Make Connections! Increase Your Professional Learning Network with Technology Session 332 Alabama Educational Technology Conference 2013
Your Hosts • Dr. Reenay Rogers Assistant Professor Educational Research & Instructional Technology Department of Instructional Leadership & Support The University of West Alabama • Dr. Susan Cordell, NBCT Assistant Professor Library Media & Educational Research Department of Instructional Leadership & Support The University of West Alabama
Are you a member of a network? Probably!Do you routinely use. . . • Facebook? • Twitter? • Skype? • Facetime? • Email? • Text?
No? Do you. . . • Talk on the telephone? • Chat in the hallway, lounge or at ballgames? • Help teachers find things? • Collaborate on lesson planning? • Watch/share the daily news? • Talk in your sleep? • Sing in the shower?
Congratulations! • You have what it takes to join a Professional Learning Network (PLN)! • Now, if only you had the time. . .
What is a professional learning network? www.resourcebce.wordpress.com
How does this PLN thing work? www.synchronized-sleeping-impactlab.net
PLN: Can I really manage this? www.edublogs.com
How does Debbie do it? www.deborahschepp.wordpress.com
Where do I find a PLN? It’s easier than finding Waldo! www.whereswaldo.com
Blog “a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer” Merriam-Webster Online
Educational Blogs • Educators can use blogs to network with colleagues, find resources, showcase their classrooms, and more. www.educatorstechnology.com
General Education Blogs • Edudemic- provides innovative ideas for using social media http://www.edudemic.com/ • The Innovative Educator- http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/ • Technology Blog for Teachers- http://www.freetech4teachers.com/ http://thespian70.blogspot.com/
Educator Blogs • Special Ed Blog http://digitalanthology.blogspot.com/ http://specialedlaw.blogs.com/ • Library Media Specialists http://blog.cathyjonelson.com/ http://www.trycuriosity.com/ http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/
Educator Blogs • Primary Grade Blog http://theorganizedclassroomblog.com/ http://mscassidysclass.edublogs.org • Principal’s Blog http://lynhilt.com/ • Science Blog http://www.sciencefix.com/ http://scienceblog.com/ • Math Blog http://blog.hoodamath.com/
Educator Blogs • Language Arts Blog http://interactivelanguagearts.com/ • U.S. History Blog http://ushistoryeducatorblog.blogspot.com/ • World History Blog http://worldhistoryeducatorsblog.blogspot.com/ • Art Teachers Blog http://www.theartofed.com/
Get Started Blogging! • Create your own educational blog Get Started with EduBlog! • http://edublogs.org/curriculum-corner-class-blogs/
Wiki “a web site that allows anyone to add, delete, or revise content by using a web browser” (Dictionary.com) http://cyber-kap.blogspot.com/2011/05/top-10-sites-for-creating-wiki.html
Educational Wikis Educators are using wikis to post lesson plans, resources, etc. Take advantage of the free resources available. Extensive list of education Wikis found here: • http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com/Examples+of+educational+wikis
Network with Twitter • Use Twitter to collaborate or learn from educators around the world • @We Are Teachers-teacher social network • @TeachHub- K-12 teacher resource • @Edutopia- Educational resource • #Educhat: http://thecleversheep.blogspot.com/2009/03/launch-of-educhat.html
How to Get Started with Twitter? • Twitter for Librarians: http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/a-guide-to-twitter-in-libraries/ • Twitter Guide for Teachers: http://www.edudemic.com/2010/06/the-ultimate-twitter-guidebook/
Facebook • Use the most popular social media to network! • Education Facebook Groups: • Educators Using Facebook • Teachers Sharing Ideas and Resources for the Classroom • Educators Network • Five Ways to Make Facebook Work for Teachers
Other… • Edmodo- allows teachers to collaborate, send notes, post assignments, conduct polls, etc. in a safe environment http://www.edmodo.com/ • Special Interest Groups (SIGS)- http://www.iste.org/connect/special-interest-groups
Why join professional learning networks? • For personal and social growth • For professional growth • To access the expertise of others • To provide your expertise to others • To share issues and solve problems together • To stay abreast of current trends and issues • To collaborate and play well with your colleagues • To improve your teaching • To embrace all the new technologies your students already know, and use them to their benefit • To be cool!
Who needs a PLN? Actually, who doesn’t?
Let’s review. . . • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6O4ewycXF0
Now go out and make connections with your own PLN! www.mymedialabs.com