Social Networking for Professional
Development
Michigan Digital Learning Conference - MISD
November 13, 2013

Sheila Majas...
Personal Learning Networks (PLN)
Do you have a PLN?
Personal Learning Networks
 What is a PLN?
 People we learn from or share with
 Colleagues, cohort groups, departments
...
TWITTER
www.twitter.com
Our students are using Twitter…..
Much of what our students post, we
don’t want to see……..
We just hope we are not a Twitter
topic….

http://www.latenightwithjimmyf
allon.com/video/hashtagsmyteacherisweird91411/13...
Twitter can be confusing…..
….but there is much value in Twitter
for teachers
What is Twitter?
 A real time social network
 Helps users share, follow, and interact with stories, links,
pictures, and...
Anatomy of a tweet
HASHTAGS
Do you know how to use a hashtag?
What is a hashtag?
# Hashtags are keywords that will help you find your
target audience

# Hashtags allow you to connect p...
General Teaching Hashtags
 #EdTech– Anything related to technology in the classroom
 #Education – Topics related to educ...
Subject Specific Hashtags


#elemchat– Elementary teacher chat



#Mathchat– Math teacher chat



#Engchat– English tea...
TWITTER Chats
Facebook
www.facebook.com
Facebook
 Most of us already useFacebook
 Facebook is not just for connecting with old classmates
and friends
 Let the ...
Facebook
 Get Inspiration
Facebook
 Laugh!
Facebook
 Learn!
Best Education “likes”
 National Education Association – www.facebook.com/nea.org
 NAEYC (National Association For the E...
Best EdTech “Likes”
 ISTE – www.facebook.com/LikeISTE
 #EdChat - https://www.facebook.com/EdchatPLN
 Free Technology fo...
Best Local Ed “Likes”
 Tri-County Alliance For Public Education https://www.facebook.com/TriCountyAllianceForPublicEducat...
LinkedIn
www.linkedin.com
LinkedIn
 Find a job
 Consult experts
 Connect with old colleagues
 Get recommendations
 Join discussion groups or fo...
LinkedIn

Find
people
you
know
News from
your
connections
& groups you
follow
LinkedIn

Create your
Profile – It’s
like an online
resume
LinkedIn

Follow
organizations
and companies
LinkedIn

Find jobs or find
qualified applicants
LinkedIn

Following
organizations
and groups is
a great way
to stay
current!
Join groups to have discussions
and learn fro...
EDMODO
www.edmodo.com
EDMODO
 Over 4 Million users
 Safe Facebook-style interface
 Great for classes, but also a great PLN
 Join Subject com...
EDMODO
Facebookstyle feed for
those groups
&people that
you follow

Join
communities
of
educators, or
follow
companies
EDMODO

•Browse Topics
•Find information
• Talk to others
EDMODO

Follow
companies to
learn the latest
news
EDMODO
Get Apps
for your
classroom or
for lesson
planning
EDMODO

Add files you find on
Edmodo to your library
for later use!
Ning Communities
www.ning.com
Ning

Ning provides
educators with st
rong and powerful
personal learning
networks
Ning
 Allows for 24/7 availability of
discussions, resources, communication and collaboration.
 Collaboration can be bot...
Popular Ning Education Communities
www.classroom20.com

Classroom 2.0

Become a
member

Attend Virtual
Conferences
Classroom 2.0
Find
Discussions

Browse by
tool, subject,
or area

Join
Groups
http://edupln.ning.com/

Educator’s PLN
http://teacher20.com/

Teacher 2.0
http://ipadeducators.ning.com/

iPads in Education
http://curriculum21.ning.com/

Curriculum 21
Google+
plus.google.com
Google+
 Like Facebook, but offers a better interface for PLNs
 Most people have a Google account, which includes a
Goog...
Google+ Circles
 Group people into circles according to the criteria you
choose
 Follow updates and feeds for specific c...
Google+ Circles

Check out this list of great people to add to your circles:
http://www.fractuslearning.com/2012/01/16/goo...
Google+ Communities
 Create your own private or public community
 Follow posts in your feed from all communities and cir...
Google+ Communities
 Find communities that interest you!
EdTech Community
SMARTboard Revolution
Social Media Aggregators
To make following social media easier!
Flipboard.com

Flipboard
 Curation tool – collect feeds from websites, blogs, tweets,
etc.
 Save favorites to a magazine...
tweetdeck.com

Tweet Deck
 Easy to view feed of all of your Twitter information
 Build columns of information you want t...
hootsuite.com

Hoot Suite
 View feeds from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,and more!
 Schedule Tweets
 Connecting multiple ...
Other ways to Connect
What about Pintrest?
Last, but not least……

