Utilizing Twitter chats for professional development SmartBlogs Each week, educators from around the world take part in various conversations on Twitter known as “chats.” These conversations have become an excellent way for educators to connect on relevant topics, share resources and best practices, all while challenging each other’s thinking. The premise of a Twitter chat is simple. Each lasts for 60 minutes, moderators pose questions on a predetermined topic, and participants use a consistent hashtag (#) to communicate. Questions are posed in a sequential “Q1, Q2” (Question 1, 2, etc.) format over the 60-minute time period. A variety of tools such as Tweetdeck, HootSuite, Tweetchat, etc., can be utilized to aggregate the chat into a single stream to ease the conversation process. Recently, I pulled together six educators from around the country who are leaders in this area. Blumengarten (@cybraryman1) has cataloged a list of Twitter chats, which can be found here. Some recommended chats include:
Is BO.LT Better Than Pinterest? Would you use a pin to attach your TV to the wall? Clearly not, and that's the idea behind BO.LT, a site built to save and share Web pages — forever. The Internet is full of fascinating material, things we know we'll need now or in the future. Sure, you can bookmark a page, but your browser bar can only hold a half dozen or so and the overflow can be unwieldy. And worse, pages can just disappear — and all you see is the dreaded "404 Error Page Not Found" message. A new online service called BO.LT has a remedy. BO.LT, like Pinterest, includes a community, so that you can follow other "bolters" to discover new material. To start bolting yourself, add the "Bolt it" button to your browser toolbar and click it when you find a page you want to save. Each bolt includes an image. BO.LT offers one-click posting to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest when you're creating a new bolt, so you won't have to bother with copying and pasting links to other sites.
10 Tips By Dr. Mark Wagner I often begin my workshop on personal learning networks (PLN) for educators by asking these questions: Who is in your learning network? Who do you learn from on a regular basis? I usually ask these questions at conferences, which are frequently only annual events – and rare treats for many educators. Learning to Network and Networking to Learn 1. 2. 3. 4. Networking Tools and Anecdotes The four tips above are the core activities of building a personal learning network, and they can be applied using various tools to connect with others online. 5. 6. 7. 8. Final Thoughts These final two tips will help keep your initial frustrations in perspective, and help you avoid the temptation to focus on unimportant metrics as you grow your network. 9. 10. Note: For more on this topic, you might also want to explore Jeff Utecht’s book Reach: Building Communities and Networks for Professional Development. Note: I’ve also been writing about this topic for some time.
What People Are Pinning on Pinterest [STATS] Home, Arts and Crafts, and Style/Fashion are the most popular categories on Pinterest, a third-party study released Monday indicates. According to business intelligence firm RJ Metrics, 17.2% of all pinboards are categorized under Home, followed by Arts and Crafts (12.4%), Style/Fashion (11.7%), Food (10.5%) and Inspiration/Education (9.0%). Of those, food is the fastest-growing category. It's also the category that gets the most repins, generating on average more than 50% repins than the second most reshared category, Style and Fashion. The results were drawn across a sample of approximately 1 million pins across 9,200 different users. The study also identified the most popular board names on Pinterest. Among the other findings, some of which were published last month: More than 80% of all pins are repins.Online crafts marketplace etsy.com is the most popular source for pins, accounting for a little more than 3% of all content on the site. Top 10 Categories on Pinterest 1. 1.
How Do I Get a PLN? What is a PLN? Will Richardson was the first person to clearly explain to me about six or seven years ago what a PLN was. Back then, PLN stood for Professional, or Personal Learning Network. A better label today, one that might quiet the nitpickers, is Personalized Learning Network -- the shift in nuance maintains that participants are both personal and professional learners. Each individual educator becomes a potential source of information. PLNs Develop Thought Leaders Many early adopters of the PLN have gone on to become thought leaders in education, not surprising given that PLNs seem to promote a great deal of reflection and collaboration. Barriers to Mass Adoption There are three deterrents to educators using PLNs as a tool for learning and professional development (PD): The PLN is a mindset, not the outcome of a workshop or the PD offered annually by many school districts. We must remember that lifelong learning requires effort. PLNs Are Collaboration What Can PLNs Do for You?
