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Nigel Coutts

Why build a Personal Learning Network? - 51 views

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    'Inside the Black Box' was written by Black and William in 1998 and in it they describe the classroom as a black box with inputs and outputs but what occurred inside was a mystery. For many teachers the reality has been that what occurs in their classroom has been both private and isolating, a matter between the teacher and his or her students but a task largely tackled alone. But this isolationist view is, in the age of the social media and networking increasingly challenged and more and more teachers are finding their voice, sharing their ideas and gaining valuable insights from a global community of connected educators.
Roland Gesthuizen

7 Ways My Classroom Is Better Because I Connect | EdSurge News - 55 views

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    "Here are seven ways that my students benefit from the online Professional Learning Network I have built over the years:"
Roland Gesthuizen

Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future - 67 views

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    "Learning to create, manage and promote a professional learning network (PLN) will soon become, if it's not already, one of the most necessary and sought after skills for a global citizen, and as such, must become a prominent feature of any school curriculum. "
Roland Gesthuizen

Great Teachers Don't Wait for PD Days | Educational Discourse - 68 views

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    "This was a comment I made on the #satchatwc a while back. It's had a few retweets and some comments. This past Saturday morning, I joined in the first #edcampHOME  hosted as an edcamp event but online. As I've processed this event and what took place, there are a few take aways for me and then a reflection."
psmiley

SmartBlog on Education - Personal learning networks: Advice from the trenches - SmartBr... - 24 views

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    We already know this, so share with someone who doesn't yet know it!
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    Personal learning networks: Advice from the trenches by Tom Murray http://t.co/SDa8N51uw8 via @SBEducation #Edchat
Jennie Snyder

8 Ideas, 10 Guides, And 17 Tools For A Better Professional Learning Network - 5 views

  • Get started developing your social media PLN with these tips and ideas for great ways to make use of social tools.
  • t’s not enough to just follow and read, you need to connect.
  • can chat, collaborate, and connect through Twitter chats
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  • Guides
  • hese guides to find out how other educators have used social media and other tools to grow their personal learning networks.
  • Use these popular social media tools for learning to grow and take advantage of your network with the latest technology.
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    An excellent post with resources on developing and building a personal learning network.
kecurry

A Great Twitter Cheat Sheet for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning - 150 views

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    Great resource for teachers wanting to use Twitter.
Roland Gesthuizen

What is a PLN? Or, PLE vs. PLN? » open thinking - 77 views

  • I thought it was appropriate to ask the question to my PLN (or what I perceive as my PLN) via Twitter. I asked if anyone had a definition for a PLN, or if they knew the difference between a personal learning network and personal learning environment (PLE). I received varied responses, and the majority of these are pasted below.
  • I believe that is what a PLN is all about…To act as a source AND catalyst for this sort of thought-provoking conversation and authentic experience mentioned above that leads us to a point where are required to engage, to reflect, and ultimately to contribute instead of just consuming.
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    "I thought it was appropriate to ask the question to my PLN (or what I perceive as my PLN) via Twitter. I asked if anyone had a definition for a PLN, or if they knew the difference between a personal learning network and personal learning environment (PLE). I received varied responses, and the majority of these are pasted below."
Roland Gesthuizen

Twitter for Teachers - a professional development tool | learningblog.org - 145 views

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    Twitter is one of the most powerful social media tools to help teachers with their professional development. The video below explains why.
tapiatanova

A Social Network Can Be a Learning Network - The Digital Campus - The Chronicle of High... - 98 views

  • Sharing student work on a course blog is an example of what Randall Bass and Heidi Elmendorf, of Georgetown University, call "social pedagogies." They define these as "design approaches for teaching and learning that engage students with what we might call an 'authentic audience' (other than the teacher), where the representation of knowledge for an audience is absolutely central to the construction of knowledge in a course."
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      Very important - social pedagogies for authentic tasks - a key for integrating SNTs in the classroom.
    • Daniel Spielmann
       
      Agreed, for connectivism see also www.connectivism.ca
  • External audiences certainly motivate students to do their best work. But students can also serve as their own authentic audience when asked to create meaningful work to share with one another.
    • Daniel Spielmann
       
      The last sentence is especially important in institutional contexts where the staff voices their distrust against "open scholarship" (Weller 2011), web 2.0 and/or open education. Where "privacy" is deemed the most important thing in dealing with new technologies, advocates of an external audience have to be prepared for certain questions.
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      yes! nothing but barriers! However, it is unclear if the worries about pravacy are in regards to students or is it instructors who fear teaching in the open. everyone cites FERPA and protection of student identities, but I have yet to hear any student refusing to work in the open...
  • Students most likely won't find this difficult. After all, you're asking them to surf the Web and tag pages they like. That's something they do via Facebook every day. By having them share course-related content with their peers in the class, however, you'll tap into their desires to be part of your course's learning community. And you might be surprised by the resources they find and share.
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  • back-channel conversations
  • While keynote speakers and session leaders are speaking, audience members are sharing highlights, asking questions, and conversing with colleagues on Twitter
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      An effective use of Twitter that can be translated to classrooms.
    • Daniel Spielmann
       
