Web 2.0, Personal Learning Environment (PLE), Personal Learning Network (PLN), Social Networking Services/Sites (SNS), Read/Write Web, etc.

"The acronym PLN stands for “Personal Learning Network.” It’s a term that labels the idea of being networked with people who have shared desires and interests related to your profession; through sharing ideas within your network, you learn from others who have knowledge and expertise in areas that you do not. As a member of a PLN, you offer your knowledge and expertise in areas which are your strengths." Kim Wagner, "The Rise of the PLN...and the PLC".

10 Educators to help you make this a great year
What the Heck is a PLN? - blog post with resources, videos, and presentations.

To find out more about social networking services, take a look at the following video: Social Networking in Plain English by Lee Lefever.

Social Bookmarking and Curation Tools

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Diigo - is another social bookmarking web service for, and discovering and curating web sites and resources.
debbiefuco - is my Diigo user name


EduClipper - A Pinterest-like site that is safe to use with students.

Create Assignment Portfolios in EduClipper

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Pinterestis another great social bookmarking and curation service/site/application. According to their website, "Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests." I would add that educators are embracing the power of Pinterest to organize their learning spaces, find great lesson planning resources, discover how other are using tech tools to enhance learning, and finding inspiration from fellow educators.

What's the Big Deal with Pinterest
Edu-pinning: Pinterest in Education - I would highly suggest following Erin Paynter on Pinterest
16 Ways Educators Can Use Pinterest - Not sure I would use Pinterest with the under-13 crowd due to permissions. Would love to see a PinerestEDU version for use in schools.
Pinterest for Educators?
debbiefuco - is my Pinterest user name

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Delicious is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing and discovering web sites.

dfucoloro - my Delicious account. I don't maintain this account any longer, but it is still available.


Popplet - "A platform for your ideas" educators are using this to mindmap, collect resources, collaborate, and create galleries, etc.

What is a wiki?


A wiki is a web site that lets any visitor become a participant: you can create or edit the actual site contents without any special technical knowledge or tools. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection. A wiki is continuously under revision--a work 'in progress.' It is a living collaboration whose purpose is the sharing of the creative process and product by many. One example is Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia with no “authors” but millions of contributors and editors. The word "wiki" comes from Hawaiian language, meaning "quick" or "fast."

To find out more about wikis, take a look at the following video: Wikis in Plain English by Lee Lefever.

Connected Leading That Works
Getting Tricky With Wikis - great tips for customizing your wiki
Wikispaces Tutorials - Choose a tour: Introduction, Personalize your Wiki, Files and Pictures, Notification and RSS, Personal Settings
Wikispaces in Education - a slideshow tutorial
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An online journal or web log = we blog = blog


To find out more about blogs, take a look at the following video: Blogs in Plain English by Lee LeFever

Mr. C's Class Blog 5th Grade Class Blog (Noel, MO)
mattBgomez Kindergarten Teacher
Five Steps to Starting a Class Blog - lots of great ideas and discussion on how to introduce to parents
Room 25 Online 5th Grade Class Blog (Tucson, AZ)
Mrs. Naugle's Class Blog 4th Grade Class Blog (New Orleans, LA)
Collaboreyes A global project to help students see the world through a new lens
The Guerrilla Season Book Blog - a fantastic example of how to use blogs in the classroom
Education Bloggers by Discipline
Quality Student Blogs, Part One - Posts - Great suggestions for teachers and students
Tips and Topics for Student Bloggers

Blogs Wiki Docs Chart - Which is right for you? A Comparison Table

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Twitter is a social networking service for staying connected in real-time, using the web, your phone, or IM. It is a cross between chat and micro-blogging. Twitter can play a key role in developing a learning environment. Participating in the network can provide timely support and continued learning, and it facilitates a better understanding of the people you collaborate with.

To find out more about Twitter, take a look at this video: Twitter in Plain English by Lee LeFever

To find out more about Twitter Search, take a look at this video: Twitter Search in Plain English

Fabulous Twitter Info for Beginners and Others - Check this out!
The Twitteraholic's Ultimate Guide to tweets, hashtags and all things Twitter
Tweets for Education - Great video explaining how Twitter may be used to enhance your professional development and instruction.
Twitter 101 Tutorial - blog post with video tutorial for the Twitter newby
Twitter 102 Tutorial - more advanced blog post with video tutorial going into depth about Tweetdeck and hashtags
Twitter and Educational Chats - blog post with advice for newbies
Twitter for Teachers - a great Prezi
Twitter 4 Teachers - find your subject area to find people to follow and add yourself
Who to Follow on Twitter - same as above...add yourself
Twitter - 'What are you doing?' Think of Twitter as micro-blogging using 140 characters or less.
Just Tweet It - find other Twitter users like you
TweetStats - graph your tweets
Blog Article: Twitter for Academia - how to use Twitter in education
Blog Article: Micro-Blogging Part Deux - further reflection on above blog entry
Twelve Interesting Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom - very cool!

- @debbiefuco

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Lets you create and join social networks for a particular topic or need.
Some Nings I belong to:
SMARTBoard Revolution - A Revolution in Education
Classroom 2.0 - if you join just one, this is it
Projects by Jen - K-6 Online Projects
Media Literacy - Media Literacy and Media Education Online
Flat Classrooms - Transforming Learning Through Global Collaboration
Building Student Learning Through Assessment - Backward design is emphasized, discussed, and explored
Connectivism Technology Web 2.0 Education and Research
Missouri Educator Community - A place for Missouri educators to connect


Google is known for its useful web tools, but did you know that a lot of them have incredible applications for education? Take a look at these Google tools to see how they’ll work for your classroom.
The Best Tips and Tweaks for Getting the Most Out of Google Chrome
Google classroom activities: Here, Google offers a few activity ideas for elementary school children.

To find out more about GoogleDocs, take a look at the video: Google Docs in Plain English by Lee LeFever

Google Docs - Google Docs provides set of collaboration tools and a familiar interface. With a free Google account, you can post and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. As the document owner, you control who can views and edits each document. Since the documents are stored remotely, they are accessible from anywhere; and changes can be made by anyone and are immediately available to everyone. Forget the old paradigm of email, edit, email. Google Docs is a revolution in cooperation and collaboration.

Google Docs for Learning - Lots of great ways to use Google Docs!
google+.jpg - Google+ is Google's answer to Facebook, which was introduced in Summer of 2011. I am still playing with it, but I do like the 'circles' option that allows you to put your 'friends' into groups and respond to or view posts from the particular circle. I am finding Hangouts more useful than Skype.

I am Debbie Fucoloro on Google+

Cool Tools for Schools - Lots of great tools organized by category

Befuddlr - any image related to your lesson - befuddl it!

Using Befuddlr in the Classroom - this blog discusses some great educational uses for an interesting visual puzzle tool

Webspiration - "Think visually. Work Collaboratively. Anywhere. Anytime." Site stores your work.
Interactive Social Media Map - Organizes social media into categories