BP8_Twitter Reflection

This week, I had the opportunity to try out a new emergent technology  call Twitter. To get started I had to open up a new twitter account by logging in to twitter.com. The sign-up procedures were very user-friendly and easy. The best part about this process was that I could use my personal email as my twitter email, which meant I did not have to open up a new email account.  Setting up a username  and password was easy also, because Twitter will check to see if the name was available for use and if it was already being used, then Twitter gives you an alternative suggestion for your username or password if your choices are being used. My choice was being used, so I had the opportunity to pick one of Twitter’s alternative username for my Twitter account.

With my new Twitter account established,  I began setting up my Twitter homepage. With another Twitter suggestion, I used my real name on my profile and home page. In addition, adding my photo was easy, but where I had problem was with the default 140 characters limit. Because of the character limit; unfortunately, I had to shorten my bio to include only, my full name without spaces, education, business affiliations, current university program, and my blog page URL. The 140 characters limit were a huge problem for me, because I like writing in complete sentences and with Twitter it seem as if I was using improper grammar mechanics in writing my tweets,  but as I got familiar with the process I quickly adapted to the character limits. As you began to make tweets, there is a counter that allows you to see the number of characters you are using as you type, this was a useful feature as well,  because I could see the word count and adjust my tweets accordingly.

My Twitter Page

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At first the only people who I followed was my classmates, because their information was sent to me via email which was really awesome. This made the process of searching for them rather easy. As I played around with the home, @connect, and #discover tabs, I was able to find people and organization of interest to follow. What made the process of finding someone to follow was there was an enormous amount of choices, people, entertainment, and professional organization. Under the Who to Follow link, I was able to pick and choose as many celebs, news organizations, as well as professional organization that fit my need. Being an amateur user of Twitter,  I did not know that the search does not filter by specific proper names, you have to look through several proper names manually before you can find who you are looking for.

This was somewhat a difficult process for entries of people who do not have photos, so one of the points that was given to me by my 14-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son was to make sure that a blue check mark was in front of the celeb’s name or organization as a way of knowing that the names was verified. To demonstrate the process of searching for celebs, I searched for Justin Timberlake in the Twitter site search bar and a several people with the same name as Justin Timberlake appeared. But I wanted the R&B and Pop Music Artist Justin Timberlake. His name appeared first with a picture of himself along with the blue check mark and I clicked to follow him and a blue button appeared and the person was automatically added to my following link.

Justin Timberlake R&B and Pop Artist

Searching to follow: Justin Timberlake R&B and Pop Artist

Following Justin Timberlake

Following Justin Timberlake

As i continued to search,  the process got even easier and I was able to follow other celebs and organization besides Justin Timberlake, such as:  the Ellen Show, The Whitehouse, the Celtics, and Anderson Cooper; AC360 TV show. Using the search bar, I was able to find two relatives to follow as well. Getting a Twitter account was so easy that I decided that I wanted to learn as much as I could about Twitter as a social networking and multimedia tool, so I took a Twitter training using Lynda.com “Twitter Essential Training'” with Presenter, Maria Langer.

After the training,  I was able to use  all the features that I learned with the Lynda.com training to make better tweets, retweets, direct messages, replies to tweets and the proper etiquette to use when tweeting. Overall, as a new user the feature that  I like in Twitter, which I liked better than Facebook was the setting that allows you to only see the tweets of the person you are following, and your followers and not everyone’s tweets that you don’t know. Also, your page is not flooded with unwanted ads and invites. I also liked the features found in the Designs link, which was the themes and background choices. The best part about the design link was changing the appearance of my Twitter page. You can change the look of your page as often as you  want. Another feature that I was able to use better was the reply procedures using the @username to give the originator of the tweet credit.

Adding a Different Background to My Twitter Home Page

Adding a Different Background to My Twitter Home Page

Proceeding in the learning module of this application was very easy, and user-friendly. It is my opinion, that Twitter is a very good tool for social networking and communicating for audience of all ages and in a safe reliable environment. I also feel that it is a tool that I would use in my teaching environment with students as a communication tool and a tool to search for various information, anywhere in the world fast and in real-time. I am glad that I have a Twitter account,  I would  use this tool to network with different experts in education and  to keep up with the latest trends in teaching and technology.

I am cautious when it comes to my personal creations, so the only draw back that I found, and it is just my personal feeling is that the government will have permanent access to all tweets forever, because they will be archived in the Library of Congress. I was a little apprehensive with this possibility, because I feel that the government will receive individuals tweets without the written consent of the originators.

Despite this drawback, Twitter is an excellent Web 2.0 Tool and I am certainly going to continue to use it in both my personal and professional life. I just have to remember to tweet only what I  which the world to know and not my private, personal business. Good tweeting etiquette is an important concept to adhere to, because everyone in the world has the ability to see and read my tweets. Furthermore, I also feel that Twitter has the best program interface for first-time users to experience, because the features are very simply to use and the application have the ability to communicate with a variety of other applications across a wide range of a genres.

