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WEEK 6: CHAOS AND TWITTER

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October 2, 2015

This is how chaotic this week was. I’m posting the week’s lesson and activity ON FRIDAY — NIGHT — instead of Monday. With our late start Mondays and the shorter morning classes (good grief, 36 minute classes every Monday morning now) and my regular lunch duty on Mondays, there just didn’t seem to be any point in introducing something new on Mondays as I’ve usually done. The day is simply too messy. I don’t have time to prepare for it. So Mondays, I decided, would be an extension of the week before (maybe – we’ll see).

Tuesday, the day I was going to introduce Twitter and my maniacal plan for you, turns out the juniors were all gone to take the ACT. We had fewer than half our class, thus, further extending the time you had to “catch up.”

Wednesday looked like the day we’d get going, that is, until the Internet died a little before lunch. How does a blogging/social media class work without Internet? Not in the usual way. I whipped out my backup plan of Vocabulary Development. I always love to see everyone’s faces when I pull that card. But really, I meant cards – Apples to Apples. Best backup plan ever. I do get a bit insistant on you actually reading what’s on the cards so you CAN LEARN SOMETHING.

We finally arrived at Thursday and the Twitter lesson, to mixed responses. Some of you don’t have it, don’t want it. Some of you have it but think it rather silly. I strived to show you actual purpose for it. I hope you will explore the possibilities of research and exploring your specific interests and passions. Meet people with like interests and form professional relationships that can benefit you. We started the process with a Follow Friday assignment.

If you hadn’t already, you were to start a Twitter account. Then find five accounts to follow that will benefit you, provide worthwhile information. I suggested colleges, special interest groups or magazines or professionals.

By Friday, today, post a #FF tweet with the handles of the accounts you decided to follow. Then write a blog post about the accounts you are following, telling your readers about them and why you followed them. I did the same and invite you to read my post over on my teachjournalism blog.

Use Twitter to your advantage. Find people to learn from.

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WEEK 10: EXPLORING THE TWITTERVERSE

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You think you know Twitter, and I know some of you do. However, there are uses for Twitter you may not have discovered yet these uses can promote your digital footprint in a positive way and ramp up your learning experiences as well. The goal this week – and remember that many of you are starting in a different place – is to start a Twitter account, being mindful of branding, and begin to build your Personal Learning Network (PLN)

Monday: Twitter presentation

Tuesday-Thursday: Start a Twitter account or, if you have one already, consider the discussion on branding and make any changes that would more accurately reflect what you would like people to know about you. Find entities to follow that will expand your PLN (not classmates at this time). Who can you learn from? Many publications have Twitter accounts, as do colleges and non-profit organizations. By Friday, post a #FF tweet (#FollowFriday) with five new folks to follow, and post this to your blog as well, including information about them and why you chose to follow them. Include these new tweeps in a tweet on Friday, giving them a shout-out. They just may follow you back.

The object is not only for you to find good uses for this often misused social media app, but to be able to use it to develop a PLN and research for your Passion Project (and anything else that might come up for other classes or interests). Catherine Pope posted an article on The Digital Researcher in June that goes more in depth about researching with Twitter as a tool. Reading this article will help you see more ways you can use Twitter for research, and you are encouraged to reflect on the article’s content in your #FF post this week. You should also include how Twitter has or might help you, specifically, in your project.

Happy Twittering, and don’t forget to post an update to your Passion Project!

Week 7: New uses for the Twitterverse

February 18, 2014

You think you know Twitter, and I know some of you do. However, there are uses for Twitter you may not have discovered yet these uses can promote your digital footprint in a positive way and ramp up your learning experiences as well. The goal this week – and remember that many of you are starting in a different place – is to start a Twitter account, being mindful of branding, and begin to build your Personal Learning Network (PLN)

Monday: Twitter presentation

Tuesday: Start a Twitter account or, if you have one already, consider the discussion on branding and make any changes that would more accurately reflect what you would like people to know about you.

Wednesday-Friday: Search for entities to follow, finding at least 5 useful ones. Read what they post and consider writing a response to one, linking to it in your post and then tweeting about it, giving a shout-out to the original author. You may gain a valuable follower.

Friday: Manifesto presentations today, so if you have not finished, please make it a priority.

By Friday, post five #FF, or new people to follow. It’s a Twitter tradition in some circles to tweet #FF for Follow Friday, noting valuable Twitter folks to follow. Beyond the tweet, please post (consider creating a FF page on your blog) your first of several FF posts, describing each new followee and why they are good to follow.

Don’t forget your weekly personal post as well.