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Build your Online Professional Learning Network

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Monika Kern

on 14 August 2014

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Build your Online Professional Learning Network
Professional Learning Network

What is a PLN?
online (distance, cost, range available)
Meetings at school, workshops, conferences; VLN, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Blogging, Online Pinboards etc.
A PLN is a group of people with a shared professional interest.
It involves the exchanging of ideas, thoughts, tips, tricks, resources etc. (give and take).
You assemble and change your PLN to meet your professional needs.
To learn with and from colleagues and other people you share an interest with
To improve learning experiences and outcomes for your students.
What topics am I interested in?
What platforms are my colleagues using?
How comfortable do I feel in the online world?
What do I need to know about using Social Media?
Ask yourself:
Questions like these will help you to decide where to start. Not all platforms are right for everyone, test different ones and see if they work for you.
The Virtual Learning Network (
New Zealand
Many groups
Lurk & contribute = take & give
Create an account, wait for approval.
Use Getting started on the VLN (
Familiar to many of us
Many groups
Advertising and spam
It is ok to lurk & to contribute; however, there seem to be more lurkers than contributors.
Create a professional account
Create your profile (you can skip some steps)
Look for pages / groups that match your interest
Google +
Google+ Profile, Circles
Google’s Social Media, links to other Google products
Build your circles
Build your circles
You see posts on what / who you follow
You need a Google / Gmail account, create it at
You will be prompted to create your Google+ profile (13+ years!)
Google+ Communities
Search for communities that match your interest and join or
create your own community and invite others
Find or create community of interest
Feeds into your G+
Lots of communities
Quicker help than ‘official’ support pages

Google Hangout / on Air
Google's answer to Skype. Online meetings, Mystery Hangout, private or recorded and public
Easily accessible, PLN in my handbag
Who to follow?
You see what /who you follow
#edchatnz, #kidschatnz, #ptchatnz, #engchatnz, #scichatnz, #aussieED
Create a twitter account
Follow people you know that share your interest, start following people they follow, or their followers
A tweet is a message consisting of 140 characters
Your tweet will be received by your followers in their twitter feed
@twitterhandle is your twitter address, it always starts with @, e.g. @BeLchick1
#hashtags are used to label or categorise tweets on a topic. You can search for a hashtag and find all tweets to this topic.
You can retweet (RT) a message you want your followers to see.
If you make changes to the original tweet, you call it a MT (modified tweet).
Some Twitter Tips:
The Teacher's Guide to Twitter (
Safety Guide for Teachers (
New to Twitter? Tips for Educators (
Teachers - The 10 stages of Twitter (
Useful Links:
Read & comment
Create portfolio
Job prospects
Time commitment to keep it current
Authentic audience for your Professional Learning
There are various blogging platforms, most common are (with a Google account) and
Set up your blog and start posting
Allanah King has some very helpful instructions around blogger (
Online Pinboards, e.g. Pinterest, Pearltrees
Collate your pins visually
Follow other pinners and boards
Little exchange with other pinners
Get great range of ideas from others
Online visual bookmarking tools that have developed into great resource collections
Sign up for free, start creating your own boards and / or follow pinners you know
Monika Kern, e-Learning Facilitator
Cognition Education
Twitter: @BeLchick1
Ph: +64 - 21 - 51 45 47

To gain an understanding of how your online PLN can enhance your professional development and therefore your teacher practice.
To start building / to extend your PLN
Aim of this session:
The Golden Circle
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