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Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a new world trend in professional development for language teachers. As social networks sprout all over the planet in the digital era, it is essential that we take advantage of this new possibility to create virtual personal platforms to make connections with peers and colleagues who can keep us informed of the latest developments in teaching, approaches, materials, courses, discussions, and the new technological software for teaching and learning other languages. In this presentation, therefore, we are going to show the goals and the benefits of a PLN, the role of the teacher in such a virtual environment, the most important elements and tools to build a PLN, we will describe how intertwine different social networks for promoting collaborative learning and partnership for the benefit of the language teacher. Among the tools that will be shown are those for bookmarking, how to use hashtags for conversations in twitter, how to subscribe to RSS Feedreaders, and we will suggest a short list of relevant leaders in both national and international spheres in the field of language teaching to whom you could incorporate in your PLN. We will provide with online communities and institutions that may lay the foundations for further research and publications which can have a positive impact in the specialized growth of teachers in higher education as well.

Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a new world trend in professional development for language teachers. As social networks sprout all over the planet in the digital era, it is essential that we take advantage of this new possibility to create virtual personal platforms to make connections with peers and colleagues who can keep us informed of the latest developments in teaching, approaches, materials, courses, discussions, and the new technological software for teaching and learning other languages. In this presentation, therefore, we are going to show the goals and the benefits of a PLN, the role of the teacher in such a virtual environment, the most important elements and tools to build a PLN, we will describe how intertwine different social networks for promoting collaborative learning and partnership for the benefit of the language teacher. Among the tools that will be shown are those for bookmarking, how to use hashtags for conversations in twitter, how to subscribe to RSS Feedreaders, and we will suggest a short list of relevant leaders in both national and international spheres in the field of language teaching to whom you could incorporate in your PLN. We will provide with online communities and institutions that may lay the foundations for further research and publications which can have a positive impact in the specialized growth of teachers in higher education as well.

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Personal Learning Network (PLN) for Language Teachers by Julio Palma

