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Growing your professional learning network

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Tim Schumacher

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Keeping Up and Staying Connected
Growing your professional learning network
assistant professor of ed tech
Concordia University
Tim Schumacher
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I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent,
and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Philippians 1:3-11
PLN = Personal Learning Network
"Being a connected professional"
Goals for today:
1. Introduce concept of Personal Learning Networks
2. Use Google Reader to follow blogs of interest
3. Learn to "curate" collections of resources
4. Use Twitter to follow and to share
Mathieu Plourde's PLN map
EXERCISE: Subscribe to several RSS feeds (blogs)
using Google Reader (google.com/reader)
RSS = Really Simple Syndication
possible blogs: http://s.tjschu.com/pd001
Curation Tools
bookmark (only) tagging/sharing
text, content, bookmarks, images, etc.
text, content, bookmarks, images, etc.
an "aggregator"
Exercise: Get set up at Twitter.com to...
1. Follow several people's tweets
2. Follow a couple of hashtags
3. Retweet someone else's tweet
4. Post your own tweet
links at:
a "social network"
# @
PLNs are by nature to be personalized
Think "Opportunity" not "Need"
Pick 1 or 2 tools at a time to master
Manage time wisely & be model for students
Watch out for "search bubbles"
No-guilt growth
Don't leave out the "Reflection" phase
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