Tuesday

Tool #2: Building Community in the Online Environment

...establishing a PLN

By participating in this online professional development course, you can begin to create your own personal learning network (PLN); developing a community of individuals with whom you share common educational interests and needs. Educators are no longer working behind closed doors! There are thousands of teachers who have developed blogs and wikis to share the powerful practices that are occurring in their classrooms.

One way you have started communicating with others in the online environment is by publishing your blog. Blogs are good places to find educators with similar thoughts and ideas. Your blog should be set up to allow anyone in the world to view your journey through the tools. As part of the interactive digital world, your blog should expand your sphere of influence outside of your campus and friends. Just as you can search the web or "Google" an educational topic and possibly find a fellow blogger, now others should be able to search and find your blog (as long as you use tags). Then, let the conversation begin!

Our students have already embraced the online world and are actively participating and developing their own PLNs. Will Richardson of Weblogged-ed briefly explains the importance of PLNs for students.

Commenting - Beginning the conversation
The posts you write are the first step in the building of your PLN. The second, and equally important step, is for you "leave your footprint" by commenting about ideas presented on other learners' blogs. Comments turn a journal reflection into a conversation.

How Do I Comment?
Here is a list of things to consider when getting ready to comment on the post of another blogger.
Long-time and highly-regarded teacher-blogger, Vicki Davis, aka Cool Cat Teacher, shares her thoughts about how to comment in this post.

How do I subscribe?
Hopefully you will find some of the blogs you visit something you would like to follow or join!

You have probably seen the little orange RSS feed icon on many online resources, particularly blogs. RSS or Really Simple Syndication is the means by which you can connect to online resources that consistently update their information, i.e. blogs, newspapers, news services, etc. (If you want to learn more about RSS feeds you can start here.) Blogger makes it really easy to subscribe by offering

Subscribing to comments
Following a Blogger blog

Below are some educational blogs and educational/social networks! Spend a few minutes on a few of these - OR "Google" your own content area! Post links to new blogs you find on your blog!

The Fischbowl
Always Learning
Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero
Technology in the Middle
Learning and Laptops
Technology Integration In Education
Mrs. Cassidy's Classroom Blog
Learning is Messy Blog
Children's Books for ELL Instruction
Kerry Gendron's Blog (Music teacher)
Science Teacher
dy/dan (HS Math teacher)
Science Education on the Edge
Science for All
The History Teacher's Attic
Educator’s PLN

Classroom 2.0


Social Bookmarking - Another tool for your PLN
You probably have been bookmarking web sites since shortly after having your first computer put in your hands. With the educational networking that has come about on the web and the need to share information 24/7, bookmarking web sites one computer at a time is no longer efficient and effective. How many computers do you use the same set of bookmarks? How many different groups are going to access all the information you have found? Social bookmarking to the rescue!


You can build a list of bookmarks, organize them into groups, and update your bookmarks with online services such as Diigo and delicious. You can then access your bookmarks no matter what computer you're on and share them with specific groups of people! Now, working collectively, users can find, tag and share bookmarks with one another - think about all of the great resources that can be compiled! For teachers, Diigo allows you to create student accounts for free so that after a little set-up you and your students can be researching at a whole new level - bookmarking, tagging, and annotating websites together. We don't have time to delve very deeply into Diigo or delicious right now, but we encourage you to consider creating an account to bookmark the tools in this course! Interested in learning more about these powerful tools? Log into Atomic Learning where you can find tutorials for both Diigo and delicious! Additionally, here's the Student Learning with Diigo website full of information, tutorials, and lesson plans!

Using a Reader - Collecting your resources into one location
The Common Craft guy Lee LeFever explains what a reader is. You will want to create one of these for the 11 Tools blogs you are following and any other online resources that update regularly.


Your Google Reader will make keeping up with new information from a variety of webpages really super simple! You will simply subscribe to your choices by adding the url (address) of the site to your reader. Take a short tour of Google Reader.

This video will show you how easy it is to set up your Reader and add blogs and other resources.


