Day 3 Connected Educator Month and 31 Days of Blogging
Day 3 - Social Media
Being ‘networked’ or having digital connections in today’s online world is increasingly important both personally and professionally. Many of us rely on social media to keep in touch with friends and family; to learn, to create and share; to promote our skills, products and services or to carry out key aspects of daily work.
There are two types of social media; social networks and online communities. So what is the difference?
According to Social Media Today, social networks are:
- Bound together by pre-established interpersonal connections
- Each connection has his or her own social network
- Characterized by a spider web-like “network” structure
While online communities are:
- Bound together by a common interest or topic
- ANY person can be a part of ANY community
- Characterised by a more complex overlapping and “nested” structure.
Collaborating to Create a Crowd Sourced Resource
Below is an example of a crowdsourced resource started in September 2015 by Educator Anne
Kenneally @annekenn. Anne created a slide show, made the link open to anyone to edit and then posted the link on Twitter. This then becomes a shared resource co-created by others. What a fantastic way to use Social Media. Another crowdsourced literacy resource also started by Anne
has over 100 slides. Think this is a good idea? Why not start small and create a shared resource
in your syndicate or department - you can share innovative practice, useful resources or ways you
are using digital tools. By the end of the year you have collaboratively created an awesome resource.
Here is the LINK to the resource