PLN Tools; See end (use of cell phones in schools?)

Your PLN – what’s in it for ALL of us!
Event Creator:  Jo Hart
Event Type: Web Event
Name: Edublogs Fine Focus – Your PLN, what’s in it for all of us?
When: Aug 26 2010 – 4:00pm – 5:00pm-Aug 26 2010 , US/Pacific (GMT-08:00)*
Participant URL: https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=vclass&password=LPCBZLAT4D3Y921591JT

78% of us said we had a PLN.
Most imp aspect:
#1   help and support
#2  Social interaction

Jo Hart used a lot of multiple choice questions and other methods to encourage participation.

One key PLN tool for most participants:  Twitter
My answer:  email/intranet/shared drives at work

Yammer.com.  Suggested by participant.  Very similar to Twitter but more of a private network (?).

Moderator’s PLN:
RSS (Google Reader)
Gmail
iGoogle (center of diagram – can get all the others from iGoogle
Delicious
Skype
Elluminate
Twitter (Tweetdeck)
Edupln
LearnCentral
Flickr
Edublogs
Facebook

Jo showed us how to use a private area in Elluminate
We each created our lists and then pasted them to main screen.  Mine were:
Google
Twitter (just started)
Jing (screencasts)
Diigo
School network
Blogs
Master’s program at school I am attending
PD classes at school
Teach for America people and resources

Someone suggested Merlot as a PLN tool.  For higher education.

Group talked about using Facebook and cell phones to connect with students.  I informed them that Facebook was blocked at my school and cell phones were prohibited.  Most of the others were higher ed teachers where it is a very effective communication tool.  You would think that could possibly work at a high school level too!

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