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Thoughts about the learning space we used #Twitter#
In our initial discussions, Sam came up the idea that we had our digital communications on Twitter. We all agreed not entirely realising what we were getting ourselves into.
Sam had a little experience of Twitter and had set up/started a tweet for us all and waited very patiently for myself and Mo to get ourselves into gear. (#mmstsk2) She was also using an app (Tweetdeck) which makes Twitter much easier to use. She also could send tweets via text, so she can tweet even when she
doesn’t have internet access
Myself and Mo were complete novices at Twitter and had own individual difficulties with this particular learning/communication space.
Mo initially had difficulties opening an account as demonstrated by his email as follows:
I have tried to twitter but I get an error “The security certificate presented by this website has expired or is not yet valid”. So I have decided to email you my ideas.
After much perseverance he managed to sort the problem, and managed to tweet some points and ideas.
I managed to open an account reasonably okay but my initial tweets were a total failure as I didn’t realise that I could only tweet so many words and that I had to include in my message the particular ‘Hash Tag’ #mmstsk2 so after much swearing at the computer screen I gave in and asked Sam for advice the next day at Uni.
My thoughts on Twitter: I struggled with the fact that you could only type 140 characters in a tweet, so if I wanted to write a lengthy message I had to tweet multiple times to get that idea across. Many times I tweeted messages and left off the ‘Hash Tag’ #mmstsk2 and then had to revisit the tweet, delete it and rewrite it including the Tag.
This maybe down to me being an utter novice to this media space but I found it to be a tad frustrating to say the least!
Ironically we did most of our communications by that old fashioned E-mail method! This was, admittedly, not really discussing the particular articles but conversing our ills with Twitter (Michael and Mo that is) or expressing problems Michael had finding time to do any ‘Tweeting’.
I personally (Michael) don’t think this was the best learning space media for this particular task because all the message paines are separate i.e. it’s quite difficult to follow a conversation between multiple persons. I think it’s really designed for one person to keep followers informed of their own thoughts and happenings. I also mentioned earlier that there is a very small limit of 140 characters per tweet and also missing ‘hash tags’ from ‘tweets’ causing me problems personally.
I now feel that I have knowledge and experience of ‘Twitter’ which is a good thing in itself, learning and experience is always a positive thing to take from life! I’m not certain that I will use it again in the future but can take comfort in the knowledge that if need be I’ll have a good idea of how to use it.
Next time I think I would use a more straight forward simple messager service such as Yahoo messanger, Facebook, skype or similar. All of which I have a little more experience and feel they would be more suitable for a task like this.
A summary of key points arising from our digestion discussion:
To view our “Twitter” conversation click on the image below.
With the Mimi video myself, Mo and Sam all seem to be in agreement. Mimi seemed to sound all nice and intelligent as i’m sure she is but she never came up with any sollutions. She seemed to drone on some what! Still Michael still enjoyed watching the video, slight crush going on there….. never mind!
Sam and Michael felt that we had experienced similar situations in real life that had been mentioned in the The Flight From Conversation article. There definite truths with in the article but it seamed to me to be a very negative article trying to point out only the negatives of modern communications. It definitely reeked of doom and gloom ”16 year old boy hoping to one day learn to have a real conversation” how seriously can this be taken? the article ‘slightly’ aired on the bias of old fashioned communications.
We were all in ageement that the Toward peeragogy was interesting because this is exactly the sort of thing we are doing and actively being promoted to do and being reasonably successful at doing on our PGCE course. We are having our lectures, given assignments and trying to learn from each others knowledge and experiences. Nice!
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