For your Tool #2 Post in YOUR blog:

  1. Visit at least 5 blogs - choose a few from the list below and a few from your campus wiki (on the right sidebar) and comment to one of the posts. To comment on a blog post, typically search at the bottom of the post for the comments link. Then, you will type your comment using your Google Apps account identity. Or, Visit 3 blogs and expand your PLN differently by signing up for a Diigo account or Google Reader and following the bookmarks/websites of 2 other Diigo members or websites.
  2. After completing the above, share you thoughts about building and participating in an online community and participating in a PLN. What points stood out to you from the commenting advice? Were you able to apply any of the advice in your comments? How did you feel about sharing your thoughts publicly? Was it different than when you're sharing your successes/challenges with your teammate?
  3. Share the url or name of a blog or social network that you plan to visit in the future. What does that site have to offer?

98 comments:

  1. Karen, I noticed that we are able to comment on other schools' blogs but we are not able to follow them. Is there a way we can expand our PLN by following another's school's blog? I would like to follow other 3rd grade teachers in the district.

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  2. I appreciated what Will Richardson said in the video on this post about how our kids are already actively involved in social networking, so we as educators need to be knowledgeable in these areas so that we can teach kids safe, productive ways of utilizing these networking tools. Right now it seems that kids are teaching themselves and each other (and us!). In some cases they are more knowledgeable, but to me it's that safety and privacy aspect that they need our guidance and supervision for. They need to understand the implications of sharing publicly. Only then is social networking truly productive!

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    1. I agree that students are actively engaged in social networking. In the Houston Chronicle last week they published results from a 10 year Kaiser study on students, especially from lower socioeconomic backgrounds that were given laptops and internet capabilities, the study found that these students utilized the internet twice as much, but for nonacademic pursuits. The study showed that these students generally stayed up late into the evening using social networking programs and their GPA had dropped considerably. I think this shows that just handing students a laptop without parameters, guidance, and education will not get the intended results. As educators, students need to be trained and challenged if we expect them to use computers as anything more than a distraction.

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  3. Hi Deb, I like the poster! It would be neat to have it in English and Spanish with the same layout in Spanish in all the themes in Science and Social Studies even Math so that the students inmediately make the connection and find the meaning. They would also see the similarities between the two languages when there are cognates available. We have to practice and become familiar with this tool so we can implemented as part of the vocabulary involved in the theme or topic of study.

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  4. This is all a little overwhelming. There is so much information to filter through in order to find the good stuff. I've set up my blog and have a few blogs I'm following. I don't usually leave comments on a blog unless I see something especially interesting. Hopefully, over the summer, I can get a better grasp on all of this so that I can better integrate technology into the classroom.

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    1. I agree, I am a new teacher this year coming up(4th grade)and this blog idea is very cool but a bit overwhelming. I know a few things about technology maybe we can find things that can help us both!

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  5. It's a bit unnerving to share your thoughts publicly, as it may have implications, both positive and negative. However, it is important as educators that our voices and thoughts are heard and blogging is one more powerful tool we can use not only to share our expertise, but also to share our views and thoughts.

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    1. I agree with Tulia. I never wanted to be a part of social networking for privacy reasons. However, educational blogging is beneficial to our students and to us, the educators.

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  6. Tool 2
    I visited the PLN's listed and did not find a whole lot that I was interested in at this point. I joined Diigo, and found the information in the http://www.slideshare.net/believekids/7-easy-steps-for-creating-your-own-pln site very useful.

    I am currently not a member of a social networking site. I have been nervous in the past to join or be a part of one due to privacy and time. I see many people that spend a lot of time on facebook or myspace and I never felt the need to reach out or put my life out there for others.

    I see now that as an educator it can be very useful to follow some PLN sites and learn new tools, lessons, and sites for my kiddos to skype, research, and learn new skills.

    I plan on visiting many websites such as skype, itunes/podcast, picasa, and I am going to look up some PLN sites on my own to join.

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    1. I believe you said everything I was thinking. Good luck to both of us, I think we may need it.

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    2. I share the same cocern with you about social networking because I do not see the need to make public my personal profile due to concern it might get into the wrong hands. However, using PLN sites will be helpful for my students, although I have not yet found one that fits the needs of my special needs students. I do plan to explore the following site: www.sharemylesson.com which is free and developed by teachers for teachers.

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  7. 1 & 2 This is the first time I've heard of a PLN aka Personal Learning Network but it promises to be a wonderful tool to use with other teachers in sharing wonderful ideas. In one of the videos the speaker said something like a PLN is like leaving your footprint conversation rather than a journal entry on paper so others can connect ideas. Sharing my thoughts when I blogged where easy and the blogs I visited were very interesting. I felt it was very much like sharing with an extended team of friends to work with.
    3.I plan to visit Storybird.com to learn more about how I can use it in literacy in kindergarten to write stories with children.