10 Strategies for Non-Profits on Pinterest Non-profits are utilizing Pinterest as an extension of their organizations, using photography, infographics and other visuals to show supporters more about their missions. Pinterest's goal is to connect "people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests." Non-profits, then, can use the social site to connect people based on their social passions, and since non-profits work with and for the community, Pinterest can certainly come in handy. Last week, we covered 10 non-profits that are particularly awesome at leveraging Pinterest for social good, but how did they get there? SEE ALSO: 8 Strategies for Launching a Brand Presence on Pinterest Here are 10 tips from non-profits that are currently using Pinterest. 1. It's important to understand who is using Pinterest before you start branding through the network. Daljit Singh, office manager intern at Jolkona and curator of the organization's Pinterest, says that a fun project helped. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Put the Personal in Your PLN The term personal learning network (PLN) has been a part of technology junkies' vocabulary for more than 10 years,1 but the tools and skills needed to take full advantage of networked learning continue to evolve. I define a PLN as a self-created set of experts, colleagues, and resources—usually dependent on networked technology—that meet one's daily learning needs. I got my first taste of a PLN in the early 1990s when LM_Net—an e-mail list of school librarians around the United States, and later around the world—got started. Opportunities for continuing education for educators, such as reading professional journals, attending conferences, taking college classes, and participating in local inservice sessions, are still available and important. Many of us have built PLNs using networked technologies. As we move past the "wow" factor of PLNs, it's imperative that our PLN practices evolve to ensure more thoughtful use of our time. Social networks. Content aggregators. Twitter.
The Marketer's Guide to Pinterest Pinterest, the darling digital pin board that's turned the social media world upside down, is now a top traffic driver for brands. That's a good sign marketers should get their butts up to speed on the latest pinning tips and tricks. Fortunately for you, MDGadvertising has created an infographic explaining the nooks and crannies of the social network. Many brands — such as Etsy, Real Simple, Whole Foods and West Elm — are on board and have already amassed significant followings. This infographic explains some Pinterest basics, such as explaining what a Pin, Repin and Board are, and provides five tips. SEE ALSO: Pinterest Drives More Traffic Than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn Combined [STUDY] You're probably not surprised that 87% of Pinterest users are women. Are you a marketer using Pinterest?
Introduction - Issues ...about Change, Professional Learning Communities: What Are They And Why Are They Important?, Volume 6, Number 1 Home | Issues ...about Change Archive | Professional Learning Communities: What Are They And Why Are They Important? In education circles, the term learning community has become commonplace. It is being used to mean any number of things, such as extending classroom practice into the community; bringing community personnel into the school to enhance the curriculum and learning tasks for students; or engaging students, teachers, and administrators simultaneously in learning - to suggest just a few. This paper focuses on what Astuto and colleagues (1993) label the professional community of learners, in which the teachers in a school and its administrators continuously seek and share learning and then act on what they learn. As an organizational arrangement, the professional learning community is seen as a powerful staff development approach and a potent strategy for school change and improvement. Each of these is discussed briefly in this paper. Next Page: Supportive and Shared Leadership
Everything Pinterest and Tumblr Users Need To Know About Copyright Law It's hard to write a story or post about Pinterest and copyright law without at least one reader leaving a comment along the lines of "What about Tumblr?" Indeed, comparisons between the two sites are fairly obvious: while Tumblr is more of a blog platform and Pinterest is more of a link-sharing site, both are set up to allow users to easily share content they find on the Internet, and both do a great job of displaying visual content - whether or not the person sharing that content has rights to share that work. But Pinterest, in large part because of its rapid growth and sudden popularity, gets the lion's share of heat when people talk about what social networks can and can't do when it comes to copyright. "The copyright policies of both sites are really quite similar, and the particular focus on Pinterest seems unwarranted in my opinion," said Timothy C. Should You Close Your Pinterest And Tumblr Accounts?
About PLCs | All Things PLC | Powered by Solution Tree Professional learning community (PLC) An ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. Professional learning communities operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous job-embedded learning for educators. Read what advocates say about the impact of PLCs. What Are Professional Learning Communities? It has been interesting to observe the growing popularity of the term professional learning community. We have seen many instances in which educators assume that a PLC is a program. We have seen other instances in which educators assume that a PLC is a meeting—an occasional event when they meet with colleagues to complete a task. So, what is a PLC? A Focus on Learning The very essence of a learning community is a focus on and a commitment to the learning of each student. A Collaborative Culture With a Focus on Learning for All
Flickr vs. Pinterest: Flickr Users Can Now Implement Pinterest Opt-Out Users on the Yahoo-owned photo social network Flickr can now block Pinterest aficionados from tacking Flickr pictures onto their beloved online image boards. Flickr users can block pinning by changing a "Yes" to a "No" in user Privacy Settings. Simply state "No" in the area where you "Allow others to share your stuff." "Flickr has implemented the new tag that Pinterest introduced, and it now appears on all non-public/non-safe pages, as well as when a member has disabled sharing of their Flickr content," Jason Khoury, Director of Yahoo! Pinterest users can pin all pictures that are public, but only if sharing is not prohibited by the images' owners. In an experiment on Flickr, we were able to pin many non-creative-commons pictures, labelled "All Rights Reserved" onto our Pinterest pinboards. SEE ALSO: Sorry, Pinterest Users: Websites Can Now Block Pinning [VIDEO] Stephen Woods — a Flickr web developer — told users they would be able to opt out starting this week.