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  • Using Social Media for Professional Learning: Seek, Sense, Share Model Social media and social networks often get a bad rap as 'time-wasters' or tools that kids use inappropriately. Yet in reality, these channels can provide relevant and useful information for professional learning in real-time. This workshop will guide you through a thoughtful exploration of these new tools as they apply to your work as a foundation program officer or staffer. ObjectivesTo understand how to design and use a simple “individual professional learning system” to keep informed of the field and grantees through online sourcesTo share some simple and efficient ways to track and capture relevant conversations and content taking place on social networksTo introduce some tools for tracking, curating, capturing, organizing, and sharing relevant information from social media and other online  http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/3265175057/
  • http://www.jarche.com/2010/10/network-learning-working-smarter/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/atomicshed/161716498/To introduce a simple framework for using networked learning for professional developmentTo identify strategies for handling privacy issues and coping with information overloadTo introduce some online tools and techniques for tracking, curating, capturing, organizing, and sharing relevant content
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/38066891@N05/5247288606/sizes/o/in/photostream/Even professions where you might assume that they would not be impacted – FARMERS!
  • In California, Ray Prock, Jr. (2010) -- a progressive dairy farmer uses blogs, Twitter, Facebook,and even a Web-based note system to store messages, manage his financial risk and stay on top of the multiple information – sources necessary to run a successful dairy farm. He is constantly learning as he works and has found a method to keep up, thanks to the Internet.
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/iowafarmbureau/3422363460/sizes/l/in/photostream/Farmers are using the Internet/Social Media to learn from one another in real time – and for marketingFarmers using TwitterMike VerSteeg, a Northwest Iowa Farmer, holds a laptop computer in a field near his farm recently. VerSteeg and other farmers are using social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Blogger to tell people about their lives on the farm.
  • In the industrial workplace, our training programs could prepare us for years of work, but much of what we learn today will be outdated in months or even weeks.http://www.flickr.com/photos/elitepete/442095833/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • Re-thinkingworkplace learning for a networked society. Our organizational structures are becoming more decentralized, with individual access to almost unlimited information, distributed work teams, and digital media that can be copied and manipulated infinitely. In the interconnected workplace, who we know and how we find information are becoming more important than what we know.Things are changing amazingly fast, and there’s so much to learn. Today’s work is all about dealing with novel situations (Cross 2010a).Jane Hart, another colleague at the Internet Time Alliance, has examined social media and learning in the context of the workplace and has noted that much of it is informal (Hart 2010). Formal, structured learning plays only a small role in getting things done in the networked workplace. Research shows that about 80 percent of workplace learning is informal (Cross 2010b) and that less than 10 percent of what knowledge workers need to know for their jobs is in their heads (Kelley 1999).Informal learning is nothing new, but it is of growing importance in the modern, digitally connected workplace. Making sense of information, both personally and in networks, is becoming a key part of work. Teams and organizations that can share information faster and make better sense of it are more productive. Social learning is about getting things done in networks. More attention must be paid to how we can support and encourage informal learning in the workplace
  • Exercise: Share Pair – What do you do to avoid getting content fried? How to you get rid of that feeling of being overwhelmed?
  • How to stay on top of those changes ..Stay on top of the privacy settings
  • Bruce Lesley is one of a growing number of  nonprofit executive directors and senior leaders that use Twitter.  And, he isn’t tweeting about what he ate for breakfast or one of his personal passions, basketball.   He uses Twitter to curate information related to his organization’s mission and work as a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions.   He also uses content curation for sources for his guest blogging.     His use of Twitter (and his organization’s use of Twitter and all communications channels for that matter) serve this intent:First Focus is working to change the dialogue around children’s issues by taking a cross-cutting and broad based approach to federal policy making. In all of our work, we seek to raise awareness regarding public policies impacting children and ensure that related programs have the resources necessary to help them grow up in a healthy and nurturing environment.If you take a look at Bruce Lesley’s Twitter stream, you will see that he is curating information on public policies impacting children.   Bruce does his own curating, using Google Reader and FlipBoard.   Any individual or nonprofit organization can curate information using these tools.  They can make it strategic by linking the information to their mission.   But what is the secret sauce to doing it well?
  • Bruce Lesley is one of a growing number of  nonprofit executive directors and senior leaders that use Twitter.  And, he isn’t tweeting about what he ate for breakfast or one of his personal passions, basketball.   He uses Twitter to curate information related to his organization’s mission and work as a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions.   He also uses content curation for sources for his guest blogging.     His use of Twitter (and his organization’s use of Twitter and all communications channels for that matter) serve this intent:First Focus is working to change the dialogue around children’s issues by taking a cross-cutting and broad based approach to federal policy making. In all of our work, we seek to raise awareness regarding public policies impacting children and ensure that related programs have the resources necessary to help them grow up in a healthy and nurturing environment.If you take a look at Bruce Lesley’s Twitter stream, you will see that he is curating information on public policies impacting children.   Bruce does his own curating, using Google Reader and FlipBoard.   Any individual or nonprofit organization can curate information using these tools.  They can make it strategic by linking the information to their mission.   But what is the secret sauce to doing it well?
