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Monday, April 28, 2008

A Reason to Twitter

Last week's NETA conference was spectacular as always. The NETA Board does such a great job of choosing presentations and speakers. There are so many positive sessions that it's impossible to see them all. Thankfully we have enough staff members go that we pile our notes together and get a lot of the information. Can't wait until next year in the new pad!

Previously we've discussed what Twitter is and my flirtatious dealings with it. I liked it, but wasn't sure how to make it benefit what I do. NETA was all that I needed. Thanks to one of the NETA Board members, who created a NETA Twitter account, I was able to keep up with much of what was going on in the other rooms and got other people's perspective on the keynotes and sessions. I even got to meet a couple of the people I follow on Twitter. NECC 2008 has their own Twitter account as well.
One of the things that I like least about my job is how I don't always know what is going on in the buildings. And people in the building rarely know what is happening in other buildings. So, this is where Twitter is going to come in. I've learned about so many new things through Twitter that I think this will greatly benefit our tech people, used properly, of course. Our tech people are going to set up their own Twitter accounts with the intent that they tweet, at minimum one per week, about the technology activities in their buildings. They also must follow all other tech people so that they see their tweets. One joked with me last week that I had "mandated" the use of Google Docs at NETA. I laughed at the thought that I had ever mandated anything...until now.

The other "mandate" has to do with the poll at the right hand side of the blog concerning the use of social bookmarking. I have to say I have been pretty surprised at the results. As of right now, Diigo is ahead of Delicious 26-21. More on this later.

3 comments:

Chris O'Neal said...

I'm loving this blog. Just discovered it.

~Chris O'Neal

EDin08 said...

Hi Josh,

I just wanted to make sure that you were invited to our education "Blogger Summit". We hope you can make it and feel free to share this invitation with any other bloggers in the area that might be interested. The invitation is attached below.

Alex
ED In '08 Blogger Summit

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Strong American Schools is excited to announce the ED in '08 Blogger Summit. Conference details are as follows:

May 14th - 15th
Palomar Hotel, Washington DC
Registration is Free!

An opening reception is scheduled on the evening of Wednesday, May 14th. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served before the screening of a new documentary film on education, Two Million Minutes. A Q&A session with the filmmakers is set to follow.

Then join us for an all-day conference on May 15th. Nowhere else will you have an opportunity to meet and network with fellow education bloggers, participate in panels, attend workshops, and help tackle some tough questions on the state of education in America.

Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP today!

Register at http://edin08.com/bloggersummit/

J Allen said...

Chris-
Thanks for stopping by. Tell your friends! There's always room in the Fridge!

Alex-
Thanks for the invite. While I won't be able to attend, I do hope that you'll look into Twitter, UStream, or other web 2.0 tools to help those of us stuck at work benefit. I haven't checked your site, so maybe you're way ahead of it.