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Slideshow to support second LIVE ICT PD event held in Elluminate 6th July 2011 titled, "Practical ways to navigate and use the VLN social network community as a professional learning tool"

Slideshow to support second LIVE ICT PD event held in Elluminate 6th July 2011 titled, "Practical ways to navigate and use the VLN social network community as a professional learning tool"

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  • 1. Welcome to the second ICT PD live event for 2011.
    In preparation for this seminar
     
    • When you join session, go up to the menu bar, GO…View…Layout...and choose Default layout
    • Make sure everyone checks their audio first
    •When you enter the room right click on your profile and update your details
    Protocols of engagement
    • Offer comments or questions using the chat facility
    • Click on the hands up tool if you want to use the microphone. One person at a time.
    • Responses to questions can be made using the X or √  or thumbs down.
    • All ideas voiced will be respected by the group. We value your input.
  • 2. Welcome to the second ICT PD live event for 2011.
    This opportunity is designed to unpack how we can best use the Virtual Learning Network [www.vln.school.nz] for our own professional learning- in the context of ICT PD contract.
    Your role: To become more familiar with how to use the social networking tools within the VLN to engage in professional learning. Add ideas of our own.
    Host: Tessa Gray
    Guest: Karen Melhuish
    Duration: 45 minutes
  • 3. Just quickly, what were you hoping to get out of this session? Why are you here today?
    Type these ideas in chat room box on the left.
  • 4. What can we do in here?
  • 5. How can we use the
    social networking tools in Elgg platform?
    “Communities of practice are groups of people who share a passion for something that they know how to do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better”
    Etienne Wenger
    1. Working in collaboration is a social process which can create a “space” for community to develop.
    2. Learningin community allows for mentor relationships which introduce new members to shared practices and knowledge, preserving the past while inviting new skills and practices.
    3. Learning in community can create a shared culture and practices.
    http://www.slideshare.net/pt36/building-learning-communities-online-presentation
    Free open-source platform that’s been around since 2004
  • 6. Personal and Group tools
    Communication and collaboration tools for social networking
    What else have you found in your travels so far?
  • 11. Personalising your Dashboard
  • 12. It starts with you…
  • 13. Finding friends
    Finding friends is as easy as using the search tool.
    You can also find friends in the groups you belong to.
    Once you have found your desired connection, you can click ‘Add friend’ and wait for them to respond.
    This can be a daunting idea in a virtual world. What do you think?
    Interested in pursuing this further? http://www.vln.school.nz/mod/threaded_forums/topicposts.php?topic=52850&group_guid=14#52851
  • 14. Communicating via messaging
  • 15. Micro-blogging and blogging
    What would you blog about?
    Issues, trends,ideas, wonderings, aha moments, street corner messages, moments in time, personal reflections, celebrations, inspire morethinking  
    What would you micro-blog about?
    Informal tweets, what’s on your mind, resources, events, thinking out loud, needs, things to share
  • 16. Group tools
    What can we use these for?
  • 17. Group resources
    You can bookmark this search or subscribe to an RSS feed.
  • 18. Finding, joining and organising groups
    You can create a new
    • page
    • resource
    • event
    • blog post
    • comment
    You can add text, images and embed media.
    You can set the privileges settings and tag this resource
    How does this work for an individual or group?
  • 19. Finding, joining and organising groups
    Whenever people join a group they are now automatically signed up for notifications.
  • 20. Group activity notifications
    Can also set notifications for personal links and wire notifications
  • 21. Finding other people’s resources
    Tag clouds make it easier to see resource trends, user-generated key words
  • 22. Connect, collaborate and share cross-sector
    Exchangeknowledge, ideas, resources and experiences
  • 23. Why would we use this space as ICT PD clusters?
    Make connections with like-minded people through discussions, events, programmes of learning (brokerage service).
    How else might we broker communications and ideas within this network to encourage knowledge exchange, construction and development?
    Formally and informally?
  • 24. A community starts with you…
    • Sustain and maintainyour personalisedportal (with detailed profile, join groups, organise widgets, arrange your dashboard) as well as your group (tools for communicating and sharing)
    • 25. Keep up-to-date and informed through RSS feeds, email notifications, bookmarkingfavourites
    • 26. Understand the purpose for connecting and sharing, model this by initiating conversations in your communities
    • 27. Get connected and participate where appropriate
  • Support material
    • ICT PD Online group
    • 28. http://www.vln.school.nz/pg/groups/27633/ict-pd-online/
    • 29. Getting started on the VLN
    • 30. http://www.vln.school.nz/pg/groups/25604/getting-started-on-the-vln/
    • 31. eLearning Teaching group
    • 32. http://www.vln.school.nz/pg/groups/53307/elearning-teaching/
    • 33. eLearning professional learning group
    • 34. http://www.vln.school.nz/pg/groups/53311/elearning-professional-learning/
    • 35. Allanah’s resource to support users with the VN groups spaces
    • 36. https://sites.google.com/site/vlnlinklearning/home