  • http://storify.com/zanarama/foundations-social-media
  • http://www.scoop.it/t/subsaharan-africa-women-and-health
  • http://www.scoop.it/t/content-curation-social-media
  • Workshop Materials: Slides, Links, and Resourceshttp://bit.ly/seek-sense-share
  • Content Curation for Professional Learning

    1. Using Content Curation for Professional Learning<br />Beth Kanter, Visiting Scholar, Packard Foundation<br />Photo: Stock in Customs<br />
    2. Content curation is the organizing, filtering and “making sense of” information on the web and sharing the very best content with your network.<br />
    3. Content Curation Is Not Only About the Tools<br />Framework: Harold Jarche<br />Networked Learning Is Working Smarter<br />
    4. Session Goals<br />To introduce a simple framework for using content curation for professional learning<br />To identify strategies for handling privacy issues and coping with information overload<br />To introduce some online tools and techniques for tracking, curating, capturing, organizing, and sharing relevant content<br />Second Session: Action Learning <br />
    5. Using Content Curation for Professional Learning<br />AGENDA<br />OUTCOMES<br />TIMES<br />ACTIVITIES<br />10:00 Overview<br />10:30 Adoption Challenges<br />11:00 Techniques and Tools<br />11:45 Reflection/Closing <br />Leave the room with some appreciation for using content curation in your job and one small idea to put into practice<br />Interactive! <br />FRAMING<br /><ul><li>Not just tools and tactics
    6. Don’t have to embrace all tools and processes – it is okay to say no!
    7. Less is more. Simple and small steps. Not every tool</li></li></ul><li>Why Content Curation ?<br />Social Technologies (and the Internet) has changed how many professionals keep up to date in their fields as we become more connected to more information and more people. <br />
    8. The exabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to one quintillion bytes<br />
    9. Information Overload<br />
    10. How do we need to think differently about workplace learning in a networked world?<br />Research (Jay Cross and Jane Hart)<br /><ul><li>Work is about dealing with novel situations
    11. Informal learningis becoming more important
    12. Content Curation or making sense of information, both personally and in networks, is becoming a key part of work.
    13. Teams and organizations that can share information faster and make better sense of it are more productive
    14. How do you encourage/support informal learning in the workplace is an important strategy</li></li></ul><li>Survey Results<br />
    15. Yes, but I don’t have a consistent approach<br />I don’t have time for this activity<br />Yes, I allocate a small amount of time daily<br />
    16. Maybe 2-3 times a week<br />for 15-30 minutes<br />Less than 15<br />minutes a day<br />Very sporadic<br />
    17. List serves<br />Internal Blog/Yammer<br />Blogs via email<br />Blogs via RSS<br />Twitter<br />Facebook<br />LinkedIn<br />Web Sites<br />Emails from colleagues<br />Newspapers, journals<br />
    18. What are the biggest challenges to seeking or finding information on social media channels that is relevant and useful to your work?<br />I find it overwhelming<br />Don’t have a method<br />or right skills to do this<br />type of tracking<br />Don’t have time to do thistype of tracking and learning<br />
    19. Challenges Sharing Information<br />Too many options to share information – overwhelming and redundancy<br />Balance sharing with annoying with duplicate efforts<br />Who is the right person to share information with?<br />Getting people to read what you share<br />Packaging the information in a way that allows for easy use<br />Making sure it is something people will find valuable<br />
    20. The Ideal Practice<br />
    21. Challenges<br />Are you content fried? <br />
    22. The Tension Between Privacy and Publicness<br />What information am I sharing?<br />Who am I sharing with?<br />
    23. What am I sharing?<br />
    24. Who am I sharing with?<br />
    25. Content Curation: Step-by-Step<br />Self-Directed Learning<br />
    26. A Few Curation Tools<br />Twitter<br />Yammer<br />Wikispaces<br />Scoop.It<br />Storify<br />
    27. Tweets links related to organization’s mission and work as a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions. <br />
    28. Each one of these curated lists is supports a self-directed learning goal or project<br />-Blogging-Workshop Curriculum<br />-Presentation<br />-Keeping Up To Date<br />
    29. What’s one thing you can put into practice?<br />
    30. Thank you<br />Beth’s Blog: http://www.bethkanter.org<br />Twitter: @kanter<br />Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/beth.kanter.blog<br />Resources: http://socialmedia-strategy.wikispaces.comCurated Content<br />http://www.scoop.it/u/beth-kanter<br />Book: http://bit.ly/networkednp<br />

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