Blurred Lines of Edu Social Media

A few weeks ago, Kristy Vincent (@bigpurplehat) wrote a seemingly provocative post about being the other woman. If you took the time to actually read the post, it was entirely about her thoughts on being a different person depending on the social space. When I started my trek into educational social media, I had a solid plan. Facebook was for family and classmates. Twitter was for education. Remember this… “Facebook is for those that you went to school with and twitter is for those that you wish you went to school with!” That statement still applied to me earlier this …

Inspired to Act by Caine’s Arcade

Today, I fell in love with creativity…not that I didn’t love it before but I REALLY fell it love with it today. For the first time ever, I experienced Caine’s Arcade. If you’ve never seen it, please take a moment and watch. I dare you to NOT be moved. What struck a nerve with me were thoughts of my nephew and bearing witness to his struggle to utilize his creativity during the school year. I was also moved by thoughts of the children of my own community where creative outlets, even cardboard ones, do not exist. I’ve seen many posts …

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Not Easily Offended on Twitter

I am careful about who I follow on twitter. It may not seem that way but I am. I LOVE learning and the beauty of twitter is that you can do that with a network of people that YOU choose…hence the “P” of PLN. I’ve learned so much along the way on my twitter journey. Perhaps one of the most important lessons that I have learned is that 140 characters is not enough space to determine the intentions of another…not in one tweet. This morning, I received a message of apology via DM (direct message) for offending me during a …

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Twitter Tip: Welcome New Followers to Your PLN with a Personal Twist

I’m going to let you in on a little secret about how I build the connection with my PLN. For this secret to work, it’s always great if users have profile information available! Ready? Here it is… If someone follows me on twitter, I try my best to welcome them into my PLN with a personal touch. Example…Look at the profile below! Looking at her profile, I see that she is a Thinkfinity Field Trainer. See the welcome tweet that I sent her! @sctechie Hi Nancy! Welcome to my PLN! I would LOVE to learn more about Thinkfinity from you! …

The Creative Royal Kinection

When kids want to be creative and change the world, Let them! I’ve shared to twitter, now posting to my blog! Meet the Royal Kinection! (my nephews) They share a message of love, hard work and anti-bullying! This is their debut video. Also, check them out “free-styling” in my Ipadpalooza video

10 Tips for Connecting Real Life to Tweet Life

I was in a hotel room at TCEA two years ago when I participated in my first edchat. I was active for about three weeks then I stopped. It was last year during ISTE that I started tweeting again and I have been hooked since. Twitter has enabled me to connect with an amazingly diverse group of educators. However, it was face to face conversations that have either opened doors or created paths toward life long friendships. This post is 100% about sharing my strategies for connecting. These are things that worked for me and it may or may not …

Social Media: Why McDonalds Burgers Are So Pretty and Pink Sludge Nuggets?

McDonalds Canada has a youtube channel dedicated to answering customer questions. What I find interesting is that actual customer questions are asked and answered in a documentary and sometimes scientific style. What a great way to talk about how social media has changed the way we view marketing! One point of notice is that on the actual youtube video, comments are disabled, which will also bring about some interesting discussion amongst kids. Below are a couple of videos that I found interesting.   1. Why does your food look different in advertising than in the store? 2. Are chicken mcnuggets …

Intel Museum of Me: Create Your Facebook Social Visualization

Ignoring the obvious creepiness factor of the entire process, Intel’s Museum of Me is actually quite cool and absolutely beautiful. What It Is Museum of Me is basically a “slide show” video of the people you interact with the most or latest, the videos you have liked and pictures you have posted. It’s set to music that is kind of sci-fi movie-ish and maybe it’s the tech fan-girl in me…but I LOVE it. What It Looks Like For starters, there is no way to embed or download once the video is complete. However, with my Camtasia studio, I was able …

Social Media: Kickstarter for Funding the Arts

Meet my friend, Bobby Sparks II. I’ve known Bobby since I was a kid running around in church while he was playing the organ for our church choir.  See, Bobby was a kid in someone’s class at the time, a prodigy who at 8-9 years old could play the organ with feeling, by ear and blow the roof off a church building. Now Bobby is a seasoned Grammy winning musician who has decided to fund his first solo project using an awesome web service called Kickstarter. Kickstarter touts itself as the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.  Kickstarter relies …