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23 Resources about Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)

23 Resources about Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)
Part of the Cool Sites series For the past year, I have researched the what, who, when, how, and why of Personal/Professional/Passionate Learning Networks (PLNs). We have seen the benefits of the people we choose to connect, collaborate, and problem solve with through social media. A community raises a child! Below are several resources I have collected about the history of PLNs, how to build a PLN, and the tools needed to build a PLN. We Connect Wiki- This wiki is full of videos, Wallwishers, Wikipedia articles, and more that help educators find the resources to build a PLN. Wikipedia article about PLNs- This article explains the history and theory behind PLNs. Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age by George Siemens- Siemens is noted as one of the forerunners behind the PLN movement. Origins of the Term ‘Personal Learning Network’ by Stephen Downes- Downes is another forerunner of the PLN movement and connectivism. Why Do We Connect? How To Build Your PLN Using Twitter

The Dos and Don'ts of Tech Integration PD Of all the initiatives a school can begin, integrating technology may require the most professional development. This is partly because of the equipment, hardware, and software involved and partly because of the shift that a teacher must make in his or her teaching style, technique, and planning process in order to effectively use technology in the classroom. Here are some basic "dos" and "don'ts" for anyone doing tech integration professional development. This approach requires those who provide professional development for teachers to listen to their needs, and to know the school and staff they are either visiting or presenting to. For technology integration to be successful, a trainer needs to know these variances among the teachers he or she is working with and plan for how teachers will apply what they've learned with you once the session is over. For more on building a PD model that supports teacher collaboration and voice, see my posts on the Edcamp model. see more see less

Blogging Tips for Teachers What’s Here This page shares ideas for educators to use in creating websites with teaching resources. Learn how to set up and design your blog, create strong content, build a following online, and more! These tips are based on my own personal experience with running a website for teachers since July 2003–almost a decade! Setting Up Your Blog The first step to setting your blog apart: always write about something you know and truly care about. Choose your blogging platform carefully. Pick a great template. Choose a niche or focus for your blog . Be cautious of using your grade level as your niche. Google your blog title and niche before going live with it. Creating Strong Blog Content The phrase I live by is content is king. Many bloggers spend too much time focusing on promoting their blogs and not enough time writing stuff people want to read. Don’t stress over posting on a regular schedule. Stay true to your voice. How to Come Up with Blog Post Ideas

Personal Learning Networks 101 For most of the summer I have been working on a book with Bill Ferriter and Jason Ramsden entitled Essentials for Principals: Social Media. The book will be published by Solution Tree Press. As I was working on the professional development section the other day I delved into the topic of Personal Learning Networks (PLN’s). Now I fully realize that the majority of educators immersed in social media understand the importance of a PLN and how to establish one. Well, this post is not for you, but instead for a teacher or administrator that you work with that needs either a a little push to set one up or further explanation on it’s value. The concept of a PLN has been around for a very long time. Most educators I talk to have no idea where to begin when attempting to create a PLN that meets their teaching and learning needs. Twitter: Microblogging platform that allows educators from all corners of the globe to communicate in 140 characters or less. cialis purchase online

Do We See the Beauty in Every Student? Posted by Shelly Terrell on Wednesday, June 9th 2010 As many of us prepare for the start of a new year, I can’t help but think of the students who will drop-out, work instead of go to college, be placed in a juvenile detention center, go to jail, fail, attend alternative schools, or be on welfare. Somewhere along the way a parent, teacher, politician, and community failed them. In most cases, it was all these stakeholders who failed them. When I see a defeated student walk into my room I wonder at what age someone made them feel like they could not succeed. Seeing the Ugly I would love to believe all educators enter our field full of compassion for every student. Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. ~ Confucius How many students walk into a class and are labeled as trouble or bad? The Reality The problem is that there are too many students who feel more comfortable with failure. Consider the drop-out rate in your country. Challenge:

50 Ways to Integrate Technology - Ways to Anchor Technology in Your Classroom Tomorrow Using Free Websites as Learning & Teaching Tools 1. Have students use Spelling City to learn their spelling words, vocabulary words, or site words through games, practice, and quizzes. Spelling City is a free resource for teachers. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Share your ideas for integration on Animoto. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Using Free Websites for Management 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29.

What is a PLN, anyway? A good friend (and a great teacher) e-mailed me after my last post. “Great links,” she said. “But what’s a PLN?” A good reminder about why I try to avoid acronyms and jargon in my writing. PLN is an acronym for Personal Learning Network. The structure of my PLN has changed since I first started teaching. The pre-Internet 80s Yes, there was an internet of sorts in the 80s, but I wasn’t on it. My PLN was very small—the teachers in my school, a few colleagues from graduate school, workshop presenters. The e-mail 90s I sent my first e-mail message in 1995. My PLN got a little bigger in the 90s. The social 2000s For information junkies, this decade has been amazing. The biggest change has been in the way I meet and communicate with people in my PLN. First, there is Twitter, which is like a big noisy teacher’s lounge. Most of the resources are in the form of links—to websites, to e-books, to blogs, or to activities. Nings are like subject area resource rooms in a large school. Related

19 Word Cloud Resources, Tips, & Tools Posted by Shelly Terrell on Sunday, February 14th 2010 Part of the Cool Sites series Learning new vocabulary can be quite daunting for most students. We just have to look at the literacy rates to see how much children struggle with vocabulary. Rote learning of vocabulary does not really work. Wordle Wordle is one of the best ways to engage learners if you know how to use it well. Alternatives Tech Tools & Pedagogy– Word Clouds- Marisa Constantinides’ post includes a comparison chart that lists the options for each of the following word cloud tools and shows you visual examples of each. A few more alternatives include: ABC ya! Resources Tips You can make phrases in Wordle by using the ~ to group words. Tagul Tips I use Tagul when I want to have each of the words in a cloud lead to a link with more information or to have them in a specific shape such as a heart, star, rectangle, or regular cloud. Two ways to customize links: Challenge:

Designing A Website For Your Class Lesson Plans and Teacher Timesavers - Huge Collection - Instant Lessons View Collection Need Tons of New Worksheets? - 50,000+ printables - Save Time! View Now... Designing A Website For Your Class What's All the Hype? It's apparent that there seems to be a rush for people to design a personal web page for all sorts of reasons. A beginner, making a web page, will need to put in a minimal number of hours to develop a "simple" web site. The Benefits A well-designed website will greatly enhance communication between you and your students. In this tutorial, we will examine free services available to help you make a web page, the process of designing your own independent site, neat web design add-ons, creating a newsletter, what should your page should have, and sites that can help you get started. What Should a Teacher Site Have on It? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Adding Interactivity To Your Site 1.VBulletin- Create an interactive message board for your site in minutes. 2. 4. 5. 6.

The Infotention Network | Skills for Solving Information Overload...Life Skills for Digital Citizenship Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Tips & Resources Ebook Notetaking Apps - a comparison of some popular ones Notetaking apps are a great way to get organized and keep track of everything electronically. There are a lot of different ones out there, so I thought I would go through some of the more popular ones and list some of the features they have. Click on the links for more information on each one also. 1. Evernote - this is the note taking app that I use the most. 2. 3. 5. 6.