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    Session Title Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) for Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
    Session Description Personal learning is a foundation of successful PLCs. Build your own Personal Learning Network to support your professional development and diffuse innovation within your PLC.
    Theme and Strand Professional Learning:Online Professional Development
    Keywords professional learning community, PLC, personal learning network, PLN, edtechteam
    Primary URL http://iste11.edtechteam.com
    Exhibitor Status
    Commercial Content
    Recording Preference recordable
    Audience Focus Primary Principals/Head Teachers
    Audience Focus Secondary Teachers
    Audience Grade Level PK-12
    Audience Skill Level Beginner
    Prerequisite Skills
    Platform Alerts
    NETS•S
    NETS•T 5
    NETS•A 2
    Strategic Objectives Provide leadership
 

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    Purpose & Objectives Participants will be able to articulate...

The importance of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) for their own professional development - and for diffusion of innovation in their school’s PLC.
The key elements of building a PLN (regardless of the technology used), including making connections, making contributions, making conversations, and making requests.
The importance of several web 2.0 technologies in building an online PLN, including blogs, Twitter, and social networks.
Next steps for commenting on blogs and starting their own blog.
Next steps for joining and participating in Twitter.
Next steps for joining and participating in the Classroom 2.0 social network.

    Outline Personal learning is one of the foundations of a successful PLC - and an element of any successful organizational change effort. This session focuses on tools that can be used by any member of a PLC to build their own Personal Learning Network (PLN), which can not only support their own professional development but can also be an efficient means of diffusing innovation within the PLC. Learn to connect with a community of like minded professionals, make contributions, have conversations, and make requests in your times of need. Powerful free tools and social media such as Twitter and Ning make this possible for your PLC.

OUTLINE

Welcome Question
Who makes up your learning network?

Learning to Network & Networking to Learn
Make Connections
Make Contributions
Make Conversation
Make Requests
David Jakes' Post on The Strength of Weak Ties: http://jakespeak.blogspot.com/2007/11/strength-of-weak-ties.html

Two-Way Web Stories
Introduction to the Two-Way Web

Blogs
Example: http://edtechlife.com - And a Story: David Warlick commented on my blog! (In 2005)
More: http://supportblogging.com
Workshop Wiki: http://blogifyoulovelearning.wikispaces.com
Get Started: http://www.blogger.com
Jeff Utecht's Original Post about 25% Time and Professional Development: http://www.thethinkingstick.com/?p=96

RSS
OLD Example (Bloglines - Shared): http://www.bloglines.com/public/markdouglaswagner
NEW Example (Google Reader - Shared): http://www.google.com/reader/shared/user/10649784667868956453/state/com.google/broadcast
Workshop Wiki: http://reallysimple.wikispaces.com
Get Started: http://reader.google.com
And More...

Wikis
Example: http://hmtech.wikispaces.com
More: http://educationalwikis.wikispaces.com
Wikis for PD: http://edtechlife.com/workshops/
See Also: http://www.wikipedia.org and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcasting
Workshop Wiki: http://wikiwhileyouwork.wikispaces.com
Get Started: http://wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers

Podcasts
Example: http://k12onlineconference.org/
More: http://www.epnweb.org
Workshop Wiki: http://podcastined.wikispaces.com
Get started: http://podomatic.com

Google Docs
Example: See the presentation slides
Workshop Wiki: http://googled.wikispaces.com/docs2
CUE GWE Resources: http://sites.google.com/site/cuegli
GTA Resources: http://sites.google.com/site/gtaresources
Get Started: http://docs.google.com

Social Networking
Example: http://classroom20.ning.com
Get Started: http://www.ning.com

IM and Video Chat
Get Started: http://www.google.com/talk/ http://www.skype.com http://www.aim.com
See also iChat for Mac to Mac videoconferencing.

Streaming Media
Example: http://www.practicaltheory.org/serendipity/index.php?/archives/896-Learning-From-the-Kids.html
Example: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/weblogg-ed-tv
More: http://edtv.wikispaces.com
Get Started: http://www.ustream.tv

Social Microblogging
Example: http://twitter.com/markwagner
Workshop WIki: http://twittermethis.wikispaces.com
Get Started: http://twitter.com
Or Create Your Own Social Microblogging Community: http://shoutem.com/ (Example: http://teach42.shoutem.com/ )
Or Use A Social Microblogging Service Meant For Education: http://www.edmodo.com

Learning to Network & Networking to Learn
Make Connections
Make Contributions
Make Conversation
Make Requests

