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Getting Connected with
Social Media to develop a
Professional Learning Network
Kay Oddone
@KayC28
•WHAT is a PLN?
•WHY a PLN?
•HOW to grow a PLN?
What is a PLN?
“Professional Learning Network”
“Personal Learning Network”
“Passionate Learning Network”
Teacher-driven, global support
networks that decrease isolation
and promote interdependence.
Flanigan, R. L. (2011, Octobe...
flickr photo by mrsdkrebs Our PLN – A charging station
http://flickr.com/photos/mrsdkrebs/7323987660 shared under a Creati...
6
We can no longer personally
experience and acquire all
the learning that we need.
We derive our competence
from forming ...
cc licenced (by-nc-sa) Flickr photo shared by
Courosa
cc licenced (by-nc-sa) Flickr photo shared by
Courosa
What does your PLN look like?
•WHAT is a PLN?
•WHY a PLN?
•HOW to grow a PLN?
Why have a PLN?
Why have a PLN?
• Social Networking
• Privacy maintenance
• Identity management
• Creating content
• Organising content
• Reusing and repu...
The best way to learn is to do…
It’s your
PERSONAL
learning network
so choose the
tool or tools that
fit you best.
•WHAT is a PLN?
•WHY a PLN?
•HOW to grow a PLN?
Diigo Twitter Facebook Blogging
Four to Explore
Diigo –
Groups
Diigo –
The Teacher Librarian Group
Positives
Negatives
• Terrific websites sent to your inbox
• Sharing is easy and just takes one click
• A community of lik...
Twitter
10 minutes on Twitter…
Article on developing
collaboration within the
school staff.
Video demonstrating the
latest in Augm...
Complete lesson plan with
resources on inventions &
innovation.
Professional reading
about Gamification and
learning.
10 m...
A tip off for a great app to
investigate for screencasting.
A blog post about
cybersafety and AskFM.
10 minutes on Twitter…
It’s the quality of your network
that counts…
Local
tweeps
share your
context
It’s the quality of your network
that counts…
International
tweeps offer
different
perspectives
Start small…
Sharing is important…
Obvious to you. Amazing to others.
Derek Sivers
Positives
Negatives
• Constant flow of information and ideas
• Mobile apps mean sharing can be on the go
• Able to connect...
Facebook
Facebook
Personal
Professional
Positives
Negatives
• Familiar interface
• Huge population of users
• Great way to have a discussion in real time
• Mobile...
Blogs and
Blogging
Steve Wheeler:
Why teachers should blog
Seven reasons teachers should
blog / Steve Wheeler / CC BY-
NC-SA 3.0
2. It clarifies and
crystallises your
thinking
1. It helps build
reflective practice
3. You become a
teacher within a
diff...
Learning from others’ blogs
Three tools to try
Outlook Feedly Flipboard
http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/feed/
Outlook
Feedly
Feedly (on mobile)
Flipboard
Positives
Negatives
• Information comes to you via tool of your choice
• Stay informed of the latest research/thinking of ...
Where will your
PLN take you?
Take me with you
on your journey!
Where Follow me
kayo28
kayc28
linkinglearning.
wordpress.c...
Thank
you
Develop your Professional Learning Network with Social Media
Develop your Professional Learning Network with Social Media
Develop your Professional Learning Network with Social Media
Develop your Professional Learning Network with Social Media
Develop your Professional Learning Network with Social Media
Develop your Professional Learning Network with Social Media
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A presentation for educators who are hoping to develop their PLN and would like to know about how they can grow their network using different types of digital tools.
Please note some details have changed! I am now at kayoddone on Twitter and my new blog is linkinglearning.com.au :)

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Develop your Professional Learning Network with Social Media

