#9 edWeb.net/emergingtech Session 7 (Mar. 2011) - Microblogging

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Hi everybody, welcome to add a web.net using emerging technology to improve your library program session 9 on micro blogging. I can’t believe this is session 9. It seems like just yesterday that we were running our first introductory session. But shockingly, that was almost a year ago!

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We want to take a moment to thank the folks who got us together today, Ed Web.net, our host and fall it software company, our sponsor.

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Is this your first edWeb.net Emerging Tech session? Please join the community after today’s session The discussions are awesome. You can get a professional learning certificate for participating and you can view the recordings for past webinars. You can earn credit for watching those too!

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today, our chat will be facilitated by Courtney Walters. Courtney is an edWeb.net emerging Tech member, and she’s helped me out on numerous occasions, providing answers to my goofy questions about twitter, WordPress, etc. we are very happy to have Courtney here to answer questions today. The chat facilitator idea is the brainchild of Lisa Nielsen who visited us during our January session, session 7, on social capital.

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we have a few announcements. This is a reminder that I will be facilitating, providing we get some people to sign up, a weeklong workshop on using emerging technology for assessment at Taft teacher education Center in Watertown, CT. The workshop runs from July 25-29. Again, there is more about this on my blog - Bibliotech.me. Lisa Schmucki and I along with my colleague Cathy Swan, and my friend Gayle Bogel will present a workshop at COSN, in New Orleans next week on March 15. COSN stands for the consortium of school networking, and it is an organization largely comprised of chief technology officers or directors of technology. This will be my third COSN conference, and I like it very much because it helps ally librarians with professionals who hold the key to district filters. My colleague Christina Rousseau and I will appear on a panel of award-winning programs at the New England of school librarians Association on April 9, 2011 in Bedford New Hampshire. New Englanders, please come! I will also participate in a panel at the Connecticut Library Association annual conference, which will take place at the stamford Marriott on Monday, May 2, 2011 Lisa Schmucki and I will present at the Association of Educational Publishing Content in Context conference in DC in June I will present at the American Library Association’s annual conference on June 25 in the morning in New Orleans Louisiana

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I’ve mentioned this during the last few webinars, but this time, it’s for real because polls open on March 16 - yes like next week. I am running for the AASL director-elect for region one, which is New England, and includes Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire. If I were elected, I would be apprenticing under Valerie Diggs, which would please me to no end.

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and this too we have announced in previous webinars. But this time, it is especially relevant. If you like what you see, please tweet the hash tag #edwebet to inform your tweetpals about the cool stuff you are learning here.

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So, what is micro-blogging? You couldn’t put this in a crossword puzzle clue, we wouldn’t be allowed to use this word: the micro-blogging is a blog. Only, it is a very short blog. The content Is completely open, that you can select the content you want-customizing it to meet your needs and preferences Micro-blogging is not just about textual messages. You can also include photos, video, links, podcasts or audio files.

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I have to say, I am not a twitter expert. I have comparatively few followers, and I have generated a limited number of Tweets.

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my first twitter account was not mind at all. I open one for the new Canon high school library in 2008. We use it exclusively for tech support. It is managed by seven people, two librarians, to technology integration teachers, to tech support instructional assistants, and our network coordinator. again, that profile doesn’t have a huge following. But it is extremely useful to help manage tech support issues.

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Now Mike here, is a more active tweeter than me

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look what he tweeted just a few days ago!

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Richard Byrne is the first person I followed on twitter. He runs a blog called free technology for teachers, and it is awesome he has 13,000 followers, and he’s won a bunch of awards.

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My twitter back story is a common one. I set up an account in 2008, posted a couple tweaks, felt narcissistic, nothing happened, I gave up. Most blog posts about twitter include some variation of this story. But then something happens to active twitter users that made them come back after their initial disenchantment.

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Cale Birk’s blog post about this cycle is one of my favorites on this theme – his blog is the Learning Nation and I will reference it again later.

