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Transcript of the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable August 16, 2012
Topic: Personal Learning Networks
Kali Pizzaro: Hi everyone, and welcome to the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable. We meet each Thursday at 11:30am SLT for an hour. 7:30pm In UK, 2:30pm est
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Kali Pizzaro: Tonight’s theme: Building Personal Learning Networks via Virtual Worlds and Social Media
Kali Pizzaro: let’s start as we always do with introductions. I am Evelyn McElhinney RN, Lecturer in Advanced Practice and part time doctoral student at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland.
Claudia13 Rossini: Claudia….still a builder
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): /me is Joe Essid, University of Richmond English & Writing Center, teaching with virtual worlds since 2007. I run simulations based on Poe’s House of Usher in SL and Jokaydia Grid.
Zotarah Shepherd: I am working on an MA in Education Technology at Sonoma State University in northern California. I finished all my classes. My Thesis project: Teaching and Learning Life Awareness & Success Skills in Virtual Worlds.
Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): Ran Hinrichs – Faculty at UW teaching VW Certificate (University of Washington)
Birdie Newcomb: Birdie Newborn, newly minted Shakespeare scholar
AJ Brooks: I’m AJ Brooks, AJ Kelton in the actual world. I’m the Director of Emerging and Instructional Technology for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University in NJ
AJ Brooks: I’m also a doctoral student at NYU
JeanClaude Vollmar: Hi, I’m Jeff Le Blanc, the VP for IT at the University of Northwestern Ohio.
Zotarah Shepherd: Yay Birdie
Merlin Moonshadow: Michael Smith, IT professional at Emory University and ID student at UGA.
Galileo Zeplin: Ed Johnson, Board of Regents, University System of Georgia
Shailey Garfield: Hello, I am Shailey Minocha from the Open University, UK
David Stack (richmedia): David Stack, Deputy CIO, UW-Milwaukee
Merlin Moonshadow waves at Randy
Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Chris Robinson, Virtual Assistant, Georgia Gwinnett College
Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): Hey MM
Ridvan-Researcher (ridvan.atolia): I’m Ridvan, doing PhD at the university of sheffield, UK investigating teaching in virtual worlds in blended situations
GreatHeart: Im Joel (“GreatHeart”) a community builder in spiritual sims and innovative thinker (I like to think)
Kali Pizzaro: ok so anyone else
Kali Pizzaro: going
Kali Pizzaro: going
Kali Pizzaro: gone to the cool guy who brought his wheels
Zotarah Shepherd: There is rom at the table if you want to sit here.
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia high fives David
GreatHeart: (I am working informally to promote entry of RL into SL)
David Stack (richmedia): Hey
Zotarah Shepherd smiles at Great
Claudia13 Rossini: (i though i was in r/l in SL)
Kali Pizzaro: ok so we are discussing PLN and how we form them via VW and social media
Kali Pizzaro: before we do that what is your definition of a PLN
Birdie Newcomb: PLN?
AJ Brooks: /me hears crickets
Kali Pizzaro: personal learning network
Kali Pizzaro: inded
Kali Pizzaro: ok
David Stack (richmedia): I’m not sure. Sometimes I think its just a new buzzword for e-portfolios.
Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): My brain?
AJ Brooks: its a network of people, used mostly for professional development
AJ Brooks: specifically via social media
Zotarah Shepherd: People who kick my ..er… support me in getting my thesis finished.
Birdie Newcomb: Oh, that’s hat I’ve been missing
Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): My posse, I get it.
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): We have faculty learning communities on our campus…we meet to share resources and ideas, much like VVWER
Kali Pizzaro: so for you AJ only online
Claudia13 Rossini: wait…does that make me GrizÕs PLN?
Birdie Newcomb: I grab inspiration from anywhere I ca get it.
AJ Brooks: yes, for me, my PLN is an online community, one that reaches into a non-digital space from time to time, but my contact with them is usually social media
AJ Brooks: we meet up at conference and such
Birdie Newcomb: Well, then, this is my PLN, right here
AJ Brooks: /me nods and smiles
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Our group from RL will shoulder surf our VWER meeting on Aug. 30th
David Stack (richmedia): so what have we gained by coining a new term, PLN?
Kali Pizzaro: ok so for me it is online and offline but for the purpose of this meeting it is connecting with like minded people who i can learn, share ideas about education
Claudia13 Rossini: confusion of the masses?
Birdie Newcomb: we’re now a part of the great conspiracy
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): This “PLN” meets more frequently and has given me more ideas because of that, as compared to the F2f one
Kali Pizzaro: so in the VW what techniques do you use to form your PLN
Kali Pizzaro: me i look at folks group lists
Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): At UW, we created Avalumni, a collection of graduates of the VW Certificate program, who form a PLN on Avalumni Island. This is an SL version of what you’re talking about.
