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PLN ’13: What’s New in Connecting and Sharing? Sean J. Sweeney M.S., M.Ed., CCC-SLP, Ely Center, Newton, MA !

Schoology code: M696G-3P2TH

What is a PLN? “Personal learning networks are created by an individual learner, specific to the learner’s needs extending relevant learning connections to likeinterested people around the globe. PLNs provide individuals with learning and access to leaders and experts around the world bringing together communities, resources and information impossible to access solely from within school walls.”
 Lisa Nielsen, The Innovative Educator

Another Take...

“There's too much emphasis on what "you can get out of a PLN" rather than "what you can share."”
 Richard Byrne, Free Technology for Teachers See Richard’s Slideshare on PLNs here

Google Reader 2005-2013

Image: L.C. Nottaasen, Flickr

Aggregation saves you Aggravation! !

Feedly: -View resources in one place! -Curate and share -Free for web, mobile See also: Flipboard, Digg Reader

Where to start? !

Subscribe to:


-Notable Blogs on -Search for blogs in your subject area. -Edtech
 Free Tech 4 Teachers
 iPad Apps for Schools
 Learning in Hand
 App Advice

Use in conjunction with: !

Pocket -Especially on Mobile Device, more powerful curation/organization of articles. -Chrome and Safari extensions.

Also can subscribe to Topics !

Zite: -Like Pandora for News -Add topics to Quicklist -”Thumbs up,” share or curate articles to Pocket

Don’t be overwhelmed by... !

Twitter: -Start with a profile pic and description -Follow interesting folks using #masscue2013, #edtech (view hashtags under Search), #atchat

See also: Google + Educators to follow on Twitter

-Can use web, Tweetdeck on Chrome, 3rd party apps (pref one that shares to Pocket)

New in iOS7 and OSX Mavericks “Shared Links” view in Safari!

Podcasts! !

Great Education-related podcasts at EdReach Network:
 Mobile Reach Use free Podcasts app or app such as Instacast.

Pinterested? !

Visual Bookmarking sitetaking steps toward being more article-based. Start with 
 Erin Klein
 Edudemic Article See Also: diigo


What else? How are you connecting and sharing?


Thanks for your time! ! ! ! ! ! ! !


Sean Sweeney's presentation at MassCUE 2013 on Personal Learning Networks in education