Showing posts with label Online personal learning networks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Online personal learning networks. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Classroom 2.0 - A Good Place to Get Opinions

Earlier today I received an email from a reader who was looking for information about learning management systems (LMS) in particular Haiku compared to Schoology. I don't have much hands-on experience with Haiku. My recommendation was to take a look at Classroom 2.0 to see if other teachers and administrators have opinions to share. I did a quick search on Classroom 2.0 and discovered an entire discussion group dedicated to Haiku users.

Applications for Education
One of the things that I often stress about online personal learning networks is that they don't have to be limited to the fast pace of Twitter. Networks that use discussion boards like Classroom 2.0 can be a great for people who prefer longer form interactions.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How Google+ Has Brought Meaning Back to My PLN Experience

Twitter is great for link sharing, but I've always felt like any conversation that I was having on Twitter was a race to get a word in rather than being a reflective conversation. That's probably why I never got too excited about #edchat or any of hundreds of other Twitter chats. I do appreciate that some people really enjoy the Twitter ed chats and I'll use the hashtag to see what folks are saying, but participating in them never has been my thing. 

As I've mentioned many times over the last six to twelve months, Google+ has really become where I have my most meaningful interactions with others. On Google+ I find it much easier to follow conversations. I also find that because folks aren't forced to express themselves in rapid-fire 140 character messages, the conversations are more robust even if they take longer to develop. For me, Google+ conversations have more depth that Twitter interactions.

For now, Google+ is where I'm going when I want to have robust conversations and Twitter is where I'm going to share links and see the links others are sharing. You can join me here on Google+.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Places We Can Connect

Over the last two weeks I've given four presentations about building personal learning networks online. In all of those presentations I've encouraged people to give Google+ a try. I have come to believe that Google+ has a number of advantages over Twitter. Perhaps most important to folks just starting to develop online PLNs is that it is easier to follow conversations in Google+ than it is in Twitter. If you want to connect with me on Google+, you can do so right here.

While I'm putting more time into Google+ than anywhere else, I am still active on other networks and we can connect on those too.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tagboard - Organization for Following Hashtags

This morning while I was preparing to give a talk about personal learning networks at the TIE Conference in South Dakota I was watching the conference when I saw Gwynn Moore Tweet about Tagboard. Tagboard is free tool that allows you to enter any hashtag and view all of the Tweets, Instagram pictures, Facebook posts, Google+ posts, and Vine posts associated with that hashtag. All of the posts are displayed in a bulletin board or Pinterest-like display. You can reTweet and or reply to messages while viewing Tagboard.

Applications for Education
One of the things that I always mention in my talk about online personal learning networks is that you don't have to always be connected in order to benefit from having an online PLN. You can check in for fifteen to thirty minutes per day during the commercial breaks of your favorite television show and glean a lot of useful information in that time. A tool like Tagboard could enable to you catch up even faster because you will see more messages in the same amount of screen space. You can also participate in multiple social networks from the same screen while using Tagboard.