Blog Task 3

I continue to enjoy reading everyone’s blog posts via the Blog Roll.

I have left a comment on Trish Buckley’s post The desire to lurk versus the value of participating.

Trish, I want to change from a lurker to a leader.  Before beginning this course I had just dipped my toe into Social Media, I tended to have a look around, a good think, use a few ideas but wasn’t confident to share a lot or publish. I had only published what I had to for post graduate study purposes. What I found was that I didn’t feel connected to the communities I was observing.

I too have observed the sometimes negative on goings on OZTLnet. I have used that forum personally only to ask about a specific resource. The negative on goings I have observed have often occurred by misunderstandings and assumptions. I agree with you that we need to be very careful about what we do publish.

My use of Twitter for my PLN has exploded tenfold over the last two weeks. I chose to focus on one type of social media to begin with and went with Twitter because it is so widely used and we were using it already for our TweetMeets .I watched for a day or two, retweeted some great posts and then after participating in a Tweet Meet put my hand up and have since constructed a few tweets or made comments on sites. One of my Tweets got retweeted by SCIS – I was surprised how pleased I was. I am being followed by more people and am using it to connect with others. I have chosen to keep Twitter for mainly professional use.

Rheingold as included in our introduction to Module 3 says that the future of digital culture depends on how we use it. We are all digital citizens who do have a responsibility to contribute to knowledge networks in a fair and productive manner.

I have made small attempts at engaging students to use social media like tools at school. I have been surprised how hesitant older students are. They will share nearly everything out of school but once it is in the school environment they ask questions like “Do we have to? Is it being assessed? Who is seeing this information?”. Maybe they don’t think it’s cool. I am now going to take a refreshed and motivated new attempt as I am now understand the benefits even more through the modules we have been studying.

Rheingold, H. (2014, Februrary). Network Awareness . Retrieved April 2014, from Vimeo:

I also commented on Andrew Pinelli’s post Knowledge Networks.

I too found the Introduction to Module 3 engaging. I think coming off the end of all our research for the Scholarly Book review and some thinking time after Modules 1 &  2 we can all see where the concepts (including Rheingold’s ideas) fit in.

During the research for my review of Ken Robinson’s: Out of Our Minds” I came across an interesting Australian study Developing creativity: Aligning community, learning and teaching practices by Swirski, Wood and Solomindides (2008) which outlined the importance of communities where “knowledge creation” takes place. They defined creativity as “the capability to respond to change by analysing, applying and expanding knowledge.”( Swirski, 2008 p. 320) and  Knowledge creation” – the ability to select, apply and expand knowledge. They explained that in communities where collaboration is valued, there was an increase in the complexity and relevance of resources that assist in creative, innovative outcomes (and knowledge creation).

I think the publication of the findings and conclusions of knowledge creations in open ways on the net has a big impact on the perception that more knowledge and innovative thought are occurring. Also it is highly possible that the increasing complexity and diversity of the knowledge networks due to the interactive nature is having a positive effect on the quality of knowledge being created.

Swirski, T., Wood, L. & Solomonides,I (2008). Developing creativity:Aligning community, learning and teaching practise. Engagaing Communities. Proceedings of 31st HERSDSA Annual Conference, 318-328.

Rheingold’s concept of “centrality” and collaborative societies

As I watched the interview titled “Network Awareness” with Howard Rheingold in the introduction of Module 3, I began to eagerly anticipate what  is going to be included in the chapters of the module.

In my workplace, a group of forward thinking teachers are trying to get our learning community to use social media more and benefit from the joys of collaboration. A lot of concepts that Rheingold speaks about  have so much potential for our digital culture.

Rheingold commented that the future of digital culture depends on how we use it. I want my learning community to use the digital environment in a more authentic, innovative, creative and collaborative manner.

To help this happen I think that as the teacher-librarian and a member of the extended leadership team, I need to put my self out there as a point of “centrality” by sharing ideas that I gather from my  developing PLN and social media contacts.So to help facilitate this I need to connect well with different social networks, introduce different networks to others and help form bridges between networks.

Great to have goals!!