Snapshot: What tools can help you find information on the internet?
Where you search can give you a wealth of different resources and being connected to different communities can bring information right to your door...or email...without you having to search for it.
When we talk about staying up-to-date by using a variety of internet sources, we often come across the term PLN which stands for Personal Learning Network.
The slideshare opposite is a useful introduction to using social media in your PLN. If you are completely new to the term, start by looking at Jim's excellent article on Personal Learning Networks in the Tutorial channel. His post gives you a good definition for PLN's and some ideas on how to create one. Then come back to here to explore other options for finding info on the web.
JSTOR is a database through which you can search for academic journal articles or books. You can use it without logging in but you won't have access to all of the articles available.
You can log in through London Met which will give much wider access. See the pdf below for clear details on how to do this.
For an overview of JSTOR, watch the video opposite.
There are already some great resources by Jim in the tutorial channel on bookmarking...
Follow this link to his post on what social bookmarking is.
Curation allows you to gather posts into one place. These can be things you find on the internet or can be 'taken' from a feed of posts of people you follow. Two of the main curation sites are Scoop.it and Pinterest.
Try some of these popular Scoop.it education boards:
Pinterest is a similar site to Scoop.it and can be a great place for visual learners:
Try our e-matrix beginner board here for some inspiration:
Flipboard is a tool which allows you to pull all your different feeds into one place. For example you can connect your Twitter, Facebook, blogs and news into an online magazine which makes it quick and easy to scroll through all the latest information. Apps like Flipboard can be downloaded to your smartphone, tablet or computer so you can access the information whenever is best for you.
If you have a Facebook account, you could join some Facebook groups. For example, you could join the group:
Don't forget to follow the CELT e-learning page on facebook here: www.facebook.com/ElearningLondon
Twitter can be a good place to find links and information. Powerful Learning Practice have a good introduction to using Twitter to keep-up-to-date with education information:
This Edutopia article has some tips on how to use Twitter for educators:
Similarly, Edudemic have a light hearted look at how to get the most from Twitter:
You can also use blogs for finding information. You can sign up on most blogs to receive updates on new posts or you can follow a one from your own blog if you have one. Try the link below for some ideas: