Week 5 Post

  • Professional organization : ACTFL (American Council on the teaching of  Foreign Languages )

ACTFL is the largest organization in the filed of second/foreign world language learning and teaching in the United States. Its annual conference attracts many great educators of many different languages, such as Japanese, German, Spanish, Chinese, and TESOL. This year’s convention and expo will be held soon on 11/16-18 just in Philadelphia. I am a student member of it and I attended the conference last year in Denver. So glad that I do not have to travel so far this year.

Before I take this course, I have not paid a lot of attention on its social media. The assignment provides me a great opportunity to explore its social networks.

  1. Language learning and Technology : (facebook page)
  2. Arne Duncan : the US Secretary of Education(Twitter page)
  3. Kevin Gaugler : Associate Professor of Spanish and Internet aficionado (Twitter)
  4. Dorie C
  5. Gov. Jack Markell

I found that I always choose(give it a try, click on) or follow  individuals/groups which or who have the following characteristics :

  • 1. Its logo/pictures/avatar  look professional. It should be related to what he/she wants to deliver.
  • 2. The information  is appealing to me, which is the key item to determine if I will continue.
  • 3. Clear Bio or position statement. So critical!
  • 4. The number of followers. For example:  Arne Duncan  has 55049 followers.
  • 5. what or who he/she follows.

I finally found that ACTFL also offers its own community platform for members to discuss issues and post job opportunities.
Other interesting websites:

Week 4 Post

Part 1. My information dashboard and loop

It is a little overwhelming but it is really fun to explore many different online tools!  I have not though that one day I will need to draw my own information flow loop.

I have tried Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Netvibes, Ifttt , Twitter and Google Reader, and created a recipe directing wordpress blog posts to twitter. I like IFTTT ‘s “recipe” idea and service, which can make two different platforms/channels communicate. (IF this then that) I am also trying to get familiar with Hootsuite and Netvibes and will decide which will work best for me. I hope by the end of this semester, I will be able to draw an organized map.

Part 2. Aggregation vs. Curation

(picture from : http://blog.lingospot.com/bid/115777/Aggregation-vs-Curation-Which-is-Right-for-You)

Aggregation: to collect information (public -oriented )

Tools: Google reader(RSS), e-mail subscription like SmartBrief, (maybe Diigo, paper.li, Delicious)

Curation: to maintain, select, preserve, and archive information. Make judgments, organization, decision (individual- oriented )

Tools: Pearltree, scoop.it, Livebinder, Pinterest (Diigo, paper.li, Delicious)

I also found the following articles interesting to me.

1. related to education settings

http://plpnetwork.com/2012/01/24/aggregate-curate-and-create-your-own-textbook/

2. I have “scoop.it” , “Livebinder” and “pearltree” accounts but I seldom use them. In terms of “aggregation and curation”, they might be good tools like Diigo. Here is a collection of articles regarding curation.

http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-curator-or-content-curator

3.Curation tools

http://www.webadvantage.net/webadblog/30-plus-cool-content-curation-tools-for-personal-professional-use-3922

4.Curaiton tools

http://www.webadvantage.net/webadblog/30-plus-more-content-curation-tools-5572

5. iPad apps for web curation

http://appsineducation.blogspot.com/2012/01/10-ipad-apps-for-web-curation.html

Week 4 Post test : My information dashboard and loop

My information dashboard and loop

It is a little overwhelming but it is really fun to explore many different online tools! I have not though that one day I will need to draw my own information flow loop.

I like IFTTT ‘s “recipe” idea and service, which can make two different platforms/channels communicate. (IF this then that)

I have tried hootsuite, tweetdeck, Netvibes, Ifttt , twitter and Google Reader, and created a recipe directing wordpress blog  posts to twitter. I am also trying to get familiar with hootsuite and Netvibes and will decide which will work best for me.

Pitfalls and Opportunities of the Internet

Through our in-class discussion on Monday and from all the videos and blog posts, I found the world today is not just a physical network but also a virtual network. I have learned that the Internet can build our brands but can also harm our reputation. I believe it is important to make sure the balance between public and private.

In my personal experiences, I am often pushed by friends to apply social networking tools I am using now, like Facebook. In the early stage of using Facebook, I did not feel it is appealing to me. However, the reason why I am still on it is that I do not want to be disconnected. I would like to know what is happening in the world. The more I use, the more addictive it is. Sometimes, I have to spend more than one hour just scrolling down the page to see the endless news feed. Therefore, I really agree with what Mr. Mangat said “Avoid being always on” After I have my iPhone, I can not stop checking my email every 30 mins. It distracts me and I could not concentrate on what I have to do now. It is better to set specific time.

I am also impressed by the TED talk from Eli Pariser about the information and different search results we receive from search engines, Facebook, or news media.  In the digital era, information is overwhelming. We can take advantages of filters but  we should be also aware of where the resources are and the quality of information as professor Timmins said.

As Mr. Mangan mentioned, web 2.0 tools can also help us improve our communication and collaboration with colleagues, and  increase our productivity. I have not used these tools, such as Hootsuite, Pidgin, and Doodle as well as some great tools shared in class and on the web. Definitely I can start to try them out now!

FERPA Statement

Personal FERPA statement

I, Yi-Cheng Pan, understand and accept that some of my academic work for the fall 2012 semester will be published on the open web.

I also disclose that the work I will be putting up online is done as a part of the EDUC439/639 class at the University of Delaware. The home page of this open class is located at http://openteaching.ud-css.net/.

Unless content put up can potentially damage my online reputation, I also pledge to leave it online until at least December 21, 2012, the end of the fall semester.

Under those terms, I waive parts of my FERPA-granted rights for the purpose of exploring social media and web 2.0, excluding private conversations with colleagues and course grades.