How do we build this network of learners: teachers with teachers (TT), teachers with students (TS), and teachers with families (TF)? Look for platforms online that provide the criteria needed for the type of sharing required for the project. This page provides suggestions for the platforms to use and this page, digital citizenship, suggests curriculum for building a safe online identity.
Sheri's What Else Blog Posts on How to Build a PLN - Personal Learning Network (Neighborhood) -- explains how to build your community and to keep organized. Each post contains many links and strategies. As of July, 2013, most links work. Only Learn Central and iGoogle (Nov 2013) are no longer valid sites.
What is a PLN and How I Built Mine -- Passion: Pass it on
Location, Location, Location
Building Steps: Where
Organizing Information with iGoogle -- will not be available after November, 2013; Alternatives to iGoogle Organizing with Diigo Part1 Part 2
Webinars to Learn Tools and Build PLN
One Does What One Can
As you build your PLN/PLC and as you apply these tools with your students, think how you can help your students build their PLN. What platform will you teach with that allows them to plan, organize, and share their learning? How will you encourage digital citizenship?
For links and info on many Web 2.0 tools, check out this Favorite Tools LiveBinder.
If you are interested in cell phones in the classroom, you've got to spend time with this Cell Phone LiveBinder and Tech Kids Use
If you want projects for 21st Century, see this Innovative Educator LiveBinder, listing by topics such as social justice, book reports, and eportfolios.
If you are just receiving an iPad, see this iOS livebinder.
If you want to know where I learn about my Tech Tools and Assessments, check out this Classroom Live 2.0 LiveBinders
A few more tools: Web2.0 LiveBinders
Productivity Tools LiveBinder -- the first one is Evernote -- You gotta have it: works in browser, desktop, iOS -- store all your important documents, files -- take a picture with your phone of a sign, and Evernote can search the text!
Google Apps make it easy to share and collaborate online, anywhere, anytime you are connected to the internet. Almost all my work is done online in Google Apps; I have access anywhere, anytime and can share for others to view or to view and edit as I choose. Our Tech Committee meets online via a Google Document. Editing online in Google Apps occurs simultaneously: no waiting for someone else to finish. Here's an example of student notes during a movie on bullying. It is safe, secure, and sensational!
Example Sites: Nespelem School My Writing Class Home Page 2013 Writing Class
Example Blogs: My Class Newsletter Blog Our Tech Blog
Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is free for schools. You can use your own domain name.
Google Apps for Education Overview Video Overview Info Learning Center Webinars (scroll down for specific apps) Get Apps Get Apps K-12
GAFE Lessons, Activities, Posters: Google Docs Google Spreadsheets Google User Group Google Lessons
Google includes a blogging platform: Getting Started with Blogger Blogger Help Guide
This site was created with my personal Google Apps account. If your school does not have GAFE, you can create sites like this with your personal account. I purchased a domain name for $9.99/year from GoDaddy so this site has an easy URL: http://www.askwhatelse.net but you can just as easily leave it with the Google Address:
Besides sites, you personal Google Account also has access to documents (on blogging/can edit by Edublogger ), spreadsheets (for vocabulary/can't edit), presentations (whiteboards-public; owned by Tom Barrett), blogs (link), and forms (evaluation for this site). These can be public, private, or shared with only those with the link (I have chosen different ways for each as examples for you).
If your students are 13+, they can access Google Accounts of their own. I would send home a permission slip whereby the students must provide the password to their parents. I plan on doing this with my grade 8 students so they can begin to create their own eportfolios online. You can then share with them.
What is a Wiki? Video A Wiki for EduWiki HowTo 50 Ways to Use a Wiki 18 Ways to Use a Wiki by Tom Barrett
Wikis also allow collaboration -- public or private to the users of your wiki. You can set up a wiki as a website for your class. You can add users. Students collaborate, but not simultaneously, which means there is a wait time if working on projects during class. Like Google Sites and Blogs, you can insert images, videos, text. I do use Google Apps more than wikis. However, when collaborating with another class, or with our university mentors, we use private wikis for drafting, and transfer our finished work to a public wiki.
