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#6818262 Oct 08, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Envoy
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After having read Social Network Knowledge Construction, and the matrix of the 5 levels of engagement.

1 - Identify Network
2- Lurk
3- Contribute
4- Create
5- Lead

What networks are you currently involved in and in what level of engagement?
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#6820382 Oct 08, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Guild Officer
187 Posts
I don't know if there are specific networks being referred to here, but I rather enjoy the Scoop.it network. What can I say, I'm a sucker for slick Web 2.0 with purty pictures! I'm strictly a lurker there.

Anyone else use Scoop.it? Other networks?
-LeeDale
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#6820584 Oct 09, 2012 at 01:06 AM · Edited 9 years ago
Herald
32 Posts
What networks are you currently involved in and in what level of engagement?[/quote_post6818262]

This is an interesting question for me. After a 3-year absence, I have created a new Facebook account. I left originally because I felt that I didn't have total control over who shared what about me and I didn't like that feeling. Now, I can see other people had the same problem and, instead of leaving, they told Facebook how they felt...and Big Blue listened. Now I have a lot of control over who can see and share my stuff.

I like that. As a result, it feels like I can truly participate in the web socially. It has been a distinct disadvantage in how I have used the web in recent years and I haven't been able to take full advantage of what kinds of connection is possible.

That said, it's also like I quit smoking and then started back with light cigarettes. The taste isn't quite the same and I can certainly see that the involvement in the practice of oversharing one's life isn't totally healthy. I have my Facebook pretty locked down now, but that does limit how many other people can see all my connective posts on the million little things that I love.

At any rate, it's like I can properly use the web to connect people to things that I think they'd like. That's good because I'm a connector by nature and I enjoy knowing that I hooked someone else up with something they dig.

(Tuesday Afternoon Edit)
I forgot to put the rest
Twitter
Facebook
Diigo (now)
Flickr
Wordpress Blog
Blogger
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#6822582 Oct 09, 2012 at 12:28 PM · Edited 9 years ago
Consigliere
61 Posts
As a social media junky. I use the following to build my personal PLN:

Facebook
Twitter
Google +
Scoop.it (I got bitten by the bug too, Leesdale~)
Snip.it (Scoop.it's evil twin)
Storify (great news articles generated by professional journalists and casual users)
Learni.st
So.cl
Bottlenose.com (visualizer of social media)
Classroom20.com
Diigo (this is a big one)
Popurls.com (good ole' aggregator)
Netvibes (aggregator #2)
Wordpress (RSS subscription)
A myriad of educational blogs
MOOCs (intense participation in these gotta count)

No, no, I'm not insane enough to check each site on a daily basis (can you imagine?). How I DO keep track of them is with my trusty smartphone-email/RSS subscription service, feeding me content on a daily basis. I'm basically reading all the time between breaks, and dreaming of social media conversations. I suppose I should curate all this in our diigo group?

Level of engagement - Lead (aka pretty intense) - I not only get feeds, but I also contribute to the feed stream and "lead" the conversations. I also create individual groups in diigo for different courses I am teaching. I also run 3 wordpress sites on teaching and ed-tech. I have to admit that I use facebook most intensely, as I am posting on facebook 2-3 times on a daily basis. Google + isn't there for me yet, but its apps (ex. Google Hangout) are pretty amazing.

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#6825086 Oct 10, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Bard
20 Posts
It's interesting about our online "identities" and how our level of engagement may change over time. Fascinating story about being away from Facebook for a period of time, and then returning. As we age, change, and evolve as educated humans, it only makes sense that our social networking selves will follow suit.
~XQC
XQC
Exquisite Corpse
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#6828656 Oct 10, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Initiate
10 Posts
There are times I have felt overwhelmed with social media, so I use it in spurts. Some weeks I will heavily use social media on a daily basis, other weeks I will mainly lurk or not use at all.

As far as creating my PLN, I mainly use three sources of social media:
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Scoop.It


Google+ and Facebook have been reserved for friends and family outside of my professional life. I feel that LinkedIn and twitter are much more useful from a professional stand point than Facebook.

As for my level of use, I would place myself as a lurker more than anything. I enjoy going out to Twitter and Linkedin to read the hashtags within the Highered industry and groups I subscribe to in LinkedIn. I will mostly retweet tweets that interest me the most and I think should be shared to my followers and colleagues. Hootsuite has been my best friend in collecting all my hashtag searches into one easy-to-read place.

