April 3, 2011
John and Dave started with a discussion of a recent research report that shows that professors who tweet about personal stuff in addition to their course content are seen as more credible by their students. From there, the discussion meandered around social networking and online identity.http://edtechtalk.com/live
18:58:43 JohnS http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2011/03/social-tweeting-professors-s...
18:59:46 dave http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2011/03/social-tweeting-professors-s...
19:06:20 gary They also will have something to do during the PD activities when they are bored. :-)
19:14:00 gary Student teachers are very reluctant to be use Twitter - they have so much more to do that it is a low priority.
19:17:49 canugurl This concept of these "personalities" is essentially the "brand" of the institution
19:23:24 canugurl Hold on. Union issues? Government agencies have a brand just like companies. Educational institutions can have a brand, too. That brand is composed of a visual identity, a promise and a personality. Engaging the faculty in expressing that brand is important. They should do that in their daily interaction with students and with each other, as well as through the way they interact with the community...and that can be through social media.
19:24:47 JohnS right, canugrl. But we shouldn't REQUIRE them to use social media to do that.
19:25:38 canugurl No - agreed. But if part of a brand's personality is to be interactive and social, we should providing training to those people who are part of our institution so that they can reflect that brand personality in their social media interactions
19:25:54 canugurl (if they choose to engage in that media)
19:26:19 gary @canugurt - Depending on where you may be the teaching the union may also be your professional organization and that may have implications depedning on the professional code of conduct implications.
19:27:28 PeggyG can you share the link again for the article that started this conversation? I logged in after it was shared.
19:27:55 dave http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2011/03/social-tweeting-professors-s...
19:28:05 PeggyG thanks
19:31:34 canugurl [dave's evil laugh scares me!]
19:31:37 canugurl ;)
19:32:10 Cathdy E My Skype chat is perfect for people across the state (outside of my Google App domain)
19:32:11 canugurl absolutely, dave!
19:32:17 canugurl everyone knows
19:32:20 gary Eating pizza right now but PEI is a very long pass.
19:32:28 canugurl everyone on twitter that i interact with KNOWS that i work for a government agency
19:32:40 canugurl it means that i have to be professional in my social media interactions
19:32:47 canugurl but that's no different than anyone in any profession
19:33:10 canugurl if i'm a yahoo in social media that is going to reflect in both my personal and professional lives
19:33:34 canugurl i think about reflecting my own personal self and my professional "brand" whenever i use social media
19:34:08 canugurl the election is an interesting reflection of this
19:34:24 canugurl being a federal bureaucrat, i have to be cautious and careful about how i express myself in social media
19:35:29 gary @canugurl - That makes perfect sense considering ........ we shall not say.
19:36:30 PeggyG I always use the Diigo "read later" which allows me to save the tab as a private bookmark until I can get back to it. Really helps when I have tons of tabs open!!
19:36:47 canugurl I use instapaper for the same thing, @peggyg
19:37:56 canugurl dave - why are you a "weird" user of twitter??
19:38:02 PeggyG does instapaper save it as a bookmark?
19:38:41 canugurl @peggyg - no - it saves it as a list of articles, usually stripping the formatting, etc. - that you can go back to later.
19:38:50 PeggyG aha-thanks
19:39:03 canugurl but that is the WHOLE you
19:39:14 canugurl (it's QUITE entertaining!)
19:39:22 canugurl it's the brand of YOU
19:39:28 PeggyG If I save mine as read later/private in Diigo then when I go back to it, if I want to keep it I unmark private and add tags and description.
19:39:46 gary If Dave ever retires, it will only get worse.
19:40:00 canugurl @gary...dave will NEVER retire ;)
19:40:28 gary Then he has maxed out - good for him.
19:41:01 canugurl my reflection on this conversation: while it isn't good to "force" people to engage in social media, it is good to encourage people to adopt the "brand" of an institution.....and to help them use the appropriate tools to do that
19:41:13 canugurl and in 2011, a lot of those tools might (maybe should?) be social media
19:41:19 Cathdy E I have a class of 2nd graders who "Tweet" on their sentence on their desk.
19:41:31 PeggyG excellent summary @canugurl :-)
19:41:55 canugurl bye
19:41:55 JohnS don't let us interrupt you. y'all keep going with the discussion.
19:42:00 canugurl :)
19:42:00 gary Thanks again.
19:42:02 PeggyG bye all