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Building Your Professional/Personal Learning Network


Drop-in Dates:  February 3, March 2, April 13, May 4, June 1

2:30 - 4:30


RSVP to sbeleznay@sd68.bc.ca

Bring your own technology if possible


We need to proceed with our eyes wide open so that we may use technology rather than be used by it.

Neil Postman


March 2nd: Notes


What did we notice about being "residents" of the online world?

The power of sharing:  the abundance of content is extraordinary and people generously share what they have (why not? there's so MUCH!  There's no need to hoard.)

There is a capacity to personalize, customize and create an interactive experience:  books and newsletters are "flat."  Online you can embed links, add video and bring the text to life.  (See the Quarterway newsletters.)


Concerns:  there is still ongoing concerns from everyone about privacy and confidentiality.  Many feel vulnerable about having a digital footprint.   


Why Facebook?

If we aren’t LEADING the story from our school, it will be led by others.

We reach different audiences through different tools.

People expect choice in how the receive information.  They expect to find a school website, a Facebook page, email.   

In leading the information space, we can share the stories from our school, provide an opportunity for the community to engage - AND give information in a timely manner.  


How to use Facebook (and examples):

Facebook Resources.



February 3rd:  Notes


What we want from from building a PLN (and in particular Twitter):

Strategies we can use in class

Quick access to what we want and to be able to "just use it"!

To get in the loop - technology is moving so quickly

A way to get succinct, "take or leave it," when we want, well-synthesized PD (articles and so on) from  people we respect

A way to work together (we'll never do it alone)

Help in figuring things out (it's harder by ourselves)

To make informed decisions about technology and online tools like Twitter.  


Learning with Technology demands a culture shift.  

Twitter and other social media tools can support both our learning and a new way of thinking about learning.  Telus is using social learning to change the culture in their organization.


Visitor or Resident?  

The culture shift isn't really between young and old, but between an understanding of learning as individual and learning as social.  David White shares the difference between people who use technology as "visitors" and those who use it as "residents."  



Twitter is a "Resident Tool" 

You have to "live" there to get it.  

Learn the language first:  Find a variety of "how-to" Twitter resources here)

Use "resident" strategies:

Residents use their real names.

Residents create a profile that reveals who they are.

Residents use a picture of themselves (or at least change the "egg").  

Residents don’t “protect” their tweets.

Residents follow other people.  Start by following our group - https://twitter.com/sbeleznay/plnclub

Follow hashtags:  See "20 Hashtags Every Educator Should Know":  http://t.co/6LUpzk4X.  (Thanks for tweeting it, Harvey.)  SD68 hashtags:  #68learns  #tl68 (teacher-librarians)

Use Tweetdeck to organize:  Go to http://tweetdeck.com.  You can now use the web version, so a download isn't necessary.  You can create columns with your favourite hashtags or lists.  


Our reflection:  What can we learn about learning and technology by “living” online for a month?



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