Professional Learning Networks

Presenters: Shawn McGirr and Troy Patterson

Session Description: Networking is a basic tenet of education. Come and learn how you can create your own Personal Learning Network. Learn which tools you can use to develop a network that meets your needs. Learn the continuum of professional learning network development. Learn how to use podcasts, wikis, social networking (facebook, et. al.), social bookmarking (delicious, et. al), webinars, blogs, microblogs (Twitter), and more. This stuff isn’t just for your students anymore.

MY THOUGHTS IN ALL CAPS

LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS ONE…HOPING TO SHARE A LOT WITH YOU GUYS ON MSP2 AND THE BLOG…THOUGH MANY OF YOU READING IT ON THE BLOG ARE ALREADY FULLY ENGAGED IN PLNS…WILL BE WORKING FROM A TXT FILE AND UPLOADING TO MY BLOG LATER AS THERE’S NO INTERNET CONNECTION AT THE MOMENT FOR PARTICIPANTS

PRESENTATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT WWW.MIDDLESCHOOLMATTERS.COM

Opened with an Animoto video by Jenny McAvoy-Anteau “PLNs”

Plugging the Middle School Matters Podcast, and the site where the presentation is already posted via slideshare.

PLN = Professional Learning Network, this is still in it’s infancy…still growing and changing, we don’t know the winners of the PLN race

Creating a PLN
There is so much info you can’t get arms around all of it at any one time. Get lots of info from many different places at one time.

PLN or PLC? PLC you don’t get to choose, it’s those in your district or building. A PLN is something YOU choose…who will I read, follow, learn from? If they’re valuable you keep going, if not, drop them.

Suggests creating fake email account to sign up for accounts to avoid Spam.
Second Life

Visited ISTE Island in Second Life to show Professional Development via virtual world. Jenny joining us from Alaska. Talking about the educators she has met via Second Life. “Found an incredible community of individuals with diverse learning needs” a “diverse community of individuals” who have helped her as a teacher and a person. Second Life offers real time chat, near face-to-face, where Twitter is “nearly now” not quite synchronous.

Another difference with Second Life is you can create objects that can be used to share files, etc.

Each PLN Tool fits different people’s needs…Find the one that fits what YOU need!

What do you need to get into Second Life?

  • Computer
  • Headset
  • The Program

Using Second Life to work with Autistic students…recreate community…students create avatar and do the daily things they have to do in real life, in Second Life. Then help to wean them off of Second Life and into Real Life.

Showing Land of Lincoln in Second Life…Lincoln’s White House, Lincoln Library, and other things related to the Life of Lincoln.

Discussing Teen Second Life vs. Second Life…adults only allowed in after background check and then have limited access where teens have full access to Teen Second Life.

Podcasting
Use for Professional Development

Suggestions: Look for Regular Episodes, Search iTunes, iTunes also gives you suggestions for other podcasts.

Podcasts for Students
60 Second Civics Podcast for Social Studies
Grammar Girl for Language Arts

Internet Archive will host anything that is not copywritten for FREE!

Student creation of podcasts can focus on: Demonstration of Understanding, Sharing w/ Others, Summarization, Teaching

Social Networks

  • MiddleTalk
  • Facebook
  • Nings – example: Classroom 2.0
  • Virtual Environments: Second Life

GREAT SESSION GUYS…HIGHLY FOCUSED ON SECOND LIFE, AND THAT SEEMED TO BE AN INTEREST OF THE GROUP. A GREAT WAY TO DISCUSS PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORKS THAT IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED. THERE’S A TON TO COVER IN A SESSION OF THIS LENGTH. CHECK OUT THE PRESENTATION FILES ON MIDDLESCHOOLMATTERS.COM

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