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  8. I agree with Tulia. This is very different for me to post comments that others are viewing and not know what someone is thinking.

    I am not a member of any social networks at this time but I do Skype and that is really fun connecting with friends and family out of the county.

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  9. This will take some time to master but I found myself being caught up in reading everyone's comments. I tried a few of their suggested websites and added them to my website folder. I still need to try signing up for a Diigo account or Google Reader.

    I didn't mind sharing my thoughts publicly. I always seem to be sharing my thoughts at workshops but I'm just not sure anyone wants to hear them!

    I'm always collecting websites and here are two I use with my dyslexic students: www.spellingcity.com and poetry4kids.com/poem-432.html.

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  10. As a news junkie, I think I'm really going to enjoy the google reader I just set up!

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    I am amazed that there is so much information out there. It is going to take a little while to get used to posting comments. I don't mind sharing comments online. There are so many useful math blogs. I liked math-blog.com and misterteacher.blogspot.com. There is a lot of helpful ideas on making math fun and using real world examples.

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    I have to learn more about the PLN but I know that it will be a helpful resource. It's a little bit different than I am used to but I know that the blogs will be a great tool. I don't have a problem with sharing thoughts or comments online.

    I liked math-blog.com and misterteacher.blogspot.com. These sites give real world examples for students.

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  13. While posting on blogs, tweeting, and sharing on a ning can all seem pretty intimidating, it helps to have a couple of tools that keep you organized. I've found that TweetDeck helps you organize your tweets in much the same way that Google Reader helps organize your blogs.

    While we were at ISTE last week, Alan November made the statement that we need to graduate students with a "library" of experts to follow via Diigo and Twitter.

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  14. While blogging, tweeting, and posting on a Ning can all seem pretty intimidating, it helps to use a tool to keep you organized. I like TweetDeck for following twitter feeds in much the same way that Google Reader follows blogs.

    At ISTE last week, Alan November made the statement that all students should leave us with a "library" of experts on Diigo and Twitter.

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  15. well my brain is now bitter :( It was on hiatus from educational thinking... back to the grind..lucky to add these great tools to help organize my overwhelmed fav folders:) The reader is amazing, love the highlight an book marks and quick sharing as well as follow ups :) I need them all:) I dont mind sharing my thoughts publicly.. I have abig mouth that is always trying to keep up with the crazies in my brain so social sharing is therapy:) Hopefully I can grow by interacting with other Life Skill peeps an share my knowledge back... Still searching for some good Sped Life Skill websites to share...

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  16. This is a lot of information to sift through!! I also find it difficult to continue on when the website has to verify all of my information before I begin to comment on the posts.

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  17. I think that as an educator, it is very useful to follow other people's educational blogs because it gives us ideas and tricks of the trade we can readily implement in our classrooms.

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    1. I agree, this is a fantastic tool. However, while I ma still trying to get a good grip on this, I like that we can find so many sources and share them too.

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  18. No surprise that music education blogs were not on the list, but I did find quite a few and will begin to focus on those most relevant to my kiddos.

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  19. I feel that in the past few years, I've had a crash course in the realities of "fair use" and copyright issues. Before having so much technology it wasn't really an issue -- students plagiarized by copying longhand directly from the encyclopedia. Easy to see; a black-and-white, right-and-wrong issue. Image and video copyright has nuances that we never dreamed of before the age of the internet.

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  20. I really did not like the idea of creating a blog but once I did I could not wait to see the comments/suggestions I was getting. This could be more fun than i expected. I had hear about diigo at an inservice but did not check it out. I have now been there and it is a tool i can see myself using in my classroom

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  21. I thought the poster was very clever. It may have caught my eye because I like Chinese food. I wonder though, if the author of it intended to suggest that we not "overdo" it...unless there is some web due date that we were not supposed to miss.

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  22. I am feeling a little overwhelmed by all the technology we are learning. I am not opposed to it but it seems like I can't keep up with it because it is moving so fast. "Blog, Blog, Blog"!

