Proejct PLN: September Issue 1


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This month's issue is all about PLNs.

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Proejct PLN: September Issue 1

  1. 1. Magazine search Log In Make your own magazine. projectpln10 Magazine Tweet Fan Mail Subscribers Add Subscription Why Project PLN? The PLN is growing. Everyday, more and more teachers are joining the conversation, it is exciting. Twitter, #edchat, Facebook, blogs, and other social media outlets have given teachers a chance to share their ideas with the world. These teachers are making education better for everyone. Project PLN wants to help bring these ideas together in one place. Once a month, Project PLN will collect some of the best posts on a designated topic and produce a magazine. This magazine will be available in PDF format as well as online. Project PLN aims to spread the word about the wonderful things happening in eduction and this first issue is PLNs: Find What Works For You - Steven dedicated to all the wonderful people that make up the PLN. This magazine is truly written by teachers, for Anderson teachers. There is a big push in education for educators to form or to have a personal learning network; a group of other professionals that There is no cost for creating Project PLN and there is no you call upon for answers to our burning educational questions, charge for reading it. Ideas are free and we intend to keep for mentoring and for just someone else to talk to about our it that way. We promise to provide the best posts out there profession. Many times when we talk about PLNs, we talk about to help every teacher around the world. Feel free to forward the digital one. I am a big user and advocate of Twitter. I think this link, download the PDF and email to your staff, link to it is, hands-down, one of the best ways to connect with other your site, or whatever you want to do with Project PLN. This educators from around the world and have some really deep and is your magazine. meaningful conversations. But I wonder, are we pushing too much the use of the digital PLN? Now, before you go thinking I Project PLN will be on the look out for great am losing my mind I am not. I still believe that educators should posts and teachers to feature in the magazine, use things like Twitter and other social networks to create, on our Facebook page, on Twitter and any other communicate and collaborate with colleagues. But I just wonder, social media we can get our hands on. We think what about the face-to-face relationships. Aren't those equally that there are many teachers out there with as important? amazing things to say and our goal is to give I have a great group of people in my school and district that I you to voices in the PLN you may not be familiar am lucky I get to work with on a daily basis. I see these people with yet. regularly and consider them valuable members of my PLN. There If you have any questions, please feel free to are others that I know virtually that I feel equally about but contact us at,, many I have never met face-to-face. In both of these situations @ProjectPLN or our Facebook page. I feel like I get some major value out of my relationships. Everyone I follow on Twitter adds value to my learning. Everyone Thanks for your support and we can't wait to hear what you I retweet, mention, follow,and engage with adds value to me on have to say! both a professional and a personal level. But on the flip side, the face-2-face, professional relationships I have with Nick and Kelly colleagues at school are meaningful and add value to my Project PLN learning also. I find siting together, conversing, working through Clip Content | Comments (0) problems, also helps stretch my thinking, just like my digital PLN does. 10 Ways to Help Students And then there is the argument about "knowing" who you are Develop a PLN - Edna Sackson talking to. There was a very interesting post earlier this year Page 1 / 10
  2. 2. from Scott McLeod about how you never really know that person There has been some discussion lately about the precise meaning of sitting next to you at a conference. While you might think the term PLN. I m not sure why it matters actually. Like any other someone is a rockstar they might really beat their kids or drink word in the dictionary (!), it has more than one definition and might too much. Yeah, you might not really know that person sitting mean different things to different people next to you. But. Isn't there some level of trust that we place in the people we meet and get to "know" through social media? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I know there are certain people in my PLN that if I need something, even if it is personal and in no way educational, I can call upon. Can't the same be said about face-2-face relationships. I am sure we all know a situation where a person acted one way in school and you later found out they weren't what you thought they were. That is the nature of relationships, period. Unless you are married (and maybe not even then) or related, you might not ever know everything there is to know about a person. But are those reasons enough to prefer one type of PLN over the other? I just wonder...when we are talking to teachers about collaborating and growing our network, are we jumping right in and showing them Twitter or Nings or other social networks? Or are we taking the time to tell them that they already