| OVERVIEW: | PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORKS/SOCIAL NETWORKING & CURATION TOOLS | DAY 2 CHECKLIST

OVERVIEW:

PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORKS/SOCIAL NETWORKING & CURATION TOOLS


The list of sources for developing your personal/professional learning network/community has grown to an incredible size. A big buzzword in librarianship is CONTENT CURATION - that is, the act of discovering, gathering, and presenting digital content that surrounds specific subject matter.
Content curation is all around us. It can take the form of an RSS feed, links posted on blogs, social media feeds, and more. There are no limits when it comes to the types of content either. Videos, articles, pictures, songs, or any piece of online digital content that can be shared can be curated.
Anyone with a Facebook feed or Twitter stream has seen content curation first hand. Most readers are turning to content curation to help them sift through the information overload. As school librarians it is incumbent upon us to:
  1. Be (at the very least) familiar with PLN and Curation tools.
  2. Learn how and which of these communities will help us learn and stay current, way beyond the time you graduate from LIU.
  3. Figure out how and which of these tools are relevant for integrating into the library curriculum for teaching purposes. Which ones will work for our students to use????? One of the most important skills we can teach is how to curate information from the Internet!!

*The topic of curation tools will be revisited later in the course when we look at information portals.

(I HAVE ADDED THE GUIDE BELOW FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO NEED MORE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO SET UP SOME OF THESE SOCIAL NETWORKING ACCOUNTS.)
Web 2.0 Social Networking Tools: A Quick Guide

DAY 2 CHECKLIST

(AS YOU GO THROUGH EACH PAGE UNDER DAY 2):
  1. Join Library2.0
  2. Join TeacherLibrarian Ning
  3. Go to the TLVirtual Cafe Wiki - you can not join, they have closed membership, but feel free to grab a Geek Tribe badge and put it on your blog, if you would like to.
  4. Subscribe to blogs (set up RSS feeds) and do the RSS Challenge.
  5. Set up/add to your Twitter Account --DO THE Twitter CHALLENGE: Who Should You Follow?
  6. Make an account on Scoop.it and do the Challenge
  7. Read about Facebook
  8. Set up a Flickr Account
  9. Explore Book Groups and Personal Collections: Google Books, Shelfari- Create your own bookshelf, identify favorites, books read, books you plan to read and wish lists as well as form reading groups and share reviews and suggestions. LibraryThing -Create your own bookshelf, identify favorites, books read, books you plan to read and wish lists as well as form reading groups.
  10. Time to blog! DO THIS LAST - AFTER YOU DO ALL OF THE ABOVE. ~You have been exposed to several social networking/professional learning communities today. In a new entry titled “Professional Learning Networks” reflect on the potential relevance of some of the communities you learned about. Which of these social networks will work for you? How will they enhance your professional growth as a teacher-librarian? How do you see any or all of these tools playing out in your future school library? Do you see the possibility of introducing/using any of these tools with students? How could it impact your teaching? These are questions to think about as you write; you do not have to answer all of them, but give a deep, thoughtful reflection.

You might want to use the same username and password for signing up for various tools throughout this course. If not, remember to keep a record of your usernames and passwords as you will be registering for quite a lot of tools over the next five days!
More learning about PLNs: go to **Network Building: Pump Up Your Web Presence****& Develop Your Personal Learning Networks**