My use in ScoopIt is very similar to how I use twitter. I love using ScoopIt since I can "scoop" a post and share it on my ScoopIt topic while sharing the post simultaneously on twitter and linkedin. I set up my subscribed blogs on google reader into one bundle, created a feed on feedburner, and then use Scoop.It to search through the feedburner link so that I can read/sift through my subscribed blogs in one spot with an easy to share button.
Twitter: @bryhauf
Scoop.It: All Things Ed Tech
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#6830862 Oct 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Guild Officer
187 Posts
So, what do you think causes a person to go up or down in that range from lurker to leader? Privacy concerns were mentioned... What else?
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#6831908 Oct 11, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Initiate
10 Posts
#6830862 Leedale wrote:

So, what do you think causes a person to go up or down in that range from lurker to leader? Privacy concerns were mentioned... What else?



I think personality and mood has some impact on how a person interacts with social media. For me, I just don't feel like I need to share what I am doing on a daily basis. However, there are occassions where I am feeling like a social butterfly on that particular day, so I take to social media (twitter mostly), to read and tweet, and retweet. I will usually be more likely to share something that doesn't happen to me on a daily basis, maybe even a weekly basis. For example: a job change, starting a new sport, or playing a new game. I think it may also have to do with the familiarity of a community. When it comes to games and contributing to a gaming community, I'll lurk for a while to get a sense of how the community operates and interacts. I'm the same way in a person-to-person setting. I usually have to feel comfortable around the people I am with to make any sort of contribution or carry a conversation that has substance.

I guess you can also make a case for how comfortable someone is with discussing a particular subject. I am fairly comfortable talking about games and gamification, but some may be new to the concepts and are here to simply soak in all they can.
Twitter: @bryhauf
Scoop.It: All Things Ed Tech
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#6831974 Oct 11, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Guild Officer
187 Posts
It kind of made me laugh when badbuddha0 said, "[Starting to use Facebook again was] like I quit smoking and then started back with light cigarettes". I've never had that feeling of addiction to Facebook. I could literally delete my account tomorrow and not have that much of a problem with it. Of course, I barely use it professionally and I don't post anything personal on it.

For a long time, I didn't feel that learning via social networks was worthwhile, frankly. It seemed like the "junk food" of learning, where I would find things that were fun to play with but nothing serious.

I've since noticed that it really depends on what I'm researching and what I have going on in the back of my mind. If I'm trying to find a basic resource for a specific class, that's how my antenna is calibrated!

Of course, it would help if I were as organized as buriedinice: "I set up my subscribed blogs on google reader into one bundle, created a feed on feedburner, and then use Scoop.It to search through the feedburner link so that I can read/sift through my subscribed blogs in one spot with an easy to share button. "

What kinds of keywords do you use to find articles related to game-based learning topics?

Oh, and please feel free to comment on what might encourage or discourage you to use social networks at higher levels!
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#6832020 Oct 11, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Initiate
3 Posts
Although I occasionally contribute to social networks, I would consider myself a lurker. I have a Twitter account where I mainly follow other educators. I have a personal Facebook account, but have connected mainly to other education sites and well as friends and colleagues. I have started a private blog for the teachers at my school, where I share technology information. I’ve had a wiki for certain classes that I’ve taught. In the past, I joined Second Life, but at the time did not find it to my liking. I’m a member of LinkedIn, but don’t visit it regularly.
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#6832137 Oct 11, 2012 at 03:21 PM · Edited 9 years ago
Initiate
10 Posts
I always ask myself why I am still on facebook. I think my last status update was Sept 19th when my car was hit while parked in the driveway (that was more of a picture status update). Before that, my last update was in April of this year. I mostly use facebook to see what my family and friends are up to.

I did not know how powerful of a tool twitter could be for learning until my boss introduced me to hashtags and hootsuite. When it comes to technology and education technology, there is so much useful information on twitter to read through, especially when using the right hashtags (#edtech, #edapp, #mooc, #highered, #elearning, #gbl, #gamification, #gamemooc, etc).

In ScoopIt, this is how I have it set up:

In the "Manage Sources" section, I have the following keywords:

edtech, educational technology, mooc, moocs, gamification, elearning, higher education, game-based learning, GBL.

When searching for those words, you will get something like in the screenshot below:

http://flic.kr/p/diNzx3/

Select those sources you want to include. I mostly included the searches in Google Blogs and Google News for each keyword.

Under advanced options, I uploaded my Google Bundle OPML file (last choice on the page) and selected the sources I wanted to include.

NOTE: After looking at this today, I realized that the feedburner feed was not recognized correctly by scoop.it, so I am using the Google Bundle OPML file approach. I will report back if this works //update: it works :). I am testing to see if leaving out filters will just include all new posts to those blogs.

My Google Bundle

My Google Bundle OPML File (right click, save link as)

What happened when I added my OPML file: http://flic.kr/p/diNQTq/
Twitter: @bryhauf
Scoop.It: All Things Ed Tech
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#6832190 Oct 11, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Guild Officer
343 Posts
Interesting! So far ... and please correct me if I missed anything. We have all been posting about asynchronous online social networks right?

