see what other Diigo users have tagged for that word. (not all school appropriate!)
SocialBookmarking/Networkingusing Diigo, cont. Group’s bookmarks: go to My Groups, click “Browse other popular groups”, click “Schools & Education” category. Add relevant groups to your My Groups by clicking Join Group. D100 has a Diigo group!
SocialBookmarking/Networkingusing Diigo, cont. Community’s bookmarks: go to Community, click “education” under Hot Tags. There are sub-categories within education to explore as well.These are the most-bookmarked sites onDiigo with that tag.
SocialBookmarking/Networkingusing Diigo, cont. Individual’s bookmarks: go to My Network, click “Search Diigo users of interest.” Or, search for a colleague’s name, the name of a renowned educator, or someone you’ve been reading a lot about on websites or blogs.
Building Your PLN Activity! Add 3 groups to My Groups. Add 3 new bookmarks using Community. Extracredit: Find an individual to follow to add to My Network.
Other Social Networking SitesPinterestFacebookWe have includedarticles detailing howto use these sites inour resources section.
Other Social Networking SitesEdmodo Can be used to network with teachers around the globe: Get ideas from others Find new sites/blogs/people to add to your PLN Collaborate with other teachers Give back to others by posting cool sites you find or actual teaching materials and lessons.
Other Social Networking Siteswww.edmodo.com Click pic to link to site
Edmodo CommunitiesNext to Communities, click Browse. Subject-area communities Publisher communities A great way to learn of and check out established and up-and- coming Web 2.0 tools.Request to join a community by clicking“Follow this Subject”.(You cannot post to a group or answer a postuntil you have been approved as a teacher.)
Edmodo Communities, cont.Communities features: Sub-categories Top content Posts by teachers from around the globe (find great resources for your classroom!) Ability to ask colleagues around the world for help and ideas with teaching and lesson planning Learn of great Web 2.0 tools, websites & blogs Find other teachers with whom to collaborate
Building Your PLN Activity! Go to www.edmodo.com . Find 3 Communities of interest to you (subject area and/or publisher) and Follow. (Request to join a community by clicking “Follow this Subject”.)
Compiling Digital SubscriptionsHow do you keep track of all thosegreat bloggers and professionalwebsites on the Internet? Especiallywhen the content can changeweekly or even daily!Tool: www.google.com/reader
Compiling DigitalSubscriptions, cont.Let the new material come to you!The Analogy—instead of going to thestore to get a newspaper or magazine, geta subscription and have them show up atyour doorstep! Click pic to link to video
Google ReaderA type of news aggregator or feed reader.The user chooses what web-based sourcesto “subscribe” to and new updates to thatsource are managed by the Reader. Click pic to link to 5 min video
Google Reader, cont.Features: You can put your subscriptions into folders to keep different topics organized. You only have to look at new items from each subscription. Each new item has a “headline” to help you decide if you are interested. You can click on the item to take you to the original post/site/blog. Click pic to link to site
Google Reader, cont.How do you find blogs/websites/wikis etc.to follow? Pay attention when you do web searches. Does a certain site keep popping up? Add it to your Reader. When reading posts on Edmodo, are you seeing teachers mention certain sites or bloggers? Check them out; add them to your Reader. Find out from your colleagues what they are reading online. Check out the Resources page for this PD session.
Building Your PLN Activity! Go to www.google.com/reader . Add 4 subscriptions to your Reader.Click Subscribebutton, copy andpaste URL of site.
Final PLN Activity!Now give back to your felloweducators! Posta cool Web 2.0 site to an Edmodo community. When you bookmark something in Diigo, add it to the D100 Group. Have you read something helpful from one of your favorite sites in your Reader? Email a link to a colleague.