  1. 1. Getting Connected with Social Media to develop a Professional Learning Network Kay Oddone @KayC28
  2. 2. •WHAT is a PLN? •WHY a PLN? •HOW to grow a PLN?
  3. 3. What is a PLN? “Professional Learning Network” “Personal Learning Network” “Passionate Learning Network”
  4. 4. Teacher-driven, global support networks that decrease isolation and promote interdependence. Flanigan, R. L. (2011, October 26). Professional Learning Networks Taking Off. Education Week. Retrieved from http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/201 1/10/26/09edtech-network.h31.html What is a PLN?
  5. 5. flickr photo by mrsdkrebs Our PLN – A charging station http://flickr.com/photos/mrsdkrebs/7323987660 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  6. 6. 6 We can no longer personally experience and acquire all the learning that we need. We derive our competence from forming connections. Are PLN’s based in research? George Siemens, 2004, http://www.elearnspace.org/ Articles/connectivism.htm flickr photo by PhillipWest http://flickr.com/photos/phillipwest/505158448 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  7. 7. cc licenced (by-nc-sa) Flickr photo shared by Courosa
  8. 8. cc licenced (by-nc-sa) Flickr photo shared by Courosa
  9. 9. What does your PLN look like?
  10. 10. •WHAT is a PLN? •WHY a PLN? •HOW to grow a PLN?
  11. 11. Why have a PLN?
  12. 12. Why have a PLN?
  13. 13. • Social Networking • Privacy maintenance • Identity management • Creating content • Organising content • Reusing and repurposing • Filtering and selecting Learners need new literacies… And so do we…
  14. 14. The best way to learn is to do… It’s your PERSONAL learning network so choose the tool or tools that fit you best.
  15. 15. •WHAT is a PLN? •WHY a PLN? •HOW to grow a PLN?
  16. 16. Diigo Twitter Facebook Blogging Four to Explore
  17. 17. Diigo – Groups
  18. 18. Diigo – The Teacher Librarian Group
  19. 19. Positives Negatives • Terrific websites sent to your inbox • Sharing is easy and just takes one click • A community of like-minded educators • Very few random posts unrelated to the topic • Less immediate feedback • Diigo on mobile devices is clunky
  20. 20. Twitter
  21. 21. 10 minutes on Twitter… Article on developing collaboration within the school staff. Video demonstrating the latest in Augmented Reality for teaching.
  22. 22. Complete lesson plan with resources on inventions & innovation. Professional reading about Gamification and learning. 10 minutes on Twitter…
  23. 23. A tip off for a great app to investigate for screencasting. A blog post about cybersafety and AskFM. 10 minutes on Twitter…
  24. 24. It’s the quality of your network that counts… Local tweeps share your context
  25. 25. It’s the quality of your network that counts… International tweeps offer different perspectives
  26. 26. Start small…
  27. 27. Sharing is important… Obvious to you. Amazing to others. Derek Sivers
  28. 28. Positives Negatives • Constant flow of information and ideas • Mobile apps mean sharing can be on the go • Able to connect with like minded people all over the world • Terrific at conferences and for attending conferences ‘virtually’ • Can be overwhelming • Spam can be an issue • Unrelated posts can be distracting
  29. 29. Facebook
  30. 30. Facebook Personal Professional
  31. 31. Positives Negatives • Familiar interface • Huge population of users • Great way to have a discussion in real time • Mobile apps are solid and easy to use • Privacy is always changing • Complex to keep professional and personal separated • Can be a huge timewaster!
  32. 32. Blogs and Blogging
  33. 33. Steve Wheeler: Why teachers should blog Seven reasons teachers should blog / Steve Wheeler / CC BY- NC-SA 3.0
  34. 34. 2. It clarifies and crystallises your thinking 1. It helps build reflective practice 3. You become a teacher within a different context 4. It provides a source of feedback & network Seven reasons teachers should blog / Steve Wheeler / CC BY- NC-SA 3.0
  35. 35. Learning from others’ blogs
  36. 36. Three tools to try Outlook Feedly Flipboard
  37. 37. http://blogs.slj.com/neverendingsearch/feed/ Outlook
  38. 38. Feedly
  39. 39. Feedly (on mobile)
  40. 40. Flipboard
  41. 41. Positives Negatives • Information comes to you via tool of your choice • Stay informed of the latest research/thinking of leaders in area • Deeper information than tweets or links • Little to no interactivity and feedback • Pressure of publication
  42. 42. Where will your PLN take you? Take me with you on your journey! Where Follow me kayo28 kayc28 linkinglearning. wordpress.com
  43. 43. Thank you

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