What about live social networks or professional networks?

Anyone participate in the tweetchat last night?

We had a group of educators on twitter last night - who spent 60 minutes bantering and hopefully sharing information.

Any here ever go into a virtual world for an event? What was that like?

Now - anyone here a gamer? How do you learn in a MMORPG? Is it always asynchronous or do you go on Skype, Ventrilio or Google Hangout?

So think about this - how do gamers and gaming community learn? What social network knowledge construction is happening in and out of game?


GAMEMOOC TweetChat by Center4EduPunx, on Flickr



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Games MOOC Instructor and Designer
Google + gamesmooc@gmail.com



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#6833399 Oct 11, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Initiate
10 Posts
Kae, in my earlier days of gamin, back in 1999-2004 when skype wasn't used and voicechat in games was just beginning to become really popular, I used IRC for communicating in a synchronous fashion with other gamers.

I think MMORPG's do a good job easing players into their gaming environment through the initial tutorial walk through. However, the tutorial can only take you so far. I like to go to the game's website to learn about the different players and how the game works (as far as obtaining items, interacting with NPCs (non-player characters).

For the game I picked up recently, I learned through the game's discussion forums and by reading guides on sites that are unaffiliated with the gaming company. I have really never played a game where we used guild sites to communicate or organize a team. Communication for me has mostly been done through discussion forums, instant messaging, voice chat, or IRC.
Twitter: @bryhauf
Scoop.It: All Things Ed Tech
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#6833409 Oct 11, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Guides
561 Posts

Lurk Some of the Links/Blogs that are embedded in the MOOC

Contribute FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE and MOOC, StartrekOnline (not much)

Create FACEBOOK, DESIRE2LEARN (working with students inside a shell provided for online and face-to-face classes

Lead I do promoter the MOOC among co-workers, my department, and on facebook and my twitter account.

Right now I would say I am more I an involved person and contributor when I think what I have to say will add to the general knowledge or support my students and co-workers. I also post or contribute when I feel I can encourage a "lurker" who might be hesitant to participate to test the waters.
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#6833423 Oct 11, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Guides
561 Posts
#6833399 buriedinice wrote:



For the game I picked up recently, I learned through the game's discussion forums and by reading guides on sites that are unaffiliated with the gaming company. I have really never played a game where we used guild sites to communicate or organize a team. Communication for me has mostly been done through discussion forums, instant messaging, voice chat, or IRC.



AH another "puck head," my granddaughter has been an ice hockey goalie and sometimes out player for ten years. Hockey R Us. And when you think about it, we learn that game by experience, trying to stand up on the ice and we have coaches to help us. We have "camps to go to" and videos to watch, we are in hockey forums, we read books (kindle or paper) and we watch games of professionals to see how they do it. We also focus psychologically on what is important to our success. There are goals and objectives, we cooperate with our team, with the league, and the associations. When you think about it, it isn't so odd we seek out the same rivers of information and learning in gaming.
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#6833442 Oct 11, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Guides
561 Posts
#6832190 kae wrote:


Anyone participate in the tweetchat last night?

Any here ever go into a virtual world for an event? What was that like?

Now - anyone here a gamer? How do you learn in a MMORPG? Is it always asynchronous or do you go on Skype, Ventrilio or Google Hangout?

So think about this - how do gamers and gaming community learn? What social network knowledge construction is happening in and out of game?



I missed the tweetchat, teaching late....

I did go into Second Life for a World Conference presentation (actually got through the panel discussion with making a fool of myself)

When I was involved more (actually a year ahead of the game actually coming out) with StarTrekOnline with Hawkye, we used Ventrilio, and we had two weekly meetings to accommodate those in Europe. We could use voice, but it was really meetings so we would have to raise our hand by "^" in the text chat and wait to be called on.

Most of my social network to deal with Minecraft is person-to-person with other players in real life, or through facebook messaging, or forums on line or the wiki. I am big on Wikis, I also bought a few books.

D&D I am currently finishing "D&D for Dummies" and preparing to build my first character with help from some players.

Magic the Gathering, it is person-to-person, club play (real life) on line tournaments, cost $$$ and online play that is free. That is a difficult game to keep up with as they have new issues of cards/release every 3 months and you have to learn another 120-150 card abilities.
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#6835326 Oct 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Initiate
10 Posts
#6833423 grasshopper98 wrote:

#6833399 buriedinice wrote:



For the game I picked up recently, I learned through the game's discussion forums and by reading guides on sites that are unaffiliated with the gaming company. I have really never played a game where we used guild sites to communicate or organize a team. Communication for me has mostly been done through discussion forums, instant messaging, voice chat, or IRC.



