How I role social media for my professional person development

This has been a mutual theme to many of the presentations, workshops, webinars as well as seminars that I receive got been asked to produce over the lastly few years, but even thence many times I essay out to acquaint on this dependent area I never actually experience that I acquire the message across every bit clearly as well as persuasively every bit I would like.

The effect of how nosotros occupation social media for our ain evolution every bit teachers as well as every bit digitally skilled individuals, is ane that I believe is of vital importance though, non but because it tin enable us to dice on developing every bit teachers through the content, ideas, resources as well as inward a higher identify all people it gives us access to, but also because the agency occupation digital media for our ain evolution should guide as well as influence the agency nosotros occupation it amongst our students as well as ready their digital literacies as well as communication skills.

So hither it is. This my ain elbow grease to outline my digital media learning experience, or at to the lowest degree business office of it.

I’ll dissever this into three sections which I’ll call

  • Information inward – This is how as well as where I notice information
  • Information processing – This is how I process, engage amongst as well as capture information
  • Information out – This is how I portion what I’ve learned or discovered

Information in

One of my favourite as well as most useful sources of information is Diigo. What I especially similar nigh Diigo is the groups. As you lot tin encounter hither I’m a fellow member of quite a few groups.

The affair that I actually similar nigh the groups is that each grouping is laid to shipping me a daily digest of whatever links shared inside that group, thence looking through these electronic mail digests is unremarkably ane of the firstly things I produce at the showtime of each working day. These groups receive got actually provided a rattling rich source of professional person evolution for me as well as most of the interesting articles I read originate from here.

I also receive got a attain of RSS readers for my unlike devices as well as these dice on me upward to engagement on the blogs as well as journals I follow. I’ve been using Netvibes for quite some for this, but on my mobile devices I also occupation Flipboard for to a greater extent than full general information as well as Zite for to a greater extent than professional person things. This video shows how Zite works.

Both these are rattling slow to browse when I receive got a minute spare as well as receive got peachy integration amongst both Twitter as well as Facebook.

Apart from those I also occupation Tweet Deck to follow specific topics on Twitter. I receive got it gear upward thence that I tin monitor the most useful hashtag related streams when always I receive got some downwards time.

Information processing

It’s actually slow to pass a lot of fourth dimension sorting through information as well as links to articles, exclusively to uncovering a few weeks after that you lot tin neither yell upward or notice anything you lot looked at, thence i occupation a whole attain of tools to brand sure I capture as well as elbow grease to digest all this information.
I’ve had a Delicious job organization human relationship for years at nowadays as well as I configured it thence that anything I posted to Twitter also automatically went into that account. However after a spell i constitute that I wasn’t actually going dorsum in that location as well as when I din’t notice it a rattling useful identify to search through, though this has changed a fight since the introduction of Stacks (collections of bookmarks that receive got a to a greater extent than visual user interface)
For a spell I used a peachy visual bookmarking tool called SimplyBox, but unfortunately that disappeared, thence I was left to resort through all my link in that location as well as notice ameliorate solutions (never a bed thing). My solution has been to spread things out a little.

I’ve been collecting a lot of infographics late as well as I notice the Pinterest is the ideal tool for these. It’s slow to collect as well as relieve them using the browser bookmarklet as well as they display good when I desire to search through as well as notice the ones I need.

I’ve also constitute that Pinterest is peachy for collecting YouTube videos as well as this has been a peachy agency to access the videos when I demand them.

Though sadly, although Pinterest grabs YouTube videos good it struggles amongst other spider web based video embeds, thence I powerfulness receive got to await for something ameliorate for that.

For a long fourth dimension I had all my links to useful spider web tools as well as resources stored inward boxes on SimplyBox as well as it has taken a spell for me to notice a replacement for this. I receive got tried publishing my favourite tools for learners using a site.
 Although this is a dainty agency to portion the tools it isn’t thence handy when I come upward dorsum to notice them again. The answer to my job came a few weeks agone when I discovered Meaki.

This looks similar to Pinterest, but it grabs a visual of the entire spider web page instead of but ane picture from it as well as the agency the stored links tin live accessed is much to a greater extent than user friendly for me, thence I’ve been busy shifting links from my one-time boxes into this novel site. So hither are some examples (more to come upward soon)

This procedure of curation (sifting as well as organising links to useful content) may seem a niggling fourth dimension consuming, but it doesn’t receive got to be. Once the initial sites are laid up, you lot tin but use  whatever brusk bursts of five or 10 minutes either at the start or halt of the 24-hour interval or betwixt lesson or other tasks. Let’s human face it many of us notice fourth dimension for facebook inward those brusk moments thence why non something to a greater extent than productive?

Of course of report the most of import business office of processing all this information as well as making occupation of it is to seat it into practise inward my teaching, grooming as well as rattling importantly my writing. Trying to synergise all this information, brand feel of it as well as formulate it into a rational strategy for moving my evolution forrad is something I couldn’t produce without blogging. The human activity of writing something downwards as well as organising it into a rational readable text on a weblog to live published for others inward your profession to encounter tin actually assist you lot to focus on as well as human face upward your ain ideas as well as beliefs as well as many postings that I receive got started to write receive got ended upward inward the rubbish purely because the human activity of putting those ideas into text convinced me that was where they belonged.

So having been through this procedure or collection, analysis, curation as well as reformulation the lastly stride is to start to portion those ideas.

Information out

Sharing is a actually of import business office of the process. It’s of import because if you lot create  something of value that tin assist you lot develop it tin likely assist others develop too. It’s also of import because you lot tin acquire some feedback from other teachers, possibly fifty-fifty a niggling encouragement as well as appreciation as well as start to grow your network.

My master copy tools for sharing are firstly, every bit I mentioned earlier, which is where I store links to whatever interesting articles I find, as well as also a few that I write. is a especially useful tool because it synchronises amongst other services such as

The Tumblr site, is something I’ve exclusively started using quite recently, as well as exclusively actually to dorsum upward all those articles, thence that if disappears or decides to start charging large amounts of coin I haven’t completely lost everything.
As I said posts at nowadays through to Twitter, which I mentioned before is also a peachy source of information in. I tend non to engage amongst people rattling much through Twitter though. For me it’s a peachy agency to portion links to content as well as notice links to content, but it’s non a peachy platform for communication, thence I also receive got a Facebook page which I notice much to a greater extent than suitable for that.

So that’s it. My social network for professional person development. It does receive got fourth dimension to ready upward something similar this, but it tin grow organically but yesteryear registering on a few sites as well as and then putting inward five or 10 mins whenever you lot receive got time. In the long run, that’s far to a greater extent than fourth dimension economical than going to a conference as well as sure as shooting much cheaper, as well as best of all the network you lot develop is ane that is absolutely specific to your ain needs, thence what could live better.

I’ll destination amongst a give-and-take of advice. This procedure tin dice quite addictive, especially for the social attending it tin convey to you,  every bit you lot start to accumulate hundreds or fifty-fifty thousands of followers, but don’t permit feeding this network receive got over every bit the role of the process. Always essay out to retain your integrity as well as focus on quality. Have high standards – If you lot don’t notice anything useful or interesting to portion or write about, as well as then receive got a 24-hour interval off, never portion something unless you lot receive got really learned something from it as well as experience it has value.

I promise this is useful.

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Nik Peachey