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    1. I understand you 100%, but in the other hand we have to keep up. :)) Good luck

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    2. I am working in my 11 tools now, and I began to look at some of the teachers blogs, there is many ways that it can be applied in the classroom but with so many things that the students have to work, so many tests that they have to take, I wonder how much time they are going to have the visit PLN's.

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  23. Tool 2

    So are we allowed to be facebook friends with our students or not? Mixed messages lead to mixed results

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    1. I'm not saying it's the right answer, but I have a "locked down" personal FB account and one with using my school email where my former students can contact me.
      I post musings about school, they say hello and ask questions about XC.

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  24. Sharing publically makes me think a little harder about what I have to say. In fact, I have just written and erased about 5 or 6 sentences. Something about it being out there for ANYONE to read and comment on is humbling. I did, however, enjoy reading blogs from people who know about the tools and give quick tricks...very helpful.

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  25. I am currently trying to get people at my school to get on Edmodo. It feels like facebook but has more features.

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    1. Trying to complete my 11 tools :).
      Tool #2 is cool. PLN'S are awesome and will help me learn because I am not a technological guru.

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  26. There are some amazing "places" out there that teachers can use. Diigo is great. Technology in the Middle has some great tools and the idea of things being collect in the "cloud" is very cool.

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  27. I don't think people realize they can use the hyperlink tool to share links in their posts or upload videos when creating a new post to embed videos. That might be something to learn at the very beginning of this program.

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  28. Personal Learning Network is a great concept, and I plan to use it. The explanations given were helpful. PLN creates a paradigm shift in the way we educators teach and our students learn. What a great concept!

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  29. It was an easy experience to navigate into Tools 1 and 2.

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  30. I did not know how to find other teacher's blogspots, so I was randomly posting on other people's blogs that I did not know.

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  31. I plan to visit the Adobe Education group.
    I felt a little uncomfortable about sharing publicly.
    Building an online community could be beneficial.

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    1. I feel uncomfortable too. I think some things should not be shared publicly.

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  32. After completing the above, share you thoughts about building and participating in an online community and participating in a PLN. What points stood out to you from the commenting advice? Were you able to apply any of the advice in your comments? How did you feel about sharing your thoughts publicly? Was it different than when you're sharing your successes/challenges with your teammate?

    I found this particular tool to be a little intimidating. Sharing my thoughts publicly is no problem. It is the amount of information that is out there that is scary. One point that really stood out to me is that in order to get people to participate with your information, you have to ask a questiona and perhaps even leave it open ended. This is definitely different than sharing with my team. With a team you only have 3 minds focusing on you. In this setting, there is no limit. I really look forward to visiting 21st Century Science Educators in the future. I would like to connect to teachers who work with different curriculums.
    http://edupln.ning.com/group/21stcenturyscienceeducators

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    1. It is really scary to me too. I think we should go back to paper and pencils...just kidding. I am not a techno perioson. hopefully these 11tools will help make me a better techo geek:).

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  33. I did not mind sharing my thoughts on the different websites. In fact, I thought most of the places I visited had a very welcoming community. Some teachers even commented about different twists on ideas on the blog. I found so many great websites by typing in "first grade blogs"

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  34. I was not scared at all to post my comments on others blog. I also noticed other educators commenting on different "twists" on already posted ideas. I felt comfortable giving my thoughts and inputs.

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  35. I like all the technology I see. Unfortunately, I was at a different school last year. They are doing 11 tools this year. My present school did 11 tools last year and over the summer. So, I am left out.

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  36. I have really enjoyed looking and posting on other teacher's blogspots in Texas. I have gotten some great ideas.I am fine with sharing thoughts publicly. I think that it is a great way to learn from each other.

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  37. Got help today. Figured out to embed a video to blog and put photos in dropbox.
    Thanks Lucy. Couldn't have done it without you.

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  38. Using learning communities allows for searching for good teaching practices in other classrooms around the world much easier and less time consuming. I like Diigo as a place to save and share information with teams and groups of students. I also would like to explore using livebinder in class to provide a more concise source of information to use for research and developing their interests and research questions.

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  39. Wow, Karen. This is Vicki Davis, one of the bloggers you linked to in this post. One note for your course participants to note is that many bloggers follow links back to their blog posts when the links are there. To not link to someone is to end a potential conversation before it starts.

