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Using Web 2.0 Tools to Build and Maintain a Personal Learning Network


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Using Web 2.0 Tools to Build and Maintain a Personal Learning Network

  1. 1. Using Web 2.0 Tools to Build and Maintain a Personal Learning Network<br />E. Gregory<br />November 27, 2009<br />Gold Trail School District Non-Instructional Day<br />
  2. 2. Do you…<br />Use email?<br />Use<br />Use Twitter?<br />Blog?<br />Have a Flickr Account?<br />Use RSS feedburners?<br />Have a facebook account?<br />Taking the temperature…<br />
  3. 3. Tim Berners- Lee invented the world wide web in the early 90s<br />Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0<br />Web 2.0 is interactive, collaborative, and user centered.<br />What is Web 2.0?<br />
  4. 4. Not a new concept<br />Learning together with others <br />‘PLN’ = Professional development + Web 2.0 tools<br />My favourite PLN tools:<br />What is a ‘Personal Learning Network’?<br />
  5. 5. My PLN in the last year:From local to global<br />The ClustrMap on my blog shows where my readers are:<br />
  6. 6. The Networked Teacher - Update October 2008 (Alec Couros)<br />
  7. 7. Will Richardson&apos;s thoughts on PLN<br /><ul><li>Understanding how to use Web 2.0 tools to extend our own learning allows us to then help our students do the same</li></ul>To learn from and with others<br />To help others learn<br />To be a better teacher<br />Why create a PLN?<br />
  8. 8. Questions?<br />Comments?<br />
  9. 9. Here comes the fun part… <br /><br />Edublogs/Blogger<br />Aggregators/RSS<br />Twitter<br />Nings/CEET/Wikis<br />Flickr<br />Time for the Web 2.0 Tools!<br />
  10. 10. Purpose: A way to organize and share favourite sites<br />Much more than saving a website to your ‘favourites’<br />Access your bookmarks from any computer<br />All sites in this presentation tagged “Nov2009NID” on<br />Social Bookmarking in Plain English<br />Social Bookmarking<br />
  11. 11.<br />Install the buttons to your toolbar<br />Use tags when you save your bookmarks<br />Start creating a network to learn from/with others<br />diigo – takes this further<br />More organization and search features<br />iPhone app<br />Sticky notes<br />Collaborative features (groups)<br />Two Main Social Bookmarking Sites:<br />
  12. 12. Much, much more than an online journal<br />‘blog’ is short for ‘weblog’<br />900,000 – average # of blog posts in a 24 hr period<br />Many free hosting sites (Edublogs, Blogger)<br />Multiple purposes:<br />To read and write<br />To think, plan and reflect <br />To gather/organize/share information<br />To explore new ideas <br />To collaborate and start/continue dialogue<br />To connect<br />To learn<br />Blogging<br />
  13. 13. The Top 200 Education Blogs<br />Blogs I Read from Just a Thought (my blog)<br />Do a Google Blog search<br />Whatever interests you!<br />Blogs to read:<br />
  14. 14. Purpose: Helps to efficiently gather information<br />Have the content you want come to you!<br />RSS in Plain English <br />Aggregates syndicated web content (blogs, podcasts, etc.) on one site for easy viewing<br />Google Reader<br />Like checking your email – check mine<br />Collaborative – you can share with others<br />Netvibes – good example Art 2.0 Blogroll<br />Pageflakes<br />Aggregators <br />
  15. 15. Twitter – 6 million users in April 2009<br />Original purpose: To answer a simple question - What are you doing right now?<br />“has blown my professional mindset wind open”<br />Limited to 140 characters<br />Very current, THE way to be connected<br />You ‘follow’ people, people ‘follow’ you<br />You can block people – check your followers<br />Can become dialogue<br />Can retweet<br />Can share links, resources, photos, etc.<br />Use an application like Tweetdeck or Twhirl<br />Microblogging<br />
  16. 16. Purpose: “to create and join social networks for your interests and passions” (<br />Nings – so many!<br />Easy to create<br />Used by teachers for pro-d and with students<br />Flat Classroom Project<br />Classroom 2.0 – over 34 000 members!<br />The Educator’s PLN<br />Art Education 2.0<br />Online Learning Communities<br />
  17. 17. CEET - Community of Expertise in Educational Technology<br />B.C. based<br />Started in the spring of 2009<br />Wikis – collaborative website with editable pages<br />Social Networking Sites<br />Facebook – 200 000 000 active users<br />More Online Communities <br />
  18. 18. Online photo management/sharing site<br />Online community – groups/collaborative<br />Every group you can think of!<br />Popular with bloggers as a photo repository<br />Creative commons licences<br />Use to search based on copyright<br />Over 4 billion images as of October 2009<br />Flickr<br />
  19. 19. Questions?<br />Comments?<br />
  20. 20. PLN Yourself by Sue Waters<br />NovNID2009 tag on<br />Observe, lurk… <br />Try, comment!<br />Read, ask for help…<br />Share, question, reflect!<br />Create, encourage!<br />Where to start?<br />
  21. 21. Just remember…<br />Face to Face (f2f) is important too!<br />Think about who you want in your PLN. My requirements…<br />Netiquette<br />Grandma Rule: If you wouldn’t say it to the nicest of grannies, don’t say it on the internet<br />Read up on these sites before you start – lots of ‘beginner tips’ or ‘newbies advice’ information out there<br />Privacy<br />Anonymous email address (gmail is great)<br />Decide on your comfort level<br />Never put any personal information online<br />Watch indirect references to locations, etc.<br />Get creative with your photo! <br />
  22. 22. Networked teacher image by Alec Couros accessed on November 26, 2009 at<br /> – accessed November 26, 2009<br />Wikipedia – accessed November 26, 2009<br /> – accessed November 26, 2009<br />References:<br />