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  • 1. Professional (Personal) Learning Networks Sherry Crofut http://conference2009.tie2.wikispaces.net/Professional+(Personal)+Learning+Networks
  • 2. What is a PLN? • I asked my PLN and these are some of their responses:
  • 3. What is a PLN?
  • 4. What is a PLN?
  • 5. What does MY PLN do for ME? • I go to my PLN for many things: – Learn new things – Ask questions – Collaborate – Validation – Camaraderie – Stay in touch with friends
  • 6. • Many of you may have heard about this: Screen shot taken at 10:13 AM on 4/19/09 at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/16/ashton-kutcher-vs-cnn-twi_n_187835.html
  • 7. •Twitter is a micro-blogging website that allows you to form your own PLN (Professional/Personal Learning Network) •When you become quot;friendsquot; with people with similar interests, you can share ideas and collaborate with other teachers from other cities, states, or even countries!
  • 8. •Plurk is another micro-blogging website that allows you to form your own PLN (Professional/Personal Learning Network) like Twitter •It is more conversational than Twitter because it allows conversations to stay threaded
  • 9. Reasons to use a social bookmarking network: •Saved bookmarks will not be deleted when computers are re-imaged •You can access your bookmarks from any computer with the Internet from anywhere •You can form a network and share bookmarks with friends and colleagues
  • 10. Blogs Blogs are not about writing. They are about conversation. Because of the power to leave comments about another’s thoughts, real conversation and possible collaboration happens. I have had numerous conversations and even disagreements in blogs!
  • 11. Blogs • Finding blogs to read is easy –You can use a site like bloglines –You can find one to follow and see if you can follow who they follow –Check out your friend’s Delicious links –Ask!
  • 12. Blogs • You can start your own blog –Blogger –Wordpress –Edublogs –Many, many more
  • 13. RSS Feeders • Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication • A way to bring new blog posts to you • Many available – Google Reader – Bloglines – Pageflakes – Suprglu
  • 14. Google Reader in iGoogle
  • 15. Discovery Educators Network
  • 16. LearnCentral
  • 17. And more… • • Google for Educators Diigo • • Innovative Teachers Podcasts • • PBS Teachers YouTube • • Linked In TeacherTube • • Ning Ustream • • Jaiku Wikis • • Kwippy Google Docs • • Ping Slideshare • • Second Life Skype