    I love the authenticity with which each person shares here. I know I'm a bit behind on finding your links here, but I think your course is fascinating and you are doing great work. I also like your recommendation of the chrome browser. It is a great tool and teachers should know about a variety of browsers.

    Great work here and kudos on a lovely course!

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  40. I've blogged my response to this post. Reading through and responding to this has been one of the most fruitful mornings I have spent on my PD recently.

    Please read my full response and comment!

    @servusclementis

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  41. This is an amazing way to stay connected to other educators outside of your local area. There is an enormous amount of information and lists of tools/apps to discover. The advice on posting comments was rather obvious, but I liked the idea to teach my students how to post appropriate comments since many of them are rather clueless about how to do this correctly. I have some fear about publicly sharing my thoughts on certain subjects and plan to share only what is not too controversial. I like http://cyber-kap.blogspot.com/ because it showed me some really cool iPad apps to use in the classroom.

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    1. Just wanted to add to your comment about teaching kids how to post appropriate comments. It is funny how people will quickly respond to a post with whatever comes to mind at the moment, but I doubt many really stop to think about the footprint it leaves and the possible repercussions it may have.

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  42. I feel like a "kid in a candy shop." So many selections. What fun this is! It's wonderful to learn new things. The PLN is a great tool to have in the classroom because of all the new ideas from people around the district and world that are being shared. I plan to visit these blogs in order to learn more; Technology Integration in Education and Children's Books for ELL Instruction.

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  43. I feel so fortunate to be in a district that is guiding me through the process of learning to use more devices in technology. The PLN will be a great advantage in the classroom by bringing in new ideas from people in my school district and around the world. I plan on visiting the following websites: Delicious.com, teacher blogs, http//booksforellkids.blogspot.com/ this is an excellent resource for identifying books to use with specific units. I also visited http://classblogmeister.com. I worried about the privacy of children as I viewed this site. However, I feel so excited when I think of all that is now available to me in technology. I downloaded google reader and will continue to acquaint myself with all the "goodies" it provides.

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  44. This is a good. I believe some people are not going to be comfortable with using some of these resources, but I believe this is the sign of the times.

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    1. I agree with you Will...technology is taking over so we must adapt.

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    2. I totally agree with your response but I am sure this will be in the best interest of the kids.

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  45. I am really enjoying reading all of the blog posts. I was hesitant at first to have my thoughts out there, but I use Edmodo so frequently in my classroom to communicate with my students on a weekly/daily basis that I thought.."Why not?" And, I am pleased now with my comfort level. Inparticular are the thoughts from teachers regarding websites to explore for the class.

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    1. I was also a little scared to put myself out there I feel better knowing I am not the only one... hmmm it seems to be working.

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  46. I learned a lot of new things in this Tool #2 "lesson". Very informative and a lot of new information to process. I created a google reader account and signed up to some French teacher related blogs: http://french.about.com/b/2012/02/10/franglais-challenge.htm , http://www.naperfrench.com/what-is-the-best-way-to-learn-french/. The first one is a website with tons of information and links on the French language and which I have used abundantly in my French classes, but I have now also subscribed to the blog. The second one is a website and blog by a French teacher who offers French lessons online.

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  47. Learned a lot of new things in this "lesson". A lot of new information to process. Signed up for Google reader and subscribed to two websites/blogs and also signed up for their RSS feeds:http://www.naperfrench.com/what-is-the-best-way-to-learn-french/ and http://french.about.com/b/2012/02/10/franglais-challenge.htm . Also signed up to follow some blogs of Cornerstone colleagues.

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  48. I have visited a few blogs kept by teachers in my content area; in particular, a blog on AP US Government. Here is a link to that blog: http://usgovteducatorsblog.blogspot.com/. There is a great deal of useful information and a wealth of helpful links here and at other blogs. Frankly, most of the information I already know of because I've been collecting content area bookmarks for nearly 10 years.

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  50. That's truly amazing to connect all the educators in district. I'm going to try to know more about it.

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  51. That's wonderful tools to stay connect within teachers not only in campus but also in the district.

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  52. Hello all!

