Not only have my ways of expressing myself changed, but my thoughts are read by different audiences. Here are some real modest personal stats:
- A little over 300 follow this blog via rss (as far as I can tell, as there is more than one feed)
- 270 people follow me on Twitter (went up by 7 while I wrote this)
- I have 135 friends on Facebook
What's the point of all this? Well, I've been reading lots lately about social networking, much having to do with Facebook.
- "Social Media is Here to Stay... Now What?" - danah boyd, a must read
- The Way We Live Now - Growing Up on Facebook - NYTimes.com
- Kari Henley: Facebook And Kids: Are Their Brains Ready for Social Networking? - Huffington Post panic
- Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know - valuable common sense
- Free Technology for Teachers: Seven Ways to Find Teachers on Twitter, which led to:
- twitter4teachers - a wiki. I started following many elementary folks from this today. I need to remember to do this more often, and not remain so passive about my PLN.
- Keith Olbermann on YouTube: Twitter is the Worst Person(s) in the World
- Even my own school district had something to say about Twitter the other day...
Not sure, except to say that if I do not at least try to stay even with the kids I'm teaching, in terms of understanding the technologies so entrenched in their lives, I don't have a prayer of providing a meaningful or relevant educational experience for them.
And as their teacher, I should be doing a lot more than just staying even with them.