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Social networking for educators

  1. 1.  Social networking sites  Twitter  Social bookmarking sites  Wikis  Blogs These are distinct categories that each operate in a different way, but all provide the opportunity for people to connect, comment, and share around a topic. This session, we’ll focus on social networking sites In a later session, we’ll focus on social bookmarking sites
  2. 2.  Professional Learning Network or Personal Learning Network  This term is being used in the literature as an important way that professionals connect with the wider community  Developing your own PLN involves connecting with one or more social networking tools
  3. 3.  Ability to comment publicly on a person’s “wall”  Ability to create and participate in discussion forums  Ablility to create your own subset of “friends” or “connections”  Ability to create or participate in “groups” which are subgroups of the wider network
  4. 4.  NING   LinkedIN
  5. 5. Classroom 2.0 – extremely popular NING with 50,000 members for people interested in Web 2.0 and social media in education ISTE Community NING – sponsored by the International Society for Technology in Education – a well-respected professional organization for technology integration professionals. assistivetech – started by our own Jeremy Brown – many of the nationally known names in assistive technology are found here English Companion NING- Where English Teachers Help Each Other – Actually quite relevant to all teachers. Very active network that hosts book talks and spirited discussions  Unlike other social networks, each NING stands alone and is not part of the wider network  Most popular tool for educators  Many “facebook-like” features make it familiar and easy to use
  6. 6. http://www.learncentral. org/ Join a public webinar event for free  A newer community for educators started as an offshoot of Classroom 2.0  Unique feature: members can use Elluminate Live – a webcasting tool - for free  Public events from Classroom 2.0 are hosted within Elluminate and feature nationally known speakers
  7. 7. Groups of Interest: Teacher’s Lounge Technology Integration in Education  Professional networking site often used by people looking for new jobs  Unique feature – people can get introduced to others in their field when looking for a job by utilizing their network connections  You can join group discussions around topics of interest to your profession
  8. 8.  Explore the three social networks described in this presentation  Choose 1 to join that you are not already a member of  Read a minimum of 3 forum posts in the network that you join  Report back in the discussion forum