The following quote can be found on page 99 in Shirky's book:
"Conversation is king. Content is just something to talk about. The conversation that forms around shared photos, videos, weblog posts, and the like is often about how to do it better next time---how to be a better photographer or a better writer or a better programmer. The goal of getting better at something is different from the goal of being good at it; there is a pleasure in improving your abilities even if that…Continue
Added by Ellen Wilke on April 12, 2010 at 8:20pm — No Comments
So in looking at this class (and other social media outlefts) available, some of them I think would be hard to use in the classroom.
I think Twitter could be a fun, useful site, at the same time hard to control. Even for this class, I personally found it hard to use Twitter as something other than a social escape. In talking with Paco, we decided it was possible, for example, the way Drew uses Twitter- for talking with people about educational things. But since I started using…Continue
Added by Laura Wiechert on April 11, 2010 at 9:38pm — No Comments
I just read the blog from Francisco about filtering, and I immediately thought of filtering in the classroom. I am often torn between filtering for my 4th graders or not. If I filter too much, they may not know how to search for things online once they get home. If I don't filter enough, they will run into inappropriate things!
This also makes me wonder about filtering out sites such as Youtube and Flickr as a district. My students are 10, and I…Continue
Added by Christy Prudence on April 7, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments
I like the fact that anybody can publish things on the internet for all to see. Sites like flickr and utube allow people to post and comment on some crazy and often amazing things....maybe more often crazy. I have used utube to learn how to play the banjo but finding exactly what I want is not easy. That we have to filter through what is good and bad or interesting to us can take a lot of time. I think it really contributes to the difficulty I have with these sites. I get tied up looking at…Continue
I must admit that I find Shirky’s book fascinating and find myself quoting or mentioning it in conversation, or even worse, interrupting my husband to read an excerpt to him. The author brings up some interesting points, as many have mentioned, including the issues surrounding the theft of the cell phone. I particularly found it interesting to take note of the schematic drawings in chapter two of…Continue
Added by Janice Burroughs on March 25, 2010 at 1:02pm — No Comments
I was just reading Drew's ideas if you get writer's block and unlocked something I was thinking about before spring break. Thanks Drew :-) I have a blog that I use(d) with my class over the summer as a teaser to read a book and have a book club online with me and future classmates. I had about 10 kids utilize this over the summer. Now that we are in school, I haven't used it as much as I would like. Last year, I used it in all of my book clubs as an assignment that would normally be done in…Continue
I just finished reading the first 3 chapters of our book, and I am left feeling blown away by the amount of connections we can have with people all around the world due to technology today. You kind of take it for granted when you use various social media resources daily, but when you sit down and think about it, it's pretty amazing!
My friend just moved to a tiny town in Louisiana a month after having her first baby. She decided to start a blog to keep family and friends in the loop…Continue
After reading and listening to the information posted about PLN's, one word remains with me. BALANCE. Yes, that's the word for me. I currently have four e-mail accounts, along with accounts on Facebook, Twitter, SKYPE, a ning or two, follow a few blogs, etc. I even had a blog of my own for awhile, a teacher blog of sorts. I work on various computers (four actually) and a Blackberry, have numerous flash drives with various bits and bytes of information, and have programmed three ipods.…Continue
OK, here goes my first attempt at posting... As a district social worker, I may be the only non-teacher in the group. Often the professional development classes don't pertain to the work we do, so I was excited to see a course that is relevant to my work with students and a topic that is an integral part of their lives. Now, if only I can get up to half their speed in turns of knowledge and skills... As someone who hasn't even set up a Facebook account, because I don't think I have the time…Continue
This seems to be a place chock full of information just waiting to be consumed. At first glance, I can see that it would be a great place to ask questions and get some quick feedback. PLNs look like a place to go when you don't know where to get an answer to a question...it looks like there a lot of people willing to help.
Added by Drew McAllister on February 25, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments
So my first thought when Drew said PLN, was actually “PLU”. For you non-retail workers, this is simply the number associated with a piece of clothing or some item you would buy in a store. Now before you think “is she
that blonde?”- There is a method to my madness. PLU- It’s one number for a
piece of clothing. When that piece of clothing changes (be color, size, etc),
so does the PLU. Now, PLN- I feel is just like that.…
Added by Drew McAllister on February 24, 2010 at 4:13pm — No Comments