Session Description: Professional development is no longer limited to a specific date and time. Today's educators are discovering how to create personal and professional learning networks (PLNs) that enable them to collaborate with others, find just-in-time support, and gather ideas from colleagues around the globe. This session will highlight several strategies for building a PLN.

What does professional learning look like in a digital age?


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What's a PLN?




The Art & Technique of Personal Learning Networks by David Warlick




What mediums can I use to build a PLN? The quick list

Tip: Use one particular email and username for all your identities and logins online – it will help you manage your online presence. Consider establishing a gmail account – it will protect your personal and/or school email account, plus it will provide you access to all of Google’s services because your gmail account will double as a Google Account.

Twitter - microblogging - bite-sized professional development and just-in-time support

Twitter and Twitter Tools

If you are new to Twitter this info will help.
Howcast - How To Use Twitter





Twitter Reference Handout
Cindy Kendall's bookmarks about Twitter on delicious

Find people to follow by visiting:
Twitter4Teachers – find educators who are on Twitter, organized by content area
Twitter Search – use Twitter’s search tool to locate potential people to follow
WeFollow – find people who are on Twitter by interest and keyword category

RSS & RSS Management


What is RSS?RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary). It is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works – blogs, news, audio, video, etc. in a standard format. This makes it easy to push and pull information from one website to another.

Why is RSS powerful?It gives websites the ability to post information to a lot of different places at one time, pushing content without structure. In other words, I can pull the text of an RSS enabled page and leave the structure of the page (the HTML) behind.

How do I take advantage of this power?Get an RSS Reader/Aggregator. It will make your life so much easier and save you valuable time.

So where does an RSS Reader fit into my PLN?An RSS reader can be the primary tool that you use for your PLN because you are able to stay up-to-date on the information that matters most to you.

How do I get started?
1. Choose a Reader (i.e. Google Reader , netvibes , ...)
2. Find Feeds of Interest (blogs, news, feeds from other web 2.0 applications)
3. Check often! Your reader can become YOUR daily newspaper.




Online Communities



Social bookmarking: Join
Diigo
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Diigo Bookmarking


Quick start guide:

Diigo Group: Resources for Languages
Diigo Group:Teaching and Learning with Web 2.0
Diigo Groups: technoLanguages A group for resources about world languages, language teaching, language learning, technology in language classrooms
Diigo Group: BSEC German Teachers-Resources for teachers of German



Delicious:

http://delicious.com/
Del.icio.us is a free social bookmarking service where thousands of people store their bookmarks. Members can access bookmarks from any computer, share bookmarks with others and search for specific content.


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Links from Past Presentations


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Today's Meet (backchannel)
Wallwisher:Leave your thoughts, learning and/or reflections about the session here.
Primary Pad: Let's put our heads together and brainstorm how to use these tools to enhance learning.