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Professional Learning Networks :

Professional Learning Networks

Getting Started:

Getting Started

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"Networking is simply the cultivating of mutually beneficial, give and take, win-win relationships. It works best, however, when emphasizing the 'give' part.“ –Bob Burg, Author and Speaker.

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Online Communities There are so many options; Find one or two that are right for you and EXPLORE

What is a PLN?:

What is a PLN? Personal Learning Network Professional Learning Network " Personal Learning Environments are systems that help learners take control of and manage their own learning. This includes providing support for learners to set their own learning goals manage their learning; managing both content and process communicate with others in the process of learning and thereby achieve learning goals. A PLE may be composed of one or more subsystems: As such it may be a desktop application, or composed of one or more web-based services." van Harmelen , Mark (August 2006). "Personal Learning Environments". Retrieved 2006-08-24. Professional Learning Environment

What is a PLN?:

What is a PLN? Not a new concept Traditionally limited by geography and not often timely Today, transcends distance, role and expertise

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The first goal of a PLN is to CONNECT Once you get connected, you can begin to COLLABORATE and CONTRIBUTE!

Functions of a PLN :

Functions of a PLN Connect Contribute Collaborate Collaborate

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Stages of PLN Adoption Stage 1 Immersion: Immerse yourself into networks. Create any and all networks you can find where there are people and ideas to connect to. Collaboration and connections take off.

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Stages of PLN Adoption Stage 2 Evaluation: Evaluate your networks and start to focus in on which networks you really want to focus your time on. You begin feeling a sense of urgency and try to figure out a way to “Know it all.”

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Stages of PLN Adoption Stage 3 Know it all: Find that you are spending many hours trying to learn everything you can. Realize there is much you do not know and feel like you can’t disconnect. This usually comes with spending every waking minutes trying to be connected to the point that you give up sleep and contact with others around you to be connected to your networks of knowledge.

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Stages of PLN Adoption Stage 4 Perspective: Start to put your life into perspective. Usually comes when you are forced to leave the network for awhile and spend time with family and friends who are not connected.

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Stages of PLN Adoption Stage 5 Balance: Try and find that balance between learning and living. Understanding that you can not know it all, and begin to understand that you can rely on your network to learn and store knowledge for you. A sense of calm begins as you understand that you can learn when you need to learn and you do not need to know it all right now.


OBJECTIVES To provide a means for students, alumni & professors to come together to share knowledge. To provide a common forum for professionals with common interests to meet and discuss relevant topics. To enable inter-institute interaction among students/professors in real time. To remove bottlenecks (e.g. time, location) so that knowledge transition happens seamlessly

Benefits of a PLN:

Benefits of a PLN Resource and idea sharing Varied feedback Embrace technology Support Opportunities

How To Use Your PLN:

How To Use Your PLN Professional development – learn from content-area specialists Locate resources for your course, such as free websites and software Get lesson plan ideas from master teachers Learn about new technology and how to integrate it into their teaching Find collaborative solutions Find interesting links to education and business news

Gather Resources :

G ather R esources Use your PLN to help you review and filter resources. Twitter Social-Networks Linked-in Facebook Ning Forums Blogs Websites Online/ Virtual Events


O rganize RSS is the key to organizing your resources. Social Bookmarking Delicious, D iigo , Stumbleupon , Edtags Customizable web pages iGoogle , Netvibes Online Note-Taking Evernote , Google Docs

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PLN Tips A PLN is a two way street – the more you contribute the more you will get back

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PLN Tips Cultivate your PLN – you don’t want too few or too many

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PLN Tips Check to see who your friend considers friends

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PLN Tips Use your PLN effectively but find a healthy balance

Ask Yourself…:

Ask Yourself… van Harmelen, Mark (August 2006). "Personal Learning Environments". Retrieved 2006-08-24. How many Educators can I collaborate with on a daily basis?


VISION To become a world class professional networking community aiming not only to enhance management skills but also develop the overall personality of professionals across all domains. MISSION To create a shared pool of knowledge accessible to all users at all the times thereby helping them gain invaluable insights into real world knowledge.

Why Start Now?:

Why Start Now? Establish a strong network of professionals and supports prior to entering your first classroom Supplement (or in some cases supplant) induction supports Begin building your professional “brand”

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cc. Alec Couros

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cc. Alec Couros

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Consider using Twitter as a Professional Tool Begin by finding two or three like-minded educators to follow The best people to start with are those who only use twitter as a professional tool. Otherwise, you may end up with too much “noise”

NSDC Standard – Collaboration Skills:

NSDC Standard – Collaboration Skills The Standard Staff development that improves the learning of all students provides educators with the knowledge and skills to collaborate. “While collaborative, face-to-face professional learning and work are the hallmarks of a school culture that assumes collective responsibility for student learning, technology will increasingly provide a means for new and different forms of collaboration . Technology will enable teachers and administrators from around the country and world to share ideas, strategies, and tools with one another in ways that will dramatically increase the number of collaborative links among educators. But electronic forms of such work will also present teachers and administrators with new challenges whose outlines are only becoming dimly visible as larger numbers of educators begin to use these processes to strengthen their teaching and leadership practices.”

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Social-oriented applications and professional networks - new opportunities for learners and educators W3C “Social Networks Interoperability Roadmap” Incubator Group (XG) Federated Interoperable Framework

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of data, information, knowledge of subject matter, technologies, how to learn A model of PLE Building

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More of the students who are deeply involved in the subject matter of the course and think in perspective are interested in: more professional information contact to experts and specialists they joint to groups with special interests, professional networks they receive professional network services they can discuss interests stay informed share knowledge Professional Network Organizing

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Professional Network Organizing LMS, Social network, Start page Development of Professional Learning Network

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Personal Learning Environment Personal Learning Network Professional Learning Network Receive professional network services Self-arrangement of network services Professional Network Organizing PLE as part of Personal Learning Network and Professional Learning Network

Online/ Virtual Events:

Online/ Virtual Events There are always free virtual events and webinars going on.


Blogs Many Experts, Authors, Companies, Organizations and the list goes on and on… Great place to get up-to-date information, how-to, what is new, what is good, reviews, resources Find other great expert blogs by looking at the “blog roll” of the blogs you already read.


Forums Online discussion forums are a great place to get questions answered, discover resources and network with new people. Just about any online software or service you use will have a forum. Many of the social networks include a discussion forum, utilize them.

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Professional Learning Networks = Breaking through Teacher Isolation towards Collaboration Start small – How do you eat an elephant? ONE BITE AT A TIME

Refferences :

Refferences Bibliography Attwell , G. (2008). Personal development. wales. Attwell , G. ( n.d. ). Personal . Butler, C. W. (2010). PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK. crofort , s. (2009). Professional (Personal) Learning Networks. uk . Dorman, J. C. (2009). POWER UP YOUR PROFESSIONAL LEARNING NETWORK. Gray , L. (2009). Developing Personal. University of Chicago Urban Education Institute. John G. Breslin , S. D. (2008). The Future of Social Networks on the Internet: The Need for Semantics. San Jose, USA .

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