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#mblgtacc and #thingsIdidn’twanttoknow…

Well, it’s been a day of an awesome conference, and seeing lots of things I didn’t need to know on twitter…plus a few interesting thoughts.

I hoped for more out of twitter today, but it might be because I hoped for a little bit more from some cool college students.  MBLGTACC 2011 has been an interesting experience.  It’s aimed at college students, and I think it’s hitting the mark — they seem to be thoroughly engaged and excited for all the learning…and all the #conferencesex.  Yikes.  Every plenary speaker so far has brought up conference sex and almost everyone has tweeted about it.  It all makes me feel a bit awkward.  Maybe because folks aren’t quite as open about it at ACPA?  On the overall, though, though there were some thought-provoking tweets from sessions I wasn’t attending, the “back channel” at MBLGTACC 2011 is largely student driven, and a bit of a let down for me.  Lots of tweets about the gay bar last night, being hung over today, missing sessions because of being hung over, taking naps, partying, and the aforementioned conference sex.  While the occasional quote from a session or plenary speaker graces the waves, it’s not nearly as inspiring as I really yearned for it to feel.

I’m not giving up on twittering, though.  Through my experimentation (and trying to figure out how the heck to actually follow something and why hastags – # – matter), I’ve found a few things I feel are worthy of keeping up on.  I now know how to keep up with the folks who participate in the #sachat, part of the Student Affairs Collaborative Blog, and I’m really excited to get to know them better.  I’ve also discovered #sajobs — and since I’m searching this year, I think it might come in handy.  This is a whole new world of networking for me, so hopefully I can acclimate quickly and use it as well as possible!

Feel free to retweet…if you know what I mean!

until then, ekg

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culmination…the tree of life

The concept behind the tree of life is that all things are connected.  This seems an apt metaphor for web 2.0 and my experience with the 13 things @ Coe.

This learning project has been amazing.  I always felt like I was technologically savvy; I learned that I knew some, but not nearly very many of the fantastic things available on the world wide web.  Much like I would have initially guessed, there are a lot of valuable applications and sites out there, and there are even more that may just be an additional time suck.  I will probably find a few more that will continue to give me energy (Facebook does this for me now) and a few others that I may never use again.

I continue to be blown away at the elements we can use to aid students in learning and to help make it an authentic experience.  This blog is proving to be an excellent outlet for my own authentic self and a chance to reconnect with the writer inside.  I wish I could have kept up with it more consistently and have already begun thinking about how the blog will continue now that the project is over.  Part of me feels like it should be focused, but the other part of me knows that my random stream of consciousness is rarely as focused as I would like.  Who knows what will come of it.  It will be something, this I know.

In terms of feedback for the creator of our wonderful project, I really enjoyed the self-discovery aspect.  I was able to dig into topics that really interested me and leave the ones that were less interesting alone.  Self-discovery also lends well to those of us who are generally familiar with many of these web concepts — meaning that I don’t have to sit in a room waiting for someone to figure out how to open a new tab, let alone understand the project.  I’m a quick learner when it comes to stuff like this and my patience wears short when it comes to the technology transplants in the web 2.0 world (other than my mom of course).

I appreciated that we were required at some points to comment on one another’s blogs and follow them.  I have enjoyed reading the colleagues’ blogs which I chose to follow.  The inner extrovert in me wishes there would have been a few more opportunities to connect in a more intentional way.  I loved the comments I received and understand the importance of the connected nature of all of these wonderful concepts.  What good is a blog if no one is reading it?  Lucky for me, a few of the colleagues with whom I work on a daily basis were also doing the project and we were able to chat about it at the lunch table.

Here’s the link to wordle.net‘s interpretation of my blog.  Apparently, I write a lot about great things : )


13 things @ Coe = check.  Now I’m just crossing my fingers for that iPad!!

hugs, ekg

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common roots

The concept behind Creative Commons is awesome.  Like Lisa mentioned on the 13 things @ Coe blog, I’m sure I’ve used information and images from the web without giving proper credit where it is due.  Though I feel like I have a good understanding of plagiarism, I don’t think I have a great understanding of copyright law and how it applies, especially in an educational setting.

Creative Commons appears to be doing great work to offer folks ways to find things legally instead of snagging the most convenient stuff.

At the same time, it’s hard to really find things that I’m looking for.  Case in point, I looked for some ideas on diversity activities, especially related to social justice, and found pretty useless results.  The same search on google was far more helpful.  I am not sure where my “borrowing” license begins and ends when it comes to finding things like this, but google seems more effective for now.

If I were completing or assigning a research paper, it’s likely that Creative Commons might prove more useful.  It offers the opportunity to expand our understanding of copyright, but may give students an “out” where the lines are already blurred.

ahead! ekg.

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chirp…I mean tweet?

Well…I apparently disappeared from the blogosphere for awhile.  Luckily for me, and you dear readers, the 13 things @ Coe is due tomorrow, so there will be multiple posts to play catch up tonight.

When I went to the assignment page, I had to click on “older posts” to get to the assignment I am on.  Not a good sign.  Nonetheless, on to Twitter.

In general, I haven’t really connected to Twitter and I have not found it overly useful.  Everyone/thing I “follow” is also on Facebook, which I check annoyingly often.  There’s woman on who posted a great article on the Student Affairs Collaborative blog; it said that once she connected to the student affairs community on Twitter, it became much more relevant for her.  I’m guessing that it will for me, too…if that happens.  I addded her on Twitter so that I could ask her how she found that community.  She DMed me asking for my email address.  I gave it to her and we started a conversation about what I wanted my Twitter life to look like.  Here’s what I sent her:

I’m comfortable with Twitter and know how it works — I think.  I haven’t really used it except to “follow” some things that I was already a “fan” of on Facebook — which I use more consistently and feel more connected to others on.  There aren’t really any students on our campus who are using Twitter consistently (or at least that we know of).  None of my peers, colleagues, or friends use it, except for one person (a former cohort member out in San Fran.).

I have used the Twitter website but never any other client.  I do not have tweets sent to my phone.  I rarely check Twitter as I mentioned — I follow all the same stuff on Facebook and I’m already getting the information I want…

I’ve read #sachat transcripts, but even when I’m really interested in the topic, the transcripts are hard to follow.  I have trouble in online chats when seven people are talking at once, too…#sachat is the only Twitter professional chat I’ve even ever heard of.  We’re going to try and use Google wave for a directorate body I’m on with ACPA.

As far as using Twitter, I would just really like to continue to engage with other student affairs professionals, particularly folks who I didn’t go to grad school with or work with.  I LOVE reading the student affairs collaborative and would like to be more able to participate in the #sachat (though it’s at a terrible time for me over the summer).  I was really intrigued by the post you wrote about not feeling connected to twitter until you connected to the SA community on Twitter.  I guess I’m trying to figure out how to connect to that SA community without adding a huge chunk of time to my life.  There are days when I feel like I spend more time on Facebook than actually talking to people : )  Which is the opposite of what I’m looking for…sort of.

So far, I don’t send tweets to my phone (no unlimited texting here) and I just haven’t found it useful enough to add it to my list of websites to check daily.  Maybe I’ll read the whuffie factor and change my mind.  If you want to follow me, I’m ekgeers.  I don’t post anything, so it probably won’t be that interesting for you.

Until ten minutes from now when I complete my next assignment…ekg


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