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Building Online Community Networks

  1. 1. Building Communities and Networks for Professional Development (Chap. from Tuesday, 29 March 2011Utecht, J. (2010)<br />By Ernest Ngendahayo<br />Flinders University<br />29/03/2011<br />
  2. 2. Communities<br />Common personal or professional interests <br />Networks<br />“An extended group of people with similar interests or concerns who interact and remain in informal contact for mutual assistance or support”<br />One’s choice based on interest<br /> Meaning Power<br />E.g. Facebook, Twitter <br />(Online) Communities and Networks<br />29/03/2011<br />
  3. 3. PLNs= “those networks you create that revolve around personal and professional development’<br />It starts with you<br />How does it work? Watch this Specific people you decide to connect with<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK8kqjNomAg<br />PLNs (Cntd)<br />29/03/2011<br />
  4. 4. ‘My PLN is a real time professional development network of educators that I rely on to do my job as an educator’<br />Examples : Delicious, Diigo, Google docs, etc.<br />E.g. Links to articles, ideas on lesson plans<br />PLNs (Cntd)<br />29/03/2011<br />
  5. 5. PLNs (Cntd)<br />29/03/2011<br />
  6. 6. Really Simple Syndication (RSS): Internet format that allows a user to connect a website to an “RSS reader” <br />Firefox's icon is used <br />Link to RSS video<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU<br />How to use RSS?<br />Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLKZrsotvsQ<br />Networks without communities <br />29/03/2011<br />
  7. 7. The info finds you<br />You choose your favourite web site: you control the control that comes to you<br />Used on any devise that has internet connection<br />Sequentially ordered content <br />It connects you to other websites and blogs (e.g. Twitter, Delicious, Diigo). <br />Use a RSS Reader that acts as a ‘gateway to the web’<br />RSS: the ‘most powerful’ Web 2:0 tool!<br />29/03/2011<br />
  8. 8. Networks without communities (Pictures from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK8kqjNomAg)<br />29/03/2011<br />
  9. 9. Networks without communities<br />29/03/2011<br />
  10. 10. With RSS, you are in a virtual staff room<br />29/03/2011<br />
  11. 11. How do you feel when you don’t get a feedback from an email or a post?<br />Time and effort needed for better use<br />Active participation better learning<br />Building your Network: You have to make it benefit you! How?<br />29/03/2011<br />
  12. 12. Get actively involved, share<br />Don’t stay behind the community<br />Can be overwhelming for educators! What to do?<br />Get aware of the potential of the people you can be networking with through your ‘virtual staff room’<br />Use any spare time you have<br />Become Part of a Community<br />29/03/2011<br />
  13. 13. Self-promoting introduction (bio) ‘Online Magnet’:<br />An avatar (created or own photo)<br />Saying<br />Quotations<br />Website<br />A combination of any of the above<br />Etc.<br />Growing your Professional Network <br />29/03/2011<br />
  14. 14. “Being connected is NOT being networked!” Use connections in place to create your PLN. <br />Provide feedback on how ‘it’ works for you.<br />Make it work for others especially your students<br />Q3: Should all educators join online PLN(s)?<br />Making your network work for you<br />29/03/2011<br />

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