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Social Media and Digital Publications Surfed

1 Comment App specifically for PLN and Curation specifically addresses the need to share and collaborate website and their content with others you are working with or want to work with. operates by planting a tree and then using social networks to interact with others that you or may not be connected with.

Each “pearl” is a visual symbol for a website and offers a short synopsis. The pearl can be moved between entities, shared, commented, and publicized on twitter or facebook. The system uses a plug-in to most common browsers: Chrome, Explorer, and Firefox. The pearls can be dropped into other trees and easily organized.



Web 2.0 PLN Best How to Site

This article is in-depth and knowledgeable on how to build a Professional Learning Network.

The four processes discussed are:

1) Collect

2) Curate

3) Create

4) Collaborate

and then Rebekah adds that Citation is also imperative for the PLN process.

She cites three authors: David Warlick, “Grow Your Personal Learning Network”, Kate Klingensmith, “PLN: Your Personal Learning Network Made Easy.”, and Mark Brumley, “Move Over Three R’s, Here Come the Three C’s.” She gives specific examples why each of these is important and how each can be improved. She then went on to adapt graphics from each source to modernize the concepts and internet sites used.

Here is a great reference tool she has updated from Kate Klingensmith:

Kate Klingensmith provides a nice chart of Web 2.0 Tools which I’ve modified: [Note: In the 3+ years since she wrote her post, some of the tools she suggests no longer exist. Obviously, you have to be careful about choosing ‘new’ tools, since they might not continue to be maintained and/or might not continue to offer a free service.]

Great sources of information such as classroom best practices as well as personal opinions; Blogs monitor the heartbeat of new trends in education and the commenting back and forth leads to many great ideas and relationships
  • Google Blog Search;
  • Blog Search Engine;
  • Stephen Downes’ OLDaily ( OLDaily is delivered five days a week and features the latest news and information on e-learning and related fields. OLWeekly is a compilation of the week’s newsletters and is published on Fridays. Both newsletters are available by email or as RSS feed.)
To keep up with educators from around the globe who share best practices and resources in short bursts
Communities of people interested in similar topics, with forums and messaging
Professional Profiles
Find other professionals and experts in your field
RSS Reader
RSS means “Real Simple Syndication” – an RSS reader is a tool that allows you to keep up with many of your favorite blogs, all in once place
Social Bookmarking
Share bookmarks with others, see what others are bookmarking; you can join groups and get email updates on new bookmarks
  • Delicious (not only a good way to carry your own bookmarks/favorites from computer to computer but a great way to ‘subscribe’ to new ‘finds’ from others who are interested in the same topic.WARNING: be creative with your tag searches for synonyms and/or phrases and/or acronyms or abbreviations);
  • Diigo (features include: Annotate webpages with highlights & sticky notes; Organize your digital items by types, tags, and lists; Share your findings, complete with your annotations, by email, RSS feed, twitter, permalink, widget, etc.)
  • Diigo Groups – Education
Social Networking
Keeping up with personal and professional contacts
Real-time talk with personal/professional connections
  • Messages on the Mac (replaces iChat; includes ability to send photos, videos, documents, and contacts and additional features) and Facetime (which allows you to videoconference with other Mac users);
  • Skype (in addition to offering international calling, free video calling includes group video);
  • UStream (share and record your broadcasts and communicate with your followers in realtime via the Social Stream — Ustream’s live chat module that syndicates comments to your viewer’s Facebook friends and Twitter followers; free service offers 10 Gb video storage but is ad-supported)
  • VoiceThread (conversations in the cloud With 3 minutes of phone commenting, 3 VoiceThreads at-a-time with up to 50 slides each, unlimited voice and text comments, and a sizeable webcam commenting storage limit, Free VoiceThread account has potential)
Live, on-line presentations or conferences, with real-time chat, hosted by experts on specific topics; Great way to learn about new things and to meet new people
Community-monitored sites that can function as websites or for group organization and projects

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PLN – motivate and move forward – Dean Groom Blog

The site is a great resource to understand the purpose, future, and strength of a PLN. The basis of the post is that Professional Learning does not happen by accident or without a focused purpose. The post premises the PLN as a part of a learning plan that  has to come from personal motivation, personal growth is achievable, and obstacles will need to be overcome.