    I am a new 4th grade teacher that will be starting in the fall. I have one year of experience in the education field. I find the idea of a blog a very helpful tool for sharing and exchanging ideas with other educators around the world. However, I did find it a bit overwhelming since I have never used this tool before but once I get a good grip on this, I will be sharing lots of ideas and new concepts that I have learned in my workshops. :)

    Here's a link that I found helpful for English teachers like myself. Enjoy! https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos?landing_page=English+Language+Arts+Landing+Page&gclid=CKSj17Oo4rACFQUEnQodJzTI2g

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  53. Excited to see and read about how these changed are being used in the areas of choir, music theory, music appreciation, etc.

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  54. I enjoyed looking at the ideas and see the possibility of using the blog as a bulletin board and source of reflection and collaboration for kids and fellow professionals. I like the idea of subscribing as seeing a class as it develops "real time" and get inspiration from that process.

    This blog in particular really caught my eye:

    http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/category/language-arts/

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  55. It is incredible to see the amount of blogs and teachers who share online. I just joined one of the educators PLNs and plan to get resources from teachers who teach my grade level as well as contributing with ideas that might help others. My next stop will be to read blogs about bilingual education which is what I do.

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  56. I found this extremely helpful!!

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  57. Tools 2
    I have learned a lot of new things! I must admit I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of it. Technology is getting more advanced as each day passes and to keep up with it all is a challenge. I like the nifty tools regarding the online bookmarking. In the future, I would like to visit Technology Integration in Education as it serves as a valuable resource. I registered for Google Reader and will begin following http://thirdgradebookworm.blogspot.com/*http://mrsestblog.blogspot.com/ & http://thrivingthirdgraders.blogspot.com/.

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  58. I believe that by communicating with my peers and fellow professionals I can increase my knowledge about the different tools and technologies that are available to me . Sharing my thoughts online was no different that sharing my thoughts in the real world. I can say that for some people sharing online without judgment may be beneficial. I would really like to incorporate more sites about how parents can get involved. I plan to visit the history in the attic site ! Lots of tips for history.

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  59. i would like to see my students' responses, via blog, about current events/social issues

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  60. i would want to see my students' responses via blog, regarding current events.

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  61. After reviewing the information and participating in a PLN I have found that the process is relatively easy. The guides provided in the 11 Tools were incredibly useful and created a structure for comments. Overall, I do not enjoy commenting on others blogs so this process is somewhat challenging.
    While looking at useful blogs I stumbled across the Top 50 Art Education blogs http://mastersinarteducation.com/2010/top-50-art-education-blogs/ This has links to several useful blogs that will provide insight and assistance in my blogging experience as well as my classroom.

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  62. One blog that I have found myself visiting over and over again is the New York Times Learning Network. http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com I have never subscribed the the feed, though, and I'm really excited that I know how to organize all of these resources now.

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  63. Frankly, right now I feel like I have been run over by 5 or 6 semi's on the information highway. However,I curently have a huge list of bookmarks that I need to make into a shared list and I am happy to have the information available to do that. I'm not too sure I have time to be blogging and/or reading a lot of blogs. I am a very active, sports-inclined person and don't want to spend my life attached to a piece of electronics. But I do appreciate the data given in your blog. I also like its consiseness and the videos.

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  64. PLN facilitates learning for both teachers and students as it being a social network. It can help us share ideas and thoughts
    that can be very useful and critical in finding the the solutions to the problems. The objective unlike other social network like FB is focused and not too personal.

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  65. I am new to blogging but I am glad that we have been provided with a step by step process. The videos have been very helpful and I am so excited to start.

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  66. I have had so much fun learning about blogs. The 11 tools have been very helpful.

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  67. I really enjoyed doing this. I created a link to some softball videos. I think I stayed on you tube just pulling up videos.

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  68. I loved delicious and google reader -- super useful! even on my own computer I have different bookmarks on the different internet servers (firefox/chrome/safari)

    I appreciated the commenting advice, because I would have never considered how certain actions can increase commenting and how it is critical to attend to comments to make it a conversation and useful tool for me. I think it is important to share certain thoughts publicly to open up conversation/ideas from other perspectives.

    http://www.artofteachingscience.org/2012/08/10/evolution-design-creationism-intelligent-design-academic-freedom-bills-trump-knowledge-understanding-stealth-dogma/

    unique approaches to certain topics...thinking outside of the box!

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  69. I believe that personal learning networks are useful tools that can help one learn from other educators in your content-area. In addition, PLN’s can help teachers find collaborative solutions to common issues.