BP7_Wiki Review

 

This week I had to opportunity to review some of my classmates wiki that was posted on their blogs. The first blog  post that I reviewed was BP6 A Look into Wikis on nrgula2.wordpress.com.

ProductWiki

Nick’s did a very good job explaining what the Productwiki offered. This wiki provides very helpful information that consumers can use when purchasing products, because the site reviews, rate and also give the product a score. Not only does it offer reviews on specific products, there is also a star rating by the customer. Nick also did a good job listing some of the information that will be found in the reviews as well. ProductWiki is really a great tool that audience of all ages can use and it is a good tool to have especially when it come to making a major purchase. In addition to the ProductWiki, he also had posted another wiki that I review and considered to be very useful as well. It is  the WikiHow.

WikiHow

WikiHow was also a very good wiki. I was amazed to know that this wiki offers a how to guide to do almost anything. This is a tool that audience of all ages could use in many  environment. The how to guide,  he posted on how to set up a Smartboard is a guide that can be used by educator who is looking to use a Smartboard in their classroom. The best thing about this information is it provide a step-by-step guide, as well as information on other tools that you would need for the task. WikiHow, how to  guide was also user-friendly,  because it was design for almost any individual regardless of learning style. Both of the product, Product Wiki, and WikiHow is products that I would be able to use in my environment as well as in my personal life. I would recommend both of these product to others.

Educational Origami

I also reviewed a wiki  posted by Betsy Verb in BP6 Exploring the Wiki World at Techie4Teachers.wordpress.com. The educational origami found in Wikispaces was a very interesting wiki for integrating technology into classrooms of the 21st Century. This wiki offered several tools that can be used in the 21st Century to help learners.  As an educator, there was numerous tools that a teacher can use for professional development  and learning assessment for the students.  This is a site that  I will be able to use in my environment.  I also agree with Betsy when she stated, that there are many useful wikis that educators can use and create within the Wikispaces community. As a future teacher, these reviews is helping me build a collection of tools that I can use in my career. This is also a site that I will recommend to all parents and teachers.

BP6_Wiki

After watching the two video on Jimmy Wales on the birth of Wikipedia and

Jimmy Wales – Mercator Lecture March 2012
:  I decided to do some investigating to find out want wikis were all about. The only wiki that I was familiar with was Wikipedia,  the online encyclopedia. I had no idea that there was other wikis. In the video, Mr. Wales stated that the behind the scene construction of wikis are done through collaborative effort, and team work by volunteer. This concept peaked my interest, and I wanted to know more about wikis. In my research, I found out that a Wiki was a website that allows users to add, modify or delete content of the site via a web browser which is different from other websites because only the user with a registered username and password can edit the website. There are a lot of wikis, the first wiki that I review was Wikispaces, which is a free wiki host providing community wiki spaces, visual page editing, and discussion for educators and students.

WEB 2.0 Cool Tools For Schools

I really like this site, because it had a wide range of resources that can be used by teachers across genres in education. The site was also visually pleasing to the eye with bright color against a black background which made reading the content easy. Under the slide show tool, SlidesShare, which is a tool to upload slideshows, documents, image, and videos. In order to use Slideshare,  you have to sign-up for membership. The tools that I could use in my environment are as follows:

  • Collaboration
  • Image
  • Slideshow
  • Creativity
  • Animation

Web 2.0 Creativity Tools

The creativity tools was very interesting. I tested one of the thinking tool name Diffen, which is a tool that will compare, contrast and find the difference between any two to things. In addition to the thinking tools, there was animations, simulation, games, classroom activities, and tools to create games and applications. The Diffen tool was easy to use.  The Diffen thinking tool was also different from the other tools on the site, because you did not have to sign-up for membership to get the result of your comparison. The tool searched Wikipedia database to compare the and contrast things.

I compared and contrasted cooperative learning vs individual learning and here are my results:

Compare and Contrast

comparison of cooperative learning vs  individual learning in progress

comparison of cooperative learning vs individual learning in progress

Result of Comparison

Result of Comparison

The next site that I reviewed was WikiBooks, this site was very useful, because it had featured book in many different genres. I was most interested in the Wikijunior books, such as the Animal Alphabet and the  Big Cats books.  I found them to be age appropriate for children in pre-k to third grade. The books in this genre are  designed to embrace the different learning styles. There are pictures, written text and some of the book you can download with audio. This site is very impressive and as a parent and educator, I would recommend this site to pre-school teachers to help enhance the learning in the classroom by using this site as a reinforcement tool to help student practice what they have learned.

