Social Media Revolution 2

Please can all the Heads of eLearning/ It and Heads of Schools check this out? Please????

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Week 2 – Twitter/ Tweetdeck update

In my last blog I said that I had declined an invitation to link to Facebook. In the end, I succumbed and linked. Big mistake! I was get little ‘ding dong’s’ every 30 seconds or so, and it was so distracting. I also didn’t like the format, and would rather be ‘in’ Facebook and have Tweetdeck tell me about tweets, than sit in TweetDeck and have it do nothing very much.

I have unlinked my Facebook from TweetDeck.

I’m also not really happy with how TweetDeck is working on my phone – and it uses huge amounts of download bandwidth! I think that I have to join my TweetDeck account to TweetDeck on the iPhone.

Another day maybe.

Week 2 – Head spin!!!

Woah! Steep learning curve or what?! Thanks goodness I’m on the desk soon so that I can have a rest. Phew!

I have tweeted for the first time; found a friend on Twitter and followed some of the PLNers on there; signed up for the Ning, and I haven’t even read this weeks tasks yet. I got TweetDeck for iPhone, but declined an invitation to link with Facebook.

Pooped!

Week 1 – 14. Can students have a PLN?

As they would say, Hells yeah! Students that I know do have PLNs working already – I often see messages on Facebook asking for help with homework, or for the homework questions. I think that this is where teachers can use social networking sites to help their students to use web 2 tools really effectively, and teach them to keep themselves nice too! 🙂 I have a little saying – swear jar! – and I often use it in a humourous way to remind students that Facebook is a public forum and there is a time and place for that sort of language.

I can see all sorts of benefits for students in creating a PLN.

Mmmm. Brain is ticking now.

Week 1 – Obstacles: My PLNs: Goals

The only obstacle to my using Web 2.0 tools is time! If only I didn’t have to work then I would have plenty of time to fluff around on the Web and check things out.

I have two current personal learning networks – Facebook: which I use to contact friends, students, authors and illustrators, and OZTLnet: which is the online network of Australian (and overseas Aussies) Teacher-Librarians. Both are brilliant, and cover both aspects of my interest – Libraries in Schools, and books and people. I was on OZteachers but found that I got too much Maths and Science stuff, so I unsubscribed.

My goal for this program is to use a few more Web 2.0 tools (Twitter, Ning, Wiki, etc.) This term I would like to be proficient at using Web 2.0, to the point where I can confidently share the information with colleagues. And by the end of the year I would like to be blogging/ writing on a regular basis – maybe every 2 or 3 days. I find that having a tab for my Fun Fair blog means that it is right in my face, and that reminds me to use it more often, so I will use that method for this blog too.

Cheers!

Week 1 – Where am I at?

My Web 2.0 skills are probably better than most, but there are definitely gaps in my learning. I have never Tweeted in my life but I am addicted to Facebook. I have administered a Hockey blog, a kids and an adults book review blog for my last school, and have my own blog over at WordPress. I’m reasonably familiar with Widgets, but only the ones that are included in the blog theme – I added a cluster map to the kids book review blog – all on my own! 🙂

I LURV my iPhone, and have a number of apps, although the Virtual Bookshelf app is driving me crazy ‘coz it doesn’t work properly. My app of the moment is AFL.

That’s it from me for now.

Ciao!