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Personal Learning Networks (PLN) with Social Bookmarking

The March 22  virtual conversation focused on Social Bookmarking. Diigo (one option of social networking)  has been instrumental in organizing my Personal Learning Network (PLN).

Check out the videos, links and a recording of the virtual session.


Recorded Webcast

Blackboard Collaborate Recording of March 22nd >>>


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Personal Learning Networks (PLN) with Twitter

The March 15  virtual conversation focused on my favorite social learning tool, Twitter. Twitter has been instrumental in creating my Personal Learning Network (PLN).

Check out the videos, links and a recording of the virtual session.

Twitter in D123 from OLHD123 on Vimeo.

via @bengrey


Shared Links

I you were on Twitterby Scott Mcleod




To learn more about the online tools that you can use to create your own PLN, join our upcoming virtual conversations on Thursdays @7PM;

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Personal v. Professional Social Networking – Social Balance

This month I am working to promote creating Personal Learning Networks (PLN). As I encourage my colleagues to began to use social networking tools in their classrooms, I also reminded them that it important to separate personal from professional accounts.

The recent post from Scott Weidig (@vanishingpoint) on the EdReach site, presented a recommendation for school districts to develop and adopt Social Networking / Media policies to address the “social media overlap”.


Weidig goes on to present guidelines for developing  policy based on social media best practices. These guidelines would support the discussion to protect teachers while they integrate social media tools.


Inspiration to post came from my PLN>Google Reader>Reeder iPad App>EdReach

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Introduction to Personal Learning Networks (PLN)

On March 8 @7PM, I hosted a virtual conversation about creating your own Personal Learning Network (PLN).
Check out the videos used to introduce PLNs, my slideshow and a recording of the virtual session.

Why Do We Connect? via @ShellTerrell

Why Do We Connect? from Shelly Terrell on Vimeo.

Starting a PLN

To learn more about the online tools that you can use to create your own PLN, join our upcoming virtual conversations on Thursdays @7PM;

[Cross-posted from Digital Learning Series Blog]

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Using Screen Capturing to help Flip the classroom

Recently, Amy Meyers (@FriedTechnology) shared a post FriedEnglish: Video Grading using Google Docs and Jing (Faster, Easier, and Better for Students). As I watched the video, I was reminded that many of my colleagues are beginning to explore the concept of “front loading” or Flipping their classrooms and how something similar to what Ms. Meyers shared could be a great way to accomplish it.

For example, a teacher asked me for advice on how to add audio to a powerpoint and share on the web for his students. He has used Audacity and it  is a very proficient PPT. He just need help putting it all together. I suggested using one of my top ten sites, Sildeshare (create a slidecast).

Steps for creating Slidecast on Slideshare;

  1. Create PPT
  2. Record audio narration and create an audio file using Audacity or Aviary
  3. Upload PPT
  4. Upload audio file
  5. Adjust audio segments to match slides on PPT
  6. Embed on site/Share link

The simplicity of using Jing to accomplish the same thing to save time;

  1. Create PPT
  2. Record screen and audio with Jing
  3. Upload to YouTube or Vimeo
  4. Embed/Share

The biggest difference would be the restriction on the project length. There in not a  file size or length restriction on Slideshare (have created Slidecasts of 60+ minutes), but with Jing you have 5 minutes of recording time. I personally think that the 5 minute time limit could work, but could produce multiple files.

I also have encouraged the teacher to think mobile. Can whatever he creates be viewed on a Smartphone (majority of kids have these devices and use during his class)? A video created with Jing and uploaded to YouTube can be viewed on a phone easily.

I would encourage him to try both methods and find what works for him.

Next step. Creating  QR codes to easily link to videos. Students walk into the room and scan the QR code and it launches  automatically to the class video.

Inspiration to post came from my PLN>Google Reader>Reeder iPad App>Fried Technology Blog

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Day 1 of K12 Online Conference 2011

One of the my favorite conferences each year is the K12 Online Conference. It is a virtual conference that provides a venue for many thoughtful educators to share what they think and how they learn. It is a great extension of my Personal Learning Network, since many of the presenters are educators that I follow on Twitter.

This year’s theme is Purposeful Play. This theme fits in well with the ways our ‘digital kids’ are growing, learning and playing.

One of the biggest contributors to my PLN is George Couros. As a for former principal and now school district leader, he is the first Connected Principal I began to follow.

George Couros’ presentation entitled Playing in Public

As social media continues to grow, the opportunity to engage in our own learning publicly and learn from others, grows with it. In this presentation, George Couros shares some examples of people “playing publicly” and learning with no end in sight. To be comfortable in doing this, leaders must show that they are risk-takers and lead by example in this environment. George shows how when leaders are willing to learn in such a public manner, it trickles down to all educators, and most importantly, our kids.

Check out the video and linked Google Doc with all resources used in the presentation.

Link to presentation’s supporting documents:


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