have a network of professional learners that they collaborate with (hopefully) everyday? I love my digital PLN. The connections there are some that I feel will last as long as my career. But I love, too, my face-to-face relationships and the professional My PLN is my personal learning network . It comprises the people I connections I make mean a lot to me. learn with and from, some face-to-face and others online, As you are either starting to build your PLN or have a well share with me, support me and collaborate with me. They argue with established one, I think it is important to find a good balance. me, question me and force me to clarify my ideas. Wherever they The digital PLN is, I believe, crucial to the success of a modern are, whether I have met them in person or not, these people are part day educator. But I also believe in the power of face-to-face, of my PLN. professional relationships. Remember, your colleagues don't have to be in your digital PLN. While I would love to have all my the old way to relinquish control and teachers on Twitter or using other forms of social media I know allow kids to take responsibility for their own learning, students too several just will not, and for me that is ok. However, they are still very brilliant educators, that I can learn lots with and from boss of learning , students need the skills and and they are definitely members of my face-to-face PLN. opportunities to learn from and with a wider network of people. How do we help students develop their own PLN s? I think generally when Bottom line, find what works for you, but, find something. people are clearly great at developing such networks themselves! What educators 10 ways to support students in developing a PLN Start simply 1. Arrange the tables in groups. Steven Anderson holds a Bachelors of Science in Middle Grades Mathematics and Science Education from Western Carolina University and a Master of Arts In Provide opportunities for students to engage with their in-class PLN. Education In Instructional Technology from East Carolina University. He is currently persuing an Add-On Licsenure in Administration from Appalachian collaboration. Set tasks that allow students to construct meaning State University. Steven began teaching in 2003 the Gateway Prep. Academy at together with their PLN. the Kennedy Learning Center in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in Winston-Salem, NC. There he worked with 7th and 8th grade students who were 2. Let them talk. more than 2 years off of grade level in the hopes they could return to their regular school to be successful. He then moved to Clemmons Middle School in Don t do all the talking. Don the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools where he taught 7th and 8th grade directly to each other. Even if it s a frontal lesson where you need to Science for 5 years. He was part of a pilot program that "looped" his 7th and 8th explain new material, allow 5 minutes here and there for them to talk grade students. While at Clemmons he served as Team Leader, Grade-Level it through amongst themselves. Use thinking routines like Think, pair, Chairman, Department Chairman, School Improvement Team Member and share . School Improvement Team Chairman. He left Clemmons Middle to serve as the District Instructional Technologist for Stokes County Schools. There, he was 3. Be part of their PLN. responsible for all technology professional development programs in the district. In January, 2010, he returned to Clemmons Middle School as the Instructional Technologist, working with teachers and students on technology integration. He learning. Learn with and from your students. Don t pretend to know all has been a presenter at several area technology conferences and meetings t including NCTIES, North Carolina's largest educational technology conference. overplan. Explore and investigate with your students. Most recently he was selected to be a panelist at the #140 Conference in Los Angeles, organized by Vonage founder, Jeff Pulver, where he discusses the 4. Promote an out-of-class PLN. impact of Twitter and other social media on education. As part of the conference he was one of the first recipient NOW Award, recognizing the "Movers and Let them work with students from other classes. Provide cross level Shakers" in the world of Social Media. He will return to the #140 Conference in opportunities. Arrange electives that allow collaboration across grade 2010 as a featured speaker, this time in New York City. Also in 2009 Steven was levels. Organize learning experiences that involve other teachers. Most Influential Tweeter Edublog awards was a co-recipent of the Most Influential Series of Tweets for his part in helping 5. Flatten classroom walls. to create #edchat, a weekly education discussion on Twitter that boosts over 500 Page 2 / 10
