Week 3 Beginning June 4


Make sure you Check the

WordPress Tutorials and Help page on the left.

Website grading CHECKLIST through Week 2.

This is just to help you keep track of what needs to done and how many points each task is worth.

I will just keeping adding each week to this document and post it at the top of the page each week.

NOTE: You can assume you have earned all the points for each assignment on your website UNLESS I send you a personal email telling your otherwise. I do not want to post points and negative information publicly on your site. I may make suggestions for improvement in future posts, but generally, I will just make a small positive comment to let you know I have read or seen the assignment and documented your full points.

Please double check the Google spreadsheet
  1. This spreadsheet is the product of the form on the bottom of Week 1.
  2. Make sure you are on the list and the information is correct. If not, add yourself and correct any information not included or that is wrong.
  3. This list is how I know where your website is located. It is also linked off my website which is how other college of education faculty access your website.
  4. These are the folks from the Google spreadsheet I have feeding from their website to mine, if you are not on this list, you need to complete the form on the bottom of WEEK 1 immediately. Completely the form on the bottom of Week 1 will automatically add you to the Google spreadsheet.
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    class members feeding my site at http://ded318.info/

Social Networking in Education
PLN: Professional Learning Networks

  • KSDE Objective Standard #1 The educator demonstrates the ability to use the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of each discipline he or she teaches and can create opportunities that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for all students
  • KSDE Objective Standad #12 - The educator understands the role of technology in society and demonstrates skills using instructional tools and technology to gather, analyze, and present information, enhance instructional practices, facilitate professional productivity and communication, and help all students use instructional technology effectively.
  • KSDE Objective Standard #13 - The educator is a reflective practitioner who uses an understanding of historical, philosophical, and social foundations of education to guide educational practices.
  • NETS-T #5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership (ISTE NETS-T)
    • Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources. Teachers:
      • participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning.
      • exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others.
      • evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning
      • contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community.
  • NETS-S - #2. Communication and Collaboration
    • Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
      • interact, collaborate, public with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
      • Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
      • develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures
      • contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

Essential Question: How can I improve myself?
Unit Question: How can I change myself professionally?
Content Question: What specific sites and methods are successful with students?

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Read this blog post by Jeff Utecht:

Why We Need To Teach Social Networking

You Need a PLN

“Every educator needs a PLN to learn from and with”

Watch this video
Social Networking in Plain English (Lee Lefever Common Craft)
A short explanation of social networking websites and why they are popular.
This video comes in an unbranded "presentation quality" version that can be licensed for use in the workplace.

Watch this Video: Twitter in Plain English
http://commoncraft.com A quick and plain English intro the micro-blogging service Twitter. Follow us: http://www.twitter.com/commoncraft . This video comes in an unbranded "presentation quality" version that can be licensed for use in the workplace. http://www.commoncraft.com/twitter
Here is my Twitter feed and widget...


Another tool similar to Twitter but being used in Education and especially with Kansas teachers, PLURK
Caroline Middlebrook of http://www.caroline-middlebrook.com/blog/ discusses micro-blogging platform Plurk and compares it to Twitter.

Here is my Plurk Widget Feed

Explore this LiveBinder: An Educators Guide To Twitter


Miguel Guhlin's blog posts discussing Twitter and Plurk.

Why Tweet? This Document is chalked full of resources, information, list of people tyo follow, hastags to follow and much more. It will get you started.


Twitter visualized: Interesting example to should you the power

Top 10 Twitter Accounts to Follow For Education Technology

Top 10 Twitter Hash Tags To Follow For Education Technology

Lisa Dabbs - Twenty Tidbits for New Teachers

12 Reasons to Get Your School District Tweeting This Summer

PLN Assignment

Ok, assuming you have explored all the above material, you should have a pretty good understanding of Twitter and Plurk. I do use both, lately I have used Twitter more, but one thing I like about Plurk, Is I can post in Plurk and it also Tweets. So I can kill two birds with one stone.

  1. Create a Twitter Account or Plurk if you prefer.

  2. Add a Twitter Profile widget to your WP website. https://twitter.com/about/resources/widgets

  3. Find 100 educators to follow.

  4. Start with the list in the Why Tweet document above, look at who I follow, check ouyt Twitter 4 teachers http://twitter4teachers.pbworks.com/w/page/22554534/FrontPage wiki and look for educators sorta by category/content/./grade level.

  5. You can tweet and check you twitter feed several ways....

    Of course follow me, I will feed your tons of resources.
    1. go to your twitter page, for example mine is https://twitter.com/#!/cyndidannerkuhn.

    2. Or, add an app to your mobile device like iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android. or other smart phone.

    3. Or, add a desktop client to you computer. I use TweetDeck http://www.tweetdeck.com/ I like Tweetdeck because I can add different feeds to it, like Facebook and Hashtags I am following AND it is located on my desktop and always available and open. I look and read when I have time. I do check it for a few minutes each day.

Grading Information
Creating a Twitter account or Plurk and following not less than 100 educators, 50 points. The more you follow, the more you learn.


What is your Digital Footprint

Grading Information: Digital Footprint Assignment, 50 Points

Week 3 Reflection

Leading &Learning with Technology's Point/Counterpoint and Feedback from the Field department is holding a discussion on both sides of the question “Should schools be required to teach digital citizenship?”

There’s no denying that the world is an increasingly digital place, and that its citizens are facing new issues that did not exist 30 or even 10 years ago, including cyberbullying, digital copyright laws, and online safety and etiquette. However, few schools currently teach digital citizenship to students. Is it time for this to change?

Point/Counterpoint essays are relatively informal. The magazine publishes one essay of approximately 400 words on each side of this issue, so consider either defending your argument passionately or playing the devil’s advocate, rather than arguing down the middle. You publishing will take place on your Website. It does not have to be 400 words, just make your point and make it well. Make sure you link to resources to support your opinion.

Your reflection should be supported by facts and resources. It must include at ;least three resources and links to them. Don't forget to include images, live links.

Title this Reflection: Week 3 Should Schools be Required to teach digital citizenship?
Grading information: 20 points

Website Grading Checklist through Week 3