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Darim Online webinar, Social Media for Social Learning, facilitated by Caren Levine, Director of the Learning Network, February 22, 2011


  • 1. Social Media for Social Learning: Developing Your Professional Learning Network Caren Levine twitter: DarimOnline, jlearn20
  • 2. How do you define a PLN?
  • 3. A few definitions (its all personal) A PLN is a system for lifelong learning - Judith Epcke and Scott Meech a group of people who can guide your learning, point you to learning opportunities, answer your questions, and give you the benefit of their own knowledge and experience. - Daniel R. Tobin Personal Learning Networks consist of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from in a Personal Learning Environment . An important part of this concept is the theory of connectivism developed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes . Learners create connections and develop a network that contributes to their professional development and knowledge. [1] The learner does not have to know these people personally or ever meet them in person. [2] - Wikipedia
  • 4. Social Learning
    • Free range learning
    • PLUS social media
    Cross et al: Working Smarter
  • 5. Credit: Alec Couros
  • 6. Credit: Alec Couros
  • 7. Connected Learning: Personal Learning Networks
    • Social learning
      • Peer to peer
      • Self-organizing around interests
      • Customizable
    • Learning environments
      • Conference calls
      • Webinars
      • Blogs, Wikis, Twitter
      • Social networks
      • IM, Skype
      • Elearning platforms, immersive (virtual) worlds, mobile
  • 8. David Warlick: One Mans Ecosystem
  • 9. Personal Learning Networks: Professional Learning in the Connected Age
    • Listening, pulse taking
    • Find others with similar interests
    • Engage with others; influencers
    • Crowdsource ask your community
    • Contribute to professional network
    • Grow your reputation in a field
    • Develop new skills, learn the culture
    • Become a resource for your community
    • Model for your students and colleagues
    • .Whats YOUR rationale?
  • 10. Whos In YOUR PLN? Whats YOUR ecosystem?
  • 11. Why Social Bookmark?
    • Personal Learning Network
    • Information organizer
    • Repository - resources stored online (archives)
    • Identify like-minded people
    • Identify additional resources
    • Develop personal library of online resources
    • Community Learning Network
    • Information gathering and knowledge sharing
    • Create community resource lists
    • Develop community library / network of online resources
    • Subscribe to community tags
  • 12. Putting the Social in Bookmarking Where it Gets Interesting
  • 13. You Are Not Alone Create a Network
  • 14. Tag Youre It! Subscribe to Tags (key words) Follow key words on delicious
  • 15. Home Delivery Information Delivered to Your Doorstep Feed notification of updated content
  • 16. Getting Organized: Aggregators and RSS Feeds Google Alerts
  • 17. Why Social Network?
    • Personal Learning Network
    • Maintain relationships with friends and colleagues
    • Develop new connections and contacts
    • Strength of weak ties infusion of new ideas and innovations
    • Ambient awareness; listening; other ways of knowing
    • Community Learning Network
    • Maintain relationships with current, future, and former members
    • Develop potential relationships and members
    • Collaboration and problem solving
    • Social capital active connections
    • Make the invisible or implicit, visible or explicit
    • Strength of weak ties - infusion of new ideas and innovations
    • Pull people and resources as needed; networks based on passions and interests
    • Ambient awareness; listening; other ways of knowing
    Credit: Patti Anklam, Net Work: A Practical Guide to Creating and Sustaining Networks at Work and in the World
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  • 20. ## Hashtags ##
  • 21. Lists: Create and Follow
  • 22. Telling Your Story: Twitter Example
    • Profile Brand You
    • Choose your Twitter ID/ handle (not too long)
    • Bio in 160 characters (personal haiku; elevator pitch)
    • Link to your blog, website, LinkedIn profile, cv
      • Add Twitter ID to email signature, business cards, blogs, etc.
    • Visual Narrative
    • Profile picture
    • Customize your background
  • 23. Telling Your Story
    • Voice and Action
    • Casual
    • Establish credibility and trust
    • Reciprocity, attribution, value
    • Determine audience, goals
    • Listen
    • Learn from others
    • Practice, experiment, be playful
  • 24. Strategies: Creating Your Network
    • Curating and serendipity
    • Embrace diversity
    • Circle of the Wise
      • Beth Kanter: http://
    Flickr credit: cobalt123
  • 25. Strategies: Network Weaving
    • Connecting
    • Sharing resources and ideas
    • Identifying patterns and gaps
    • Modeling
    Flickr credit: weesen
  • 26. Strategies: Time Credit: Aliza Sherman
  • 27. Strategies: Time Aliza Shermans 15 Minute Twitter Strategy
    • 5 Minutes: Listen, Retweet
    • 5 Minutes: Listen, Respond
    • 5 Minutes: Promote, With Care Flickr credit: alancleaver
  • 28. You Rung? Whats Your Style?
  • 29.
  • 30. What are YOUR next steps? What would YOU like to try? Whats YOUR PLaN?