Kali Pizzaro: and then join
Kali Pizzaro: yes
Kali Pizzaro: good Randy
Birdie Newcomb: I check profiles now and then, but most often just talk to whomever I encounter
Kali Pizzaro: i googled education in sl so used 2.0 to connect to Â£d
Kali Pizzaro: 3d
Kali Pizzaro: then found the slurls and connected from there
Birdie Newcomb: The SLeD list helps me, though it seems anemic lately
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @David, I don’t know if anyone addressed your question. I guess it’s just easier to use PLN. Ours are called “FLCs” for the same reason.
Birdie Newcomb: FLC?
Kali Pizzaro: or communities of practice
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @Birdie “Faculty Learning Community”
Merlin Moonshadow: So what do you find are your most energized and effective PLNs? Social media? Colleagues? Listservs? Virtual worlds?
Kali Pizzaro: i use a cobination
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Faculty tend to be lone wolves and know it alls (self VERY much included) so forming a community really helps us get out of ur own heads
Kali Pizzaro: combination
David Stack (richmedia): I see. A PLN might be like a “personal” community of practice.
Kali Pizzaro: of social media
Kali Pizzaro: yes David
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): But does a PLN come together to share, then? or it is merely personal?
Birdie Newcomb: I look to be surprised, and no telling where that can come from
Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): I think it’s convergence: LinkedIn, eMail lists, Conferences, Wikis, Blogs, VWs, it’s pretty ubiquitous.
Kali Pizzaro: ok so lets think about social media what tools do you use to
Bia Dreamstime (avatarzinha): are you talking on voice?
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Anyone still use listservs–I still follow/occasionally contribute to WPA and Techrhet lists.
Kali Pizzaro: form your PLN
Shailey Garfield: yes, I agree, Randy
Beth Ghostraven: I use LM_NET
Birdie Newcomb: LinkedIn
Kali Pizzaro: an thanks Randy
Kali Pizzaro: lol
Kali Pizzaro: ok so how many use linkedin
Beth Ghostraven: whispers: where is everyone else?
Birdie Newcomb: Facebook keeps me in touch
Shailey Garfield: yes to LinkedIn
Beth Ghostraven: Hi, AJ
Merlin Moonshadow: Not on voice, Bia. That I know of, anyway.
David Stack (richmedia): Listservs are my life (still). Sigh.
Kali Pizzaro: text only
JeanClaude Vollmar: I use LinkedIn
Zotarah Shepherd: I still lurk on the SLED listserve.
Kali Pizzaro: ok so we have listservs, linkedin vw,
Merlin Moonshadow: Facebook, LinkedIn, this group.
Kali Pizzaro: blogs?
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @Dan, I’m on WAC-L, for writing across the curriculum. VERY useful still as senior scholars contribute and answer you personally.
Shailey Garfield: The groups on LinkedIn are very useful.
Beth Ghostraven: Facebook & Twitter are great for keeping up w/ other librarians around the country/world
David Stack (richmedia): I”m on LinkedIn, but I’m not sure I really “use” LinkedIn, at least like some people.
Claudia13 Rossini: (i’m a hermit…aside from SL)
David Stack (richmedia): Sim. Facebook.
Kali Pizzaro: yes twitter is excellent
Zotarah Shepherd: Education Thesis Collective in SL was another group I started, but meetings wound down after a while, though we had a blog.
Kali Pizzaro: ok so how many use twitter
Frankie Antonelli: @David Stack, I am there w/you re: LinkedIn
Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): Facebook is causing lots of security concerns, because it’s being targeted like Office.
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): But conferences in person are great…especially small ones. I got to chat up John Bean, a writing guru, and he gave me materials for our faculty training seminar
Birdie Newcomb: twitter – sparsely
Kali Pizzaro: and who do you follow that you think is vital for education
JeanClaude Vollmar: I’ve read blogs, but don’t subscribe to any per se. I read them when I research stuff or when someone puts out a link to something interesting.
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): I use Twitter, but don’t follow it as closely as I do Google+ and FB.
Merlin Moonshadow: I’m on Twitter, but can’t really claim to use it.
David Stack (richmedia): I broadcast on twitter for purposes of reputation management, but don’t read others tweets all that often.
Zotarah Shepherd: Tux, Blu and I have met every week in SL since January 08 to support each other with our thesis and research.
Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): Twitter is event driven, for me.
