Collaborative Technologies, PLNs: New Literacies for the 21st Century Teacher


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This is the presentation I offered at the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference at Montclair State University (March 2009).

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Collaborative Technologies, PLNs: New Literacies for the 21st Century Teacher

  1. 1. Collaborative Technologies and PLNs New Literacies for the 21st Century Teacher Laura Nicosia, PhD Montclair State University English Department
  2. 2. Welcome to NJCTE @ MSU
  3. 3. Who is here today? K-5 Educator 6-8 Language Arts Educator Secondary English Educator Please stand if you are: Technology Coordinator Supervisor & Administrator Media Specialist Higher Education Faculty
  4. 4. Raise your hand if you use Facebook/MySpace Blogs Linked-in Microblogging Sites (Twitter/Plurk/Jaiku) Second Life Skype Social Networking or Bookmarking sites (de.lici.ous/ Stumbleupon/Furl/Flickr) Wikis
  5. 5. Some sites I use regularly Diigo Second Life Google Docs Slideshare Ning Twitter Plurk Wikispaces
  6. 6. In today’s session I’ll introduce you to a few of my favorite collaborative sites. Diigo Google Docs Ning Wikis
  7. 7. Diigo http:// .com/watch? v=0RvAkTuL 02A
  8. 8. With Diigo you can annotate & highlight articles as you read them. These notations will remain there now--and later. That’s pretty cool already. can also SEND those articles as emails and/or as urls.
  9. 9. When you sign up with Diigo you download a tool bar menu
  10. 10. You can bookmark texts save & organize them on a web-hosted site
  11. 11. Highlight & comment ON the text
  12. 12. Share the article with others--with your notes!
  13. 13. They share back
  14. 14. This is an effective tool for: Writers Researchers Teachers Students How might YOU use such a tool?
  15. 15. Sometimes--you need to write with someone to collaborate on a report, a document or So, how an article. could you go about doing that?
  16. 16. You + Me I use Google Docs
  17. 17. You’ll need to open a Google Account Free Easy Loaded with functionality Here’s your Google tool and menu bar
  18. 18. 1. More 2. Google Books 3. Google Scholar 4. Google Documents
  19. 19. Create a new document with one click Share it by inviting collaborators
  20. 20. This is a document I created for a summer NJCH Workshop Documents are stored on the web and appear as in “Page Layout”
  21. 21. This is the Content Menu It shows all items owned by or opened by me It holds folders that I either create or upload It indicates who I’m sharing documents with and how many documents for which we are collaborating.
  22. 22. Here’s a resource on “15 ways to Use Google Docs in Your Class”, written by Tom Barrett:
  23. 23. Sometimes, my colleagues and I want to upload videos, collaborate and perhaps even have fun. What then?
  24. 24. Ning
  25. 25. With Ning you can: Upload profile pictures or avatars Upload videos, documents or urls Start & moderate discussion forums Create groups Create FAQ pages Post & monitor blogs Invite members
  26. 26. This is the site I created for our English Ed program
  27. 27. It’s easy to navigate and to manage: You invite people by email You promote the site Upload pictures from CCL sites You can Delete your site
  28. 28. Here’s my page I am the Administrator & Creator of our network of over 150 members. I communicate policies, job openings & events via Ning.
  29. 29. My Methods of Teaching English students are using Ning for “virtual fieldwork.” My Methods classes are paired with 2 English classes at a public high school in Fredericksburg,VA. They read the students’ writings (blogs, discussion forums & mini-essays) and leave feed-back. They ask critical thinking questions and try to provoke the students to dig deeper for their responses. They communicate with the classroom teacher—ask her questions and suggest resources for her to use.
  30. 30. These are the 2 sites my classes use:
  31. 31. My students read the HS students’ discussions
  32. 32. The teacher sets these reminder directions: We respond with thoughtful questions or comments:
  33. 33. My students offer “real time” responses One of my graduate students responded with this thoughtful and constructive posting
  34. 34. This pilot has been exciting! It’s a work-in-progress & we intend to reflect and assess its benefits and weaknesses at the end of the semester. I’ll keep you posted...
  35. 35. Sometimes, I want participants to be site builders.
  36. 36. For instance, when I offer Professional Development courses & training, I usually create a Wiki for participants
  37. 37. Wikis Here’s OUR wiki for this session:
  38. 38. Here’s what the Wiki looks like upon its creation: First, you choose a name for your site.
  39. 39. Then you “Manage” your Wiki to personalize it Invite Members Change colors & images
  40. 40. Creating content for your Wiki is EASY! Create your own icons Create your page contents by this simple “Edit This Page” button. The act of creating content on the page is a simple process of typing a Word document--as you would with Word or Office
  41. 41. Here is the “Home” page All you do is type... Don’t forget to put “tags”
  42. 42. Members add content, too Each member can add a “New Page” and “Edit Page” to contribute content
  43. 43. You can even include “Hot Links” Use this button to insert a link I want to insert a link to email me
  44. 44. What if you don’t like or want the changes a member makes?
  45. 45. You can “revert” easily Simply use this button to view recent changes, additions or modifications
  46. 46. Change using the Content Manager Reject changes or revert to an earlier version
  47. 47. Participants can chat using a basic and easy to use Discussion Board
  48. 48. I hope you enjoyed this introduction to some collaborative tools
  49. 49. Sites, urls & sources I used in this preso:
  50. 50. Here are sites you will enjoy exploring:
  51. 51. Thank you! Laura Nicosia, Phd English Department Montclair State University