Thursday, December 24, 2009

Holiday Edition: How to Build a PLN

Believe it or not, I'm actually taking a couple of days off from going online. I know that not everyone celebrates the same holidays that I do so I am reposting some of the most popular posts of the last two years. This is one of them.

I occasionally get questions or emails from people seeking advice about building a PLN (personal learning network) and recently I was asked if I could create a presentation on the topic. Embedded below is the first draft of a slide presentation about building a PLN. I welcome any and all suggestions for improvement.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Seven Ways to Find Teachers on Twitter
My 21 Must-read RSS Feeds
10 Teachers to Follow on Twitter

2009 In Review - The Reader Edition

On Monday I posted a survey asking you what you what you learned about in 2009 and what you're looking forward to in 2010. Seventy people have replied to the survey so far. (If you haven't responded, you still can respond here). I've summarized some of the results below, you can also view all of the results here.

Favorite new ed-tech resources of 2009:
A few people mentioned other people including myself and Larry Ferlazzo.
The following web resources were mentioned by many people:
Prezi, VoiceThread, Google Apps, Twitter (and Twitter Clients), Glogster, Ning (and Ning Apps), PB Works, and Delicious.

Lessons Learned and Looking Forward:
Most of the responses in these categories focused not on the technology so much as the people (students and colleagues). Check out all of the responses here.

Scriblink - Your Online Collaborative Whiteboard

Scriblink is essentially a whiteboard with an integrated instant messaging system. Scriblink users can draw, type, or edit images on a whiteboard. Users have the option of sharing their whiteboard with others and allowing other users to collaborate on the whiteboard. Scriblink does not require you to set up an account or register in order to use the whiteboard. Simply enter the email address of the person you want to collaborate with and they can join in on the fun. Every whiteboard created on Scriblink is assigned a url which you can use to share your whiteboard.

Applications for Education
Scriblink is an easy way to share notes, outlines, and drawings with students. Invite students to collaborate on an online whiteboard to work through difficult math problems or brainstorm on the completion of a graphic organizer.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Scribblar - Simple, Effective, Creative Collaboration
Postica - Collaborative Sticky Notes

The History of Christmas has a series of videos, fact sheets, and quizzes about the history of Christmas. The videos cover many aspects of the history of Christmas, but the overall intent of videos is to explain why Christmas is celebrated as it is today. In addition to videos about Christmas, has videos about the histories of Hanukkah and New Year's Eve.

Check out Larry Ferlazzo's list find more materials on the histories of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.