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As an educator, my future plans are to create a webquest wiki for teaching a variety of subject to students. It seem to be easier than using html to create a webpage.

BP4: BibMe_ET

This week, my Emergent Technology is BibMe.org. BibMe.org is an application that is used to build or format bibliographies for your research paper. BibMe creates citations that support MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting styles.

Cost: BibMe is free and you can subscribe to the website by creating a username and password. To support BibMe anyone can make a small donation through PayPal.

Usability: BibMe is very easy to use. The website citation creator uses autofill mode or you can manually input your source information. BibMe is equipped with a menu bar with the different types of sources that you can use to make a citation. BibMe powers external databases to quickly fill citation information for you, then format the citation information and lists a bibliography according to the guidelines of the style manuals. After the application creates your bibliography, you can choose from within the application to download the bibliography to a Word doc and it will automatic create the source page. If you prefer, you can enter your citation information manually. BibMe also provides a citation guide that provides students with the newest style manuals’ guidelines for citing references.

BibMe was so easy to use that I created two citations using a book title and a journal. From the menu, I chose book and entered the title, and author’s name, then I clicked the find it button and the website searches the online databases. When the search is complete, you choose select and the application will make the citation for your source. The application saves the bibliography as untitled or you can give the work a name. You can logout of the application and login at a later date and choose download to Word and it will make a APA formatted Bibliography Page with the .rtf extension.

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Audience: BibMe can be used by both students and faculty to cite sources for research using all the formatting styles.

Reliability: The application is very reliable, once you make a bibliography it is automatically saved with the date and time stamp, but to download the bibliography to a Word doc you must login first with your username and password.

Support for the Emergent Technology:  This application supports ET because it can be use by students to build a bibliography page using any of the formatting styles with minimum effort and therefore, giving the student more time to work on the research paper without have to worry about the correct way to format a bibliography page, The application does the formatting of the sources, and also makes the bibliography page.

Anyone looking for a citation creator that is simple to use,  and will format you a bibliography page automatically as a Word document without you having to manually input the information into the document yourself, I suggest you try using BibMe.org. It is Amazing!

BP2: Popplet_ET

When I was looking for new technology that I could integrate or used in my environment, I decided to explore Popplet.com. At this site you can make a Popplets for organizing a variety of information.

Cost: Popplet.com is free to sign-up and comes with 5 free subscription of Popplets. After the first 5 free subscriptions, you can buy more subscriptions online using your credit card. The pricing varies according to the number of Popplets the user needs. The subscription cost is as follows:

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Usability: The Popplets application was very user-friendly for all ages and subject matters. For first time user, there is a visual tutorial that offers step-by-step instructions on how to organize your information on Popplets by title, link. sizing and resizing, inserting different media, as well as, how to maneuver your Popplets around on the board, click and drag techniques, color coding your Popplets, and formatting using the edit button. The amount of information that can be used with Popplet is unlimited, as a teacher I can use Popplets to create concept maps for teaching across discipline, genres, and learning styles. It was so easy that I was able to use the application to make a weekly planner of my work schedule, class assignments and due dates, and my course online virtual session

Stephanie’s Weekly Planner

Privacy option: The inventor of the Popplets have the option of sharing Popplets on the web for all viewers to see, via twitter, Facebook, or by a private URL link, but once the Popplets are shared on-line they can not be unshared. There is also an options where to allow others people can collaborate on a Popplet and this is left up to the discretion of the owner. Popplets can be save on Popplet.com where the viewing is private, and accessible with the use of a username and password to view , edit or the owner can delete the Popplets.

Audience: Popplets can used by many audience, there are Popplets for business, education, and for individuals to use for personal storage of various information and content.

Support for Emerging Technology: This application supports ET because it can be use by students to brainstorm, recording thoughts, store research information such is bookmarks, and organizing images, pictures, and videos to be used in several different projects.

Anyone looking for a simple tool that can be used to organize information manually or in real-time for collaboration with other should give Poppet.com a try!

BP1: Peer_ET Review

This week I was able to read some of my classmates technology review posts. The first technology review post that I read was Betsy Verb’s BP1_Skitch Post. Her post on The Skitch app for iPhone on how to use and the application for marking and editing photos, map, and websites was very informative. The application tutorial video can be used to integrate numerous media concepts into classroom to enhance the individual learning styles of students and teaching strategies.

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http://techie4teachers.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/bp1_skitch/

The second post that I review was Kim Jackson’s Creational Freedom blog. Her post on Multiple Intelligences had a very informative video for teaching the concepts behind Gardner’s Multiples Intelligence Theory. The video integrated all the 8 intelligences principles that Gardner suggested all individual have. The video was embedded with music, images, and words to explain the concepts to the audience.The video was a very good media to teach all learners about the theory and how to use it in a teaching environment,

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