  1. 1. PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK FOR LANGUAGE TEACHERS UNIVERSIDAD DEL ZULIA NÚCLEO LUZ COSTA ORIENTAL Prof. Julio Palma
  2. 2. OVERVIEW • Introduction • What is a PLN? • Essentials of a PLN • Dynamics of a PLN • Why do teachers need a PLN? • 5 Steps for a successful PLN • PLN Management tools • Q&A
  3. 3. WHAT IS A PLN? A Personal Learning Network refers to the online tools, global community and web resources available to teachers within a social virtual environment in order to pursue interests in the field of language education so as to boost their autonomous professional development.
  4. 4. ESSENTIALS OF A PLN 1. Hardware http://www.flickr.com/photos/12905355@N05/3778361783 / http://www.flickr.com/photos/geishaboy500/132834253/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/johncatral/5259324481/
  5. 5. 2 S o c i a l ESSENTIALS OF A PLN 2. Social Networks M e d i a http://www.flickr.com/photos/birgerking/4731898939/
  6. 6. 3. DIGITAL ARTIFACTS • Microblogging content • Comments / discussions • Blog posts • Wiki entries • Photos, graphics or other image files • Podcast or audio files • Multimedia presentations
  7. 7. DYNAMICS OF A PLN Curation Sharing Creation http://www.flickr.com/photos/intersectio nconsulting/5177773768/
  8. 8. WHAT IS CURATION? Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. - See more at: http://www.bethkanter.org/content-curation-101/#sthash.uI8TRgle.dpuf Digital curation is the selection,[1] preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets. Wikipedia.org
  9. 9. GLOBAL LEARNING COMMUNIT Y http://www.flickr.com/photos/marc_smith/4511843933/
  10. 10. WHY DO TEACHERS NEED A PLN? http://www.flickr.com/photos/cobannon/2983755589 /
  11. 11. WHY DO TEACHERS NEED A PLN? • You can connect with peers and specialists far beyond your local boundaries. • You get feedback, advice and support from experts in your field. • Keep informed and up-to-date of the trends in your career. • It allows collaboration, global participation in a connected world. • Your knowledge base grows far more diverse and deep. • As you get to know new people, you are able to create new professional partnerships. • It is a key element in your autonomous professional development • It increases your reputation as a reliable resource among your colleagues. • It builds and expand your online presence. • It′s free!
  12. 12. 5 STEPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL PLN 1. Establish a permanent online identity and space which includes your bio and professional interests. http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthamm/2945559128/
  13. 13. RECOMMENDED APPLICATIONS? http://www.flickr.com/photos/opensourceway/5364620846/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/ethanhein/4901885229/
  14. 14. # Hashtag http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosauraochoa/3280475568/
  15. 15. Robots on duty →
  16. 16. Google + “Circles”
  17. 17. Linkedin
  18. 18. STEPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL PLN 2. Follow the people in your area of interest. International Big Leaguers Research Scholars Specialists in your country Institutions, org. Experts in your continent Associations Find book authors online Tech Wizards. Bloggers, Critics, Fans, Peers. Publications and resources.
  19. 19. SP E C I ALIST S I N E F L , E SL , A N D LA N G UAGE T E AC H I NG (TO NAME JUST A FEW) http://legacy.lclark.edu/~krauss/
  20. 20. http://blog-efl.blogspot.com/1970/01/about-me.html
  21. 21. http://jeremyharmer.wordpress.com/
  22. 22. http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/
  23. 23. http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/p/my-online-courses.html
  24. 24. http://www.educatorstechnology.com/ Med Kharback
  25. 25. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
  26. 26. Russel Stannard – Training Videos http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/
  27. 27. http://www.stevehargadon.com/
  28. 28. http://miguelmendozaefl.blogspot.com
  29. 29. http://evelynizquierdo.wordpress.com/
  30. 30. http://collablogatorium.blogspot.com/
  31. 31. http://teacherrogers.wordpress.com/
  32. 32. INSTITUTIONS, ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS http://ventesol.ning.com/
  33. 33. http://www.iatefl.org/
  34. 34. http://reloandes.com/
  35. 35. http://www.tesol.org/home
  36. 36. http://www.britishcouncil.org/es/venezuela
  37. 37. http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/10708567/FrontPage
  38. 38. RESEARCH GROUPS Academia.edu
  39. 39. http://gaudeamusacademia.com/
  40. 40. BOOKMARKING GROUPS https://www.diigo.com/ https://delicious.com/
  41. 41. STEPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL PLN 3. Subscribe to blogs, newesletters, RSS, and Media Widgets.
  42. 42. STEPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL PLN 4. Nourish your online presence with your digital artifacts. Blog posts tweets Blog comments forum participation • Videos • Podcasts. • • • •
  43. 43. PUBLICATIONS FOR TEACHERS http://www.facultyfocus.com/
  44. 44. es.slideshare.ne
  45. 45. Content curation and sharing tools http://www.scoop.it/
  46. 46. http://paper.li/
  47. 47. 20% http://www.flickr.com/photos/marc_smith/4511843933/ 80%
  48. 48. 5. Guide your own professional development with online training. http://www.macmillanenglish.com/ webinars/ http://www.cambridge.org/Webinars
  49. 49. MOOC https://www.coursera.org/
  50. 50. https://www.canvas.net/
  51. 51. www.youtube.com
  52. 52. How many people are there in your network? You are here http://www.flickr.com/photos/speedoflife/6924482682/
  53. 53. THEORY BEHIND PNL
  54. 54. PLN MANAGEMENT TOOLS Feeling overwhelmed with curation overload? http://www.flickr.com/photos/photonquantique/1818489936/
  55. 55. http://www.symbaloo.com/
  56. 56. http://www.netvibes.com/es
  57. 57. Q&A http://es.slideshare.net/Julio696 Thank you.

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