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#CouchConference: Developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN): Taking Charge of Your Professional Development

This presentation will introduce the participants to a PLN (personal, professional learning network) by teaching them the ins and outs of Twitter.
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Michele Eaton

on 20 June 2014

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Transcript of #CouchConference: Developing a Personal Learning Network (PLN): Taking Charge of Your Professional Development

Taking Charge of your Professional Development
P
ersonal
L
earning
N
etwork

Danville
Conference on a Couch
What is a PLN?
PLN Options
Blogs
Micro-blogs
Communities
Media
tweets
If you have 5 minutes, you can tweet!
following
Anatomy of a Tweet
Short Message
Link to Main Content
Hashtags
Twitter Terminology
Tweet
RT (Retweet)
@username
Reply
Direct Message
#Hashtag
Go to www.twitter.com and sign up for an account.
Let's get started!
hashtags
Search for....
#INeLearn
- for Indiana educators
#edchat #education
- for all educators
#cpchat #edadmin #satchat
- for administrators/leaders
#edtech
- technology in education
#educoach
- instructional coaches/leaders
#mlearning #byotchat #1to1chat
- mobile learning, BYOD, 1-1 initiatives
#mathcat #scichat #sschat
- math, science, and social studies
#engchat #langchat #eltchat #ellchat
- english and LAP education
#sped #spedchat
- special education
#kinderchat ... #6thchat #elemchat #midlevchat
- grade level specific
#edreform
- education reform
#gtchat
- gifted and talented
#ntchat
- new teachers
#artsed #musedchat
- art and music
#CouchConference
Find people through hashtags that share your interests.
Click on their handle (username) and click "Follow."
Then see who they follow.
Who Should I Follow?
Shameless Plug:
@lyonmi
@AchieveVirtual
My Favorite Tweeters:
@INeLearn
@ktenkely
@JasonSeaver1975
@web20classroom
@cybraryman1
@rmbyrne
@coolcatteacher
@2footgiraffe
Useful
Resources

tweetdeck
iPhone apps
tweetbot
Android apps
In addition to the standard Twitter phone app...
Alternatives to using twitter.com...
seesmic
Shorten links to only 19 characters.
(Tweetdeck can shorten URLs for you, as well.) If you are integrating with MBC... use mbcurl.me
What do YOU want to know?
Edublog Awards Best Tweeters:
Just observe at first.
You don't have to read every tweet.
Add a profile picture.
Stick with it!
What should I tweet?
Share classroom successes
Great ideas
Educational articles
Thoughts
Motivational quotes
Ask questions (add a hashtag for a larger audience of experts)
Reply to others and strike up a conversation
Following Users
Questions
Start small. Find a few interesting blogs to follow.
Twitter
Google Blogs Search by topic
Read and COMMENT
Where To Begin
voice
keep it short
grammar/conventions
theme
follow Twitter hashtags
mind mapping
post on social networks
include blog link in comments
Use this time to continue exploring.
Browse Twitter hashtags or find people you are interested in following.
Retweet or share great finds and resources (Don't forget the hashtags on your tweets!)

Meet back here at 3:00!
Buffer App and Extension
Choosing an RSS Reader
http://lifehacker.com/google-reader-is-shutting-down-here-are-the-best-alter-5990456
There's an App for That!
http://mbcurl.me/MYFB
Another Useful App
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