You have probably just listened to a brief workshop presentation attempting to define the impact of Web 2.0 and the potential these tools have for assisting learning or maybe you found my blog via Twitter.
Learning professionals and more importantly, their students, will greatly benefit by using Web 2.0 tools to create, collaborate and communicate.
This ‘Social Media for Learning Professionals’ page at my blog has been established to support my students, presentations at conferences and professional development activities. The intention is that delegates can continue to pursue their professional learning by further developing a ‘Personal Learning Network’ PLN post-conference.
Hopefully, this page will assist you to establish the beginnings of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) or, in other words, assist you to understand how a Personal Learning Environment (PLE) may operate.
You may wish to choose your path from the following suite of options:
- Jane Hart’s 2008-12 lists of Top 100 Tools is a great place to start
Here is another list of web 2.0 tools.
- Read more about PLNs (here, here and here too) and check out some fine educational blogs
- Read more about Twitter or Google Reader
- Establish a Google Reader Account. You may wish to watch this video before commencing.*
- Everything you need to further understand RSS feeds is here
- Establish your identity at Twitter . This wiki will help.
- Here’s a good collection of resources and another video about Web 2.0
- If you are interested in blogging, an earlier conference workshop post may get you started and here’s a tutorial on establishing a WordPress blog.
- Find other educators to follow on Twitter here & here + enjoy this ’Twitter love song’ too.
*You can find all my saved videos (collected using VodPod) here.
Here is a Connectivist learning (PLE) video to view that will further explain the concept.
Here is a great presentation by Graham Attwell on Personal Learning Environments:
Here’s the most intellectually stimulating video about Web 2.0 available (from Professor Michael Wesch): The machine is us/using us
And here is a presentation on PLNs you may wish to browse:
A collection of Web 2.0 resources compiled by John Larkin can be found here and this post will help too. Elaine Talbert has collected many Slideshare presentations that may be of use too. Finally, here’s an A-Z toolkit.
And, there’s so much more…
The internet, specifically Web 2.0, is having an impact similiar to that of the printing press and the explosion of inexpensive digital technologies is transforming our hyperconnected world.
Developing a PLN is the most practical way that a teacher can learn more about pedagogy, their subject and what the internet has to offer learning in our schools. It is the only way most of us are likely to stay relevant and professional.
Quite simply, we need to collaborate!
I look forward to dialogue about these ideas.