WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT TWITTER?
interested in what I
had for breakfast!
It’s a waste of my
It’s for young
I’ve got nothing
I don’t know
anyone on Twitter!
There’s no real
purpose for it
• Explain the value and benefits of Personal Learning Networks
(PLN) to your development
• Build a PLN
• Use Twitter to build your PLN
• Participate in a live Tweet Chat
• Explore conference back channels on Twitter
• Identify leaders to follow in your industry on Twitter
• Respond to a post on your learning leader’s blog
• Create a blog post
• Explore and register on an online learning community
• With the aim to meet your PLN in person in the near future!
TODAY WE’RE GOING TO…
WHAT IS A PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK?
An important part of learning is to build your
own personal learning network — a group of
people who can guide your learning, point you
to learning opportunities, answer your
questions, and give you the benefit of their
own knowledge and experience.
- Daniel R Tobin
ACTIVITY: WHAT’S YOUR PLN LOOK LIKE?
Tweet your response to #buildmypln
• Why is it important for you to build your PLN?
• How will you use your PLN in your role?
• How will you grow your PLN?
• What challenges will you need to overcome to build
• What value or benefit do you see in building your
TWEET YOUR THOUGHTS: #BUILDMYPLN
Tweet your answers, thoughts, comments to #buildmypln
while listening to Howard Rheingold interview Shelley Terrell
HOW HAS TWITTER HELPED ME?
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• # Hashtag
• A hash tag is a way to search for tweets on a particular topic. Eg. If you
search on #litigation you see a list of tweets for this topic
• Through hash tags you can follow conferences, talks, events, live tweet chats
for your professional development eg #TedXMelb #LearnX #CPA12
• @ (The At symbol)
• I prefer to think about it as ‘To’ - @activatelearn is a direct reply to
ActivateLearn (ie – me!)
• Retweet: Like what someone mentioned? Do you want to spread it? Retweet
• The @ is mentioned in the body of the tweet and shows up in your Mention
tab. So someone has mentioned you in their tweet and you get a ‘notification’
LET’S SEE THESE IN
BUILDING A VOICE – RETWEET, REPLY AND REACT
ACTIVITY: First, FOLLOW EACH OTHER!
• @C4LPT – Jane Hart
• @hjarche – Harold Jarche
• @charlesjennings – Charles Jennings
• @jaycross – Jay Cross
• @DonaldClark – Donald Clark
• @Quinnovator – Clark Quinn
• @LrnDDave – David Kelly
• @ryantracey – Ryan Tracey
• Do you know of any others?
Then look at who they follow, view their conversation threads and
if you get value out of the conversation then follow them too!
ACTIVITY: FOLLOW ME…FOLLOW YOU…FOLLOW
WHO TO FOLLOW?
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• Follow leaders in your
professional circle or field
• Check out who they follow
• Check out learning events and
• Participate in live tweet chats
• Follow people who openly
• Follow the Curators
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“I am a huge proponent of backchannel learning.
There are many conferences I would love to be
able to attend, but my budget can only
accommodate one or two each year. The
backchannel is an excellent resource for learning
from a conference or event that you are unable to
I find collecting and reviewing backchannel
resources to be a valuable learning experience for
me, even when I am attending a conference in
person. Sharing these collections on this blog has
shown that others find value in the collections as
- David Kelly Misadventures in Learning
WISH YOU WERE
In this recent Learning
Conference in the UK
(Learning Live), some
people were tweeting,
sharing links and photos of
…and people globally were
getting in on the
“OMG It was like…you were