This summer I have been experimenting a lot with Plurk and Twitter. OK, maybe less with Twitter and more of Plurk as I have grown to like the discussions on Plurk more. Anyway, a topic surfaced in late June or early July about how there were less Plurk’s about school-type topics and many personal Plurks. Many people replied that they thought that would change as the school year started up again.
I was reflecting on these a bit this afternoon and watching the Plurks for any difference. I do think that the content is different than it was a few weeks ago. People are more centered around work/school and kids and learning. The great thing is that I know all my Plurk friends so well personally I can really relate to them and the professional things they are writing about. I am grateful for the time I had this summer to get to really know them all, and I feel like I get more out of the 140 characters. I really appreciate the friends I have on Plurk and Twitter. I only wish I could remember who Plurked or sent out that Tweet wondering if the conversations would change as September grew nearer. I think they have.
Today I finished up a class I taught with teachers on Web 2.0 tools for classrooms. One teacher asked how youo go about finding and searching names for people on Plurk. So, I searched put, yes you guessed it… Teach42, Steve Dembo. This led to looking up what he Plurks about. This was the latest Plurk:
PLURK POLL: Share a goal that you have for the upcoming school year.
I thought about his Plurk on the ride home from the training. After paying the babysitter, greeting kids, and opening mail, I sat down to tackle the 73 unread Plurks from the day. (For those of you who use Plurk I bet you are impressed there were only 73. Shows what I did on my lunch break. Steve’s Plurk came back to mind and I thought again about goals.
What I came to realize is that while I teach and train people about the many great resources on the web I still need to use them more frequently and in more creative ways. Additionally, I really need to blog and as DEN LC member, I should be blogging here. I have always struggled with blogging because I still cannot imagine who or why anyone would care about my day-to-day professional life, or personal life. However, like all new things I have come to be addicted to, you must give it a whirl to know if it is for you. So, a part of my goal for the year will be to blog more, hold me to it. The other part of the goal I have set is the implementation of the web 2.0 tools with kids. I hope to post the results here too.
Here’s to a great year! Thanks teach42 for the inspiration to begin.
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