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Using Technology to Build Your PLN

Cheryl Wilson 11-14-2013

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My Experience With Building my PLN Through Technology

I have used LinkedIn for a few years. I actively started to use Twitter about a year ago. I started pinning on Pinterest in August. I joined the Wayland iPad Initiative Group on Facebook this summer. I joined Edutopia this summer.

Purpose/Standard of todays session: The teacher will make new Personal Learning Network connections through technology.
NETS-T (National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers)

Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

o Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity o Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments o Model Digital Age Work and Learning o Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

1. Facebook 2. LinkedIn 3. Pinterest 4. Edutopia 5. Twitter

Here are the social media tools we are going to explore today

Question #1:
What is the difference between a PLC

and a PLN?

The difference in the PLN and PLC rests in the role of the institution. A PLN is centered on an individuals learning needs, some of which are rooted in professional growth. The PLC is driven by institutional learning goal and initiatives, common experiences and collective, shared refection. - See more at: m/blog_elizabeth_helfant/communiti es_designers_and_professional_learni ng#sthash.F57xeoiS.dpuf

Question #2:
Why should I want a PLN (because it is

not part of my required contract)?

Lets quickly read this article: Why Educators Should Spend 15 Minutes a Day on Social Media THE WHY?? THE HOW??

Engagement (learning): 1. Facebook

Facebook is the world's most popular social networking website. It makes it easy for you to connect and share with your family and friends online. Facebook has even helped the web become more open and social. k101/1

Engagement (learning): 1. Facebook

ACTIVITY 1: Search Facebook for a page/group you might like to join (i.e. middle school math teachers)
ACTIVITY 2: Look at the Wayland Union Schools iPad Initiative

Engagement(learning): 1. Facebook
How could Facebook grow your PLN?

Engagement (learning): 2. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social networking website for people in professional occupations. Founded in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking. As of June 2013, LinkedIn reports more than 225 million acquired users in more than 200 countries and territories. ...

Engagement (learning): 2. LinkedIn

ACTIVITY #1: Find new connections in LinkedIn
ACTIVITY #2: Find new groups to join

Engagement (learning): 2. LinkedIn

How could LinkedIn grow your PLN?

Engagement (learning): 3. Pinterest

Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies. Users can browse other pinboards for images, "re-pin" images to their own pinboards, or "like" photos. ... -

Engagement (learning): 3. Pinterest

ACTIVITY #1: Search categories
ACTIVITY #2: Search using search bar ACTIVITY #3: Looking at pins of other peoples boards

Engagement (learning): 3. Pinterest

How could Pinterest grow your PLN?

Engagement (learning): 4. Edutopia

Edutopia is a website published by the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Founded in 1991 by filmmaker George Lucas and venture capitalist Steve Arnold, the Foundation "celebrates and encourages innovation" in K-12 schools. Edutopia focuses on six core learning strategies. -

Engagement (learning): 4. Edutopia

ACTIVITY #1: Check out Groups
ACTIVITY #2: Check out the Blogs

Engagement (learning): 4. Edutopia

How could Edutopia grow your PLN?

Engagement (learning): 5. Twitter

Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read "tweets", which are text messages limited to 140 characters. Registered users can read and post tweets but unregistered users can only read them. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity, with 500 million registered users in 2012, who posted 340 million tweets per day. The service also handled 1.6 billion search queries per day.

Engagement (learning): 5. Twitter

ACTIVITY #1: Search using hashtags (#edchat)
ACTIVITY #2: Search using search bar on Twitter (special education) ACTIVITY #3: Check out a chat session

(list of Twitter chats for educators - y=0AqWFtPdwEdydDNXMC1QLWlsR0txYXVkRlFMUjNrTEE&usp=drive_web#gid=0 )

Engagement: 5. Twitter
How can Twitter grow your PLN?

Go to Socrative Student App or (student login) Join room wilsonc108 Please take the assessment (3 questions)

Often we leave PD with a great idea or tool, but do not always use it. Please find a way to use this in the next few weeks (since it is fresh in your brain). I would LOVE to see or at least hear about how your growing your PLN!! So please share with me

Challenge: Can you use something from this PD session in the next few weeks?

Fill out evaluation sheet and leave with one Cheryl Thank you for coming today!

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