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 Overload & Survival Tips
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.
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
Benefits of PLN’s Expertise Reduces isolation Increases opportunities for collaboration Don’t have to reinvent the wheel Best practices Connected Educator Map
Information Aggregation Staying up-to-date on new information by following multiple websites and news sources through RSS feeds.
RSS: Pushing Text from Individual Blogs to a Reader W eb sit e Blog e sit eb sW wNe
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
Setting Up Google Reader http://tinyurl.com/googlereadervideo
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/
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
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).
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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/
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)
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
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!
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
7 Degrees of Connectedness Rodd Lucier’s 7 Degrees of Connectedness Framework