Developing Personal Learning NetworksUsing RSS Feeds<br />Betsy MacDonald<br />ECA – Caracas, Venezuela<br />
Personal Learning Network (PLN)<br /><ul><li>Facilitate professional growth:
Read & share ideas with peers
Discover trends & innovations
Connect with others to collaborate and interact
Follow educational technology leaders</li></li></ul><li>PLN Web 2.0 Tools<br /><ul><li>Blogs
Micro-Blogs
Social bookmarking sites
Online communities
Wikis
Podcasts
Webinars</li></li></ul><li>Micro-Blogs<br /><ul><li>Follow other teachers
Receive and share ideas and links
Converse in 140 characters or less
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Personal Learning Networks - Part I, Subscribing to RSS Feeds

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Basic introduction to Personal Learning Networks. What is a PLN? What Web 2.0 tools are used? What are each of those tools? Starting your own PLN by finding blogs to follow and learning how to subscribe to them using an RSS reader (aggregator)

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Personal Learning Networks - Part I, Subscribing to RSS Feeds

  1. 1. Developing Personal Learning NetworksUsing RSS Feeds<br />Betsy MacDonald<br />ECA – Caracas, Venezuela<br />
  2. 2. Personal Learning Network (PLN)<br /><ul><li>Facilitate professional growth:
  3. 3. Read & share ideas with peers
  4. 4. Discover trends & innovations
  5. 5. Connect with others to collaborate and interact
  6. 6. Follow educational technology leaders</li></li></ul><li>PLN Web 2.0 Tools<br /><ul><li>Blogs
  7. 7. Micro-Blogs
  8. 8. Social bookmarking sites
  9. 9. Online communities
  10. 10. Wikis
  11. 11. Podcasts
  12. 12. Webinars</li></li></ul><li>Micro-Blogs<br /><ul><li>Follow other teachers
  13. 13. Receive and share ideas and links
  14. 14. Converse in 140 characters or less
  15. 15. Use any of the following tools:
  16. 16. Twitter
  17. 17. Plurk
  18. 18. Tumblr</li></li></ul><li>Social Bookmarking Sites<br /><ul><li>Store ‘favorites’ or ‘bookmarks’ online
  19. 19. Available from any computer
  20. 20. Tag to categorize
  21. 21. Share your own & explore others’
  22. 22. Popular bookmarking services:
  23. 23. Del.icio.us
  24. 24. Digg
  25. 25. Diigo (dEEgo)</li></li></ul><li>Online Communities<br /><ul><li>Social networks customized for education
  26. 26. Join to connect with like-minded teachers
  27. 27. Participate in discussions and forums
  28. 28. Receive news of webinars
  29. 29. Explore many reputable communities:
  30. 30. Classroom 2.0
  31. 31. ISTE Ning
  32. 32. NextGen Teachers</li></li></ul><li>Wikis<br /><ul><li>Collaboratively create and edit web pages
  33. 33. Participate in discussions & live conversations
  34. 34. Join special interest groups
  35. 35. Find a Wiki that fits you:
  36. 36. Classroom 2.0 Wiki
  37. 37. Webtools4U2Use
  38. 38. Educational Wikis</li></li></ul><li>Podcasts<br /><ul><li>Series of digital files released as episodes
  39. 39. Listen on demand or subscribe
  40. 40. Podcatcher=collects and delivers podcasts
  41. 41. Visit one of many sites:
  42. 42. iTunes U
  43. 43. EdTechTalk
  44. 44. Tech Talk 4 Teachers
  45. 45. The Education Podcast Network (EPN)</li></li></ul><li>Webinars<br /><ul><li>Web conference for presenting material
  46. 46. Some offer opportunity to interact
  47. 47. Tune in live or watch archived footage
  48. 48. Several good sources:
  49. 49. Classroom 2.0 LIVE
  50. 50. Education Week Webinars
  51. 51. Elluminate
  52. 52. Teachers.tv ( )</li></ul>Technically not a webinar, but an excellent video resource<br />
  53. 53. Blogs & RSS Feeds<br /><ul><li>RSS=Really Simple Syndication
  54. 54. Allows you to subscribe to blogs
  55. 55. Read what others are doing
  56. 56. Stay updated on trends & innovations
  57. 57. Subscribe via an RSS reader (aggregators):
  58. 58. Google Reader
  59. 59. Bloglines
  60. 60. Pageflakes</li></li></ul><li>Using Google Reader<br /><ul><li>Add a Subscription
  61. 61. Paste a feed URL or search
  62. 62. Manage Subscriptions
  63. 63. Unsubscribe, create folders & tags
  64. 64. Home
  65. 65. Shows new postings
  66. 66. Suggests Top Recommendations
  67. 67. Search box searches all blogs completely</li></li></ul><li>Reading Blog Posts<br />Blog Post in Google Reader<br />Blog Post in the Blog<br />
  68. 68. Alternatives to Online Aggregators<br /><ul><li>Receive posts as email
  69. 69. Look for a Subscribe by Email link
  70. 70. Tabbloid (www.tabbloid.com)
  71. 71. Sends a .pdf to your email address of all your chosen feeds
  72. 72. RSSOwl (www.rssowl.org)
  73. 73. Desktop reader - looks like Outlook but gets blog posts instead of email
  74. 74. Flock (www.flock.com)
  75. 75. A social network browser that has a built-in reader</li></li></ul><li>Getting Started with Aggregators<br /><ul><li>Setting up an Aggregator
  76. 76. Google Reader
  77. 77. http://www.google.com/reader
  78. 78. Sign in or Sign up
  79. 79. Finding blogs to follow
  80. 80. http://betsymac.edublogs.org
  81. 81. PLN Resources</li></li></ul><li>Subscribing to a Blog<br /><ul><li>Go to the blog
  82. 82. Look for and click RSS feed icon
  83. 83. On the Blog itself
  84. 84. In the address bar of Mozilla Firefox
  85. 85. In the toolbar of Internet Explorer (next to the home icon)
  86. 86. Look for this icon
  87. 87. When (if) it asks, choose ‘Add to Google Reader’</li></li></ul><li>Finding Blogs to Follow <br /><ul><li>Edublog awards highlight excellence
  88. 88. http://edublogawards.com
  89. 89. Moving Forward suggests several
  90. 90. http://movingforward.wikispaces.com/blogs
  91. 91. See my PLN Resources page
  92. 92. http://betsymac.edublogs.org/plnresources
  93. 93. Check blogrolls on your favorite blogs</li></li></ul><li>The End Beginning<br /><ul><li>Enjoy
  94. 94. Pass it on
  95. 95. See you in cyberspace</li></ul>Betsy MacDonald<br />MS IT Instructor<br />Escuela Campo Alegre<br />Caracas, Venezuela<br />betsymac@yahoo.com<br />http://betsymac.edublogs.org/<br />Silhouettes modified from images acquired here: <br />Karen Whimsey. Public Domain Images. 2009. (21 September 2009). &lt;http://karenswhimsy.com/public-domain-images&gt;<br />

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