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PLN Basics. What is a Professional Learning Network? (PLN) How would that help me? How do I create one? Twitter Really Simple Syndicate (RSS). Professional Learning Network (PLN). A PLN a network of professionals and professional organizations

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pln basics
PLN Basics
  • What is a Professional Learning Network? (PLN)
  • How would that help me?
  • How do I create one?


Really Simple Syndicate (RSS)

professional learning network pln
Professional Learning Network (PLN)
  • A PLN a network of professionals and professional organizations
  • We’ve always had them, but by using online resources, our PLN is more accessible and easier to tailor to our individual needs
  • We can easily find educators that can support us in our professional development in ways that we control and manage
  • We can pull the information we want out of the vast amount of information available
how to develop a networked pln
How to Develop a Networked PLN
  • There are many ways to create a PLN, but the two easiest are using Twitter and RSS feeds
  • By using these two methods, you have the power of thousands of people and thousands of organizations
  • Professional Development can be incremental and throughout the year
  • Professional Development can be tailored by you to fit your exact needs
let s set up a twitter account
Let’s Set Up a Twitter Account

Create an account

twitter cont
Twitter Cont.
  • Most professionals use their real name or some form of it, but that is up to you
  • Make sure you add a picture, most professionals use their real photo, again optional
  • Go to settings to monitor privacy, most professional twitter accounts are open because the purpose is to share resources
  • I would not set it to alert you to each tweet, you’ll go crazy. Just DM and @ alerts work well.
follow your twitter teacher
Follow your Twitter Teacher

The twitter teacher will walk you through the process

twitter set up recap
Twitter Set UpRecap
  • Confirm your account through your email
  • Create your profile
    • Privacy settings
    • Separating work and personal twitter
    • Using your real name and photo for professional use
It’s Important to Create Your ProfileDon’t stay the egg with no descriptionBe an addition to your PLN
the lingo
The Lingo
  • @mentions, this is public, but the other person is alerted to your post
  • Retweets, RT, click on the retweet sign to let your followers se a post you found interesting
  • DM direct message, found on the right hand side. This is personal to that individual
  • Using #hashtags to add your post to a group of like topics. Search #hashtags to follow topics
Favorites: a way to file resourcesBy clicking ‘favorite’ you can keep tweets in your favorites tab for easy reference
Finding TweepsThere are search sites, but the easiest wayis to look at who like minded colleagues are following
Shortening Your URLTwitter automatically shortens, but this site allows you to track clicks and shortensURLsmore
twitter etiquette our emily post of the cyber world
Twitter EtiquetteOur Emily Post of the Cyber World
find some people to follow
Find Some People to Follow
  • Your address book to find people you know
  • Hash tags # to find interests
  • Look at people associated with someone you resonate with @donnaroman
  • Follow and unfollow to tailor your PLN
rss reader
RSS Reader

Click here for overview and instructions

  • RSS in Plain English

Short video to show you how to set up and use an RSS

set up your reader
Set up Your Reader
  • Create a google account
  • Click on Reader
  • Let’s start finding blogs

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so what did you end up with
So, what did you end up with?

Pull Technology of

  • New ideas
  • Latest research
  • Articles
  • Accumulation
  • Collaboration
  • Partners