Social media for social learning

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Darim Online webinar, Social Media for Social Learning, facilitated by Caren Levine, Director of the Learning Network, February 22, 2011

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Social media for social learning

  1. 1. Social Media for Social Learning: Developing Your Professional Learning Network Caren Levine caren@darimonline.org twitter: DarimOnline, jlearn20
  2. 2. How do you define a PLN?
  3. 3. A few definitions… (it’s all personal…) A PLN is a system for lifelong learning - Judith Epcke and Scott Meech http://bit.ly/fAgI9T a group of people who can guide your learning, point you to learning opportunities, answer your questions, and give you the benefit of their own knowledge and experience. - Daniel R. Tobin http://bit.ly/fZkDXl Personal Learning Networks consist of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from in a Personal Learning Environment . An important part of this concept is the theory of connectivism developed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes . Learners create connections and develop a network that contributes to their professional development and knowledge. [1] The learner does not have to know these people personally or ever meet them in person. [2] - Wikipedia http://bit.ly/ebSzjG
  4. 4. Social Learning <ul><li>“Free range learning” </li></ul><ul><li>PLUS social media </li></ul>Cross et al: Working Smarter
  5. 5. Credit: Alec Couros
  6. 6. Credit: Alec Couros
  7. 7. Connected Learning: Personal Learning Networks <ul><li>Social learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer to peer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-organizing around interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customizable </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning environments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference calls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webinars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs, Wikis, Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IM, Skype </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elearning platforms, immersive (virtual) worlds, mobile </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. David Warlick: http://bit.ly/i30DnO One Man’s Ecosystem
  9. 9. Personal Learning Networks: Professional Learning in the Connected Age <ul><li>Listening, pulse taking </li></ul><ul><li>Find others with similar interests </li></ul><ul><li>Engage with others; influencers </li></ul><ul><li>Crowdsource – ask your community </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to professional network </li></ul><ul><li>Grow your reputation in a field </li></ul><ul><li>Develop new skills, learn the culture </li></ul><ul><li>Become a resource for your community </li></ul><ul><li>Model for your students and colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>… .What’s YOUR rationale? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Who’s In YOUR PLN? What’s YOUR ecosystem?
  11. 11. Why Social Bookmark? <ul><li>Personal Learning Network </li></ul><ul><li>Information organizer </li></ul><ul><li>Repository - resources stored online (archives) </li></ul><ul><li>Identify like-minded people </li></ul><ul><li>Identify additional resources </li></ul><ul><li>Develop personal library of online resources </li></ul><ul><li>Community Learning Network </li></ul><ul><li>Information gathering and knowledge sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Create community resource lists </li></ul><ul><li>Develop community library / network of online resources </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to community “tags” </li></ul>
  12. 12. http://www.delicious.com/jlearn2.0 Putting the Social in Bookmarking Where it Gets Interesting…
  13. 13. You Are Not Alone Create a Network
  14. 14. Tag – You’re It! Subscribe to Tags (key words) Follow “key words” on delicious
  15. 15. Home Delivery Information Delivered to Your Doorstep Feed – notification of updated content
  16. 16. Getting Organized: Aggregators and RSS Feeds Google Alerts
  17. 17. Why Social Network? <ul><li>Personal Learning Network </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain relationships with friends and colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Develop new connections and contacts </li></ul><ul><li>“ Strength of weak ties” – infusion of new ideas and innovations </li></ul><ul><li>Ambient awareness; listening; other ways of knowing </li></ul><ul><li>Community Learning Network </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain relationships with current, future, and former members </li></ul><ul><li>Develop potential relationships and members </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration and problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Social capital – active connections </li></ul><ul><li>Make the invisible or implicit, visible or explicit </li></ul><ul><li>“ Strength of weak ties” - – infusion of new ideas and innovations </li></ul><ul><li>“ Pull” – people and resources as needed; networks based on passions and interests </li></ul><ul><li>Ambient awareness; listening; other ways of knowing </li></ul>Credit: Patti Anklam, Net Work: A Practical Guide to Creating and Sustaining Networks at Work and in the World
  18. 18. http://bit.ly/falvud
  19. 20. ## Hashtags ##
  20. 21. Lists: Create and Follow
  21. 22. Telling Your Story: Twitter Example <ul><li>Profile “Brand You” </li></ul><ul><li>Choose your Twitter ID/ handle (not too long) </li></ul><ul><li>Bio in 160 characters (“personal haiku;” elevator pitch) </li></ul><ul><li>Link to your blog, website, LinkedIn profile, cv </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Add Twitter ID to email signature, business cards, blogs, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Visual Narrative </li></ul><ul><li>Profile picture </li></ul><ul><li>Customize your background </li></ul>
  22. 23. Telling Your Story <ul><li>Voice and Action </li></ul><ul><li>Casual </li></ul><ul><li>Establish credibility and trust </li></ul><ul><li>Reciprocity, attribution, value </li></ul><ul><li>Determine audience, goals </li></ul><ul><li>Listen </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from others </li></ul><ul><li>Practice, experiment, be playful </li></ul>
  23. 24. Strategies: Creating Your Network <ul><li>Curating and serendipity </li></ul><ul><li>Embrace diversity </li></ul><ul><li>“ Circle of the Wise” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Beth Kanter: http:// bit.ly/gKLxuz </li></ul></ul>Flickr credit: cobalt123
  24. 25. Strategies: Network Weaving <ul><li>Connecting </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing resources and ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying patterns and gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling </li></ul>Flickr credit: weesen
  25. 26. Strategies: Time http://bit.ly/fJHqSt Credit: Aliza Sherman
  26. 27. Strategies: Time Aliza Sherman’s 15 Minute Twitter Strategy <ul><li>5 Minutes: Listen, Retweet </li></ul><ul><li>5 Minutes: Listen, Respond </li></ul><ul><li>5 Minutes: Promote, With Care </li></ul>http://bit.ly/hmp4yy Flickr credit: alancleaver
  27. 28. You Rung? What’s Your Style?
  28. 30. What are YOUR next steps? What would YOU like to try? What’s YOUR PLaN?

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