Today's topic for BYOD4L is communicating.
In the TweetChat #BYOD4Lchat we have been discussing 'what does communicating mean for you?' - what was clear pretty quickly was that there were two key approaches:
Thinking about this from an Educator's perspective and with students therefore in mind I would say that BOTH approaches have value. Hers's why:
There are many examples of useful messages we need to cascade to student and staff. Examples might include deadline reminders, class closures, IT and network issues, events. Here a broadcast approach is valuable. One message has the potential of reaching many. For example:
We are experiencing problems with the print server Gagarin. this is being looked at as a matter of urgency ^jkb
— IT Help (@ITStatusSHU) February 4, 2014
This is where the social comes in: social conversation, social engagement, social networking, social learning, social listening, social feedback. I think it is important to encourage new users of social tools to listen. From my own perspective this is how I developed my confidence to engage with other educators in these new forums. Reading blog posts and comments, TwitterChats, LinkedIn group discussions; each provided me with the opportunity to listen to conversations and to participate as and when I felt I wanted to.
There are so many tools we can converse with online. Brian Solis and JESS3 capture this in the Conversation Prism. This is a visual map of the social media landscape. It’s an ongoing study in digital ethnography that tracks dominant and promising social networks and organizes them by how they’re used in everyday life.
My Edshelf collection of tools for COMMUNICATING