The article continues to detail how the PLN as a part of a plan will change the learning process. How the learning process will eventually mimic a MOOC and will allow students or professionals to access learning at anytime and at any pace.

The most important piece of the article is the critical idea that learning has a purpose for others other than any one individual. That learning can increase a community’s value.

The article does have some shortcomings. It does not address strategies to increase or start a PLN, but only gives the motivation to work at a PLN as a part of your overall learning plan.

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More EdgeRank More Marketing

As a facet of marketing, curating requires an audience. goes in to detail what it takes to bring your content into other people’s news feed. The reason that Edgerank is important for a business is that even if an individual “likes” your page, a business’ post will not appear in their news feed again unless FB deems it relevant. So knowing how FB determines relevance is critical in maintaining an audience.

First it outlines three critical variables of Facebook’s algorithm: Affinity, Weight, and Time. Then the site gives specific examples from common websites that are correctly posting to engage their audience.

Here are the tips included:

1) Use photos and videos – this is critical now with FB’s new format

2) Post items that encourage engagement

3) Choose your moment wisely: post when your audience is most likely online

4) Seed your updates: Have other friends or fans comment or like an update

5) Use FB advertising

6) Automated posts from Hootsuite, Networkedblogs, and Tweetdeck dilute the impact of your posts

7) Post regularly: you are not rewarded for posting once in awhile publishes their newsletters on a regular basis and are informative and up to date.

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Edge Rank as a part of Facebook

Just curating anything does not make the content better or more relevant. Social media is only effective if it has an audience. In order to sift through material, FaceBook has changed it’s lenses to focus on material most important to the internet.

The site is great site to explain EdgeRank. Understanding EdgeRank is the equivalent of understanding market analylitcs of your brick and mortar business: how much traffic, what type of traffic, where is the traffic coming, and who is interested in the material.

The site explains in simple terms what parameters FB is looking for:

1) Who is engaging in your post?

2) Is the network at large affected by your post?

3) Have you or your friends interacted with similar posts before?

4) Have your or similar posts received complaints before?

The KEY to Social Media Optimization is ENGAGEMENT.

Content Posts need to be relevant and shareable. A “like” is just an expression, not an engagement.

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Curating whether on the internet or a high end art gallery, requires attention to detail, correct placement and an ability to emphasize a piece in the correct lightning. Storify is a great site to integrate and curate mainstream and social media. Storify seems to favor the larger news outlets. It is unclear the basis for a story’s relevance.


– Ease of Use. The website is graphically laid out. Uses an account registration, Twitter, or Facebook profile to log in.

– Facebook and Twitter Integration. Offer the opportunity to immediately retweet or embed the tweet on Facebook or Google+.

– Integration with social media, blogs, and news outlets. The main homepage uses graphical thumbnails to display media from the primary post.

– Ability to search four different criteria: quote, images, videos, or links. The opportunity to search in detail for specific material can be of great resource for readers.


– Limited exposure to local social networks

– None of my 1300 contacts uses Storify

– Limited subjects availability

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App of the week


While iDrated is not a curation or PLN tool itself, the idea is to keep yourself hydrated, and we all need to keep hydrated while working on our curation projects and PLN’s.

iDrated is a app that allows you to see how hydrated you are for each day, and update through-out the day with little reminders. I love how you can forget about needing a drink, then receive an update! This is important because some research says that by the time you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! This app eliminates the possibility by keeping track of your hydration through-out the day. The best part? It’s free! I recommend this app for everyone and anyone as water is extremely important.


  • Helpful reminders
  • great visuals with charts and forms
  • shows up to date percentage of hydration
  • shows last time and future time of drinks
  • free


  • no specifications of weight/height/etc to counter in
  • only uses water, not any other liquids as a form of hydration, although not everyone drinks water all day.