Pintrest
 Follow boards by your favorite
organizations, companies, or other individuals
 Re-pin i...
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  • 1.Find a job:Post your public résumé (built-in search engine included) **Includes privacy options so that you can share only what you wish to share.Search for jobs for which you might be interested.2. Consult experts:Searchable users by name, position and institution, seeking out new potential contacts and reaching out to them with questions about experience about curriculum or lesson topics can be a breeze.3. Connect with old colleagues4. Get Recommendations: LinkedIn streamlined the age-old process of soliciting letters of recommendation by letting you issue and request personal statements from your colleagues. Think of them as added credibility that prospective employers can look at and consider when they start searching the Web for reasons to hire you.5. Form Discussion Groups about Departments and Policies:LinkedIn’s systems for setting up groups are wonderful. Each one can be public or private and hosts space for ongoing discussion threads.6. Keep an Accurate Contact List: Like Facebook, LinkedIn can be an invaluable tool for keeping track of your your social network's members as they move between zip codes, workplaces and even industries. The network also brings a messaging platform that doesn't require you to update addresses and numbers.
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  • Social Networking for Professional Development

    1. 1. Social Networking for Professional Development Michigan Digital Learning Conference - MISD November 13, 2013 Sheila Majask Chippewa Valley Schools
    2. 2. Personal Learning Networks (PLN) Do you have a PLN?
    3. 3. Personal Learning Networks  What is a PLN?  People we learn from or share with  Colleagues, cohort groups, departments  Can be a simple as a formal meeting or an informal meeting in the hallway  Digital technology has drastically improved the way we share and find information  Ways to connect to other educators and PLN’s online have dramatically increased in the last decade
    4. 4. TWITTER www.twitter.com
    5. 5. Our students are using Twitter…..
    6. 6. Much of what our students post, we don’t want to see……..
    7. 7. We just hope we are not a Twitter topic…. http://www.latenightwithjimmyf allon.com/video/hashtagsmyteacherisweird91411/1355406/
    8. 8. Twitter can be confusing…..
    9. 9. ….but there is much value in Twitter for teachers
    10. 10. What is Twitter?  A real time social network  Helps users share, follow, and interact with stories, links, pictures, and video  Messages (aka Tweets) = 140 character limit
    11. 11. Anatomy of a tweet
    12. 12. HASHTAGS Do you know how to use a hashtag?
    13. 13. What is a hashtag? # Hashtags are keywords that will help you find your target audience # Hashtags allow you to connect people around the world to your content # Hashtags give you the opportunity to participate in chats based on shared interests # Tweets that include hashtags get 2X more engagement than those without # Hashtags are not just for Twitter – You can use them on Facebook and Google+.
    14. 14. General Teaching Hashtags  #EdTech– Anything related to technology in the classroom  #Education – Topics related to education  #Teachers – Topics focused on the teacher  #Elearning – Topics related to computer-based learning  #EdChat– A weekly discussion about education topics  #NTChat– New Teacher Chat (Wednesdays 7pm EST)  #TeachMeet– Connecting teachers  #EdNews– Education news feed  #ceoelearn– Catholic Education Chat (Very Active Feed)  #EdRefom– Education Reform
    15. 15. Subject Specific Hashtags  #elemchat– Elementary teacher chat  #Mathchat– Math teacher chat  #Engchat– English teacher chat  #Scichat– Science teacher chat (Tuesdays 9pm EST)  #sschat– Social studies chat  #Kinderchator #Kedu– Kindergarten teacher chat  #cpchat– Connected principals chat  #biochat– Biology chat (might get mixed results)  #tlchat– Teacher Librarian Chat  #1stchat, #2ndchat, #3rdchat – Talk to teachers that teach your grade level  #spedchat – Special Education Chat (Tuesdays 8:30pm EST)
    16. 16. TWITTER Chats
    17. 17. Facebook www.facebook.com
    18. 18. Facebook  Most of us already useFacebook  Facebook is not just for connecting with old classmates and friends  Let the PLN information come to you via your FacebookFeed  “Like” pages and join groups that interest you. Posts will show up on your feed.  Learn a little each day without trying!
    19. 19. Facebook  Get Inspiration
    20. 20. Facebook  Laugh!
    21. 21. Facebook  Learn!
    22. 22. Best Education “likes”  National Education Association – www.facebook.com/nea.org  NAEYC (National Association For the Education of Young People – www.facebook.com/NAEYC  ADCD (International Education Association https://www.facebook.com/ascd.org  Edutopia- https://www.facebook.com/edutopia  Education Week - https://www.facebook.com/edweek  Connect a Million Minds https://www.facebook.com/ConnectaMillionMinds