AH another "puck head," my granddaughter has been an ice hockey goalie and sometimes out player for ten years. Hockey R Us. And when you think about it, we learn that game by experience, trying to stand up on the ice and we have coaches to help us. We have "camps to go to" and videos to watch, we are in hockey forums, we read books (kindle or paper) and we watch games of professionals to see how they do it. We also focus psychologically on what is important to our success. There are goals and objectives, we cooperate with our team, with the league, and the associations. When you think about it, it isn't so odd we seek out the same rivers of information and learning in gaming.


When I first started playing, there were no discussion forums or videos to watch. Playing as an adult, some of the videos have helped me in areas that I was weak in. Discussion forums have been a huge help for comparing and receiving feedback on equipment manufacturers as well as proper fitting of equipment.

If many of you aren't aware of it, eSports is coming a bigger event in Europe and Asia. I don't think it will ever become a big thing here. Some teams in these esports competitions have sponsors and make money off of live streaming to their fans/followers. I have watched a few of the broadcasts for competitions in the game that I play. By watching, I have learned some tips on which items are suitable for which situations. Sorry about all the rambling, but I tend to nerd out when it comes to discussing games :).
Twitter: @bryhauf
Scoop.It: All Things Ed Tech
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#6846252 Oct 15, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Initiate
17 Posts
#6818262 Games MOOC wrote:

After having read Social Network Knowledge Construction, and the matrix of the 5 levels of engagement.

1 - Identify Network
2- Lurk
3- Contribute
4- Create
5- Lead

What networks are you currently involved in and in what level of engagement?



Well, since GamesMooc II started I created a Twitter, a Diigo and a Flickr account but I am a lurker most of the time.
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#6849539 Oct 15, 2012 at 07:15 PM · Edited 9 years ago
Guild Officer
73 Posts
I'm a social networking fool! I would put a list, but it would just be a little too crazy. My favorites at the moment are:
Diigo - contribute and create
GamesMOOC (:-D) - contribute and create
Twitter - contribute and create
Facebook - contribute and create (I use this most often, at the moment)
Soundcloud - contribute and create


SocialNetworkingPrintScreen 10.15.12 by ThereseEllis, on Flickr

Most of the time I'm a lurker because I like to set up accounts with various sites to familiarize myself with their features and determine if they would be useful tools, but I rarely delete them after. lol. My overt technophilia and interest for the intricate variances in subcultural exchange, especially from a digital humanities perspective, makes this type of exploration optimal. That said, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to overcome my fear of leading in a digital context. I was a little nervous at the tweetchat, but everyone was so nice! Which puts me in mind... thanks again to everyone for the awesome tweetchat.
Games Based Learning Mooc (gamesMOOC)
FRCC Humanities Instructor
The best combination of technophile and luddite

Twitter @ThereseEllis
Google+ therese.catherine.ellis@gmail.com
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#6849560 Oct 15, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Guild Officer
73 Posts
Awesome list of networks and thanks for sharing how you manage them. If you could curate all this in the diigo group that would be incredible! ^_^

#6822582 Mind Erasure wrote:

As a social media junky. I use the following to build my personal PLN:

Facebook
Twitter
Google +
Scoop.it (I got bitten by the bug too, Leesdale~)
Snip.it (Scoop.it's evil twin)
Storify (great news articles generated by professional journalists and casual users)
Learni.st
So.cl
Bottlenose.com (visualizer of social media)
Classroom20.com
Diigo (this is a big one)
Popurls.com (good ole' aggregator)
Netvibes (aggregator #2)
Wordpress (RSS subscription)
A myriad of educational blogs
MOOCs (intense participation in these gotta count)

No, no, I'm not insane enough to check each site on a daily basis (can you imagine?). How I DO keep track of them is with my trusty smartphone-email/RSS subscription service, feeding me content on a daily basis. I'm basically reading all the time between breaks, and dreaming of social media conversations. I suppose I should curate all this in our diigo group?

Level of engagement - Lead (aka pretty intense) - I not only get feeds, but I also contribute to the feed stream and "lead" the conversations. I also create individual groups in diigo for different courses I am teaching. I also run 3 wordpress sites on teaching and ed-tech. I have to admit that I use facebook most intensely, as I am posting on facebook 2-3 times on a daily basis. Google + isn't there for me yet, but its apps (ex. Google Hangout) are pretty amazing.

Mind Erasure :D

Games Based Learning Mooc (gamesMOOC)
FRCC Humanities Instructor
The best combination of technophile and luddite

Twitter @ThereseEllis
Google+ therese.catherine.ellis@gmail.com
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