Professional learning networks

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Professional learning networks

  1. 1. Professional Learning Networks<br />Getting Connected<br />
  2. 2. cc. Alec Couros<br />
  3. 3. cc. Alec Couros<br />
  4. 4. My Initial Reaction <br />
  5. 5. A Vision of K-12 Students Today<br />http://www.teachertube.com<br />
  6. 6. Some Key Questions:<br /><ul><li>How can I learn what I need to know to teach the students of today?
  7. 7. Are there other teachers who feel the same way I do, looking for the same information?
  8. 8. Are there resources out there I might be able to start with?</li></li></ul><li>Find a Place to Start<br /><ul><li>Find a few blogs to read/follow (lurking is a perfectly acceptable behaviour in blog circles!)</li></li></ul><li>Consider using Twitter as a Professional Tool<br /><ul><li>Begin by finding two or three like-minded educators to follow
  9. 9. The best people to start with are those who only use twitter as a professional tool. Otherwise, you may end up with too much “noise”</li></li></ul><li>There are so many options; Find one or two that are right for you and EXPLORE<br />Online Communities<br />http://www.slideshare.net/rmunkler/developing-your-pln<br />
  10. 10. Social Bookmarking<br />http://www.slideshare.net/rmunkler/developing-your-pln<br />
  11. 11. Video Conferences<br />http://www.slideshare.net/rmunkler/developing-your-pln<br />
  12. 12. <ul><li>The first goal of a PLN is to </li></ul>CONNECT<br /><ul><li>Once you get connected, you can begin to COLLABORATE and CONTRIBUTE!</li></ul>http://jdorman.wikispaces.com/ppln<br />
  13. 13. Steps to Creating a Presentation on PLNs<br /><ul><li>Looked over the PLN information on the Horizon Ubershare Wiki
  14. 14. http://ubershare.wikispaces.com/pln
  15. 15. Checked Slideshare for other presentations on the topic
  16. 16. Copied, remixed useful images/ideas
  17. 17. http://www.slideshare.net/
  18. 18. Tweeted a few questions regarding PLNs and technology tools</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Looked at resources and thoughts from colleagues on Twitter</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Checked Youtube.com for relevant videos
  19. 19. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A-ZVCjfWf8&feature=related
  20. 20. Saved and remixed images from Creative Commons
  21. 21. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/5959180907/
  22. 22. Digitally altered some of my own photos
  23. 23. Created the PowerPoint presentation
  24. 24. Blogged about the personal importance of my Professional Learning Network – Image if I had to do this all ON MY OWN!!!
  25. 25. Uploaded my PowerPoint to Slideshare, so that others may use it</li></li></ul><li>Professional Learning Networks = Breaking through Teacher Isolation towards Collaboration<br />Start small – How do you eat an elephant?<br />ONE BITE AT A TIME<br />
  26. 26. Remember – If I Can do it – ANYONE CAN<br />

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