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Discover the value of Professional Learning Networks and the tools you can use to build your own. The presentation also covers information literacy, networking, and surviving PLN overload.

Discover the value of Professional Learning Networks and the tools you can use to build your own. The presentation also covers information literacy, networking, and surviving PLN overload.

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  • 1. Role Modeling Lifelong Learning Through Technology 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. Collaborative Information Aggregation Tools
  • 5. Benefits of PLN’s Flexible Personalized Practical Real-Time Solutions Instant Access
  • 6. Benefits of PLN’s Expertise Reduces isolation Increases opportunities for collaboration Don’t have to reinvent the wheel Best practices
  • 7. Information Aggregation Staying up-to-date on new information by following multiple websites and news sources through RSS feeds.
  • 8. RSS: Pushing Text from Individual Blogs to a Reader W eb sit e Blog e sit eb sW wNe
  • 9. 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
  • 10. Setting Up Google Reader http://tinyurl.com/googlereadervideo
  • 11. 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/
  • 12. Social Bookmarking Diigo.com Join groups: http://groups.diigo.com/browse?cg_id=21 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
  • 13. Social Bookmarking http://vimeo.com/12687333
  • 14. Collaborative Tools The collaborative tools type of PLN is when teachers use social media tools to connect with various individuals around the world. These social media tools include:  Social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter)  Affinity-based group sites (Ning, Wikispaces)  Real-time interaction tools (online chat rooms, instant messaging, Skype, Second Life).
  • 15. 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
  • 16. Edmodo http://tinyurl.com/edmodoPLNvideo
  • 17. 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
  • 18. 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/
  • 19. Featured Collaborative Tool Twitter  Follow educators, experts, policymakers  25 Top Teachers & Educators 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
  • 20. 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
  • 21. Featured Collaborative Tool Blogger  Create your own blog  Share your voice/opinion/resources/ideas  Share your posts through Edmodo/Facebook/Twitter/etc…  Receive feedback through comments  So You Wanna Be a Blogger (post about blogging)
  • 22. Featured Collaborative Tool http://tinyurl.com/googleblogvideo
  • 23. How to Use a PLN Find & share resources Connect with teachers  Collaboration opportunities  Partner classes for lessons  Ask for help/support Solicit ideas Share your voice Learn from others (best practices/success stories)
  • 24. 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/
  • 25. 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)
  • 26. 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!
  • 27. 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
  • 28. Questions? Thoughts? Comments? Questions?
  • 29. Add Me to Your PLN Interested in pilot testing my free e-course for building a PLN? Email me! torreytrust@gmail.com www.torreytrust.com @torreytrusthttp://edutechdatabase.wikispaces.com
  • 30. Presentation on Slideshare To view this presentation in slideshare (with active links): http://tinyurl.com/EdPLN