Welcome to an NAIS first. This year, one session at the 2011 NAIS conference was scheduled as a BLENDED SESSION. This means that the workshop started in D.C. with a 1 hour workshop that set the context for two follow-up sessions in the online environment. Join us for these sessions and learn how you can disrupt the discourse by leveraging personal learning communities. Don’t worry if you missed the face to face session as you can listen to the podcast and view the slide stack prior to joining us online. These two follow up sessions are interactive and will help you understand how to get started with Twitter, Blogs and RSS feeds as a way to participate in and manage your personal learning network.
Research shows that interest in collaborating in Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) is on the rise. Take home concrete ideas that can help you disrupt the usual discourse about education by collaborating online with experts and thinkers in your field. This introduction will continue online through the NAIS AC Online Community after the conference.
PRESENTERS: Larry Kahn, The Kinkaid School (TX); Chris Bigenho, Greenhill School (TX); Susan Davis, The Chinquapin School (TX)
Session 1: All things Twitter
Date: Thursday, March 3
Session time: 8pm EST
ONLINE SESSION1 RECORDING: All Things Twitter
Preparation: Please set up a Twitter account in advance of this session so you will be able to use it during the online workshop. This Youtube video will help you get your Twitter Account up and running http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO2o7pCaw4o.
Description: During this session, you will quickly see different ways to work with Twitter. You will then learn about the use of hashtags and get suggestions of people to follow as a way of starting your own PLN. If you are a veteran at Twitter, please encourage your peers to check out this session as a springboard into the world of Twitter in PLN’s.
Session 2: Getting started with blogs and RSS for personal growth and reflection
Date: Thursday, March 10
Session time: 8pm EST
Preparation: Please set up a blog account and a Google account as you will be working with both of these during this session. While you can set up a blog in the environment of your choice, we recommend one of the two as a great place to start. Blogger (www.blogger.com) or WordPress (www.wordpress.com).
How to set up a Blogger Account (this will also create a Google account as Blogger is owned by Google): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnploFsS_tY
How to set up a WordPress account: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGuLgfaeXjM
- PODCAST: Disrupt the Old Discourse (1:00 hr, 50 MB file) as presented on February 25th at 2011 NAIS Annual Conference
- SLIDES: Disrupt the Old Discourse-SLIDES as presented on February 25th at 2011 NAIS Annual Conference
- PRESENTATION WIKI: Disrupt the Old Discourse-WIKI is full of resources and everything you need to get started.