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Personalized Learning at Your Fingertips: Building a PLN


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  • 1. Personalized Learning at Your Fingertips: Building aProfessional Learning Network By: Torrey Trust
  • 2. Agenda What are Professional Learning Networks (PLN’s)? PLN Tools Information Literacy, Networking, Netiquette PLN Overload & Survival Tips
  • 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. 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. My PLN
  • 6. Benefits of PLN’s Flexible Personalized Practical Real-Time Solutions Instant Access
  • 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. Information Aggregation Staying up-to-date on new information by following multiple websites and news sources through RSS feeds.
  • 9. RSS: Pushing Text from Individual Blogs to a Reader W eb sit e Blog e sit eb sW wNe
  • 10. Information Gathering Tools Google Reader ( Bloglines ( FeedDemon ( My Yahoo! ( Comparison of RSS Readers:
  • 11. Setting Up Google Reader
  • 12. Education Sites to Follow EduBlog Awards: Top Individual Blog List Smartbriefs (Accomplished Teacher, ASCD, EdTech) – 41 Great Blogs to Follow by Subject Area: FreeTech4Teachers:
  • 13. Social Bookmarking Join groups: 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. Sharing Bookmarks with a Group
  • 15. Social Bookmarking
  • 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. 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 
  • 18. Edmodo
  • 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. Featured Collaborative Tool Ning PLN’s for Educators:      List of Networks: 
  • 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 
  • 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:
  • 23. Tweetdeck
  • 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. 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:
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 7 Degrees of Connectedness Rodd Lucier’s 7 Degrees of Connectedness Framework
  • 31. Questions? Thoughts? Comments? Questions?
  • 32. Add Me to Your PLN @torreytrust