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Presentation given at eDayz09 (http://edayz.org/) on November 12th, 2009

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  • 1. Why would you Twitter or Yammer? Michael Coghlan eDayz 09 12/11/09

2. FROM SMOKE SIGNALS TOTHE INTERNET http://www.flickr.com/photos/sundve/3766277273 Man - the compulsive communicator. (David Attenborough) 3. Whats this? 4. Whats this? 5. Whats this? 6. Whats this? 7. We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us. (McLuhan) Each new communication tool has the potential to change the way we communicate. In its early years the Internet delivered email, discussion forumsand text chat,and these tools quickly and radically changed the way much of humanity communicated.Most recently Twitterhas again changed the communication landscape forever. 8. WE SHAPE OUR TOOLS AND THEREAFTER OUR TOOLS SHAPE US. (MCLUHAN) 9. WHY?

  • Because:
  • Youre totally cool?
  • You want to be like the totally cool people?
  • 140 characters is about all your writing skills can manage?
  • I have to share everything with my friends and colleagues?
  • The Prime Minister and John Cleese do it?
  • You have a lot of spare time?
  • Youre a twit?

10. WHY?

  • You like to get latest
  • breaking news as it
  • happens?
  • May 2008: Twitter beats media in reporting China earthquake."
  • An almost real time search tool
    • Now being used by some as an alternative search tool to Google
    • Use of the hash#tageg #edayz09

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29281982@N00/101951607/ 11. WHY?

  • I like to keep in touch with my
  • colleagues beyond my immediate
  • work team.
  • It has been a very useful way of extending my network beyond my existing network which is limited to my campus and the people I come into contact with through my day to day work. (Yammer)
  • I feel connected. Its like having colleagues all in the room at the same time, ready to answer questions and help out. (Yammer)

12. WHY?

  • I like getting and sharing new
  • ideas about my work.
  • ...it has provided me with information about things happening at other campuses that I probably wouldn't have heard about otherwise. (Yammer)
  • New ideas and information, finding out what's out there, some practical things to use.

13. WHY?

  • I like having a place to ask
  • questions and help others where
  • I can.
  • Accessing information quickly from many sources, helping others where I have knowledge that will assist them.
  • A wealth of current info and a wonderful way to get quick answers to a problem you might have.

14. WHY?

  • I like the idea of contributing to a
  • body of knowledge that all the
  • members of my network(or organisation)have access to.
  • (Knowledge Management)
  • It's a brief, instant messaging
  • system (that) saves time and reaches
  • more people in one click, thus provides
  • the potential for a greater range of
  • information sharing/gathering.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jordigraells/2097554847/ 15. WHY?

  • It helps me gain confidence to
  • ask questions.
  • It has helped me gain the courage and the confidence to just ask the questions - whatever that may be - I feel that those who I talk with regularly are a bit more 'real' so I am no longer fearful of looking 'stupid'. .... Have visited far more (educational) sites based on info from Yammer than any other method in all my years with TAFE.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alicepopkorn/3894637970/ 16. WHY?

  • I like to communicate with others about live presentations Im attending.

There is nolongerany suchthing as an audience. See presentation at http://www.slideshare.net/michaelc/tracking-the-back-channel 17. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bjoern/70875998 18. End User Innovation 19. LETS SEE WHAT THE TWITTER NETWORK SAYS...... 20. Can you use these toolsin teaching?

  • Teaching with Twitter (Steve Wheeler)
  • Twit Board Notify students of changes to course content, schedules, venues or other important information.(could be done with phone)
  • Summing Up Ask students to read an article or chapter and then post their brief summary or prcis of the key point(s). A limit of 140 characters demands a lot of academic discipline.
  • Twit Links Share a hyperlink a directed task for students each is required to regularly share one new hyperlink to a useful site they have
  • Micro Write Progressive collaborative writing on Twitter. Students agree to take it in turns to contribute to an account or story over a period of time.
  • Use the backchannel to provide feedback on classes in real time

http://www.flickr.com/photos/interplast/141013553/ 21. The Downside

  • Twitter people with
  • something to sell may
  • follow you(you can block them)
  • Takes time: It has highlighted how much time some people have on their hands! (Yammer); BUT... the more you put into it, the more you get out of it.
  • Thereisa lot of trivia

http://www.flickr.com/photos/maniya/2471677206/ 22. The Downside

  • I am troubled about the
  • underlying idea that good and
  • useful communication must be extemporaneous.....extemporaneous conversations are taxed with a degradation of quality.
  • No opportunity to reflect on what has been said so far, ... and to research facts and opinions that lie beyond the immediate circle of conversation.(Frank Lowney)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/maniya/2471677206/ 23. IMPACT? Image courtesy of Mike Seyfang http://flickr.com/photos/mikeblogs/2506591015 / 24. RESOURCES

  • Teaching with Twitter(Steve Wheeler)
  • Presenting in a networked age(Clark Quinn)
  • Many other resources about Twitter athttp://delicious.com/mikecogh/twitter
  • How do you use Yammer?
  • TAFE SA Use of Yammer Survey Results

25. Michael Coghlan [email_address] THANK YOU