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It's a Ning Thing


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Social Networking - why use it ?

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It's a Ning Thing

  1. 1. It’s a NING thing... Virtual ‘professional’ networking for Primary Geography Champions Sheffield Alan Parkinson Secondary Curriculum Development Leader Geographical Association
  2. 2. “ Social networking”
  3. 4. “ Social networking”
  4. 5. Professional networking
  5. 6. The Networked teacher.... Then and Now (Alec Couros)
  6. 7. Networking as CPD <ul><li>Picked up tips for websites, TV programmes I’d missed, events, publication of reports that are relevant </li></ul><ul><li>Discovered that people are at the same event, or in the same city that evening </li></ul><ul><li>Got an instant answer to a technical query </li></ul><ul><li>Worked collaboratively on a project with other teachers in other schools, some of whom I had never met </li></ul><ul><li>Got feedback / gave feedback on CPD sessions attended </li></ul><ul><li>Reflected on lessons that had been taught, and considered different approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Asked other teachers to comment on suggested activities </li></ul><ul><li>Thought about possible specification choices </li></ul><ul><li>Gained resources and shared resources </li></ul><ul><li>Spent time / saved time ? </li></ul>
  7. 8. This much is clear...
  8. 9. Every teacher should also be a learner. The Social Web makes this possible at a time and a place to suit everybody.
  9. 10. Twitter “What are you doing...?” 140 character limit
  10. 11. The Ning... <ul><li>September 2007: created NING for 6 th form geographers – lesson resources added at the end of each lesson </li></ul><ul><li>Homework tasks uploaded and responses added </li></ul><ul><li>Students discussing tasks and sharing ideas and websites they had discovered. </li></ul><ul><li>Each student had their own HOMEPAGE: familiar feel to other social networks... </li></ul>
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  13. 15. Over 240 members
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  15. 17. What can you do ? <ul><li>Sign up and you have a member page, which can be customised to suit you. </li></ul><ul><li>Start a discussion, or contribute to a discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Make a blog post, or add a comment to an existing blog post </li></ul><ul><li>Join a group dedicated to an area of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Keep in touch with the teachers in your Geography Champion network ! </li></ul>
  16. 18. How do I do it ?
  17. 19. This presentation available on Slideshare also: Slideboom (User name GeoBlogs) You will all be given a USER GUIDE
  18. 20. My contact details alanparkinsonatthega [email_address] GeoBlogs GeoBlogs