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For me, it was Gwyneth jones. I think I’ve mentioned this in three of the last five webinars. So if I’m boring you, please bear with me. But Gwyneth gave a keynote at the Connecticut Association of school librarians annual conference in November of 2010 called don’t hate the hash tag. Great presentation, and it got me to start tweeting again. when I re-upped my twitter contract,I committed to following five librarians via text on my phone for one month, and I decided I would tweet 10 times a day for one week - Just to see what it felt like. I’m still following The Fab five, and while I have quiet days when I’m especially busy, I do tweet between five and 10 times a day Most days.

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I can’t talk about Gwyneth without mentioning her brilliant infographics about twitter. Don’t worry, there’s another one in the next slide, so if you missed the link here, you’ll get it in the next slide.

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see? There is bit.ly /GJ follow. That link will take you to Gwyneth’s blog post on The art of the Follow - it’s great! See? That’sTwitspeak for great.

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there is, by the way, a thesaurus that will help you find shorter synonyms to help you tweet in under 140 characters. Where did I learn about that? On twitter.

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We want to take a moment to thank the folks who got us together today, Ed Web.net, our host and fall it software company, our sponsor.

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So obviously, Gwyneth was on my list of Fab five librarians and of course, there is Joyce Valenza

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And Buffy Hamilton

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and Shannon Miller

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and Bobbi Newman

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where they get my list of Fab five librarians? Marilyn Johnson.

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She wrote this Book is Overdue.

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but wait

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and that, by the way, is Shelley Krause‘s Twitter handle. She is a great person to follow!

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Don’t stop at librarians! There are gobs of innovative educators out there to follow. Of course, there is Lisa Nielsen who joined us two months ago for our session on social capital. I met Lisa on Twitter While I was preparing that webinar. Now I join her and a group of others for edchat live once a month. We broadcast our conversations on Ustream, and record them for asynchronous viewing. The next one is on Monday, March 28 at 6ish, Eastern – it’s pretty informal. I’ll Tweet the link as we get started a week from Monday.

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Lisa uses twitter, but she actually prefers another micro-blog because conversations are organized into threads. You may have heard of this one before.

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it’s called Facebook. And it features a micro-blog-the status.

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Now if you want to see a really busy tweeter, check out steven Anderson. He is quickly approaching 40,000 tweets, and he has over 20,000 followers.

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Just yesterday, he Tweeted a link to his blog post. It’s on the list of resources for this webinar. A link will be posted at the end.

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So what do all these super tweeters have in common? They produce content. I would say they blog, and they do. but that wouldn’t really cover it. They tweet, they post, they present, they webinate - that’s my new word for what I do here. They write. A lot. They are true 21st-century learners. They’ve mastered the concept of participatory culture. They are educators, and they know how to pay it forward.

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So, are you thinking this is a popularity contest?

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Think again. This is about crowd sourcing, networking, learning.

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Just last night Josh stumpenhorst posted this tweet. Twitter is 24/7 on-demand customized Professional development.

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Josh, by the way, produced my favorite twitter video tutorials. He uses green screen to render a weather forecast style video effect that leaves quite an impression. By the way, he’s also created a tutorial about how to make tutorials that render a weather forecast style video effect. And just in case you’re wondering, he tweets about it all.

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I’m almost done with the Hall of Fame here, but truthfully I haven’t even Scratched the surface. You meet really cool educators on twitter – lots of them. and the problem with generating a list is that it cannot be comprehensive. So far, I’ve only talked about Americans, which is grossly unfair, and a little ridiculous since the beauty of Twitter is its global reach! These guys? Jerry and Jon? They have been collaborating with members of a PLN to create a Twitter guide. It’s in Google Docs.

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Jeryy & Jon’s guide covers all the basics. Twitter Vocabulary Who to follow on Twitter Hash tags to use Educational applications Resources for Twitter newbies Tips for Tweeting Twitter Etiquette The URL? Tinyurl.com/tweetice

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We want to take a moment to thank the folks who got us together today, Ed Web.net, our host and fall it software company, our sponsor.

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this is the second Cale Birk blog post I’m referencing in this webinar. Twitter makes you dumber. In all this twitter hype, you might be wondering how this fits in. This is a great post that describes how twitter helps you relinquish your role as expert and embrace your role as a active and engaged learner

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Once I became connected to a Learning Network, I quickly realized that I wasn't a "big deal", but I was rather insignificant deal in a gigantic pool of knowledge. The best part of connecting to thousands of minds was while I might have felt "dumber" for a while, I also felt as though I became instantly smarter because I could tap into the knowledge, skills and resources of people from all around the world when I had a particular problem or needed some help.