Check each wiki type for what you need. Most are free, but the ability to manipulate security settings by wiki page is usually covered by premium accounts. Most free wikis can be either public or private, but I like to have more control so I usually pay premium for that.
Sample Wikis: What Else Class Wiki Teaching With TED (PBWorks) Twitter for Teachers (WetPaint Wiki) TeachersFirst (Wikispaces)
Zoho Wiki http://zoho.com/wiki
What is Twitter? I began tweeting in 2009 as way to keep up with my granddaughter, which is why my twitter name is grammasheri. Learn about those first steps in my blog post here. As soon as you begin following other educators, you discover a wealth of useful lessons and links that extend what you and your students can learn and do.
Find other teachers in your content area on Twitter here: Twitter4Teachers Twitter Stars Without connections to other teachers, Twitter is useless for education.
How to use Twitter:
Get Started With A Cybraryman
Use Twitter Hashtags to chat with groups (English Teachers use #engchat) Hashtags PD!
Twitter Teachers Podcast at Stenhouse
Twitter in the Classroom
Guide to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ Security
How to Use Twitter
How I Use Twitter
Chats On Twitter
Need a survey of kid choices? Need a brainstorming session? Need students to write their questions for review? Need a vocabulary wall? Try Padlet. It's sticky notes free online. Add pictures or a URL MSP Word Padlet Make it open, public, or private. Moderate notes or not. Just go to Padlet and try the demo to see how easy it is. Then sign up for your account. Note: There are many more of these types of applications on the Net; just search for them -- or ask your Twitter friends ! It is a Chrome app and has a wordpress plugin.
Answer Garden is a no-sign-up, easy to use Question and Answer box. Just click create, add your question, go. Link to it or embed it. It's that easy. Try the demo. Look at mine.
Collaboarize Classr oom is a complete FREE online classroom for active participation in discussions by all students. Videos MSNBCVideo Their site lists:
Collaborize Classroom is designed to complement classroom instruction and engage students in online activities, assignments and discussions that allow for deeper participation inside and outside the classroom.
Edmodo. It's very easy to sign up and set up. Video is on the link. No email required. Teacher signs up and creates groups for students or classes. Each group has a code. Students sign up with that code to participate in discussions from assignments you upload into the library. Track student participation and work. You can connect your whole school. Here's my profile. Teaches students digital citizenship and working online.
PollEverywhere Instant polling using cell phones. Easy to set up for 30 students. Write questions with coded answers students text in. See results in real time, graphed in Keynote, Powerpoint, or the web. Students can share phones to respond. It's a classroom response system without the expense! Look here. Free and Pay ($50/year gets you grading and feedback!) Tour and Videos
summer MSP. Be sure to get the education account:
Here's their blurb:
All of the VoiceThread K-12 Products use Ed.VoiceThread, our secure and accountable environment found at ed.voicethread.com. It's a web-based communications network built specifically for K-12 Students and Educators. To learn more, watch the Ed.VoiceThread overview below. The following premium accounts have access to this network.
Now iOS ! Wowser! See here.
Integrates with Google Apps! See here.
This is such a powerful tool. Imagine connecting with students around the world to gather data? With this, you see and hear people from around the world. My students debated with students in China! What an experience! One of our student reflections made it into a book!
VoiceThread Projects LiveBinder
DropBox? Dropbox is a place for all your information, the files you need at home and school. It's also a place you can create a shared file into which students drop their homework or other files. And, your documents are also online -- available wherever you need access. Students do need an email address. However, if you use dropbox in class, you could create a class account students can access from your classroom computers. It's free, for up to 2G. I don't know what I'd do without DrobBox -- everything goes there.
DropBox How To LiveBinder
Note: This site links to several presentations on many of these products. Ideas to Inspire