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August Online - documenting my online behaviour this month Posts

03/09 Tuesday

At the end of this blogging exercise, and before I start analysing posts for the INF537 Assessment 3 where I am using the autoethnographical research method to analyse my thoughts and recordings about my online behaviour and activities, I want to reflect on this month’s blogging… I will use Bronstein’s five elements of self-presentation and self-disclosure for this purpose:  the way I present myself in my blog; I specifically chose a conversational informal tone with the intent to portray honesty and openness the degree and frequency of disclosure of personal information shared through blog posts; I was very open about…

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02/09 Monday

Yesterday I wrote about the importance of choosing the right tool for the job. I have some more thoughts in this. On 21/08 I wrote about a Google Slide presentation I made for the first day of school when I met my new grade 10 tutor group. What I did not write is that I also asked them to create a Google Slideshow to share with me… Last year was the first time I had a tutor group – EVER. I did not look forward to rushing around every morning of the school year, mostly to check whether all students…

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01/09 Sunday

The right tool for the job – was it Padlet? I have had great, indifferent and unsuccessful experiments with Padlet. Here are three from this week: EXAMPLE A: I use Padlet as a tracking tool between me and our library assistant on books that have been ordered. More and more I buy small (even single copies) orders in order to timely respond to the needs of our library patrons – students, teachers, parents and library staff alike. On this Padlet I post a note when a book is bought. The Padlet sticky note is a screenshot of the order confirmation…

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30/08 Friday

Online with my family (part 2) Apple’s app Find My Friends is essential to our family’s care of one another. Our daughter and son in law are both young doctors busy with their residency. Their working hours are dictated by the needs of their patients and the workload on any particular day, not by office hours. They also have an eight-month-old baby. The only way their professional days can run smoothly is if I can jump in to babysit and transport the baby between their home and the creche as and when needed. How would we do this without Find…

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29/08 Thursday

Online with my family (part 1) Whenever I pick up my phone I automatically open WhattsApp. The first 9 conversations right now is with family members. Other than face-to-face personal communication this is how I mostly converse with those dearest and nearest to me – quick text messages colourful with emojis. Photos and videos of a new grandchild’s development, a few scattered memes and telephone calls. Connections through WhatApp adds the daily detail to my relationship with family members, no matter how near or far. I did not really think of this being part of my online activities, it is…

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25/08 Sunday

Social networking is not a passing fad of personal egocentric feeds on Facebook and Instagram, it is a very fundamental part of how we now find information and learn, I wrote during my INF506 studies about social networking for educators. I continued: “As teacher librarians we also need to ensure that our school libraries, its resources and services facilitate collaborative and creative learning. We need to create physical and virtual environments that foster and encourage learning, mentoring, collaborating, creativity and knowledge creating; that facilitate and support the use of new technologies; that seek ways to reach out and deliver service into…

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24/08 Saturday

Image by gibbysocks from Pixabay I have just changed the visibility settings for my Thinkspace blog. Making it discoverable to search engines is probably the boldest thing I have done in years. Really. Initially blogging was a terrible ordeal, I wrote about it here and here and here and here and here and here (no kidding). Every blog post had to be crafted as I would an academic assignment and I cringed at anyone other than my subject coordinator actually reading it. It never seems good enough. Part of it is of course because reflective practice, and therefore blogging, is…

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23/08 Friday

So, all of the sudden there is more activity on my LinkedIn page. I wonder if it has to do with the fact that I am more active on social media, or if activities on LinkedIn have finally reach that important critical mass where more people brings more people – or is it because of that equally important phenomenon called the network effect? I have always had a vaguely negative feeling about LinkedIn, even though I obviously went to the site initially to create an account. There are probably three reasons for this: Firstly, I have not made the time…

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22/08 Thursday

With the school year on the way, I have moved from the Apple dominated personal digital environment – Macbook, iPad & iPhone, to the Microsoft powered school desktop and laptop with the Google dominated environment seamless, always at hand. Seamless, without much thinking. The term “platform agnostic” was used by Kieran (@KieranDNolan) from @Rocket Shoes in one of our INF537 colloquia and it has stuck with me. It is really important to be able to choose the right tool for the right job. This implies knowing more than one tool to do the job and knowing it well enough to…

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21/08 Wednesday

The new school year started today. I met my grade 10 tutor group for the first time and prepared a Google Slide presentation to introduce myself and communicate all relevant information about the day’s proceedings, expectations and to introduce myself. I added social media icons to the slide About Me slide to indicate on which platforms I am active. I also added a  #hashtag that I sometimes use to tweet about our school library. Why do I want to do this, I wondered? I realise that I (paradoxically) used to be quite shy about my social media presence and would…

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