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): “Reputation management!” I need to hire you to save mine, David
Birdie Newcomb: blogs — I get a ton of comments, can’t answer them all, most are not related towhat I actually said
Claudia13 Rossini: too late Iggy
Shailey Garfield: I don’t have an account on Twitter but I ‘follow’ some researchers/groups by looking at their tweets from time to time – or search if I know the hashtag
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): LOL I knew someone would say that Claudia
David Stack (richmedia): I’m sure there’s money to be made there, e.g., reputation.com
Merlin Moonshadow: Well, if the hat fits, Iggy…
Kali Pizzaro: i follow a lot of folk who post some great ideas for tech in teaching
Claudia13 Rossini: i don’t understand where you all have the time
Zotarah Shepherd: I don’t get Twitter or Facebook though I have accounts and peek in now and then.
Birdie Newcomb: TED, when I get around to it
Beth Ghostraven: Yes, TED is great
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Mr. Luddite here is going to make a bold claim: getting away from the doo-dads and info-torrent at a face-to-face conference remains my best way to learn from my elders and noted scholars in my field
Claudia13 Rossini: i love TED
Zotarah Shepherd: I watch TED sometimes.
David Stack (richmedia): Agrees with Iggy
Beth Ghostraven: F2F is great if you can get there, but it’s few & far between for me
Kali Pizzaro: woop yes i have just Joined the TEDxWomenGlasgow team
Merlin Moonshadow: Time is definitely an issue. It’s hard to keep up with multiple networks.
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I then use the doo-dads to maintain the relationships forged in person
JeanClaude Vollmar: TED is great, agree with that. ‘Specially now that they’re available on Netflix at home.
Beth Ghostraven: I wish I could get my district to unblock Twitter
Claudia13 Rossini: just my opinion, but it seems like an info overload….instead of really quality exchange of thoughts and ideas
Kali Pizzaro: where are you Beth
Beth Ghostraven: Virginia
Kali Pizzaro: if you follow specific folk or organizations you can
Kali Pizzaro: get policy or reports hot off the press
Kali Pizzaro: that is useful for me
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @Beth, use it on your smart phone. The district does not own your telecom!
Beth Ghostraven: I just use whatever great ideas I come across & spread them around
David Stack (richmedia): I think Gartner calls the challenge something like “attention management” rather than “information overload”
Beth Ghostraven: @Iggy, I do, but I have to hide; we’re not supposed to use those either
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): And which district in Virginia? My wife is in Henrico and can appeal to have a site unblocked
Birdie Newcomb: ah, framing
Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): Cognitive management in learning is something we all appreciate. I believe the latest research on multitasking is not favorable to dashing here and there for so much info. I believe we do best with goals and activities.
Beth Ghostraven: Yeah, I keep trying–not at the top of their list
Beth Ghostraven: They block it as policy for staff
Kali Pizzaro: so if trying to keep on top is so difficult what is the benefits of a PLN
Beth Ghostraven: Do all of your districts allow Twitter?
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Get your principal to go to bat if you make a good enough case
Birdie Newcomb: I find “doing my best” keeps me in a cage, often.
Zotarah Shepherd: Blocking sounds like censorship.
Birdie Newcomb: It’s predetermined goals.
Kali Pizzaro: so why do we bother creating PLN?
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @Zo, welcome to protecting “our children” in K-12.
David Stack (richmedia): I think we all use each other as filters or editors. If a trusted colleague tells me about something I’m more likely to check it out.
Birdie Newcomb: I prefer anwandering aimlessly until I find something worth pursuing
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): I think the key to following social media is not to worry if you miss something because you don’t check when busy.
Kali Pizzaro: good point David
Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): @Beth – Big problem in the gvmt. Almost all social media is blocked. And many in industry block social media, YouTube video, Virtual Worlds. How do we incorporate with such obstacles?
Beth Ghostraven: @David, yes, & that includes my trusted colleagues online
Zotarah Shepherd: Your schools should trust their teachers.
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Exactly, David. I trust most of what I see on WAC-L and also here at VWER.
David Stack (richmedia): Agrees that the key is to not try to “catch up” on missed social media – hard to do.
Kali Pizzaro: so it is recommendations and you see certain folk as credible?
David Stack (richmedia): I tend to think that others are more on top of their info flow than I am and have done some sifting and winnowing, which may not be true.
Beth Ghostraven: Yes, based on my past experience, their credentials, and whether what they say makes sense
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @Kali, it’s like our Aug. 30 meeting here. Non-SLers want to hear what Tom and Celia have to say!
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): So we set up VWER and invite my PLN and some other colleagues to look on at the conference room.