Getting Started
Pick Three Blogs to Read.
Try These Three: http://weblogg-ed.com http://www.davidwarlick.com/2cents/ http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/
Create and write a blog when you're ready. Get Started: http://www.blogger.com
Use RSS to read more when you're ready. Get Started: http://reader.google.com
Join Classroom 2.0. Get Started: http://www.classroom20.com
Join Twitter and Follow Others. Get Started: http://twitter.com
Find Others to Follow Using Twellow.com.
Find Others to Follow Using Google's Follow Finder.
Find Others to Follow Via Dr. Wagner's Twitter Account.
See also:
Liz Davis' post with "Ten Tips for Growing Your Learning Network": http://edtechpower.blogspot.com/2008/10/ten-tips-for-growing-your-learning.html
Jen Jones' post on "Getting Personal and Staying Professional.": http://injenuity.com/?p=40
Dr. Wagner's article on "Learning to Network and Networking to Learn": http://edtechlife.com/?p=2067
More Resources about why you might want a PLN: http://lwictpln2009.wikispaces.com/The+5Ws+of+PLNs
NEW: Read Jeff Utecht's Book, Reach .

Reflection Question
How do you plan to expand your learning network?

    Supporting Research The following are representative of the research and resources that informed the development of this session.

DuFour, R., Eaker, R. (1998). Professional learning communities at work: best practices for enhancing student achievement. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.
DuFour, R., Eaker, R., & DuFour, R., (Eds.). (2005). On common ground: the power of professional learning communities. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

DuFour, R., DuFour, R., & Eaker, R. (2006). Professional learning communities at work plan book. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., & Karhanek, G., (Ed.). (2004). Whatever it takes:
how professional learning communities respond when kids don’t learn. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

Eaker, R., DuFour R., & DuFour, R. (2002). Getting started: reculturing schools to
become professional learning communities. Bloomington, IN: National Educational Service.

Hipp, K. K. (2003). Trust as a foundation in building a learning community. In Huffman, J. B., & Hipp, K. K. Reculturing schools as professional learning communities (pp. 109-120). Lanham, MD: ScarecrowEducation.

Hipp, K. K., & Huffman, J. B. (2004). Two professional learning communities: tales from the field. In Hord, S. M. (Ed.), Learning together, leading together: changing schools through professional learning communities (pp. 71-83). New York: Teachers College Press.

Huffman, J. B. & Hipp, K. K. (2003). Reculturing schools as professional learning
communities. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Education.

Hord, S. M. (Ed.). (2004). Learning together, leading together: changing schools through professional learning communities. New York: Teachers College Press.

Lenssen, P. (2008). Google Apps Hacks: Tips and Tools for Unlocking the Power of Google Applications. Cambridge, Ma: O'Reily.

Roberts, S. M., & Pruitt, E., Z. (2003). Schools as professional learning communities: collaborative activities and strategies for professional development. Thousand Oaks, Ca: Corwin Press.

Stone, R., & Cuper, P. H. (2006). Best practices for teacher leadership: what award-
winning teachers do for their professional learning communities. Thousand Oaks, Ca: Corwin Press.

Wald, P. J., & Castlebury, M. S. (2000). Educators as learners: creating a professional learning community in your school. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development.

Google for Educators
http://www.google.com/educators/

Google Teacher Academy Resources
http://www.cue.org/gta

Google Workshop for Educator Resources
http://www.cue.org/gwe

For a more detailed sample outline complete with links and resources, please see recent workshop versions of this presentation here:
http://plcweb.wikispaces.com/docs2010

    Presenter Background Formerly a high school English teacher, Dr. Wagner has served as an educational technology coordinator at the site, district, and county levels. He is now the president of EdTechTeam, Inc., which provides professional development and consulting services to schools, districts, and other educational institutions. In this capacity, he is the CUEtoYOU professional development coordinator for Computer Using Educators (CUE). He is also a Google Certified Teacher and director of the Google Teacher Academy. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and a masters degree in Cross-Cultural Education.
A portion of Dr. Wagner's Ph.D.research focused on using technology to support professional learning communities. He has spent six years leading a variety of workshops and presentations to teach educators about Web 2.0 technologies. Over the past two years, he has focused increasingly on the use of technology (and specifically Google Docs) to support PLCs, delivering several workshops and keynotes on the subject. He is passionate about helping teachers and administrators to transform their practice, their schools, and the learning experience of their students.

More: http://www.edtechteam.com/team/markwagner

 

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