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Using Twitter


This week I was officially awarded a Professional Development Grant, which will make my travel to San Fran for 4Cs much easier on the wallet. I’m also 1 week away from receiving final exam essays from the students I asked to start Twitter accounts. Their responses will be the basis of my presentation, and I already know that I’m going to continue with this research next semester b/c I’ve learned so much from them in terms of what their 1st semester college freshman experiences.

This semester I let students protect their updates and only follow me as a way to let them explore the informal writing space; however, I think next semester I will require students to follow all their peers in class too. That way, especially for my online writing courses, we can build community and more easily and quickly share resources. The discussion board posts can evolve to be more formal writing responses and Twitter can remain informal.

More on this once I see if my current students even feel that maintaining the timeline helped them reflect on their tech literacy, but here’s a video created by the folks at Twitter about how and why some people use the microblogging tool. If you notice, nearly everyone is updating from their phones…something I plan to point out to my students!

How Do You Use Twitter? from biz stone on Vimeo.

interfere with the interface


no mo’ NaBloPoMo :(


Haven’t been feeling 100% and as a result, I forgot to blog last week. Will have to try NaBloPoMo again in December!

I’ve got the rest of the semester all planned out, but I think my body is telling me that I need Thanksgiving break NOW! Must catch up on grading and prepare for all the final papers & exams too. It’s been a great 1st semester at Stout, but I do know my laptop policies are likely to be stricter in the Spring. Tired of blank stares and/or complete lack of eye contact all together.

Back to bed b/c I’ve got a lot to accomplish before going to a Liberal Education conference in Madison this weekend.

The Tsunami & Social Media


Yet again a TED talk that justifies and re-inspires my work with Katrina bloggers. According to James Surowiecki, the blogophere came of age with the Tsunami, with blogs offering “a more complete and powerful picture of what happened.”

State of the Blogosphere 2008


Just noticed that Technorati has release another “State of the Blogosphere” report. What I like most about this version compared to previous years is that they “asked some of the leading minds on the Blogosphere to give us their thoughts on where blogging is headed.” I’m pasting in a few below:

“The word blog is irrelevant, what’s important is that it is now common, and will soon be expected, that every intelligent person (and quite a few unintelligent ones) will have a media platform where they share what they care about with the world.”

* Seth Godin
* Author
* Tribes

“Blogging is getting easier and easier and some day, we’ll all have blogs of one sort or another. Most won’t look like my blog, maybe more like mytumblog or my twitter feed, but even more likely they’ll look like something else. Earlier this year I wrote on my blog, ‘Honestly I am not envisioning anything other than this; every single human being posting their thoughts and experiences in any number of ways to the Internet.’ That’s where we are headed and blogging is a big part of that.”

* Fred Wilson
* Managing Partner
* Union Square Ventures

“Although new ‘right-now’ web tools like twitter and lifestreaming aggregators like friendfeed have shifted some attention from classic blogging, they’ve actually deepened the conversation and made the blog, as a place to comment, reflect, and analyze, more central than ever. Blogging has become part of the daily discourse within many communities, and more and more essential is a growing number of disciplines outside of the technosphere.”

* Susan Mernit
* co-founder, People’s Software Company

internet on film


This week I’ll be showing my students 2 episodes of Law and Order, one from 1999 called “Chatroom” and one from 2006 called “Avatar.” Both deal with issues related to the speed, reach, anonymity, and interactivity of the Internet, which [coincidentally? heehee] are the key terms Laura Gurak uses to define the term “cyberliteracy” in her book Cyberliteracy: Navigating the Internet with Awareness.

I’ll post more after we have our class discussions to highlight what my so-called “digital natives” AKA freshmen on a laptop campus had to say about them. I’m most interested to see if they feel the 1999 episode is dated or not. When I watched it the other day to prepare, I felt the plot twists were a bit over the top, but at least they included family members/issues of parental control over computer use.

As far as future television programs that rely on the internet & Web 2.0 software apps that I may include in future lesson plans, I know there have been several CSI episodes that focus on YouTube videos, virtual worlds such as SecondLife, and gaming guilds, as well as the episode “Goodbye and Good Luck” [see clip below] that used Twitter to solve a crime:




Thought I posted for NaBloPoMo today, but looks like I’m getting this post in with only 10 minutes to spare.

Here we go!

I’ve been noticing several sites talk about the use of the internet in this election, one of which being “Blogged Down in the Past,” from the Columbia Journalism Review. See the map below to note “…a fundamental difference in the candidates’ approach to the blogosphere.”


See also “Obama Says – Yes We Can, With Social Media & More” and “Barack Obama and Blogging”

12 Seconds 2008 Election Compilation Video


Wishing now I had documented more of my opinions and voting experience on sites like this… – Decision 2008 as told by our badass 12ers from Jacob Knobel on Vimeo.