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Social Networking for Professional Development. Marian Thacher. How has the Web changed our professional relationships?. Easy to create a variety of Web sites Anyone can have an online presence, post content, have conversations

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how has the web changed our professional relationships
How has the Web changed our professional relationships?
  • Easy to create a variety of Web sites
  • Anyone can have an online presence, post content, have conversations
  • “Watch” what other people are doing, thinking, reading, talking about
  • Your network now includes “strangers”! (and strangers are not so strange)
what is a social networking site
What is a Social Networking Site?
  • A Web site that allows users to connect, communicate and/or share information with each other

By Moonjazz, http://www.flickr.com/photos/moonjazz/651498439/

examples of social networking
Examples of Social Networking
  • Email Lists
  • Blogs
  • Social Bookmarking
  • Facebook, LinkedIn
  • Ning, Wiggio

From premiardeigo, http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/591163479/

your personal learning network
Your Personal Learning Network
  • How do you learn new things?
    • ?
    • ?
  • How did you learn new things 10 yrs ago?
    • ?
    • ?
  • Any differences?
your personal learning network1
Your Personal Learning Network
  • 2.5 billion searches per day on Google, in 40 languages
  • 75% of the time people go to information directly from their search results, NOT from the home page of a site
your personal learning network2
Your Personal Learning Network
  • Example of Stephen Downes

www.downes.ca

    • Saw references several years ago
    • Followed him on Twitter and Facebook
    • Received interesting links and references
    • Went to his blog and signed up for his newsletter
    • Posted on my blog about him and he responded
    • Now he is in my PLN, and he notes that he actually came up with the concept!
your personal learning network3
Your Personal Learning Network

“Information has always been a conversation, it’s just that most of us weren’t part of it, until the Internet.”

--Steve Hargadon

www.stevehargadon.com

david warlick s pln
David Warlick’s PLN

http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/

my pln 10 years ago

Supervisors

Prof. Groups

Students

Friends

Colleagues

Lesson Plans

Articles

Work-shops

Parenting

Class Activities

Reports

My PLN 10 Years ago

Conferences

Classes

Site Workshops

Journals

Books

Web Pages

Teacher

Coordinator

Presenter

Mom

my pln now
My PLN Now

Supervisors

Prof. Groups

Colleagues

Online Network

Friends

Blogs

Social Networks

Listservs

Podcasts

Aggregators

Twitter

Journals

Books

Web Pages

Conferences

Classes

Site Workshops

Administrator

Presenter

Blogger

Grandma

Web site

Articles

Blogs

Grand-parenting

Work-shops

Reports

viral professional development
Viral Professional Development
  • We learn on our own with support from each other
  • Build a network!
  • Share everything – tape it, blog it, tag it, post it
  • Celebrate and get the word out up and down the food chain
slide13
Menu
  • Email Lists
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Social Networking
  • Social Bookmarking
email lists or listservs
Email Lists, or Listservs

PROs

  • Easy to access
  • Comes to you (push)
  • Access to a wider community
  • Get answers to your questions

CONs

  • Too much email
  • Not all of interest
  • Public in ways you might not realize
email lists or listservs1
Email Lists, or Listservs
  • LINCS lists (ESL, Math, Tech, Assessment, etc.)
  • Adult Numeracy Network
  • National Literacy Advocacy
  • CA Tech Mentor Network
  • CA Distance Learning
  • Start your own!
email lists or listservs2
Email Lists, or Listservs
  • When to create your own list
    • Large group, geographically dispersed
    • Need to share information and/or keep in touch
    • Can be one-way or discussion
    • To moderate, or not to moderate
  • When NOT to create your own list
    • No one to be responsible for keeping it going
    • Can communicate a different way (shared doc, wiki)
blogs1
Blogs
  • What is a blog?
  • Go to the Wiki
blogs2
Blogs
  • How are you using blogs?
  • What do you want to learn?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of blogging?
blogs3
Blogs

PROs

  • Easy to create, fast
  • Easy to add links, photos, video
  • Can be used to create community (followers, commenters, shared editing)

CONs

  • Generally one author
  • Used for personal opinions and reflection
  • Some constraints on organization
blogging for prof dev
Blogging for Prof. Dev.
  • Provide information to staff
    • Jefferson Adult School
  • Create an online community
    • TIMAC Blog
    • Newport Mesa Blog
  • Reflect on practice
    • Jan, Marian
wikis1
Wikis
  • What is a wiki?
  • Go to the wiki

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cogdog/19490596/

wikis2
Wikis
  • How are you using wikis?
  • What do you want to learn?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of wikis?
wikis3
Wikis

PROs

  • Easy to create, fast
  • Good for frequent updating
  • Many can contribute
  • Can be public or private
  • Basic service is free

CONs

  • Sometimes a clunky interface
  • Have to pay to get rid of ads
  • Hard to make it graphically pleasing
examples
Examples
  • Adult Literacy Education Wiki
  • California Budget Cuts
  • mLearning wiki
  • Lots more examples
slide29
Ning
  • Tool for creating online communities
  • No longer free, but affordable for education
  • Many features – groups, blogs, discussions…
ning examples
Ning Examples
  • California ABE Initiative
  • CALPRO Multilevel ESL e-PLC
  • Educator’s PLN
  • Classroom 2.0
wiggio
Wiggio
  • Similar to Ning, but free
  • Easy to set up group
  • Use to create an email list
facebook1
Facebook

PROs

  • Everybody is already here!
  • Variety of page types – group, business page, personal
  • Wide access for discussions and sharing

CONs

  • Privacy issues
  • Confusing re types of pages
  • Need to have a separate professional account
facebook examples
Facebook Examples
  • CA Adult Schools on Facebook
    • Torrance
    • Downey
    • Milpitas
  • OTAN on Facebook

From mattkeefe - http://www.flickr.com/photos/fil/3151423/

bookmarking and tagging
Bookmarking and Tagging
  • How you save sites now
  • Bookmarking
  • Tagging
  • Tag clouds
  • Go to the wiki

(my Delicious account)

(my diigo account)

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