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  1. Make Connections! Increase Your Professional Learning Network with Technology Session 332 Alabama Educational Technology Conference 2013

  2. 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

  3. Are you a member of a network? Probably!Do you routinely use. . . • Facebook? • Twitter? • Skype? • Facetime? • Email? • Text?

  4. 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?

  5. Congratulations! • You have what it takes to join a Professional Learning Network (PLN)! • Now, if only you had the time. . .

  6. What is a professional learning network? www.resourcebce.wordpress.com

  7. How does this PLN thing work? www.synchronized-sleeping-impactlab.net

  8. PLN: Can I really manage this? www.edublogs.com

  9. How does Debbie do it? www.deborahschepp.wordpress.com

  10. Where do I find a PLN? It’s easier than finding Waldo! www.whereswaldo.com

  11. PLNs come in many forms.

  12. Blog “a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer” Merriam-Webster Online

  13. Educational Blogs • Educators can use blogs to network with colleagues, find resources, showcase their classrooms, and more. www.educatorstechnology.com

  14. 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/

  15. 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/

  16. 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/

  17. 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/

  18. Get Started Blogging! • Create your own educational blog Get Started with EduBlog! • http://edublogs.org/curriculum-corner-class-blogs/

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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/

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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!

  26. Who needs a PLN? Actually, who doesn’t?

  27. Who ultimately benefits?

  28. Let’s review. . . • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6O4ewycXF0

  29. Now go out and make connections with your own PLN! www.mymedialabs.com