Various internet-based tools that people can use to connect and share useful information
What this presentation is NOT: A step by step guide to setting up a Twitter account, Second Life profile, or Delicious account. What this presentation IS: An introduction and overview of social media, and its implications for professional and student use.
We can use social media to remain on the edge. We can social media to get connected. We can use social media to contribute our own knowledge, and provide help for others. All of these are qualities of a Personal Learning Network. (PLN)
Not a new concept! Where you get your knowledge BC version of PLN: teachers within your school, public librarian, professors at local LS (local scale) AC version of PLN: social bookmarking, Twitter, list-servs, wikispace communities, blogs, etc. (global scale)
Use these new tools to learn new things that will help you do your job better! Use these new tools to share what you already know with other professionals in need of that knowledge! Use these tools to produce new, useful information for other teacher librarians!
Lack of PD funding for eminent future, yet there is still need for professional growth Using cutting edge technology, without fees Learning the newest, best, and most useful information, and pass that along to students Connecting with students, in dipping into their world Try something new
Expect a learning curve, but maintain learning as your priority Commit, and try one type of social media at a time. Choose your connections wisely! Devote any amount of time.
INFORMATION! Google search produces quantity, social media searches produce quality Real-time results of news, events, trending topics Benefit from information favorably reviewed, liked, respected, considered useful, and shared by other library media professionals Database searches still relevant!
Connections! Twitter: Librarians from Egypt, Australia, California, Canada, Boston, Vermont, and the Philippines! Delicious bookmarking: global network TeacherTube: national network of like- minded professionals Blogs: Using Google Reader to stream all the blogs I follow about teaching, technology, and library media instruction
Twitter.com Delicious.com Find a few good blogs: create a Google account, and start using Google Reader to collect new posts! Remember to make learning a priority, and once you grow in confidence, begin to contribute to the great pot of knowledge!
Twitter: Complete your bio so that other teachers will know you are legit. Go private to protect yourself from being followed by undesirables. Blogs: No matter who recommends a blog, check it out yourself before subscribing to its feed. Time management! Personal/professional
Students=leaders of techno revolution 0 learning curve for most of them Use social media to engage Twitter: Succinct Writing (140 characters or less) World History (#iranelection) Unhindered connection to authors, illustrators (Laurie Halse Anderson, Alan Gratz, Mo Willems) Searching hashtags (# + your topic=a real-time search of all posts on that topic)
Delicious (or Diigo): Have students SEARCH for sites relevant to their topic (another user will only bookmark a site if it is useful) Have students CREATE lists of sites they have found: By topic or subject For others to benefit from As a bibliography or pathfinder project (they can add notes into each sites bookmark description)
Blogger Create a library blog and invite students to interact with you on the blog. Encourage students to post reviews of library books they have read. Use the blog as a place to hold photography, poetry, or creative writing contests.
Name 1 social media tool. What is a PLN? Name 1 reason you should try creating a PLN with social media. What is 1 social media tool you will try this year to make yourself a better library media specialist?
Great blogs to follow: http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/ www.educationinnovation.typepad.com www.techbrarian.com www.howtoteachanovel.wordpress.com www.teachwithpicturebooks.blogspot.com Great library media/technology specialists on Twitter: @cybraryman1 @web20classroom @joycevalenza @kathyshrock @ktenkley I can email you a handout (shared on Twitter) on tips for getting started on Twitter.
Twitter: @mwilson518 Delicious, TeacherTube, & SlideShare: mwilson518 Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org@gmail.com email@example.com School phone: 205-379-4950 Wiki: nhestechspace.wikispaces.com and nheskids.wikispaces.com Blog: knowingbooks.blogspot.com