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What is a
Personal Learning Network?
– How would you define a personal learning network?
• Web definitions:
– A collection of resources to go to when you want to
learn new ideas, strategies, and information.
– 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
– How do you learn new things?
Source: Building your Personal Learning Network http://www.tobincls.com/learningnetwork.htm
PLN 1.0 – Now PLN 2.0 – Future
•Staff development workshops •Podcasts
•Graduate school courses •Social Bookmarking
•List servs •Micro-Blogging (Twitter)
•Face to face conferences •Ning
•Usually involves spending $$ •Video / web streaming
How has my Personal Learning
Network helped me?
• Anytime, anywhere learning
• Share and network with other professionals
• Learn from “diverse” resources and different experts
• Stay on the cutting edge
– Hear about new resources
– Hear about new blog posts
– Hear about upcoming live and virtual conferences and
• Find colleagues at conferences
• Create a backchannel (side discussion) during a speaker
presentation Twitter using TweetDeck or Cover it Live
• Measure up to the National Educational Technology Standards
for Teachers - NETS-T (3)
• Teachable moments
Wings to Fly (Gail Braddock)
NeverEndingSearch (Joyce Valenza)
Not So Distant Future (Carolyn Foote)
Infomancy (Chris Harris)
CoolCatTeacher (Judy Davis)
Weblogg-ed (Will Richardson)
ThinkingStick (Jeff Utecht)
Edublogger (Sue Waters)
E-Learning Journeys (Julie Lindsey, Qatar Academy)
Blogger (log in with Gmail log in)
Guided Tour of Twitter
• Public vs. Protected profiles
– Log in to Twitter
– Click Settings
– Scroll down and check the box next to "Protect my
– SAVE your changes.
• Direct messages (DM)
• Following someone
Twitter in Plain English
David Lee King: Twitter explained for Librarians or 10 ways to use Twitter
Newbie’s guide to Twitter
Let’s get you started using Twitter!
• Create a new account –
• Settings – Profile is very important!
• Sending tweets – remember your limited
to 144 characters
• Finding friends
– “Find People”
Twitter Engagement Formula
• Share Resources (70) - Successful learning in the 21st
Century is not what you know, but what you share, so
70% of my Twittertime is spent sharing others voices,
opinions and tools;
• Collaborations (20) - 20% of my Tweets are directly
responding, connecting, collaboration, and co-creating
with like-minded Twitter colleagues. From these
important tweets, lifelong professional and personal
relationships have been forged.
• Chit-Chat (10) - 10% of my Twittertalk is “chit-chat-
how’s-your-hat” stuff. It is in these “trivial” details
shared about working out, favorite movies, politics, and
life in general that I connect with others as a human
being. These simple chit chats are what have allowed
me to know that I am never alone, and there is support
whenever, wherever, and however I need it! Angela Maiers
The “P o w e r ” of a Personal
Learning Network is AMAZING!
Think of the ways this could
help you teach and learn!
More Ideas for using Twitter
• Personal vs. Professional use
• Share good work-related things you’ve discovered (a good article,
website, idea, etc.). Whenever possible, include a link (if it’s too
long, use TinyURL to shorten it with one click).
• Retweet something interesting somebody else has Twittered. Show
respect though by giving that person credit.
– Simply start your message with “Retweeting@username” and
then paste in the original message (the @ symbol is the Twitter
convention for responding or referring to other users).
• Communication tool
• Do you love to learn?
• What new things do you want to learn or
work on this school year?
• What is your personal learning goal?
Don’t wait to go to a conference or
workshop! Create your Personal Learning