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  • 1.Find a job:Post your public résumé (built-in search engine included) **Includes privacy options so that you can share only what you wish to share.Search for jobs for which you might be interested.2. Consult experts:Searchable users by name, position and institution, seeking out new potential contacts and reaching out to them with questions about experience about curriculum or lesson topics can be a breeze.3. Connect with old colleagues4. Get Recommendations: LinkedIn streamlined the age-old process of soliciting letters of recommendation by letting you issue and request personal statements from your colleagues. Think of them as added credibility that prospective employers can look at and consider when they start searching the Web for reasons to hire you.5. Form Discussion Groups about Departments and Policies:LinkedIn’s systems for setting up groups are wonderful. Each one can be public or private and hosts space for ongoing discussion threads.6. Keep an Accurate Contact List: Like Facebook, LinkedIn can be an invaluable tool for keeping track of your your social network's members as they move between zip codes, workplaces and even industries. The network also brings a messaging platform that doesn't require you to update addresses and numbers.


  • 1. Social Networking for Professional Development Michigan Digital Learning Conference - MISD November 13, 2013 Sheila Majask Chippewa Valley Schools
  • 2. Personal Learning Networks (PLN) Do you have a PLN?
  • 3. Personal Learning Networks  What is a PLN?  People we learn from or share with  Colleagues, cohort groups, departments  Can be a simple as a formal meeting or an informal meeting in the hallway  Digital technology has drastically improved the way we share and find information  Ways to connect to other educators and PLN’s online have dramatically increased in the last decade
  • 4. TWITTER
  • 5. Our students are using Twitter…..
  • 6. Much of what our students post, we don’t want to see……..
  • 7. We just hope we are not a Twitter topic…. http://www.latenightwithjimmyf
  • 8. Twitter can be confusing…..
  • 9. ….but there is much value in Twitter for teachers
  • 10. What is Twitter?  A real time social network  Helps users share, follow, and interact with stories, links, pictures, and video  Messages (aka Tweets) = 140 character limit
  • 11. Anatomy of a tweet
  • 12. HASHTAGS Do you know how to use a hashtag?
  • 13. What is a hashtag? # Hashtags are keywords that will help you find your target audience # Hashtags allow you to connect people around the world to your content # Hashtags give you the opportunity to participate in chats based on shared interests # Tweets that include hashtags get 2X more engagement than those without # Hashtags are not just for Twitter – You can use them on Facebook and Google+.
  • 14. General Teaching Hashtags  #EdTech– Anything related to technology in the classroom  #Education – Topics related to education  #Teachers – Topics focused on the teacher  #Elearning – Topics related to computer-based learning  #EdChat– A weekly discussion about education topics  #NTChat– New Teacher Chat (Wednesdays 7pm EST)  #TeachMeet– Connecting teachers  #EdNews– Education news feed  #ceoelearn– Catholic Education Chat (Very Active Feed)  #EdRefom– Education Reform
  • 15. Subject Specific Hashtags  #elemchat– Elementary teacher chat  #Mathchat– Math teacher chat  #Engchat– English teacher chat  #Scichat– Science teacher chat (Tuesdays 9pm EST)  #sschat– Social studies chat  #Kinderchator #Kedu– Kindergarten teacher chat  #cpchat– Connected principals chat  #biochat– Biology chat (might get mixed results)  #tlchat– Teacher Librarian Chat  #1stchat, #2ndchat, #3rdchat – Talk to teachers that teach your grade level  #spedchat – Special Education Chat (Tuesdays 8:30pm EST)
  • 16. TWITTER Chats
  • 17. Facebook
  • 18. Facebook  Most of us already useFacebook  Facebook is not just for connecting with old classmates and friends  Let the PLN information come to you via your FacebookFeed  “Like” pages and join groups that interest you. Posts will show up on your feed.  Learn a little each day without trying!
  • 19. Facebook  Get Inspiration
  • 20. Facebook  Laugh!
  • 21. Facebook  Learn!
