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Becoming a Learner for Life


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“Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die.” – Tom Clancy
There are people and resources everywhere that can help you stay on the leading edge, develop new skills, and stay relevant in your chosen profession. It’s easier than ever to reach out and connect these days. This presentation focuses on social media networks, online resources, and the dispositions you need to build your own personal learning network (PLN) and manage it so you can become a learner for life, bring out your best at work, and have a personal life, too.

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Becoming a Learner for Life

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  2. 2. Becoming a Learner for Life Deb Hanson Online resources can be found at SWFLN Paraprofessional Day May 10, 2011
  3. 3. Today’s goals… <ul><li>Understand importance of lifelong learning </li></ul><ul><li>Know dispositions of a learner </li></ul><ul><li>Provide steps for building a PLN </li></ul><ul><li>Share social media tools for learning </li></ul>
  4. 4. “ There is only now.”
  5. 5. “ Change is the only constant.”
  6. 6. Why become a learner for life? What gets you up in the morning? Were you better today than you were yesterday?
  7. 7. “ Motivation is deeply personal.” – Daniel Pink, author of Drive
  8. 8. What does it take to become a successful learner for life?
  9. 9. Are you… <ul><li>A seeker? </li></ul><ul><li>Curious? </li></ul><ul><li>An active participant? </li></ul><ul><li>A systems thinker? </li></ul><ul><li>Willing to embrace ambiguity? </li></ul><ul><li>Willing to get feedback? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Establish a “growth mindset” (Carol Dweck)
  11. 11. Engage in “deliberate practice” (Anders Ericsson)
  12. 12. It’s about changing your performance…
  13. 13. “ The battle is within ourselves. What is important is to look at yourself, train yourself, improve yourself.” – Gaku Homma
  14. 14. Create and Nuture Your P LN
  15. 15. Learning Network Personal
  16. 16. Learning Network Professional
  17. 17. Learning Network Perpetual
  18. 18. A learning network consists of the entire set of resources that you use to answer questions, provide context and illustrate processes. (David Wetzel, 2010)
  19. 19. A (PLN) is a group of people you count on to: -guide you in your learning -be your source of advice and resources -make you aware of learning opportunities -share their best practices -point you to answers and support (Silvia Tolisano, 2011)
  20. 20. What does your PLN look like ?
  21. 21. <ul><li>Physical Virtual </li></ul><ul><li>Local Global </li></ul><ul><li>Static Dynamic </li></ul>PLN’s are changing…
  22. 22. <ul><li>Deliberately created </li></ul><ul><li>Network of human, physical, & virtual resources </li></ul><ul><li>Personal </li></ul><ul><li>Self-paced </li></ul><ul><li>Goal oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Perpetual </li></ul>A PLN is…
  23. 23. Steps for Building Your PLN <ul><li>Set your learning goals </li></ul><ul><li>Choose your tools </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with key people </li></ul><ul><li>Lurk, listen, learn , reflect </li></ul><ul><li>Participate </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute, share </li></ul>
  24. 24. Set your goals…
  25. 25. Choose Your PLN Tools
  26. 26. Take one step at a time…
  27. 28. Finding People <ul><li>Start with people you know personally </li></ul><ul><li>Find out who they know and respect </li></ul><ul><li>Connect to your professional idols </li></ul>
  28. 33. Hashtags & Twitter Chats #libchat – Wednesdays at 8 PM #libpitch #tlchat #library #libraries #librarians #streetlit, #Goodreads, #readers,  #YA, #lib_resources, #infoliteracy, #onlinesafety,  #cyberbullying, #digitalcitizenship, #transliteracy, #yalsa,  #ALA, #Books, #literature,   #bannedbooks,  #reading,  #Kindle, #ipad,   #ebook,  #ereader,  #SocialMedia
  29. 36. Just today…in my Twitter stream…
  30. 37. One step always leads to another…
  31. 38. More Tools for Connecting, Learning
  32. 48. Now you’ve got connections… <ul><li>But, how do you keep up with all the links, ideas, bookmarks, resources they are sharing with you? </li></ul>RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS
  33. 51. Blogs <ul><li>Still good sources </li></ul><ul><li>Lead to other connections </li></ul><ul><li>Place to begin to contribute </li></ul><ul><li>Some Library blogs worth reading </li></ul><ul><li>Tame the Web </li></ul><ul><li>The Daring Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>The Shifted Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian in Black </li></ul>
  34. 54. Sharing
  35. 55. Netvibes
  36. 56. Hootsuite
  37. 58. <ul><li>Connect with… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Business people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology folks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Futurists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thinkers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Editors, publishers, authors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Media marketing gurus </li></ul></ul>Step Outside the Library
  38. 59. Good stuff to check out…
  39. 60. If you feel like you’re getting in too deep…
  40. 62. Give your learning 30 minutes a day…
  41. 63. When You’re Ready… <ul><li>Begin to contribute </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Respond to blog posts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share links of articles you’ve found </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participate in a Twitter chat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write your own blogs </li></ul></ul>
  42. 64. All that said…
  43. 65. Lessons Learned… <ul><li>Choose connections wisely </li></ul><ul><li>Expect a learning curve </li></ul><ul><li>Choose quality over quantity </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicate time each day or week </li></ul>
  44. 66. Don’t forget to take time to look closely, wonder, think deeply…
  45. 67. It’s all about balance
  46. 68. And… <ul><li>Building teams </li></ul><ul><li>Serving your patrons better </li></ul><ul><li>Getting better at what you do </li></ul><ul><li>Staying relevant </li></ul><ul><li>LEARNING for LIFE </li></ul>
  47. 69. Open, Connect, Learn, Share <ul><li>and you will be a learner for life … </li></ul>
  48. 70. Contact me: [email_address] @DebH2U (Twitter)
  49. 71. Resources <ul><li>15 Tools for Developing a Learning Network, David R. Wetzel </li></ul><ul><li>How to Keep Up with Almost Everything by Buffy J. Hamilton </li></ul>