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Growing My Friends List-Draft


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  1. 1. Growing my Friends-List<br />Twitter and Social Networking for Educators<br />
  2. 2. When was the last time you…<br />Discussed educational research?<br />Discussed pedagogy?<br />Shared ideas or advice?<br />Argued over your curriculum?<br />Suggested readings or read someone else’s?<br />Left your classroom for ideas?<br />
  3. 3. The problem with teaching in South Dakota?<br />Isolation<br />Never leave your room<br />Never go into someone else’s<br />Only one teaching subject<br />
  4. 4. The problem with teaching in South Dakota?<br />Professional Development<br />Expensive<br />Limited Local Options<br />
  5. 5. The Solution<br />Expand your PLN!?!<br />
  6. 6. What is a PLN/PLP/PLE?<br />Whatever distinctions you choose to make, and whatever you call it, it is tailored to you.<br />
  7. 7. Map of My PLN before August 2009<br />Grand total<br />42 People<br />
  8. 8. Map of my PLN Today<br />Over 3,540 Members of EduPLN<br />Over 2,800 members of the AP-Chem List-serv<br />Over 2,200 members of the AP-Physics List-serv<br />Over 350 people connected to me on Twitter<br />
  9. 9. Tools that I’ve used<br /><br />Distributed Lists<br />Twitter<br />Ning<br />Google Reader/RSS<br />
  10. 10.<br />Just one of many social bookmarking sites, Digg, StumbleUpon, Mixx, <br />Use tags to mark websites<br />See who else has marked that website<br />See what other sites they have marked<br /><br />
  11. 11. Mail Distribution Lists<br />Get to know your mail options.<br />Using Rules to pre-sort<br />Sort by thread<br />College Board Discussions<br /><br />Google for Educators<br />
  12. 12. Twitter<br /><br />Pros<br /><ul><li>Instantaneous
  13. 13. Conversational
  14. 14. Great Search tools</li></ul>Cons<br /><ul><li>Overwhelming
  15. 15. Too Fast
  16. 16. Too many conversations
  17. 17. A lot of ‘junk’
  18. 18. You miss things when you aren’t online</li></ul><br />
  19. 19. Tips for Using Twitter<br />Adapted from David Hopkins’s blog Don’t Waste Your Time<br />Work out what you want to get out of Twitter<br />Make sure you put some relevant and interesting information in your Twitter profile<br />Share and share alike.<br />Look at the people who follow someone in your network.<br />Don’t be afraid to ‘block’ people who you don’t think you want following you.<br />Don’t worry about numbers<br />
  20. 20. More Basic Tips<br />Re-Tweet the ideas of others<br />@<username> - respond to others, have conversations<br />#followfriday (#ff)– suggest people to follow<br />#edchat – Video<br />Use groups<br />Skip the celebrities… <br />
  21. 21. More Advanced Tips<br />Use What the Hashtag? – find out what the abbreviations mean<br />Use Twitcleaner– <br />Use URL Shortening services<br />Tiny URL<br />Use Desktop applications to manage Twitter<br />Tweetdeck<br />
  22. 22. Who to follow?<br />The founders of #edchat<br />@ShellTerrell<br />@tomwhitby<br />@web20classroom<br />@bhsprincipal<br />@MrR0g3rs<br />@irasocol<br />@TeachPaperless<br />Many more by subject at<br />
  23. 23. Ning<br />Ning is a site where you can build your own Social Network, like Facebook. Ning is just one of many such tools.<br />Pros<br /><ul><li>Great for storage
  24. 24. More moderated
  25. 25. Persistent
  26. 26. Totally self contained</li></ul>Cons<br /><ul><li>Ning is converting to a pay only service.</li></ul> Look for changes<br />
  27. 27. Imagine…<br />Having someone there for you when you need it… at any time<br />
  28. 28. Closing Thought<br />The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what (awards) he is capable of receiving. The most important motive … in life is the pleasure of working and thereby obtaining results which will serve the community. The most important task for our educators is to awaken and encourage these psychological forces in a young man {or woman}. Such a basis alone can lead to the joy of possessing one of the most precious assets in the world - knowledge or artistic skill. ~Albert Einstein<br />
  29. 29. References<br />Hopkins, David. "Twitter Tips: for Teachers & Educators." eLearning Blog Don't Waste Your Time. David Hopkins, 09 MAY 2009. Web. 13 Apr 2010.<br />Cassinelli, Colette. "What is a PLN and Why do I need one?." edtech VISION. Colette Cassinelli, 15 Feb 2010. Web. 14 Apr 2010.<br />