  • 22. Best Education “likes”  National Education Association –  NAEYC (National Association For the Education of Young People –  ADCD (International Education Association  Edutopia-  Education Week -  Connect a Million Minds
  • 23. Best EdTech “Likes”  ISTE –  #EdChat -  Free Technology for Teachers  Emerging EdTech
  • 24. Best Local Ed “Likes”  Tri-County Alliance For Public Education n  Michigan Education Association  Michigan Education Association: Local 1  Save Michigan’s Public Schools *Warning – These are political organizations
  • 25. LinkedIn
  • 26. LinkedIn  Find a job  Consult experts  Connect with old colleagues  Get recommendations  Join discussion groups or form your own on a topic of interest  Keep an accurate contact list  Promote your blog or other extra curricular project
  • 27. LinkedIn Find people you know News from your connections & groups you follow
  • 28. LinkedIn Create your Profile – It’s like an online resume
  • 29. LinkedIn Follow organizations and companies
  • 30. LinkedIn Find jobs or find qualified applicants
  • 31. LinkedIn Following organizations and groups is a great way to stay current! Join groups to have discussions and learn from those experienced in the field
  • 32. EDMODO
  • 33. EDMODO  Over 4 Million users  Safe Facebook-style interface  Great for classes, but also a great PLN  Join Subject communities  Quick Response from members  Share resources  Get the latest news  Create a personal library
  • 34. EDMODO Facebookstyle feed for those groups &people that you follow Join communities of educators, or follow companies
  • 35. EDMODO •Browse Topics •Find information • Talk to others
  • 36. EDMODO Follow companies to learn the latest news
  • 37. EDMODO Get Apps for your classroom or for lesson planning
  • 38. EDMODO Add files you find on Edmodo to your library for later use!
  • 39. Ning Communities
  • 40. Ning Ning provides educators with st rong and powerful personal learning networks
  • 41. Ning  Allows for 24/7 availability of discussions, resources, communication and collaboration.  Collaboration can be both synchronous and asynchronous.  Collaboration can occur cross-district with faculty from other schools, grade levels and subject areas.  It evolves into a virtual storehouse for resources, tools, tips, tricks and communication.  An easy-to-use platform for communication and information dissemination to all members.
  • 42. Popular Ning Education Communities
  • 43. Classroom 2.0 Become a member Attend Virtual Conferences
  • 44. Classroom 2.0 Find Discussions Browse by tool, subject, or area Join Groups
  • 45. Educator’s PLN
  • 46. Teacher 2.0
  • 47. iPads in Education
  • 48. Curriculum 21
  • 49. Google+
  • 50. Google+  Like Facebook, but offers a better interface for PLNs  Most people have a Google account, which includes a Google+ account  Easy to find communities and people to follow
  • 51. Google+ Circles  Group people into circles according to the criteria you choose  Follow updates and feeds for specific circles or combine them into one feed
  • 52. Google+ Circles Check out this list of great people to add to your circles:
  • 53. Google+ Communities  Create your own private or public community  Follow posts in your feed from all communities and circles  Best Google+ Communities for educators:         Educational Technology Community Google Apps for Education EdTech School Technology Leadership Educational Leadership MACUL iPad Ed STEM Educators
  • 54. Google+ Communities  Find communities that interest you!
  • 55. EdTech Community
  • 56. SMARTboard Revolution
  • 57. Social Media Aggregators To make following social media easier!
  • 58. Flipboard  Curation tool – collect feeds from websites, blogs, tweets, etc.  Save favorites to a magazine on your device  Available in iOS and Android  Follow your favorite hashtag chats  Step-by-step directions can be found here:
  • 59. Tweet Deck  Easy to view feed of all of your Twitter information  Build columns of information you want to see
  • 60. Hoot Suite  View feeds from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,and more!  Schedule Tweets  Connecting multiple accounts may cost $$$
  • 61. Other ways to Connect What about Pintrest?
  • 62. Last, but not least…… Pintrest  Follow boards by your favorite organizations, companies, or other individuals  Re-pin information that is interesting to you