Librarian 2.0

I had some Twitter fun on Grader tonight! Played with ‘education’ and got myself listed along with some VIPs. Checked out the Twitter Elite in Sydney – yep, seems I’m one! Other silly things too….all of which tell me that Twitter is still a pretty new tool. (Well I knew that didn’t I. The folks at my workshop today did not know what Twitter was, so no competition really).

So go and have a play if you like.

Meanwhile here is twitter-inspired ‘wave’ to Michael Stephens, of Tame the Web (and Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois). I remember when I became aware of Web 2.0 and then started blogging, because Michael became a key inspiration to me in my transformation into a 2.0 Librarian. Michael will be out in Australia again next year and I’m really looking forward to catching up with him and thanking him in person for the excellent learning journey.

Look what Twitter Gradr tells me has happened for “Librarian” :-)

Twitter Gradr for Librarian

Do you think that makes me a real Librarian 2.0!

Reflecting on my learning network

Early Saturday evening I stopped to look back on the twitter responses to our “TWEET” during my workshop on RSS and Social Bookmarking…where we had a few other diversions too :-)

Thanks for the fun at the workshop! and for my wonderful network for responding to our “TWEET” to the learning universe….. WOW!

It’s makes me stop and reflect on how global connections are part of every educational conversation…these captured tweets say it all!

TWEETS in response to our callout

Twitter – a teaching and learning tool

I’ve been collecting lots of posts about Twitter in my Del.ici.ous collection, all of them good reads providing information, ideas, or reflections on the ‘whys and wherefores’ of Twitter use.

No surprise then that I was alerted to Tom Barrett’s post Twitter – A Teacher and Learning Tool via Twitter.

In my experience, and in the short time that I have used it, Twitter has grown quickly to play a major part in the way that I interact with fellow colleagues and professionals from around the world. In my classroom and with the children I teach it has been an exciting tool to utilise and support learning.

Tom has written a brilliant post, that explains and elaborates on the function and scope of Twitter – and rather fantastically extends our horizons with ideas for integrating this micro-blogging tool into our teaching and learning activities.

GO and read the post! Go on! :-)

Understanding why we Twitter

This may be the first research study of Twitter – the Microblogging phenomenon…

Why We Twitter: Understanding Microblogging Usage and Communities is part of the Proceedings of the Joint 9th WEBKDD and 1st SNA-KDD Workshop 2007 and available for download.

Conclusions?

The Popularity of Micro-blogging (i.e.Twitter) is due to the combined benefits of
–Light-weight blogging
–and the ability to share information in the social network.

The Main user-intentions for using Twitter are
–Information sharing
–Information seeking
–Friendship
–Users generated content includes:Status updates, daily chatter, sharing links/News, etc.

Posting Frequency vs. Number of Followers

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    Participatory networking – an eye on Twitter and Jottit!

    I’ve enjoyed my week at the NavCon2K7 conference, where I am pleased to see that we some workshops showing people how to engage in participatory networking – cool tools for cool news and professional interactions.

    It was a real buzz to find that Heyjude was being used as part of a demonstration workshop about setting up iGoogle. So nice to meet people who read and enjoy this blog, or share in the Heyjude del.icio.us network. It was great that Leigh showed folks how to get into Facebook – because it has already expanded the conversation spaces amongst my colleagues.

    But it’s what I learned from Lenva that excited me – a new strategy for ‘working’ a conference to share and collaborate! Here’s the story……

    Amongst other things, I used Twitter to tell my professional network a bit about what was going on at the conference. Because I mentioned Twitter in question time (posing a question to Leigh from the twitterati, as well as from myself) Lenva discovered me and we became ‘friends’.

    Lenva and I both posted links and comments to Twitter while Adam Lefstein was presenting his Keynote address. Lenva Shearing is a Principal who passionate about learning. Some of Lenva’s school team were attending the Ulearn conference in NewZealand at the same time – so the twitter conversation between them was showing up in my Twitter feed. She was actually participating in what was happening in NZ, while they were participating in what was happening in Sydney…….and I was becoming a bit of an observer. :-)

    But here’s the best tip of all. Lenva and other colleagues were taking notes (as lots of us were). The difference? Forget scribbling with a pen, writing a word document, or composing a blog post. Their notes were immediately shareable with each other via twitter or their blogs using Jottit.

    Check out Lenva Shearing and her notes from Adam Lefstein and others (which she posted up on Twitter almost as soon as sessions were over) and Allanah’s Note page which she was using to share her Ulearn conference experiences. Ewan McIntosh and Leigh Blackhall would be proud of them all! Right? Now if only I had been at the Ulearn conference amongst such a buzz.

    As for Lenva? – what a fantastic Principal – leading, doing, and engaging everyone – participatory networking bringing life to 21st century rhetoric.

    Image: Mon Oeil