Here is Tweet Talk 3, featuring Mike Montalto-Rook, Lis Boyer, Donna DeNoble, and myself (Brandon Rubenstein). We feel like we have hit our stride in terms of dynamics, content, and flow, but we welcome your feedback!Tweet Talk 3 – 2008 TLT Symposium.mp3
- What do you see as the higher education translation into k-12?
- You’ve all been to traditional conferences, did the back channel conversations (powered by social media) change the experience? What are some takeaways as it relates to your own future learning environments?
- Characterize your identity and relationship to the other TLT participants
- Did you get a sense that there was a clear TLT community based on your interactions with the people there? What sort of evidence can you state as to whether it is a community?
PSU seemed to be the center of the universe during this past week. With many prominent figures on campus, I am fortunate to have seen one of the most intelligent, passionate, and inspiring speakers imaginable. His speech opened my eyes to the possibility of change, the need for change, and a proposed plan for a path to change. It is also worth noting that my new outlook is not unique, as nearly every other member of the capacity-level crowd has since expressed similar reactions.The funny thing is, I am not referring to Barack Obama. Nor am I referring to Bill Clinton. And I am certainly not referring to Jerome Bettis – wow, PSU really was the center of the universe last week! The speaker I am referring to is Lawrence Lessig, keynote speaker for the 2008 TLT Symposium. Lessig’s presentation, which cleverly explained and explored digital creativity and its surrounding issues to, at times, John Phillips Sousa, writing, and Latin, has opened my eyes to need for an updated, intelligent revision of copyright law. Enter Creative Commons. Fortunately (and appropriately), Lessig has made his speech available to the PSU community, though this version omits some of the brilliance of the slideshow that is playing behind him (and Read My Lips is slightly out of sync, comprising the effect). I recommend you watch it in its entirety. While Lessig is awe-inspiring and worth more than what I have written thus far, I would like to dedicate this entry to the TLT Symposium itself and the community of which I am now a part. I am fortunate to have found my way into State College, then PSU, and then CI 597C, where I have met the awesome Cole Camplese and Scott McDonald. They have opened my eyes and mind to new resources and possibilities in the pedagogical process. One such resource was Saturday’s symposium.I am part of Team Tweets, a group that selected Twitter as the technology to present. We selected Twitter because we had never heard of it, not quite aware of how much potential it would have. When Allan Gyorke sent his 8 Steps for the TLT Symposium that included the plea to use Twitter, we saw an opportunity for our class to actively use Twitter in their own teaching/learning experience at the symposium. I think we are all glad that we did!Several blog entries (John, Micala, Reginald, Renegade) have been posted expressing how Twitter helped enhance their symposium experience. They, as do I, credit Twitter and the sub-community it facilitated with making this conference more meaningful to us. I, while sitting in a session on Collaborative Techniques for First Year Seminars, was able to communicate with a new Twitter-friend who was in a session on Social Networking. While we were discussing the same topic and having an active conversation, it wasn’t until about 30 minutes into the session that we realized we were in different rooms! Later, as I was fulfilling my responsibilities at the Tag Team Table, I met several nice people who had written their Twitter names on their name tags. I added my Twitter name and we struck up a nice conversation. In fact, we have still be following each other’s tweets and I have even been following their blogs (hopefully you are following mine now, Micala and Reginald!). Twitter helped facilitate small talk — or did it eliminate the awkwardness of it?These are just two of many observations and thoughts I have regarding Twitter and the new community to which I now belong. I need to save the rest for my discussion in class next week so that the class hears new material =)Another emerging issue is the awkwardness of using Twitter while attending a presentation — be it lecture, session, etc. Is sacrificing eye contact with the facilitator worth the added benefits of discussing the lecture topic? For which parties is it beneficial: facilitator, participant, or both? What other challenges does a Meet & Tweet present?These and many others are issues we need to tackle as a group in addition to focusing on the positives of Twitter. “The group” includes CI597C as well as the new community who is hopefully following our class’ blogs. Feel free to participate!For now, I need to change my copyrights to Creative Commons licenses!
Team Tweet would like to remind everyone to create a Twitter account prior to Saturday’s TLT Symposium so that you are able to tweet (the official name for a message you send via Twitter) your experiences throughout the day. A great portion of our presentation in April will center around our experiences at the symposium.Here are instructions for creating a Twitter account and finding classmates to follow. If you already have a Twitter account, my next blog entry will help you find CI597C classmates and other pertinent people (like the TLT Symposium) who are on Twitter:1. Go to Twitter.com2. Click on “Get Started – Join!”3. On this page, fill in the required information (your Username is your Twitter identity — choose wisely!) and click “I accept. Create my account.”4. The next step is to find some friends on Twitter. There are several ways to do this. If you just want to add friends from CI597C, see this blog entry listing 597C classmates on Twitter. Otherwise, continue following the rest of these instructions. Enter your email address and password, and to let Twitter compare your address book to their records. This will let you know of any accounts in your address book who has a Twitter account — family, friends, professor from undergrad who is still in your address book, etc. One flaw with this method is that it only works if the address in your address book matches the address on file with Twitter. For example, you won’t find my account if you have my PSU address (bsr11) or alias (brandonr) in your address book; this is because my Twitter account is linked to my gmail account (my full name at gmail.com).5. Twitter will show you the results of their search. You can select or deselect anyone you would like to follow. Following someone means you will receive their tweets (messages sent through Twitter) in your stream. 6. Congratulations! You now have a Twitter account! To become a full member of the community, start answering the question, “What are you doing?’, which you can always find on the Twitter home page or on your personal page (www.twitter.com/[yourusername]). See my entry on CI597 classmates on Twitter to find more people to follow, including the TLT Symposium feed.
So you have a Twitter account (if not, check out How To Create a Twitter Account), but can’t find your fellow classmates (or TLT Symposium Feed) to follow.Here you go:1. Log in to your Twitter account.2. Go to an individual’s Twitter page (a full list is below). The address for any individual’s profile page is www.twitter.com/[username]. For example, Cole’s username is colecamplese, so his profile page is www.twitter.com/colecamplese3. Click on “Follow”, which is under the username.4. You are now following that person (in this example, Cole Camplese). Rinse, repeat. Well, don’t rinse, but repeat the steps 2-3 for each person you want to follow. Another option is to look through any user’s “Following” list, which is located on the bottom right of their profile page. Hovering your mouse over any user icons reveals the users name. Simply click on that icon and you will be taken directly to that user’s profile page so you can complete step 3.CI597C Classmates (and other pertinent users) on Twitter:Here are the usernames for CI 597C classmates. To follow any user, just go to their profile page – www.twitter.com/[username]1. The TLT Symposium feed: twitter.com/TLTSymposium2. Me – rubywahooOther classmates (I won’t share real names since it is their choice to protect their identity and this blog is publicly available):3. smcdonald4. rookmdc5. donnamar6. psugal7. teamtweet8. dbrunner029. bennettulmer10. bburns11. jjd2412. JeanMarieDEnjoy!
Please sign up for the TLT Tag Team. This is the stuff we’ll be asking for you to be helpful with:
- Tag your photos [Flickr]
- Tag your writing [blogs@PSU]
- Tag your web sites [del.icio.us]
- Tag your activity [Twitter]
- Tag yourself [stickers]
The 2008 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium will be held on March 29, 2008 at the Penn Stater. I think it would be an excellent way to hear faculty stories about how these technologies are changing the way they interact with their students and how students make sense of what they are learning. If you go to the site now, there are several session recordings and interviews that will help to illustrate the potential for these technologies to impact campus culture.