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Presentation at the MORIC Summer Institute

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Social Media Tools for Personalized Professional


Lucy GraySummer 2012

Slides & Materials

What is a PLN?

What is social media?

Online technologies and practices that people use to share opinions, insights, experiences, and perspectives with each other.

Social media are works of user-created video, audio, text or multimedia that are published and shared in a social environment, such as a blog, wiki or video hosting site.

Media and ToolsPhotos Audio Video Bookmarks Information Networking

Flickr iTunes YouTube Twitter Facebook

Picasa Podomatic Teacher Tube Diigo Slideshare LinkedIn

iStockPhoto iPadio Vimeo StumbleUpon Scribd Ning

Blogger Quora

Take charge of your own professional development and model learning for co$eagues and students.

By developing a PLN, you can investigate best practices and target your needs and interests. Anytime, anywhere.

Our students are networking and we need to understand the spaces created by social media as we$ as how to engage kids.

We need to see ourselves as curators and creators of content.


Whats your web 2.0 story?

My Web 2.0 Story

2005 Became an Apple Distinguished Educator Introduced to the joys of RSS feeds and NetNewsWire Attended my first ADE Institute (Alan November presented introduced to podcasting, Skype,Technorati, Creative Commons) Started blogging and exploring web-based apps

2000 Started Friday 5 list of educational resources Began using Backflip to organize bookmarks Became an avid user of the ED TECH listserv among other pre-Web 2.0 online Attended NECC (now called ISTE), MACUL conferences for the first time

Pre 2000 Attended Illinois Computing Educator events, Classroom Connect conferences

1999 Started Technology in Education graduate program at National Louis University

My Web 2.0 Story2006 Participated in Google focus group Wrote global awareness curriculum for Apple in Europe Started blogging for Infinite Thinking Machine Started volunteering on ICE conference committee

2007 Helped with the Google Teachers Academy Introduced to Facebook, Twitter and Ning Started the Global Education Collaborative

2008 Helped with Chicago GTA Bought an iPhone Visited Singapore2009 and 2010 Served on NMCs K12 Horizon Report Advisory Board Starting consulting work Launched Global Education Conference Travelled to Bahrain for the Education Project Conference 2011 NMCs K12 Horizon Report Advisory Board CoSNs Leadership for Mobile Learning Initiative

2012 ?

The Point? Personalized learning!

Others will have other sets of experiences. Your aha moments should be dierent than mine.

Collaboration via technology has profoundly changed my professional life and the way that I work.

Tried & TruePhotos Audio Video Bookmarks Information Networking

Flickr iTunes YouTube Twitter Facebook

Diigo Slideshare LinkedIn

Scribd Ning


Lucys Top 5

Microblo%ing using Twitter

Networking and community building via Ning

Reading weblogs organized by a newsreader

Discovering images and groups in Flickr

Finding and sharing resources via social bookmarking

Serendipitythe occurrence and development of events by

chance in a happy or beneficial way

Why Twitter?Connect with others

Stay current in your areas of interest

Share and co$ect resources

Get spontaneous responses &om your network

Directly access experts and we$-known people in your field

Try Following...!/search/edapps

Lucys mobile learning list

Lucys recommended list

Why Ning?Build customized social networking sites

Serves as a repository for videos, audio, and text

Structure adds to community building

Find a ning for every educational topic

Keep your Ning public or private

Pearson is providing &ee Ning Minis for educators

A Few Favorite NingsClassroom 2.0


Independent School Educators Network

The Global Education Conference Network

Pearson sponsoring Nings for educators

Alternatives to Ning

Why Blogs?Reflect on professional practice

Record ideas

Share resources

Engage in conversations with other professionals

Showcase best practices and examples

Inspire others

A Few Favorite BlogsLangwitches

Always Learning


Never Ending Search

Hungton Post Education

Teach Like its 2999

Multiple Pathways

Why Flickr?Share and store photos

Create stu with your images

Organize photos using tags

Join anity groups

Geotag photos

A Few Flickr FavoritesField Guide: Birds of the World

Te$ a Story in Five Frames

Classroom Displays

Atrocious Apostrophes

Popular Tags in Flickr

Interesting Things Calendar

Flickr Clock

The Commons

World Map

Flickr Toys

Why Social Bookmarking ?

Method of sharing and organizing online resources

Accessible &om any internet connected computer

Subscribe to tags of interest

Fo$ow like-minded people through a network

Delicious & Diigo Favorites

People to add to your network in Delicious:

Delicious & Diigo FavoritesGroups to join in Diigo

Google in Education

Resources for Languages

Classroom 2.0

21st Century Stu list

iPad, iPod, iPhone Users Group

Leadership for Mobile Learning

Worthy of a MentionDocument sharing





iChat AV

Face Time

Organizing It AllUse a newsreader or news a%regator

Suggested Readers



Google Reader

NetNewsWire (Mac)

FeedDemon (Windows)


Tip #1: Understand tagsTags are simply keywords determined by users:








Tip #2: Follow thought leaders and organizations in your field

Principal Chris Lehmann

Librarian Joyce Valenza

Teacher Lisa Parisi

Tech Coordinator Silvia Tolisano

Education historian Diane Ravitch

Joan Ganz Cooney Center

Chris Lehmann



School web site

Apple in Education Profile

Joyce Valenza




Lisa Parisi




Silvia Tolisano



Slideshare presentations

Joan Ganz Cooney Center



Web Site

Diane Ravitch



Web Site

Tip #3: Leverage searchCreate searches in Twitter for topics of interest and see what pops up

Everyday Math

Steve Hargadon



Fo$ow people found in these searches that seem to share your interests

Tip #4: Select a handle

Create a common username to use in various online communities

Establishes your digital footprint

Makes you recognizable across communities and forums

Tip #5: Develop critical mass

You wont be able to take advantage of the information flowing through social media unless you fo$ow a signifiant number of people

Dont try to keep up

Utilize lists in Twitter

Taking Charge Guidelines

Pick ONE tool to meet a particular professional development need or interest.

Rea$y learn that tool and develop confidence around it.

Utilize third party tools that enhance the functionality of your tool of choice, i.e. browser bookmarklets.

Find an informal online mentor to help you on your PD journey

Follow You, Follow Me

Lucy Gray

iChat, Skype, Flickr, delicious, Youtube etc: elemenous