Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Twitter and Plurk

MassCue - All a' Twitter about Twitter
Beth Knittle - K12 IT Specialist, Barnstable
MassCue Conference Handouts

Twitter - What is Twitter? Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

Micro-blogging in a professional networking tool. We network because we are social beings, and we need to connect. Twitter helps foster connections, and keep us networked to learn. There are many lurkers in a network, but everyone can contribute through sharing and collaboration. For the "older" getworking is still the best done face-to-face, with body language and tone of voice. These cues aren't as necessary for the next generation.

Wes Fryer contributes that these new tools need to be personally integrated by teachers, before they can successfully be integrated into classroom practice. These social networking tools also help us continue professional growth as educators. When we come to teach students about these connectivity tools we can do it with authentic voice. We are receivers as well as contributors on this type of network.

Following - let people know you are a teacher. Include blog link in your profile and let people follow you. It's up to you how much information you choose to disclose.

How do you find people to follow? When you create an account fill out your profile. When people search or link to you, they will see this page. There are privacy settings and you can protect your updates. Then people have to request for you to accept them as a follower. Getting started can be a challenge, and is best done at conferences when you meet people face-to-face. You can block and/or ban people.

A Twitter portal for teachers -
Tweeter Directory - Just Tweet It

Plurk - A Social Journal for Your Life
A variation of Twitter. Different feel.

A walled garden version of Twitter. A "sandbox" in which students can practice these tools. A safety net for educators as well. The world isn't looking here.

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