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so, are you wondering what I’ve produced here? All I’ve done, is give you links & handles to twitter users and their blogs. I haven’t really generated anything original. Right? Guilty as charged. I have done exactly what Cale Birk referenced in the last slide. I’m not an expert on twitter. Everyone I’ve mentioned today is much better equipped to teach you about twitter, including Courtney Not only that, but they’ve already done it. They have produced a vast pool of resources to help you learn more about twitter - to select your handle, to choose a profile picture, to decide who to follow, to create lists, to construct tweets, So how did I put this together? Through Twitter!

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for the past month, using TweetDeck, which I will explain in a minute, I filtered all the tweets from people I follow looking for the word twitter. And from that, I collected resources – the very resources I am sharing with you today. And I can’t begin to quantify what I learned during the process.

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How do you manage your tweets? I highly recommend a social media manager, As the name indicates, is a central portal where you can manage all of your social media in one place. Courtney and I went back and forth on this for a while. At first I liked HootSuite better because I could manage more than one Facebook account through the portal. But TweetDeck’s desktop application, and pop-up notification drew me back. My friend Bill loves us Seesmic, but it’s not very compatible with Mac. To learn more about social media managers, check out Josh Stumphorst’s Twitter tutorials.

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Twitter is a little bit like golf. I don’t know how many of you play golf, but for me, I’m always a little self-conscious on a golf course. Oh sure, you have your clubs and your shoes, and your goofy pants. But as a recent learner, I never feel confident about the etiquette of golf. It has its own Language - someone yells fore and you have to cover your head? Twitter has its own language too: these are a few words you should know: Block - very important. Yesterday the Hustler club in New York City started following me Crowd sourcing - you need a lot of followers for this to work, but when it does it is amazing by the way I don’t qualify but I watch it happen all the time Direct Message - this is if you want to send a private message to someone you follow who also follows you Favorites - honestly, I haven’t been using this, but according to Gwyneth. it’s important. Be sure to check out the art of the follow Follow Friday - I love this. And this is an example of my awkwardness in the Twittesphere ( and think they call that twitterverse in the Midwest) Hashtag - that’s the #and it helps you chat with specific groups. our group for example, is # edwebet Mention – Use the at sign Reply just like email Re-tweet – this is a little complicated, and there is some etiquette involved

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I know, I know, where do you find the time??? I’ve got a blog post for that one to – noooo not mine, Bill Ferriter’s – who by the way has an awesome handle – @PLUGUSIN When was the last time you called tech support for anything? I have 3 tech support favs – Destiny, SchoolCenter and k-12Insight. Beyond that, I’m looking at huge time-suck. So back to my original question, When was the last time you called tech support. How did that go? Chances are, you are channeled through phone tree and ultimately connected with someone who lacked expertise, or no one at all. Try twitter next time. You will be amazed at the results. `

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What does microblogging do for your library program? I was going to go all Letterman on you here and do a reverse countdown, but I couldn’t decide which of these would not be important enough to rank #10. Be a better teacher SAVES you time! Makes you a better learner Makes you a better leader Makes your job more fun! Helps you problem solve Helps you meet visionary educators Connects you with folks who share your interests from around the world – people sho share your perspective, and just importantly, people who don’t! Blog following manager the best RSS feed in the cyberworld 24/7innovation bank running low on ideas – come to Twitter for a withdrawal

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The one obvious and glaring omission from today’s webinar is instruction. No worries – I have links for that in the resource list. But I do want to share one instructional application with you before we go (other than the tech support example from early on in the presentation). I do want to take a moment to talk about instruction. Last week, we had a social studies teacher who introduced a new unit based on the book collapse by Jared diamond. In Groups of students were comparing different uprisings over the course of modern history. Naturally, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan, Tunisia, were all on the list, for these, we had students use twitter to locate links to recent news sources.