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  70. I did not enjoy sharing and commenting because I am a first year teacher and do not feel like I have the authority or expertise to be sharing. I do believe that through blogging I could help other first and future first year teachers. I feel more comfortable seeking the advice of teachers I know because their words are meant for me, and they will be more understanding. This communication is also more personal, and so I believe is more applicable and appropriate.
    I have heard great things about Teachers Pay Teachers. I may visit that site for insights.

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  71. Excited about Diigo...To be able to access my favorites anywhere!!

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  72. Setting up a PLN seems like a no brainer. The benefits of setting up a community of like minds that you can stay in contact with and collaborate with in order to increase the effectiveness of your teaching is the essence of be a life long learner.

    When commenting, don't waste time or space with frivolous comments. Offer insight or comment on posts as a means of expressing/restating what you have learned.

    I feel confident that I can offer comments in a public format. I believe I have some insight and experience that could benefit other teachers.

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  73. Setting up a PLN seems like a no brainer. The benefits of setting up a community of like minds that you can stay in contact with and collaborate with in order to increase the effectiveness of your teaching is the essence of be a life long learner.

    When commenting, don't waste time or space with frivolous comments. Offer insight or comment on posts as a means of expressing/restating what you have learned.

    I feel confident that I can offer comments in a public format. I believe I have some insight and experience that could benefit other teachers.

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  74. Setting up a PLN seems like a no brainer. The benefits of setting up a community of like minds that you can stay in contact with and collaborate with in order to increase the effectiveness of your teaching is the essence of be a life long learner.

    When commenting, don't waste time or space with frivolous comments. Offer insight or comment on posts as a means of expressing/restating what you have learned.

    I feel confident that I can offer comments in a public format. I believe I have some insight and experience that could benefit other teachers.

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  75. I visited science content sites; this one looks useful with lots of helpful information: http://teachscience4all.wordpress.com/

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  76. I think participating in online community is really helpful. I like the idea of having somewhere to go to share ideas or get ideas on a specific topic. I do not mind sharing my thoughts online.

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  77. I too enjoyed the various blogs and websites and new tools. I just need to get organized so I don't forget all my new usernames and passwords. I do think the tools like google reader and diigo will help me stay organized and better connected to material I actually benefit from.

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  78. It is kinda cool and kinda scary to think of creating my profile on-line. It is cool to have a voice out there for the world to hear in a new way, but scary to think of the possibility of others taking my information to misuse. What kinds of precautions should I be taking? It would be nice to think of the www as a friendly place to share, but as I hear warnings of identity theft and such, I wonder how safe it all really is.




    There is an abundace of information out there, but locating just what you need can be a bit tricky. It is incredibly easy to be sidetracked on rabbit trails as you are searching for ideas and information. One site I do want to go back to is http://www.google.com/reader/view/#stream/feed%2Fhttp%3A%2F%2Fclutterfreeclassroom.blogspot.com%2Ffeeds%2Fposts%2Fdefault I hope this site will give me some organization ideas. Staying organized helps me feel more in control so I will be checking it out later. I was also happy to find a writing blog (Just Write Baby!)which I think will give me ideas to use in my classroom both now and later.




    Sharing here is strangely different from sharing with my team mates. People have the choice to read and respond to my ideas or to move to a different location for different information. I am able to communicate with those interested in the same subjects and ideas as I am in what seems to be a more efficient manner.

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  79. 11 Tools is essentially a repeat of a graduate class I took called "Technology and Teaching" at Stephen F. Austin State University. Great course.

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  80. Nice Blog to Read regarding Assignments Online this blog is really helpful for every person who interested in Online Education. Thanks and Keep Continue to share useful information with us.

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  81. entering my first comment here as a fellow educator. I enjoy learning and it's nice to get to visit all the blogs. Thanks for sharing these resources.

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  82. I really do not like sharing my thoughts in an online community. I do like to read about things happening and even a few blogs. Sharing success and/or challenges to the world is much different than with my teammate. I can get a different perspective but I must say I am a bit hesitant. There is one blog for FLL that is new and does not have much traffic yet. I am monitoring it for new information and who know even participate a little in the discussions.

    http://fllblog.wordpress.com/

    Here is a web site that houses this blog. It is very cool and for those of you that want to create a personal blog or web page it is a good place to start.

    www.wordpress.com

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