Growing my friends-list - Final


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Teachers and administrators in rural areas can use technology to expand their Professional Learning Network (PLN) to make the most of their professional development time. The presenter will share the strategies one such teacher used to expand his PLN via the use of Social Networking and Twitter plus the benefits of such strategies.

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  • Many teachers in South Dakota are in small schools. I’m the only chemistry teacher in my school, and I don’t know the other science teachers in my county!
  • I’m closing in on 1,000 sites bookmarked.
  • Imagine
  • Growing my friends-list - Final

    1. 1. Growing my Friends-List<br />Twitter and Social Networking for Educators<br />
    2. 2. About Me<br />
    3. 3. Please share<br />Name<br />Current Position<br />Why did you choose my presentation?<br />
    4. 4. 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 />
    5. 5. 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 />
    6. 6. The problem with teaching in South Dakota?<br />Professional Development<br />Expensive<br />Limited Local Options<br />
    7. 7. The Solution<br />Expand your PLN!?!<br />
    8. 8. What is a PLN/PLP/PLE?<br />Whatever you call it, it is the people and tools that help you learn new information.<br />Personal Learning Network<br />Professional Learning Network<br />Personal Learning Plan<br />Personal Learning Environment<br />
    9. 9. Five Reasons Why Educators Should Network<br />Adapted from Tanya Roscorla’s Post of the same name.<br />To learn with others<br />To serve your students<br />To access a dynamic resource<br />To extend your learning base<br />To stay engaged in education<br />
    10. 10. Map of My PLN before August 2009<br />Grand total<br />42 People<br />
    11. 11. 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 />OVER 8,000<br />Unique Friends<br />
    12. 12. Tools <br /><br />Distributed Lists<br />Twitter<br />Ning<br />
    13. 13.<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 />
    14. 14. 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 />
    15. 15. Twitter<br /><br />Pros<br /><ul><li>Instantaneous
    16. 16. Conversational
    17. 17. Great Search tools</li></ul>Cons<br /><ul><li>Overwhelming
    18. 18. Too Fast
    19. 19. Too many conversations
    20. 20. A lot of ‘junk’
    21. 21. You miss things when you aren’t online</li></ul><br />
    22. 22. 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 />
    23. 23. More Basic Tips<br />Re-Tweet the ideas of others<br />@<username> - respond to others, have conversations<br />Use Hashtags<br />#followfriday(#ff)– suggest people to follow<br />#teacher, #principal<br />#tie10 – hashtag for this conference<br />#edchat – Video<br />Use groups<br />Skip the celebrities… <br />
    24. 24. 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 />
    25. 25. 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 />
    26. 26. 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
    27. 27. More moderated
    28. 28. Persistent
    29. 29. Totally self contained</li></ul>Cons<br /><ul><li>Ning is converting to a pay service.</li></ul><br />
    30. 30. Imagine…<br />Having someone there for you when you need it… at any time, any where.<br />You had access to inexpensive, but powerful professional development<br />
    31. 31. 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. ~Albert Einstein<br />
    32. 32. References<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 />Hopkins, David. "Twitter Tips: for Teachers & Educators." eLearning Blog Don't Waste Your Time. David Hopkins, 09 MAY 2009. Web. 13 Apr 2010.<br />Roscorla, Tanya. "5 Reasons Why Educators Should Network." Converge Magazine. e.Republic Inc, 22 Jan 2010. Web. 17 Apr 2010. <br />
    33. 33. Attributions – All images used under a Creative Commons License<br />Slide #1- “Growing A Rope” by Tinkerbrad<br />Slide #3 –”Young Tree” by aaron_language<br />Slide #19 – ‘holding hands’ by JonathanCohen<br />Slide # 25 – ‘alpacas’ by lamazone,<br />
    34. 34. Alpacas<br />