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This is what’s happening now. This is real. It isn't fabricated. The content isn’t being regulated by textbook publishing company’s need to meet the criteria outlined by a large-scale centralized purchasing authority in some far away state that knows neither my students nor our curriculum. This is what our kids need to have their hands on – all day, all the time. The real world. It’s the one we will place in their charge very soon. And we need to Let them get to know it before we shelter them into ignorance.

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So there! I want to thank Courtney Walters for facilitating the chat, where I will join you very shortly. By the way, Courtney has a blog too. She is in Iowa and no, we have never met face to face. We met on edWeb.net!

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As promised, here is a link to the sources for this webinar. This is a Diigo list. Which leads me t a brief digression before I kick over to the chat

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This raises one final point for today’s session. How do you manage your new microblogged learning. I have long toggled between Evernote and Diigo as social bookmarking I am also a big Zotero fan. They all fill different needs, so which one I use is determined by the task at hand.

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But I recently learned that Evernote offers an amazing feature!

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Once you configure your Evernote account, all your Tweets that include @myen will be stored your designated Evernote folder! Awesome! So you can periodically review and sort your Tweets rather than toggle between saving and learning while you are gleening Twitter for information.

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That does it for ttoday’s presentation. I want to take a moment to thank the folks who got us together today, Ed Web.net, our host and fall it software company, our sponsor.

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Using emerging tech to improve your library program Session #9: Microblogging

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Join Our emerging tech community http://edweb.net/emergingtech RU new 2 series?

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@cleighwalters

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Announcements Taft July 25-28 Watertown, CT CoSN March 15-16 New Orleans, LA NESLA April 9 Bedford, NH CLA May 2 Stamford, CT AEP CiCCon June 7 Washington, DC ALA June 23-27 New Orleans, LA

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#edwebet

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Microblogging “Blog” Short Content Media

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Twitter backstory Set up account Tweet Nothing happens Give up Something makes you come back

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@birklearns

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@gwynethjones

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http://bit.ly/GJFollow

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http://bit.ly/GJFollow It’s gr8!

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http://www.ironicsans.com/thsrs/

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#edwebet

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@joycevalenza

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@buffyjhamilton

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@shannonmmiller

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@librarianbyday

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@marilynjohnson

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@InnovativeEdu

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@InnovativeEdu @butwait

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@InnovativeEdu

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Facebook has a microblog feature too!

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@web20classroom

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It’s gr8!

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Common link among SuperTweeters?

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Popularity contest?

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CrowD SOURCING!!! Popularity contest networking!!! learning!!!

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@stumpteacher

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@jorech @cybraryman1

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http://tinyurl.com/tweetice Twexicon/Twossary Must Twollows - @ Twashtags - # Tweducational applications Twewbie resources Twips 4 Tweeters Twetiquette

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#edwebet

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@birklearns

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@birklearns “Once I became connected to a Learning Network, I quickly realized that I wasn't a "big deal", but I was rather insignificant deal in a gigantic pool of knowledge. The best part of connecting to thousands of minds was while I might have felt "dumber" for a while, I also felt as though I became instantly smarter because I could tap into the knowledge, skills and resources of people from all around the world when I had a particular problem or needed some help.”

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http://stumpteacher.blogspot.com

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Glossary Block Crowd sourcing Direct Message DM Favorites Follow Friday #FF Hashtag #edwebet #tlchat #edchat Mention @mluhtala or @cleighwalters Reply Re-tweet RT

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@plugusin

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better teacher SAVES you time! better learner better leader job more fun! problem solve meet visionary educators connects you with folks RSS feed Innovtion bank

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Instruction?

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http://www.arabdemocracy.info/index.html

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http://en.kiosko.net/

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http://babelfish.yahoo.com/

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http://nchslibraryannex.blogspot.com

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@cleighwalters

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http://bit.ly/twedwebet Sources:

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v. @myen

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@myen

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#edwebet

Summary: Summary: Note: All rights to edWeb.net presentations below belong to edWeb.net Please contact Lisa Schmucki (lisa@edweb.net) for permission to republish. Many say that tweeting is a narcissistic waste of time. But with a clear purpose, it is a transformational communication tool. Look at events in the Middle East the past few weeks. And even though social media is censored in many schools, change IS coming in education. Many librarians and educators have discovered the power of Twitter to stay current on the latest developments in their field.

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