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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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