  3. 3. weekly participants. classes learning about the same issues to debate with on Skype. Steven teaching by forming a support group for First Year Teachers from around the 6. Learn from experts. professionals at conferences, workshops and meetings around the state. In the Fall of 2008 he Invite speakers from your local community. Bring in people from joined the Classroom 2.0 Ning and joined Twitter in Feb. 2009 anywhere in the world via Skype. Encourage students to pursue their as web20classroom where he continues everyday to grow as an educator and build his PLN. He is currently working with staff at Clemmons Middle School on online. a Personal Learning Network project where teachers, administrators, and other school leaders are beginning to build their PLN's through the use of Social 7. Encourage conversation with family. Networking tools. Invite parents to share in the learning, in person, or by commenting Comments (0) and siblings. Send student questions and wonderings that haven t 21 Resources About Personal Learning been addressed in class, home for discussion. Networks (PLNs)- Shelly Terrell 8. Learn through blogging. For the past year, I have researched the what, who, when, how, and why of from Personal/Professional/Passionate Learning Networks (PLNs). We have seen the other schools and in other countries to get their students to comment. benefits of the people we choose to connect, collaborate, and problem solve Get your kids to read and comment on other class blogs. Develop a with through social media. The educators, subject matter experts (SMEs), conversation. Develop a relationship. authors, and mentors we choose to derive knowledge from help us self-reflect on our methodologies and beliefs. They support us, remember our birthdays, 8. Focus on communication. celebrate our accomplishments, and stir within us a passion to improve the status quo. Many might argue we are an echo chamber, but I don t really believe Whoever s in your PLN, you need to know how to communicate. this. I know that within one year of connecting with a PLN I have jump started Listening is just as important as speaking. Teach them that it isn t so many projects at my own institute. A few examples include- my five-year-old always about you. Model consideration and mutual respect within a students have connected with others from other countries, we use technology PLN. with the English language learners regularly at my institute, and we Skype. We also have added many new courses and wikis along with these classes. We give 9. Define the student s PLN. workshops about technology to parents and educators. The students love the technology, are improving their English skills at faster rates, and are motivated Increase awareness that learning doesn t belong only at by using technology. I am excited, because I know that I am preparing them school them to think about who they learn from and with. Get adequately for their world of globalization and information and communication them to create a mind-map showing their personal learning network. technologies (ICTs). By preparing them I know I am actively making a difference the network grows. in the future. As an educator my goal is to send forth my students skilled and armed with knowledge to better, not burden the world. 10. This one s yours! A community raises a child! Yes, I do believe this, which is why I am passionate about PLNs. My PLN helps me be a better educator and prepare my students How can we support our students in building a personal learning daily. They feed me experience, knowledge, and support 24 hours a day/ 7 days network? a week. Therefore, I hope you take time to bookmark these various resources, share them with other educators through workshops and presentations, and spread the message of PLNs. Edna is a teacher and a learner in a PYP school, Research about PLNs work on her blog What Ed Said. Below are several resources I have collected about the history of PLNs, how to build a PLN, and the tools needed to build a PLN. Please scroll down and take a Clip Content | Comments (0) look at these resources and see if they can be an addition to a future presentation. We Connect Wiki- This wiki is full of videos, Wallwishers, Wikipedia articles, and more that help educators find the resources to build a PLN. You will find all the materials listed in this post there as well as at least 50 other links to video tutorials, step-by-step guides, lists of people to follow, and more to help any educator new or old to this concept build a PLN. Wikipedia article about PLNs- This article explains the history and theory behind PLNs. Do you know where the term developed, the theory behind PLNs, who are the forerunners of the PLN movement? Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age by George Siemens- Siemens is noted as one of the forerunners behind the PLN movement. In this article, Siemens discusses the theory behind PLNs. This is one of the most important articles behind the PLN movement. Origins of the Term Personal Learning Network by Stephen Downes- Downes is another forerunner of the PLN movement and connectivism. In this post, he delineates the origins of the term. The People of a PLN - Kyle Pace Page 3 / 10
  4. 4. A PLN, or Personal learning Network, is a great way to get The Art & Technique of Personal Learning Networks by David Warlick- Warlick globally connected to thousands and thousands of defines PLN in easily understood terms, explains how the process works, and educators all over the world. The medium used is Twitter provides several articles for more information. and it never ceases to amaze me the learning and collaboration that is happening 24/7/365. I've said it once, PLN posts on Teacher Reboot Camp- Read several of my posts about PLNs and and I'll say it again, "You cannot buy this kind of the type of learning they provide. You will also find posts like, PLNs, Where Do professional development." What's even better is that We Begin?, to help you relate the concept to educators who have never there's something for