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7 Easy Steps for Creating Your Own PLN


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Seven easy steps for setting up your own Personal Learning Network! Get Web 2.0 saavy, meet fellow educators, learn and get connected online!

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7 Easy Steps for Creating Your Own PLN

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  2. What is a PLN?
  3. P ersonal L earning N etwork
  4. Your PLN includes all the different people and websites you use in order to collaborate, communicate and learn. From social networking to bookmarking, the avenues of sharing ideas across the web are vast!
  5. Who needs a PLN?
  6. Anybody who wants to learn and teach others in a web community. This is particularly useful for people in the field of education who want to discuss and improve the ways they incorporate web 2.0 practices in the classroom.
  7. OK... where do I start?
  8. Micro- 1 Blogging Twitter, Gmail Buzz, etc
  9. 1. Micro-Blogging • Fast and easy way to communicate ideas • News and blog post updates • Arranged by most recent hierarchal order
  10. 1. Micro-Blogging your website here
  11. 1. Micro-Blogging search for relevant twitter topics
  12. 1. Micro-Blogging DO: Follow like-minded people and share your relevant news/blog posts DON'T: Give out useless information or use an unprofessional tone
  13. Blogging 2 & RSS Blogger, Wordpress, TypePad
  14. 2. Blogging & RSS • Write your own and establish yourself as an authority • Subscribe to RSS feeds • Contribute to discussions
  15. 2. Blogging & RSS
  16. 2. Blogging & RSS DO: Blog on relevant topics to your profession or hobbies DON'T: Use it for personal rants or arguments
  17. 3 Social Bookmarking Delicious and Diigo
  18. 3. Social Bookmarking • Share great websites and find great resources • Annotate and tag websites for easy searches and discussion
  19. 3. Social Bookmarking organize with tags & groups
  20. 3. Social Bookmarking DO: Keep organized DON'T: Forget to tag and annotate or you'll have trouble finding things later
  21. Podcasts & 4 Webinars iTunes, YouTube, Slideshare, Animoto
  22. 4. Podcasts & Webinars • Watch, listen and learn, then make your own • Save and subscribe to channels and users • Establish yourself as an authority
  23. 4. Podcasts & Webinars
  24. 4. Podcasts & Webinars DO: Share with colleagues in presentations DON'T: Commercialize your podcast/webinar with product endorsements
  25. Wikis & 5 NINGs
  26. 5. Wikis & NINGs • Make a profile and join an online community • Specific to your own interests and profession • Many NINGs let you have your own blog
  27. 5. Wikis & NINGs
  28. 5. Wikis & NINGs DO: Join and contribute to forums and discussions DON'T: Spam people with business solicitations
  29. 6 Chat iChat, AIM, Skype, Gmail Chat
  30. 6. Chat • Communicate quickly and for free • Video or type chat • Send images and video
  31. 6. Chat Hi! How’s your new fundraiser going? Oh, just great! The kids really love it!
  32. 6. Chat DO: Keep in touch with old colleagues DON'T: Talk to strangers or give out personal information online
  33. 7 Photo Sharing Flickr, Picasa
  34. 7. Photo Sharing • Share photos and annotate them • Great learning resource
  35. 7. Photo Sharing
  36. 7. Photo Sharing DO: Visit the Library of Congress archives for amazing archive photos DON'T: Upload other people's photos or those protected by copyright
  37. Links to get you started...
  38. If you're interested in learning more about PLN websites, check out our Fundraising PLN here: Another great resource is The Educators PLN:
  39. Believe Kids Fundraising This presentation created by Believe Kids Fundraising, for more information visit