After much deliberation I have decided to use this blog to document my learning technologies journey and share both my learning and the challenges I face.
After attending the Learning Technologies Conference in January this year I decided that 2011 was the time for me to stop thinking about SoMe technologies and to start using them! Following an inspiring session with Craig Taylor I took advantage of the free desk calendar he gave out and committed myself to trying out at least one SoMe technology per month.
January 2011 – Craig’s tip – get started with Twitter
Whilst I already had a Twitter account, TuppyMagic I hadn’t really used it other than to learn how to tweet and send a direct message with a couple of colleagues Sue Fredson (@azzadays) and Jan Cowell (@geordiecow). I am not sure any of us would have selected the code names had we realised at the time how much potenial Twitter would offer us to network with other professionals in our field and be part of a community committed to sharing good advice and resources.
In the same month I received an email from Alison.com recommending a free online Twitter course. Within minutes I realised where I was going wrong – I needed to build up my followers to make Twitter work! Craig gave some really good advice – follow the people I follow and some will follow you back. I am now following over 200 people and have just over 80 followers.
My main learning points: View user profiles to choose people that you want to follow. Spend time building up your followers; in many cases (unless they are a celeb!) they will follow you back. If anyone mentions you in a tweet this is listed in the @mentions tab. If you want to send a private (direct message) to a someone you follow they need to be following you.
My main challenges: I don’t work in an office everyday so am not always sat at a PC when working. I am living in rented accomodation temporarily so don’t have a broadband line or wifi access at home and at the time of taking the Twitter plunge didn’t have a smart phone. My access was restricted to a 3G connection via a shared laptop that my partner needed for study. This resulted in irregular and inflexible access to Twitter which was more than frustrating.
Overcoming my barriers: In February 2011 I placed an order for an iphone. Since then I haven’t looked back! With my iphone in hand access to Twitter and being able to Tweet/Retweet is at my fingertips!!
The next challenge…getting to grips with the iphone!!!!!! This is where February 2011, Craig’s recommendation, You Tube comes in handy – I’ll share that journey in my next blog now that I have finally taken the plunge!