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

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Four Google+ How-to Videos

Last month I wrote 5 Things I Like About Building a PLN on Google+. Over the last ten days I've had four opportunities to talk with teachers about personal learning networks. In each of those presentations I've introduced Google+. One of the things that I like about Google+ is the ease with which you can start and follow conversations. If you've been considering trying Google+ or you've tried and didn't quite get it, take a look at the following videos from Google about how to get started on Google+.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Developing a Personal Sharing Network

As I mentioned last night on Twitter and on Google+ I've decided to stop using the term Personal Learning Network (PLN) and start using the term Personal Sharing Network. I'm changing the phrase I use because after giving many presentations on the topic and watching even more presentations and conversations on the topic I've come to the conclusion that there's too much emphasis on what "you can get out of a PLN" rather than "what you can share." Yes, I'm guilty of promoting PLNs in that manner in the past.

You can learn a lot by observing and occasionally sharing with a network. But until you start to share, you won't experience the full benefits of social media. As Guy Kawasaki mentions when in his latest book Enchantment (affiliate link) the way to get people to work with you is to trust them first and to share with them first. The more you share the more others will share with you.

This morning at the Washington Library Media Association's annual conference I will be giving a 45 minute talk on the topic of Personal Sharing Networks. The session will be streamed live at 10:15am PST and I would love to have you join us to add your comments and questions to the conversation. The slides for my talk are embedded below.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Professional Development at the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for all six of their 2010 Summer Teacher Institutes. The summer institutes are designed to help participants develop classroom activities that incorporate primary documents, understand legal use of digital documents, and learn how to access materials cataloged by the Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes are free to attend, but you do have to provide your own lodging and meals. The institutes are four days long. There are sessions being offered in May, June, July, and August. You can read more about the institutes and apply here. You can access materials from previous institutes here.

If you're not able to attend on the Summer Institutes you can explore three self-directed online professional development modules.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

How to Build a PLN

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

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Old School Meets New School on iTunes U

This morning while reading Open Culture I was reminded of some free resources that are great for personal learning. Open Culture pointed out that the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford offer good collections of free audio and video podcasts. The episodes can be found on each university's website or on iTunes U. In total there are 136 colleges and universities that offer audio and video podcasts on iTunes U.

Another place to find universities sharing lectures and courses online is through YouTube's education channels. Finding educational material from universities on YouTube does require sifting through some garbage, but if you're willing to do that you can find some good stuff like the Penn State, Harvard, and Stanford YouTube channels.

Applications for Education
iTunes U and YouTube's university channels offer some good resources for personal learning both for you and for your students. If you're a high school teacher and have students that are interested in learning more about a particular topic, consider referring them to iTunes U. Most students are familiar with iTunes, but they might not know about iTunes U. And remember, you don't have to have an iPod to access podcasts.