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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Two Guides for Constructing a PLN

One of the most popular posts of the week was the updated version of my blog post Seven Ways to Find Teachers on Twitter. I've heard from a number of people thanking me for the tips included in that guide. But if you're on Twitter and you want to expand your PLN (personal learning network) beyond Twitter, consider trying the tools and tips in my guide How to Build a PLN.

Both of these guides were originally published as Google Docs presentations, but I've also put them on DocStoc for those that would prefer a vertical-scroll presentation. Anyone is welcome to download, reuse, and remix these guides responsibly.

Seven Ways to Find Teachers on Twitter

Seven Ways to Find Teachers on Twitter -

How to Build a Personal Learning Network

How to Build a Personal Learning Network -

The Week in Rap - Fun News Summaries

This is an updated version of a post from last winter written on the same resource.

The Week in Rap is produced by the same people that produce Flocabulary. Each Friday The Week In Rap posts a weekly news summary in the form of a rap music video. I've embedded this week's video below.

Untitled from Week in Rap on Vimeo.



Applications for Education
The Week in Rap is a great way to get students interested in current news stories. Each video can easily be embedded into your class blog or website. Embedding the videos in your class blog or website could be a great way to get parents and students to discuss the news together.

A couple of good companion resources to The Week In Rap are the BBC's In Pictures series and Ten by Ten.

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