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Twitter Thoughts July 29, 2009

Filed under: adult learners,technology,Twitter — bestbookihavenotread @ 7:38 am

Get your twitter mosaic here.

Let’s start with the basics. People who don’t Tweet have no idea what Twitter is or why you would want to use it. I was one of those people a year ago. I remember sitting on the couch having my husband explain it to me one more time and why it might be good for my blog for me to begin to Tweet. I’m sure I looked at him as if he’d grown another arm.

According to Wikipedia Twitter is “a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers who are known as followers…”

Franki at A Year of Reading started the conversation (Check out her Choice Literacy article in the Beyond Gadgets series. Get a subscription to Choice Literacy as a gift to yourself for the new school year.). Her blogging partner Mary Lee followed with her Love/Hate Relationship with Twitter. Myself-I go back and forth between the two.

Things I like~

I can get book review links from bloggers, authors, publishers, and just plain people I don’t know, but have similar interests to me…

I can get cooking advice from Christopher Kimball or Chef Ann any time he/she feels like giving it to me

I can get an instant answer to my “Is my tongue going to fall off?” question

I can get news updates from Columbus

I can win books! (Three times lucky!)

Things I don’t like~

The biggest would be how author’s Richard Peck’s keynote made me feel about how Facebook and Twitter are to paraphrase, “Going to end civilization because we aren’t supposed to stay in touch with our elementary school crush and know what our teen-aged child is doing every moment of their lives!” I think he mentioned something also about it being a form of “peeping Tom”. I’m pretty sure I was sending Tweet updates at the beginning of that speech.

Getting updates on people’s moods

I’m also in complete agreement with Mary Lee about the time sucker it can become. I feel the same way about my $#*& e-mail!

Still trying to explain how it looks like I’m on Facebook all the time (I have my blog and Twitter hooked to my Facebook account).
I tried several Twitter helpers to help me manage all my Tweets and Tweeple, have settled on TweetDeck. Before that, I might have someone send me a direct response and not know about it. It has also helped me categorize so the Tweets from Blogging world people can be separate from all the general Tweets that might not be something I have time or interest in reading.

The biggest challenge for me with Twitter, moderation! Finding the sweet spot between TMI/time sucking and useful up to the minute updates.

The end of my ramble…

 

David Booth-Thursday’s TCRWP Keynote July 9, 2009

Filed under: TCRWP,Twitter — bestbookihavenotread @ 5:46 pm
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David Booth was a wonderful keynote speaker this morning to kick-off Thursday of the Reading Institute. His talk, “I am the book! When children find themselves inside the texts they are reading” was a great mixture of humor and seriousness. He emphasizes how children’s books (and literacy) has changed to include the things from children’s own lives (not in Dick and Jane books with the father in his hat at the breakfast table). He urged embracing all forms of literacy, including technological ones such as Kindle and Twitter.  Teaching reading is no longer the old image many people have of reading a book under a tree (see his reference to New York

newyorker coverer magazine cover ) but more like the Time Magazine Cover of Twitter (See below).

I found it interesting that Booth said we’ve never sold as many books as we did this year, but that the speed information is multiplying was some mind-boggling larger number. 

That it shouldn’t matter to us what shape the text takes, but that talking to children about what the book (in whatever form), reading, future plan on reading is still darn magical.  Teachers can change a kid’s life-that’s what’s dangerous (and magical). Don’t show a kid what your face would like if you’d sucked on a lemon for 100 years if they ask you for wrestling magazines or pokemon, view it as a way into a conversation with that child about their reading and the opportunity to learn and teach. 

David Booth got a standing ovation. A fantastic speaker if you ever get the chance to hear him.

 

I’m okay with Twitter, even though I had some doubts to start. It’s all in moderation-just like Facebook. 

You can follow me at bestbook.

 

 

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Importance of Summer Reading for Children Continued… July 6, 2009

Filed under: summer reading,Twitter,Uncategorized — bestbookihavenotread @ 6:49 pm
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Reading is Fundamental has a great new article about “Summer Slide” (not the fun one). 

It’s a two-sided blade:

Those who read over the summer GAIN reading skills,

Those who DON’T read over the summer lose reading skills.

There is no option of doing nothing and having nothing happen.

Not choosing, is a choice with consequences in this situation!

 

My husband says I’m addicted to the Internet January 29, 2009

Filed under: bloggers,blogs,Twitter — bestbookihavenotread @ 8:00 am
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I don’t think I agree with him. Completely. Part of my “addiction” might also be described as an over-reliance on the Internet. I still do plenty of non-internet activities. 

E-mail, Google Calendar-they are a necessary part of my working life. I love that Google Calendar e-mails me my calendar for the day at 4:34 a.m. and that I can have it send reminders about items as often as I like. 

Blogs, Twitter-I am pretty fascinated by the instantaneous access to information.  No longer do I have to wait until the next day to read about Gov. Strickland’s State of the State address. Multiple sources of info are tweeted, posted, and blogged-almost instantly as the speech takes place. 

I don’t think it’s an addiction or an over-reliance. I’ve decided to embrace those 21st Century Technologies as they appear-try to figure out the good and the bad of them to decide if they’ll be helpful to me in any part of my life and then move on.  

Being me, I will feel the need to add some more about the good and the bad over the next several days, so be prepared. Or just skip the blog entries or notes on this topic.

 

 
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