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This presentation describes professional networking and provides ideas for online tools for such networking.

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Melissa Morrison

  1. 1. What is a Professional Learning Network (PLN)? <ul><li>Professionals and resources within and far beyond the walls of the workplace used for the purpose of collaboration and communication. </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>What professionals and resources comprise your PLN? </li></ul>Analyze Your PLN
  3. 3. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Use this site to create a simple 2-stage web of your PLN. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In the center of your web, type your name. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include two main topics: your current PLN and your future PLN. </li></ul></ul>Analyze Your PLN  this out ! *That was !
  4. 4. Why Expand Your PLN? <ul><li>Although developing a well-structured PLN can be time-consuming, as a networked professional you can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>personally tailor your educational needs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>learn when you need to learn on your own time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>instantaneously obtain knowledge. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gain access to limitless resources and professionals. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>translate information gained into effective classroom teaching. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. These Easy Tools Can Help Expand Your PLN <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Netvibes </li></ul><ul><li>Microblogs (Twitter) </li></ul><ul><li>Diigo </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom 2.0 </li></ul>
  6. 6. What Are Educational Blogs? <ul><li>Posts composed by professionals in order to share educational content. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What Is Netvibes? <ul><li>A one-stop shop enabling blog followers to collect and organize their favorite blogs at one location. </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminates the time-wasted visiting several blog pages. </li></ul><ul><li>Continuously feeds new blog posts into your account. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each blog on your Netvibes page can be personally tailored to your content area. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content is updated and funneled into your page daily. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can follow and organize all of your educational blogs IN ONE PLACE! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing blog to follow on Netvibes: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Author Patricia McKissak’s Writers Workshop Blog” </li></ul></ul></ul>Netvibes In Action  this out ! That was !
  9. 9. What Is a Microblog (Twitter) and how can it be used professionally? <ul><li>A tool used for instant, short communication blurbs (aka “tweets”). </li></ul><ul><li>Find educational professionals to follow with whom to bounce ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>iPhone’s “Tweetie2” app allows tweeting with ease. </li></ul><ul><li>BTW, u may need 2 lrn the lingo! </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for users within your content area. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Numerous language arts and general educators can be found. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interesting Education tweets to follow: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EarlyReader </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>micheleborba </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TipsForWriters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Educationweek </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AskMrPlayground </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>preschoolers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>simpleK12 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom2.0 </li></ul></ul></ul>Microblogs (Twitter) In Action  this out ! That was !
  11. 11. What Is Diigo? <ul><li>An in depth social-bookmarking tool. </li></ul><ul><li>To enhance your PLN, focus on information sharing. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Like Netvibes, you can follow and organize all of your educational blogs IN ONE PLACE! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can easily locate groups and people with similar interests. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use “tags” (keywords) such as “writing,” “storytelling,” “English,” or “Language Arts” to focus your search. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many groups and people have a language arts focus. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching and Learning with web2.0 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Project Based Learning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Diigo In Action  this out ! That was !
  13. 13. What Is Classroom 2.0? <ul><li>A worldwide forum for educational professionals to ask questions and share ideas. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Once an account is opened, an infinite amount of educational content and links are provided. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A true one-stop shop for educators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topics to follow on Classroom2.0: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Webinars – Topics, schedules and links are provided. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Youtube – Links to a wide variety of tutorials and educational videos. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>iTouch – Detailed information regarding the benefits of the iTouch in the classroom is available. </li></ul></ul></ul>Classroom 2.0 In Action  this out ! That was !
  15. 15. What’s Your Game Plan? <ul><li>Consider exploring one of the previous tools and adding it to your current PLN! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs/Netvibes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microblogs/Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diigo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Expand your PLN today, and reap the educational benefits tomorrow! </li></ul>*The Easy button logo is a trademark of Staples. That was !