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Exploring Online Resources for Professional Development for ABE Practitioners Exploring Online Resources for Professional Development for ABE Practitioners Presentation Transcript

  • Demystifying and Exploring Online PD “ Anytime, Any Place, Any Pace “ Learning
  • Agenda
    • Introductions - (10 minutes)
    • Online learning - Is it for me? – assessment
      • Analysis/Discussion - (30 minutes)
    • Discussion of Online PD resources
      • Learning Styles
      • Different tools – explanations
      • Online Exploration - (1 hour)
    •   Creating a PLN/PLE (personal learning network -environment) Learning Community - (1 hour)
    •   Action plan/Follow-up exercise info/Evaluation - (20 minutes)
  • Learning Objectives
    • Assess their readiness for online learning
    • Increase their awareness of online opportunities for Professional Development Learning
    • Increase their comfort levels with online learning
    • Explore a variety of methods and resources for online learning
  • Any Online Experience
    • Anyone taken any courses online before
    • What have you taken
    • What was the experience like
    • What was good/bad/easy/hard
    • Perceptions of online learning
    • Why are you here? What do you hope to learn from this?
  • Why Consider Distance/Online Professional Development
    • We are learning professionals as well as teaching professionals
    • Do it your way – anytime/anyplace/any pace
    • Time/Budget/Travel/ Convenience
    • Interest level/Increased motivation
    • Customize/Flexibility
    • Health/Comfort – bunny slippers and PJ’s if desired
    • Passion for teaching = passion for learning
    • Managing information/ Chunking
    • Less imposing
    • Relevant, meaningful, personalized
    • Increased access to learning opportunities
    • Chance to build relationships with other professionals/collaboration
  • Is Online Learning For You
    • Assessment
    • Now what
    • Discussion
  • Typical Teacher Network
  • Networked Teacher Network http://www.scribd.com/doc/3363/Dissertation-Couros-FINAL-06-WebVersion , p. 176 & 177
  • My Online PD Sources
    • Bookmarks - delicious
    • RSS Feeds – Google Reader
    • igoogle, Ning,
    • YouTube
    • Simply Boxes
    • Education & Tech online communities
    • Various tech listservs, blogs & wikis, email discussion groups, Web folders
  • The New Online Skills
    • “ *updated literacy skills = engaging with information in these ways:
    • finding it
    • validating it
    • synthesizing it
    • communicating it
    • leveraging it
    • and using it to collaborate”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHiby3m_RyM
  • Resources to Learn Online
    • Blogs and wikis – edublog blogger weblogg-ed pbwiki , seedwiki , wikispaces ALE wiki
    • Photo publishing & sharing - Flickr , Picasa
    • Document Publishing & Sharing – Google Docs , Zoho , SlideShare Slideboom SlideRocket
    • FeedReaders – RSS - Bloglines Google Reader
    • Social bookmarking - Del.icio.us , Furl , Diigo , Stumbleupon
    • Social networking - MySpace Facebook Twitter NING LinkedIn
  • More Resources
    • Podcasts, webcasts – LearnOutLoud , Education Podcast Network
    • Universities online courses and podcasts
    • Phone confs, online web confs, webinars
    • Online videos - Teachertube , teachertraining videos , youtube , google videos , PBS
      • Networks, connections, communities
      • Classroom 2.0 , NING Tappedin
    • Listservs, email groups, discussion groups – NIFL , Yahoo Groups , Google Groups
  • And, of Course…
    • Online journals, texts, newsletters, toolkits
      • (on CD)
    • Organizational Resources – NIFL LINCS , Pro-literacy , WorldEd , CAELA , NCSALL , CalPro , ERIC , OTAN , Educause Alltop
    • CMS, LMS – Moodle , WebCT /Blackboard
    • AND, coming soon to a computer near you
    • SABES online!!! (well, many are already there)
  • Exploration Time
    • Go back to slide 10
    • Go back to slide 11
    • Go to slide 12
    • Podcasts
    • Make some notes
  • PLN’s PLE’s
    • What is a PLN/PLE? Personal Learning Network (environment)
    • “ A person’s customized e-learning system that provides access to a variety of learning resources, and that may provide access to learners and teachers who use other PLEs and/or virtual learning environments (VLEs)”. Mark van Harmelen
    • “ All educational software, implicitly or otherwise, either enhances or restrains certain pedagogic approaches to learning. There is no such thing as pedagogically neutral software. A Personal Learning Environment could allow a leaner to configure and develop a learning environment to suit and enable their own style of learning”.( Graham Attwell on Learning, Knowledge and Technology )
  • PLNs
    • “ Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are all about using web tools such as blogs, wiki, twitter, facebook to create connects with others which extend our learning, increases our reflection while enabling us to learn together as part of a global community”.
    • “ PLNs increase our opportunities to ask questions and receive help compared to our normal daily face-to-face interactions”. Sue Waters http:// suewaters.wikispaces.com /
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  •                                                                                                           This diagram created using Inspiration® 8.0 by Inspiration Software®, Inc.
  • How Do You Start?
    • How do you create a personal tool set or Personal Learning Environment (PLE) for yourself?
    • What should be in your tool set?
    • What are the most important methods to adopt in addition to the tools?
  • Tools to Become in Control of Your Own PD
    • Personal Start Pages
    • igoogle, Pageflakes , Ning , SimplyBox
    • Add relevant Wikis, Blogs, RSS feeds, videos, links
  • Growing Your Network
    • Involve some form of sharing: writing interesting posts (sharing your insight and learning); writing comments (sharing feedback/conversation); publishing work in open spaces (and pointing to it)
    • Your network will grow. It may take a little time, but it will grow.
    • Dave Winer - “It doesn’t matter if there are only 2 people reading your blog as long as they are the right 2 people.”
    • The notion that if you grow your network organically, don’t force it, it will settle, over time, on just what you need
  • Starting Out
    • Start slowly – viral and addicting
    • Use the same username across tools
    • Share as much as you take
    • Ask as much as you answer
    • Try new TOOLS before you decide they're not worth the time
    • Comment on other people's blogs
    • Life long learning is the key!
    http:// www.suewaters.wikispaces.com /
  • Homework
    • Pick 3 tools – sign up for 3 accounts
    • Suggestion: use igoogle
    • Try for 2 weeks
    • Answer questions on Patty’s Ning page - http:// nesabestech.ning.com /
    • Watch a video, read an article on CD
    • Share something!