everyone. Teachers, counselors, experienced this before. administrators, instructional technology specialists, special education teachers, , music teachers, ESL/ELL teachers; you name it and you can find like minded educators to connect with. However, this made me think of all the people I have come to know as professionals. It's the people that make this great. Plain and simple. <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[endif]--> I have talked with many of you so many times via Twitter, Google Docs, Skype, and email. We have collaborated together, created together, and learned from each other. It's so cool that I have been able to connect with so many people over the last 2 1/2 years. There's been much sharing, much humor, and much camaraderie. I am thankful for every bit of it. <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]-- Video It's important not to forget the people side of having a PLN. Whether we're using Twitter, a resource like The Why Do We Connect? from Shelly Terrell on Vimeo. Educator's PLN, or connecting via one of the countless other mediums, it's the people that make this work, not the technology. Does the technology make it easier? Absolutely! This is the real-time web! It's a living, breathing, thriving force! Don't underestimate its potential to bring change and be a true catalyst for a revolution in education and professional development. However, it's the people who will initiate it. <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]-- So, where do you start you ask? Well, get to and get your account created of course! As a suggestion, be sure to have a short bio and profile pic ready to go when you create your account. So that way when you start following others (whenever someone starts following you receive an email notifying you) they can see 1) what you look like and 2) know that you re an educator and are building your PLN. <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]-- --[endif]--> So, who do I find people to follow you ask? Well I ll tell you how I started. I can remember two of the very first people I started following. I had seen both of these excellent educational technology leaders present at workshops and conferences. They are David Warlick and Tony Vincent. I then began to think, well I know they have got to be following some great people. This is another great thing about Twitter. I could look at the list of educators that these two gentlemen were following. This gave me loads more people to begin my PLN journey. My friend Beth Still has also put together a list she likes to call Instant PLN . Be sure and check it out here. It s an amazing list of people to follow if you are just beginning your PLN journey. If you link your Twitter account to the TweepML service, you can follow groups of people all at once rather than visit each of their Twitter pages individually and click the Follow button on each one. Quite the handy tool! <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]-- --[endif]--> If you d like to find educators to connect with more specifically by subject or grade level, be sure to check out my friend Gina Hartman s wiki she created called Twitter4Teachers. You can find other educators in virtually How to build a PLN? from Elena Elliniadou on Vimeo. every subject area. Just please pay it forward and add your information as well to your specific content area. <!--[if !supportEmptyParas]-- --[endif]--> Needless to say, there are some amazing people to connect with for professional development, collaboration, and to extend the 4 walls of your classroom. As I said earlier, though, it s these people and their amazing ability as educators that make it worth my time. I think you should make it worth yours too. If I can help you in any way please do not hesitate to contact me via Twitter or the contact form on my website. Page 4 / 10
  5. 5. My full-time job is as an instructional technology specialist for a school teaching elementary school to now teaching teachers how to successfully integrate technology into their instruction. I have experience with internet safety, SMART Board interactive whiteboards, eInstruction s Classroom Performance System, social networking such as Delicious, Facebook, Twitter, web design, and many popular Web 2.0 Tools. I want to help teachers move their teaching into the 21st century with proven strategies that will engage today s 21st century student as well as differentiate their instruction. I want to help teachers not feel intimidated by technology, but to gradually embrace it and feel more confident using it by providing continual support. I provide well- planned, engaging professional development. In January 2009, I entered a new venture when the book I co- authored, Integrating Technology with Music Instruction (see right), was published. Greg Foreman, my co-author, colleague, and friend proposed the idea to me based on the close work I have done with the music department in the school book was published by Alfred Publishing in Van Nuys, CA. Learning Network Please be sure to check out my Curriculum Vitae to find out Personal Learning Networks - the what, why and how from darren elliott on Vimeo. information about my current work experience. I can be reached via my contact form if you have any other questions. Thanks, Comments (0) Pre Connecting in a Globalized World through Social Media Page 5 / 10
