Personalized Learning at    Your Fingertips: Building aProfessional Learning Network                        By: Torrey Trust
Agenda What are Professional Learning Networks (PLN’s)? PLN Tools Information Literacy, Networking, Netiquette PLN Ove...
New Age Teaching & Learning In the information age, students must learn to navigate  and evaluate an expanding network of...
What is a PLN? A Professional Learning Network (PLN) is a flexible, teacher-  driven activity space that facilitates pers...
My PLN
Benefits of PLN’s Flexible Personalized Practical Real-Time Solutions Instant Access
Benefits of PLN’s Expertise Reduces isolation Increases opportunities for collaboration Don’t have to reinvent the whe...
Information Aggregation Staying up-to-date on new information by following multiple  websites and news sources through RS...
RSS: Pushing Text from Individual Blogs to a Reader    W     eb       sit          e    Blog           e        sit      e...
Information Gathering Tools Google Reader (http://www.google.com/reader) Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com/) FeedDemo...
Setting Up Google Reader http://tinyurl.com/googlereadervideo
Education Sites to Follow EduBlog Awards: Top Individual Blog List  http://edublogawards.com/ Smartbriefs (Accomplished ...
Social Bookmarking Diigo.com Join groups: http://groups.diigo.com/ Share resources Receive daily/weekly emails with  n...
Sharing Bookmarks with a Group
Social Bookmarking http://vimeo.com/12687333
Social Media Connection Tools These social media connection tools include:   Social networking sites (Facebook, Edmodo, ...
Featured Collaborative Tool Edmodo (6.5+ million users)   Join subject communities   Create class groups (assignments, ...
Edmodo http://tinyurl.com/edmodoPLNvideo
Featured Collaborative Tool Ning   Instantly chat with other individuals on the website   Add & RSVP to events   Join ...
Featured Collaborative Tool Ning PLN’s for Educators:   http://classroom20.com   http://edupln.ning.com/   http://www....
Featured Collaborative Tool Twitter   Follow educators, experts, policymakers      Twitter4Teachers wiki      Collabor...
Twitter Hashtags Join education conversations:    #edchat: Over 400 teachers get together every Tuesday at Noon EST     ...
Tweetdeck
How to Use a PLN Find & share resources Connect with teachers  around the world    Collaboration opportunities    Part...
Information Literacy Ongoing process of sifting, organizing, analyzing and  evaluating information and individuals in you...
Networking & Netiquette Aim for building relationships NOT having 500 “friends” Be a connector Give AND receive Build ...
Ethics & Privacy What you post is permanent Use the Grandmother Rule (would your grandma approve of  your tweet/post?) ...
PLN Overload Thousands of blogs, websites, news sources to follow Thousands of groups to join, discussion forums to resp...
PLN Overload (Survival Tips) Information Aggregation   Start by identifying 2-3 information sources to follow (including...
7 Degrees of Connectedness                    Rodd Lucier’s       7 Degrees of Connectedness Framework
Questions? Thoughts? Comments? Questions?
Add Me to Your PLN       torreytrust@gmail.com        www.torreytrust.com            @torreytrusthttp://edutechdatabase.wi...
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  1. 1. Personalized Learning at Your Fingertips: Building aProfessional Learning Network By: Torrey Trust
  2. 2. Agenda What are Professional Learning Networks (PLN’s)? PLN Tools Information Literacy, Networking, Netiquette PLN Overload & Survival Tips
  3. 3. New Age Teaching & Learning In the information age, students must learn to navigate and evaluate an expanding network of information. Highly effective teachers model this process of information analysis and knowledge acquisition by continually learning through collaboration, professional development, and studying pedagogical techniques and best practices.
  4. 4. What is a PLN? A Professional Learning Network (PLN) is a flexible, teacher- driven activity space that facilitates personalized professional development. Social Media Connection Information Aggregation
  5. 5. My PLN
  6. 6. Benefits of PLN’s Flexible Personalized Practical Real-Time Solutions Instant Access
  7. 7. Benefits of PLN’s Expertise Reduces isolation Increases opportunities for collaboration Don’t have to reinvent the wheel Best practices Connected Educator Map
  8. 8. Information Aggregation Staying up-to-date on new information by following multiple websites and news sources through RSS feeds.