      All classrooms?
    • John Dorn
       
      classrooms where students are motivated to learn. Will this work in a HS classroom where kids just view their phones as a means to check up on people? Maybe if they can see "cool" class could be if they were responsible for the freedoms that would be needed to use twitter or other similar sites.
  • Ask your students to create accounts on Twitter or some other back-channel tool and share ideas that occur to them in your course. You might give them specific assignments, as does the University of Connecticut's Margaret Rubega, who asks students in her ornithology class to tweet about birds they see. During a face-to-face class session, you could have students discuss their reading in small groups and share observations on the back channel. Or you could simply ask them to post a single question about the week's reading they would like to discuss.
  • A back channel provides students a way to stay connected to the course and their fellow students. Students are often able to integrate back channels into their daily lives, checking for and sending updates on their smartphones, for instance. That helps the class become more of a community and gives students another way to learn from each other.
  • Deep learning is hard work, and students need to be well motivated in order to pursue it. Extrinsic factors like grades aren't sufficient—they motivate competitive students toward strategic learning and risk-averse students to surface learning.
  • Social pedagogies provide a way to tap into a set of intrinsic motivations that we often overlook: people's desire to be part of a community and to share what they know with that community.
  • Online, social pedagogies can play an important role in creating such a community. These are strong motivators, and we can make use of them in the courses we teach.
  • The papers they wrote for my course weren't just academic exercises; they were authentic expressions of learning, open to the world as part of their "digital footprints."
    • Daniel Spielmann
       
      Yes, but what is the relation between such writing and ("proper"?) academic writing?
  • Collaborative documents need not be text-based works. Sarah C. Stiles, a sociologist at Georgetown, has had her students create collaborative timelines showing the activities of characters in a text, using a presentation tool called Prezi.com. I used that tool to have my cryptography students create a map of the debate over security and privacy. They worked in small groups to brainstorm arguments, and contributed those arguments to a shared debate map synchronously during class.
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    A great blog post on social pedagogies and how they can be incorporated in university/college classes. A good understanding of creating authentic learning experiences through social media.
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    A great blog post on social pedagogies and how they can be incorporated in university/college classes. A good understanding of creating authentic learning experiences through social media.
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    A great blog post on social pedagogies and how they can be incorporated in university/college classes. A good understanding of creating authentic learning experiences through social media.
Beth Panitz

Global Connections: My PLN Story | Powerful Learning Practice - 45 views

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    Personal Learning Networks for Teachers
clconzen

20 Technology Skills that Every Educator Should Have | Digital Learning Environments - 171 views

  • could be/might be used in a classroom.
\ 1.    Google Tools Knowledge2.    Google Earth Knowledge3.    Wiki Knowledge4.    Blogging Knowledge5.    Spreadsheets Skills6.    Database Skills7.    Social Bookmarking Knowledge8.    Social Networking Knowledge9.    Web Resources in content area 10.    Web Searching skills11.    Web2.0 Tools 12.    Interactive White Board skills (SmartBoard and Promethean)13.    Website design and management skills14.    Presentation Tools 15.    IM knowledge16.    Video and Podcasting
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    lists skills with resources
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    Useful re: Tech Competencies - 20 Technology Skills that Every Educator Should Have http://t.co/5y2u1ECH #edtech
Roland Gesthuizen

The Innovative Educator: Think you're a Digital Immigrant? Get Over It! - 103 views

  • educators hesitant to use the modern tools of today, to stop relying on others and take ownership of their learning and suggests this can be done through developing a personal learning network
  • educators must take ownership of their learning rather than waiting for/relying on others to provide it.
  • Teachers do not need to be technology experts to allow students to use it to retrieve information, collaborate, create, and communicate
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    There is less tolerance for educators who do not believe it is their responsibility to move their teaching out of the past. Those stuck in the past... those who are not developing their own personal learning networks... those not taking ownership for their learning... are doing a great disservice to our students and themselves.
tab_ras

Stages of PLN adoption | The Thinking Stick - 17 views

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      Learn by doing - immersion...
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      After the "honeymoon" period comes evaluation: how is the SNT working? How do you need it to work? Is it a productive addition to your workday? Or is it a burden? How do you feel when you receive information from the SNT?
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    how one goes about starting a PLN, how do you monitor it, and how do you learn to shut it off
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