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Presenter: Wanda Terral

Instructional Technology Specialist

Lakeland School System, Lakeland, TN

Google Certified Teacher (Austin, 2014) - Google Education Trainer










Session Description

If you aren’t harnessing the power of the web and online collaboration to build your Personal Learning Network (PLN), you are missing an opportunity to learn, grow, share, and connect. Maybe you aren’t sure where to start. Maybe you have fears about privacy. Wherever you are in your journey, this session is for you. Come explore the elements of a PLN and how to use tools like Twitter, Google+ Communities, blogs, and curation tools like Diigo to make connections with educators around the world.


What does PLN mean to you?

Fill out this one-field Google Form: http://goo.gl/OAlvlK 

Form submissions will be copied to a Google Doc. I will then use the
Tag Cloud Generator add-on to make the cloud and insert image below.

What my PLN means to me?

I sent out a tweet, a Facebook share, and numerous Google+ posts to various Communities and here is the cloud generate from the replies:

The 2nd time I applied to the Google Teacher Academy,
my application video was about my PLN.

See it here: http://goo.gl/uG03ND 

Building/maintaining a PLN

Do what works for you. If you aren’t sure where to start, try this.

  1. Lurk for awhile:
  1. #edchat - Twitter, Google+
  2. #edtech - Twitter, Google+
  3. #gafesummit - Twitter, Google+
  4. Google+ Communities - EdTech Team Summits, Google Apps in Education, Google Apps for Education, and so many more.
  1. Organize connections to like-minded folks
  1. Clarify your social media philosophy: Who do you follow? Who do you follow back? Who do you unfollow?
  2. Twitter - follow and/or add to lists
  3. Google+ - circles
  1. Re-share links
  2. Reply to posts (Google+ is conversation-friendly)
  3. Share links. Use 1 or 2 meaningful hashtags.


A Non-Exhaustive List of Tools to Consider

Twitter - https://twitter.com 

Google+ - https://plus.google.com 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com 

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com 

EduBlogs - http://edublogs.org 

Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com 

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com 

Diigo - https://www.diigo.com 

ScoopIt - http://www.scoop.it 

Learnist - http://learni.st 

EduClipper - https://educlipper.net 


Discovery Educator Network (DEN)

EdConnectr - from Connected Educators


Classroom 2.0 

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Other links to check out:

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