  9. 9. RSS: Pushing Text from Individual Blogs to a Reader W eb sit e Blog e sit eb sW wNe
  10. 10. Information Gathering Tools Google Reader (http://www.google.com/reader) Bloglines (http://www.bloglines.com/) FeedDemon (http://www.feeddemon.com/) My Yahoo! (http://my.yahoo.com/) Comparison of RSS Readers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_feed_aggregators
  11. 11. Setting Up Google Reader http://tinyurl.com/googlereadervideo
  12. 12. Education Sites to Follow EduBlog Awards: Top Individual Blog List http://edublogawards.com/ Smartbriefs (Accomplished Teacher, ASCD, EdTech) – https://www.smartbrief.com/news/education 41 Great Blogs to Follow by Subject Area: http://tinyurl.com/41edublogstofollow FreeTech4Teachers: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
  13. 13. Social Bookmarking Diigo.com Join groups: http://groups.diigo.com/ Share resources Receive daily/weekly emails with newest resources Easy to add resources to Diigo (toolbar button)  Can highlight resources, take notes, decide what to share
  14. 14. Sharing Bookmarks with a Group
  15. 15. Social Bookmarking http://vimeo.com/12687333
  16. 16. Social Media Connection Tools These social media connection tools include:  Social networking sites (Facebook, Edmodo, Twitter)  Affinity-based group sites (Ning, Wikispaces)  Real-time interaction tools (online chat rooms, instant messaging, Skype, Second Life).
  17. 17. Featured Collaborative Tool Edmodo (6.5+ million users)  Join subject communities  Create class groups (assignments, quizzes, grades)  Facebook-style interface  Quick responses from members  Personal library to collect resources  http://www.edmodo.com
  18. 18. Edmodo http://tinyurl.com/edmodoPLNvideo
  19. 19. Featured Collaborative Tool Ning  Instantly chat with other individuals on the website  Add & RSVP to events  Join special-interest groups  Listen to education podcasts  Add RSS feeds to your profile page  Write blog posts & create your own blog
  20. 20. Featured Collaborative Tool Ning PLN’s for Educators:  http://classroom20.com  http://edupln.ning.com/  http://www.teacher20.com  http://sschat.ning.com/  http://vodcasting.ning.com/ List of Networks:  http://www.educationalnetworking.com/List+of+Networks
  21. 21. Featured Collaborative Tool Twitter  Follow educators, experts, policymakers  Twitter4Teachers wiki  Collaborative Google Doc of Teachers on Twitter  Share your own links and resources  Join education conversations (see next slide)  Share ideas, ask for help, receive feedback from followers  Connect with educators around the world  http://www.twitter.com
  22. 22. Twitter Hashtags Join education conversations:  #edchat: Over 400 teachers get together every Tuesday at Noon EST or at 6PM EST to chat about a variety of pre-determined topics.  #Scichat, #mathchat, #engchat: Talk with teachers who teach your core subject area (times vary)  #1stchat, #2ndchat, #3rdchat, etc.: Talk with teachers who teach your grade level  #edtech: Chat about all things new in educational technology View more education hashtags here: http://cybraryman.com/edhashtags.html
  23. 23. Tweetdeck
  24. 24. How to Use a PLN Find & share resources Connect with teachers around the world  Collaboration opportunities  Partner classes for lessons  Ask for help/support Solicit ideas Share your voice Learn from others (best practices/success stories)
  25. 25. Information Literacy Ongoing process of sifting, organizing, analyzing and evaluating information and individuals in your PLN  Start with well-known website/expert  Look at number of subscribers and good reviews  Look critically at the information  Building a PLN should be a fluid process “Crap Detection” – Howard Rheingold  The Crap Test: http://www.workliteracy.com/pages/the-crap-test/
  26. 26. Networking & Netiquette Aim for building relationships NOT having 500 “friends” Be a connector Give AND receive Build your expert credentials Lurk & learn Reach out (add friends, follow people)
  27. 27. Ethics & Privacy What you post is permanent Use the Grandmother Rule (would your grandma approve of your tweet/post?) Don’t fear the tools, build your confidence Understand the privacy settings of different tools Resources:  Facebook for School Counselors Guide.pdf  Creating Social Media Guidelines for Educators  How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School
  28. 28. PLN Overload Thousands of blogs, websites, news sources to follow Thousands of groups to join, discussion forums to respond to, and members to connect with Figuring out social norms in the online space TMI!
  29. 29. PLN Overload (Survival Tips) Information Aggregation  Start by identifying 2-3 information sources to follow (including email subscriptions)  Set a reminder on your calendar to visit your RSS reader weekly Collaborative Tools  Try to connect with 1-2 individuals (via friend request or responding to discussion posts)  Ask these individuals about how to make the most out of the activity space
  30. 30. 7 Degrees of Connectedness Rodd Lucier’s 7 Degrees of Connectedness Framework
  31. 31. Questions? Thoughts? Comments? Questions?
  32. 32. Add Me to Your PLN torreytrust@gmail.com www.torreytrust.com @torreytrusthttp://edutechdatabase.wikispaces.com
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