Creating a  Personal Learning Network (PLN) 5500:475 The University of Akron
World Internet Use http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm
Internet Data Flow <ul><li>2-3 terabits of data move over the internet PER SECOND! </li></ul><ul><li>That equates to:  </l...
Your Data Stream <ul><li>With the internet, there is literally a river of data streaming past you. </li></ul><ul><li>What ...
Stages of Learning <ul><li>DATA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The information streaming past you. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>INFORMATI...
PLN Basics <ul><li>Personal Learning Network : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A group of people who can guide your learning, point ...
Learning is Open Source <ul><li>Open Source software is software that is collaboratively built. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone...
Let the Network Help You <ul><li>By utilizing many of the new, social-network oriented, Web 2.0 tools, you can ensure that...
Online Communication & Collaboration <ul><li>Just like the telegraph, telephone and television have before it, the  www  h...
Blogs and RSS <ul><li>Blogs are one of the most important components of a PLN. </li></ul><ul><li>If you take advantage of ...
Notable Edublogs <ul><li>2 Cents Worth  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/   </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dan...
RSS Feeds <ul><li>Real Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds are a spam-free, quick and efficient way to read new...
Other PLN Tools <ul><li>There are a number of other tools you can use to manage the data stream. </li></ul><ul><li>Look fo...
Twitter <ul><li>http://twitter.com   </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-blogging platform where users ” tweet ” to answer the questio...
Plurk <ul><li>www.plurk.com/   </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-blogging service that allows users to send updates “ plurks ” throu...
NING <ul><li>http://www.ning.com/   </li></ul><ul><li>Online platform for users to create their own social websites and so...
Keep in mind… <ul><li>When you utilize ANY web-based tool, you leave a cyber-trail behind you. </li></ul><ul><li>Joe Publi...
Bottom Line <ul><li>If you act in a professional manner and practice digital citizenship, both you and your PLN will benef...
Special Thanks <ul><li>Parts of this presentation have been adapted from “ Creating Your Own Personal Learning Network.” <...
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Creating a PLN

  1. 1. Creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN) 5500:475 The University of Akron
  2. 2. World Internet Use http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm
  3. 3. Internet Data Flow <ul><li>2-3 terabits of data move over the internet PER SECOND! </li></ul><ul><li>That equates to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The ENTIRE contents of the Library of Congress every 5 seconds. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ENTIRE contents of the Library of Congress moving over the internet more than 2 million times a year. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Your Data Stream <ul><li>With the internet, there is literally a river of data streaming past you. </li></ul><ul><li>What can you do with all this data? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Stages of Learning <ul><li>DATA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The information streaming past you. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>INFORMATION </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The data you pull from the river and make relevant to your life. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>KNOWLEDGE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The information you keep, apply and use personally and professionally. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>WISDOM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Combining knowledge with intuition and experience over time in a way that makes your life better. </li></ul></ul>http://www.tobincls.com/learningnetwork.htm
  6. 6. PLN Basics <ul><li>Personal Learning Network : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Daniel R. Tobin, Ph.D. </li></ul></ul>http://www.tobincls.com/learningnetwork.htm
  7. 7. Learning is Open Source <ul><li>Open Source software is software that is collaboratively built. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone has access to assist in building the software, if they have something to contribute. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No one owns it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No one takes credit for it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone gets to use it. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Traditional teaching is being updated with this Open Source philosophy. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Let the Network Help You <ul><li>By utilizing many of the new, social-network oriented, Web 2.0 tools, you can ensure that the stream of data moving past you is made up of stuff you want. </li></ul><ul><li>If you channel the river of data, you can choose wisely and efficiently the information that is useful for you, creating your own personalized stream. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Online Communication & Collaboration <ul><li>Just like the telegraph, telephone and television have before it, the www has changed the way we communicate. </li></ul><ul><li>There a many educators in the online community freely contributing knowledge and wisdom that YOU can and should take advantage of! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Blogs and RSS <ul><li>Blogs are one of the most important components of a PLN. </li></ul><ul><li>If you take advantage of RSS feeds, you can easily and effectively direct and control the stream of data flowing past you. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Notable Edublogs <ul><li>2 Cents Worth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dangerously Irrelevant </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ewan McIntosh </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://edu.blogs.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Moving at the Speed of Creativity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.speedofcreativity.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teach42.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.teach42.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Weblogg-ed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://weblogg-ed.com/ </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. RSS Feeds <ul><li>Real Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds are a spam-free, quick and efficient way to read news and weblogs. </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Readers/News Aggregators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader – free w/ Google account </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sites with RSS Feeds are easily identified by an RSS symbol. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Other PLN Tools <ul><li>There are a number of other tools you can use to manage the data stream. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for tools that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fit your learning style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Function reliably </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrate with the other tools you’re using </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Twitter <ul><li>http://twitter.com </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-blogging platform where users ” tweet ” to answer the question “What are you doing?” in 140 characters or less. </li></ul><ul><li>You can tweet from web, txt, phone or IM. </li></ul><ul><li>The people you follow and who follow you become your PLN. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Plurk <ul><li>www.plurk.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-blogging service that allows users to send updates “ plurks ” through short messages or links, which can be up to 140 text characters in length. </li></ul><ul><li>Updates are shown on the user's home page using a timeline. </li></ul>
  16. 16. NING <ul><li>http://www.ning.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Online platform for users to create their own social websites and social networks. </li></ul><ul><li>Similar to other social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone can create their own custom social network for a particular topic or need, catering to specific audiences. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Keep in mind… <ul><li>When you utilize ANY web-based tool, you leave a cyber-trail behind you. </li></ul><ul><li>Joe Public can find you on the internet and track you and/or your activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Anyone who follows your tracks should find a PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR at the end of the trail. </li></ul><ul><li>You never know who will be following you or when. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Bottom Line <ul><li>If you act in a professional manner and practice digital citizenship, both you and your PLN will benefit! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Special Thanks <ul><li>Parts of this presentation have been adapted from “ Creating Your Own Personal Learning Network.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/cgkel/creating-your-own-personal-learning-network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Used with permission from Carl Keller. </li></ul>

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