Audience: All Format: Hands-On Lab (1 hr. 45 min.) “Become a‘Connected’ Educator” Description: This session forLACUE 2012 will help you createa Personal Learning Network that you can rely on for resources and advice. During this session you will explore: Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, ePortfolios, online business cards, ways to collect and store resources and Do It Yourself Professional Development. Connected Valerie R. Burton, M. Ed. Educators @MsBisOnline
Being connected means to be in contact with people who tweet, blog,discuss and share resources, activities andeducational news bits.
What is a Networking Connected Educator? A teacher who recognizes, embracesand utilizes the new and emerging web technologies that connect us all in ways never before possible.
How do I corral and display my digitalfootprints?
Do my Facebookfriends reallywant to knowwhat I had for dinner?
How can I use ePortfolios todocument and provideevidence of what youdo in the classroom?
If you DO get it,think about the ideas and resources that you want to share.
How can you connect with other educators? Find Read Mentors and Respond Take classes Chat and Be aCollaborate Mentor
Let me help you to sort it all out Twitter Facebook Do It Yourself Professional RSS Development
Microblogging Twitter at its finestTwitter allows you to send outquick, brief messages from yourcomputer or mobile device.● Twitter’s “tweets” are microposts of a maximum of 140 characters.● Tweets may contain links videos and photos to stay within the character limits.● Today you will create an account (if needed) and follow teachers within your discipline.● Click here for your Twitter Assignment
Posting for Facebook “your friends”● Post a “Tool of the Week” or “Article of the Week” on your page Facebook is not just for personal● Use the “Events” feature of Facebook to invite students or teachers to use. participate in events● Use Facebook to remind everyone of upcoming deadlines and due dates for class/school goals Communicate with students, parents, teachers or administrators● Click here for our Facebook Assignments
Edublogs Edublogs supports Educational Bloggers. One of the best ways to build your personal learning network is to become a blogger and use your blog to network with others who write and share online.● Most blogs use RSS to notify readers of new content. If you already use a Reader (like Google The Teacher Reader, Bloglines or NetVibes) either: Challenge● Copy and paste the URL into your Reader involves free 30 day professional● Or in the right side menu, click on the link for Subscribe by Feed Reader. development challenges where● Or, if you aren’t using a Feed Reader I suggest participants are you try Google Reader. stepped through● Click here for our Blogging Assignments weekly tasks.
Online Gather your sites together, Profiles package them and make them look pretty You work hard soOnline ePortfolios allow you to SHOW IT OFF. showcase your best practices.With ePortfolios you can house your lesson plans, materials, curriculum guides and share them with colleaguesOnline business cards supply people with your worksites. These can either be sites for your PLN or Class Sites.
You have lots of Collect &resources…. What now? StoreUse a variety of sites to helpyou organize your documents,links and other resources. You can collect, storeDelicious.com - to collect and AND share.organize bookmarksDropbox.com/ - to storedocumentsPBWorks.com - to create an Install bookmarklet buttons to your browsersonline file cabinet Bookmarks Toolbar soEvernote.com - to collect, store you can easily save linksand organize resources to Delicious.Click here for our assignments
D-I-Y pd Stuffy old conferences are in the past.Do-it-yourself Professional Developmentallows you to get what you want out of theexperience.● Twitter and Blogs can give you more information than a boring lecture.● Online communities allow you to Webinars, connect with other people and try new things. Blogs,● Webinars are available when you want Online on any subject that you want to learn Communities about.● Design your learning experience to be and Twitter… what must benefits you. Oh my● Click here our Do It Yourself
You decide how and what to shareSome educators choose to reserve Facebookfor the sharing of personal information andpictures with only close friends and family. Be comfortable in theOn the other hand, for many, Twitter is the self-promoting andplace to share and exchange professional sharing of your hardinformation and pictures. work and that of yourRegardless of your preference, start using students!these tools today and connect with othereducators.Share your successes. Share your failures. Think about sharing yourLet us learn from your mistakes and favorite blogs, Web 2.0successes. We can all be inspired with how tools, books, onlineyou are forging ahead and making a interactives, classroomdifference. activities, etc.