In DISCOVER you found the wealth of full-text journal articles available through INFOhio. In this section you will have the opportunity to dig into educational research and learn how to use social bookmarking and tags to save websites and articles so you can find them again from any computer. If you are interested in developing your own professional page, take a few minutes to review and follow the information on creating a blog.
Take a few minutes to review these resources for additional educational research:
Learn how to access the many educational research materials available through OhioLINK. Check with your local college library to find out how you can access these resources.
Personal Learning Network & Knowledge Building Community
A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is the group of people you connect with to continue your learning. As you progress through the 21 Things you will be introduced to tools to help you build your own PLN. Watch and listen to Will Richardson as he discusses Personal Learning Networks for adults and children. Read this article on creating a PLN from the OELMA Spectrum Spring, 2011 "Cultivate Your Personal Learning Network ‐ Grow Your Knowledge Building Community – Prepare for an Abundant Fall Harvest."
Participate in the Knowledge Building Community and begin building your personal learning network. We will work on other tools to use to develop your PLN in Thing 5. Here is all you need to do to begin in the KBC.
- In the INFOhio Learning Commons menu bar, click on Community.
- Once you are in the community, click on Friends and invite a few people to become your friend.
- Then click on Groups. You can join a group, begin a group or just read what others are discussing in their groups.
- If you want, you can begin a blog in the KBC.
Next, play with social bookmarking and blogs - two tools to help you begin your PLN.
Social bookmarking is a collaborative Web 2.0 tool for tagging and saving bookmarks in the cloud and can be a valuable tool for your professional development. With social bookmarking your bookmarks with their notes are available from any computer or handheld device.
- Watch the video by Lee LeFever, Social Bookmarking in Plain English, for an explanation.
- Then, create a Diigo account. You can easily save bookmarks to the resources you find valuable in the 21 Things, providing you easy access later to the websites from any computer.
- Tag your bookmarks.
- Tagging creates your own organizational system for your resources. For example, you can add a tag designating that the site is for school use or home use, what class and unit your will use it with, what semester or nine weeks you will use it, what you want your students to learn, and what kind of tool it is.
- You can search for tags in Diigo to find bookmarks that others have saved, adding to your resource library.
- You can also create lists with your bookmarks to show to others, like a slide show.
Create an Online Portfolio
Would you like to create an online portfolio? Would you like to begin a site for professional discussion or participate in ongoing discussions? Blogs can help you do all of these and more.
Another way to search and collect information from the many digital formats available is curation. Joyce Valenza defines it this way, curation is “the selection and assembly of a focused group of resources into a web-based presentation that meets an identified purpose or need and has meaning for a specific audience. Resources can include traditional library resources, links, instruction, artifacts, widgets, media, ebooks , personal commentary, analysis, more!” We traditionally associate this word with museum collections. As we collect sources relative to our own interests, we need to develop this skill to collect and organize the best information we have from articles, blogs, searches, rss feeds, twitter, video and more.
Take a look at this School Library Journal article on curation by Joyce Valenza, “Curation is the New Search Skill.” It describes several pathfinder/curation tools. Some can be used to collect your digital sources, to archive digital sources for yourself and to share. Other tools, like Scoop.it and Paper.li, can be used to search and to bring new information to you, as well as to collect it to share with others. Explore the different curation tools to help you keep up-to-date and to teach your students to collect information for their projects. Take a look at this article, “The Kids Are Curating,” for inspiration. Curation is a 21st century information literacy skill for students and teachers.