Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Journal 4: Join the Flock!/Enhance your twitter experience.

Ferguson, H. (2010). Join the flock!. Learning and Leading with Technology, 37(8), 12-15. Retrieved from

Miller, S. (2010). Enhance your twitter experience. Learning and Leading with Technology, 37(8), 14-17. Retrieved from

The article “Join the Flock” talks about building a PLN network using twitter and the advantages for doing so. It demystifies twitter from its celebrity gossipy reputation, and shows how educators can really benefit from its use. The article also gives readers the basics on how to start building a personal learning network. It gives new twitter users advice on how to delving into the large steam of information by allowing them to become familiar with the tool before jumping in.  Basically it shows how twitter can help educators connect with the wealth of information that is contently being shared on the web.
The next article “Enhance your twitter experience”, gives readers information to help them sort through the multitude of tweets at their disposal. The article covers some interesting tool such at tweet deck, which can be used to organize and view multiple tweets at one time. It also explains the importance of hash tags in organizing ones twitter life. Also, for the first time tweeters the article breaks down a number of terms and definitions so that one can join in the conversation with confidence.

Can twitter information be harmful?
Information, like anything else really relies on the source. So just because it is on your twitter feed doesn’t make it so. While twitter can be a great tool, with great power comes great responsibility. If you find something you like, take the information with a grain of salt, research it, and please tweet responsibly.

Where can I find out more information about how to use twitter?
Google it! There are a lot of people lost in the sea of twitter and if you find your self lost your not alone. Google your question because chances are someone already asked the question and it was answered. Also, yahoo answers and Wikipedia are great jumping off resource to learn about anything on the web.

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