    23. 23. Best EdTech “Likes”  ISTE – www.facebook.com/LikeISTE  #EdChat - https://www.facebook.com/EdchatPLN  Free Technology for Teachers https://www.facebook.com/FreeTech4Teachers  Emerging EdTech https://www.facebook.com/ConnectaMillionMinds
    24. 24. Best Local Ed “Likes”  Tri-County Alliance For Public Education https://www.facebook.com/TriCountyAllianceForPublicEducatio n  Michigan Education Association https://www.facebook.com/michdepted  Michigan Education Association: Local 1 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michigan-EducationAssociation-Local-1/187166694658578  Save Michigan’s Public Schools https://www.facebook.com/SaveMIPublicSchools *Warning – These are political organizations
    25. 25. LinkedIn www.linkedin.com
    26. 26. LinkedIn  Find a job  Consult experts  Connect with old colleagues  Get recommendations  Join discussion groups or form your own on a topic of interest  Keep an accurate contact list  Promote your blog or other extra curricular project
    27. 27. LinkedIn Find people you know News from your connections & groups you follow
    28. 28. LinkedIn Create your Profile – It’s like an online resume
    29. 29. LinkedIn Follow organizations and companies
    30. 30. LinkedIn Find jobs or find qualified applicants
    31. 31. LinkedIn Following organizations and groups is a great way to stay current! Join groups to have discussions and learn from those experienced in the field
    32. 32. EDMODO www.edmodo.com
    33. 33. EDMODO  Over 4 Million users  Safe Facebook-style interface  Great for classes, but also a great PLN  Join Subject communities  Quick Response from members  Share resources  Get the latest news  Create a personal library
    34. 34. EDMODO Facebookstyle feed for those groups &people that you follow Join communities of educators, or follow companies
    35. 35. EDMODO •Browse Topics •Find information • Talk to others
    36. 36. EDMODO Follow companies to learn the latest news
    37. 37. EDMODO Get Apps for your classroom or for lesson planning
    38. 38. EDMODO Add files you find on Edmodo to your library for later use!
    39. 39. Ning Communities www.ning.com
    40. 40. Ning Ning provides educators with st rong and powerful personal learning networks
    41. 41. Ning  Allows for 24/7 availability of discussions, resources, communication and collaboration.  Collaboration can be both synchronous and asynchronous.  Collaboration can occur cross-district with faculty from other schools, grade levels and subject areas.  It evolves into a virtual storehouse for resources, tools, tips, tricks and communication.  An easy-to-use platform for communication and information dissemination to all members. http://youtu.be/LpzfY0hPUjo
    42. 42. Popular Ning Education Communities
    43. 43. www.classroom20.com Classroom 2.0 Become a member Attend Virtual Conferences
    44. 44. Classroom 2.0 Find Discussions Browse by tool, subject, or area Join Groups
    45. 45. http://edupln.ning.com/ Educator’s PLN
    46. 46. http://teacher20.com/ Teacher 2.0
    47. 47. http://ipadeducators.ning.com/ iPads in Education
    48. 48. http://curriculum21.ning.com/ Curriculum 21
    49. 49. Google+ plus.google.com
    50. 50. Google+  Like Facebook, but offers a better interface for PLNs  Most people have a Google account, which includes a Google+ account  Easy to find communities and people to follow
    51. 51. Google+ Circles  Group people into circles according to the criteria you choose  Follow updates and feeds for specific circles or combine them into one feed
    52. 52. Google+ Circles Check out this list of great people to add to your circles: http://www.fractuslearning.com/2012/01/16/google-educators-circles/
    53. 53. Google+ Communities  Create your own private or public community  Follow posts in your feed from all communities and circles  Best Google+ Communities for educators:         Educational Technology Community Google Apps for Education EdTech School Technology Leadership Educational Leadership MACUL iPad Ed STEM Educators
    54. 54. Google+ Communities  Find communities that interest you!
    55. 55. EdTech Community
    56. 56. SMARTboard Revolution
    57. 57. Social Media Aggregators To make following social media easier!
    58. 58. Flipboard.com Flipboard  Curation tool – collect feeds from websites, blogs, tweets, etc.  Save favorites to a magazine on your device  Available in iOS and Android  Follow your favorite hashtag chats  Step-by-step directions can be found here: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/create-an-education-newsfeed-with-the-flipboard-i.navId-610022.html https://flipboard.com/section/teaching-today-bIT7ZI
    59. 59. tweetdeck.com Tweet Deck  Easy to view feed of all of your Twitter information  Build columns of information you want to see
    60. 60. hootsuite.com Hoot Suite  View feeds from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,and more!  Schedule Tweets  Connecting multiple accounts may cost $$$
    61. 61. Other ways to Connect What about Pintrest?
    62. 62. Last, but not least…… Pintrest  Follow boards by your favorite organizations, companies, or other individuals  Re-pin information that is interesting to you

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