  6. 6. View more presentations from Shelly Terrell. Constructing a PLN View more presentations from Richard Byrne. Twitter for your PLN Public on Prezi Interactive Multimedia Page 6 / 10
  7. 7. Creating a Personal Learning Network View more presentations from Corinne Weisgerber. built by John on March 16, 2010 17 posts so far What my PLN means to me! Created by @joevans John says Joel says My PLN con What a great idea! This will educational l ransomtech says help me to better connect to pedagogy, t my students! (whether they Having a network of like- of educatio like it or not!) minded and not so like-minded Mar 16, 2010 professionals both supports me Mar 16, 2010 and challenges me like none Lynzee says amckiel says other. Gr8 way to stay informed...Your filter. I am learning about PLN .. very My PLN puts interesting of my own ci Mar 16, 2010 24/7 and has Mar 16, 2010 establish man that wouldn' dougpete says LindaA says Mar 16, 2010 My network provides me with a non-stop educational and My PLN includes people who Steve M. say social consciousness stream of are willing to disagree with information, opinion and me. They help me to refine My PLN has all resources. I can't imagine my ideas -- and sometimes to expand my le learning without it. change my mind entirely. proportions. Embed this Build your own wall Mar 16, 2010 Mar 16, 2010 Mar 16, 2010 built by dlourcey on June 24, 2010 23 posts so far Getting Started with a PLN Provide a tip for principals, superintendents, and other leaders to create an Steven A. says Lizahnya s Give it time and spend time Find a men From Tampa says doing it. It will not happen aren't tech overnight and you have to Chiming in from Florida, Using with twitt spend time cultivating it. twitter with a quick #edtech questions a Believe me, once it gets going search will kickstart your PLN! discourage it will be awesome! Jun 25, 2010 to help or Jun 24, 2010 Jun 24, 2010 Kathy N says I started following one person Page 7 / 10
  8. 8. who I knew was someone I Melissa s respected and then followed Having a another person that she knowled followed who had great ideas is a great and I'm up to 22... EKEndriss says you woul Jun 25, 2010 Search interests to find blogs otherwis worth following. Subscribe to ideas. their a sticky Post feeds and follow links and Embed this Build your own wall 201 Jun 24, subscribe to more feeds. Shelly teaches English to children, teen, and adult You can read more of Shelly's work on her blog Teacher Reboot Camp. Comments (0) The Networked Teacher - Alec Couros Comments (0) Sitting Next to the Smart Kids- Amanda Dykes When people always ask me why I use Twitter or have a PLN my first response is because it is like sitting next to the smart kids in class. m talking about, there is always that group of smarties and sitting next to them up I was the head cheerleader with ADHD so people sat next to me for a whole different reason to socialize. But by the end of high school I figured out if I was going to go to the private college of my choice I the smart kids, the ones that were not as cool, but I liked them, they taught me only the smart kids. my favorite year. I still have that mindset, hang out with people you not only can have fun with thing I am taking away with me from #ISTE10 is how important collaboration really is. Last post was about creativity, but I think collaboration backs up the quest to creatively produce something. the teacher as well a push for doing more than just the bare minimum. even one session I was bored to death so opened up the backchannel to a session I wished I had chosen, I was learning from my PLN when not even the backchannel was during the PLN session when people from all over the country were participating in the conversation about their PLN. Page 8 / 10
  9. 9. We talk so much about how important our PLN is to us. We use backchannels, blogs, and twitter to share our ideas, but stop short from giving our students are learning as they learn t that what takes on a whole new level when it is done with others. Collaboration needs to be more than just group work even though working in they share ideas and thoughts at any time. My biggest challenge I think will be setting up rules and procedures for this. in any event in MS kids can just be mean and weird. I plan on using this different type of collaboration much more next students need the opportunity to sit next to the smart kids or even better BE THE SMART KID! Amanda is a sixth grade teacher who is passionate about education and Upside Down Education. Comments (0) Next month: Best Practices The start of the school year can be crazy for teachers, so we would like everyone to share how they manage the start of school. These could be posts about classroom organization and management or fun lessons that get the students ready for the rest of the year. If you have a post you would like to see published in the October issue of Project PLN, you can do so in a few ways. You can tweet out your post using the hashtag #ProjectPLN, you can email it to us directly at or you can post a link on our Facebook page. The deadline for the October issue is Saturday October 2. For those of you who like to plan ahead, the November issue is going to focus on the Administration side of education. If you are an Administrator, we would love to feature your posts. We will have more details in October. We look forward to reading all about your best practices. Comments (0) Would you like to comment? Add Comment Page 9 / 10
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