Beth Ghostraven: (who are Tom & Celia?)
Kali Pizzaro: lol
Kali Pizzaro: Iggy!
Birdie Newcomb: I trust personal experience over analysis — when someone shares deeply, i listen
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Question, are we talking only about gathering/following/learning for ourselves in such networks, or ways we participate/contribute? The former sounds more like research strategies.
Merlin Moonshadow: So what’s the best way to grow your network? Shotgun approach, or carefully building solid contacts? It seems like you can miss out on good information either way.
Kali Pizzaro: building
Kali Pizzaro: or contributing
Beth Ghostraven: Haphazardly works for me
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Tom Boellstorff, author of Coming of Age in SL and Celia Pearce who wrote Communities of Play…their books are good and get our non-SLers really excited about this meeting, even though they don’t have avatars
Kali Pizzaro: so it can be hard to keep on top so why bother? so good point Dan
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): maybe they will after Aug. 30
Beth Ghostraven: Although what seems random to me is actually finding clues and searching for leads about what I’m interested in
Kali Pizzaro: for me it connects me to folk I would never connect to
Kali Pizzaro: it confirms some of my own thoughts on learning
Beth Ghostraven: @Kali yes
Kali Pizzaro: links me to
Kali Pizzaro: interesting reports etc
Kali Pizzaro: that i dont have time to find
Beth Ghostraven: As a solo librarian any networking I can get is a lifesaver
Birdie Newcomb: Lots of things are interesting, only aa few things actually help me progress.
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Are PLNs ways of dialogue, interaction, or just a research process?
Frankie Antonelli: I recommend Howard Rheingold’s latest book Net Smart has some great points/resources on how to use and gain from social media. Great tips I am trying to incorporate in my flow.
Kali Pizzaro: do you have a link
Beth Ghostraven: @Prof all 3
David Stack (richmedia): What about PLNs that have nothing to do with your “real” or day-to-day work?
Frankie Antonelli: @Kali: http://rheingold.com/netsmart/
Merlin Moonshadow: All of that for me, Dan.
David Stack (richmedia): That’s kind of what this group is like for me.
Kali Pizzaro: Dan here is a interesting post from a fab guy
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Thanks, Frankie!
Kali Pizzaro: http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.co.uk/
Frankie Antonelli: @Iggy, np
David Stack (richmedia): I don’t do anything in 2nd Life except attend these discussions to see what’s happening in a different “space” than my usual haunts.
Kali Pizzaro: today’s blog is about PLN
Shailey Garfield: Perhaps I have missed: Does PLN imply that there are two-way conversations happening or it could be that we might be ‘following’ some people and they may not know?e g
Beth Ghostraven: The Rheingold link was just blocked
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Thanks, Kali.
Beth Ghostraven: (for me) lol
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): LOL Beth…but you can log into SL from work?
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): here it is at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Net-Smart-How-Thrive-Online/dp/0262017458
Birdie Newcomb: I’m so used to gleaning from others whom I don’t know, that I use the same model in blogging — writing to people I’ve never met.
JeanClaude Vollmar: That is kind of funny Iggy considering many think that SL is a vast wasteland of nefarious sexual activity.
Kali Pizzaro: here is another link that explains the concept http://onceateacher.wordpress.com/2009/05/05/pln-your-personal-learning-network-made-easy/
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Life is full of funny ironies, JC
Beth Ghostraven: @Iggy yeah, it’s prob just a matter of time
Shailey Garfield: Thanks, Kali for the pointers
Kali Pizzaro: so really it is about the connections you form
Beth Ghostraven: I’m taking a PD class on Virtual Environments
David Stack (richmedia): Beth: So your district allows you to log into virtual environments but blocks twitter. That’s strange
Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): @Beth – what is “PD”?
Beth Ghostraven: Yeah, we can get Youtube, too
Beth Ghostraven: professional development
Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): Thx
David Stack (richmedia): I must not be following the right people on twitter if its more nefarious than YouTube
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): @Kali, seems that is the point that “Once a Teacher” makes, that PLN are people you have two (or more) way conversations/interactions with, more than just following/researching/reading. Yet he or she includes RSS.
Claudia13 Rossini: lol Rich
Beth Ghostraven: I know, I don’t get it–it’s not like the students are using it
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): The reason I bring this up is I work with student on improving their research for writing, and I wonder how much I should include PLNs.
Kali Pizzaro: @Dan it can connect them to experts
Beth Ghostraven: I think everyone needs a PLN no matter what field they’re in
Kali Pizzaro: that they might never reach
Kali Pizzaro: yep agree
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Good point, Kali.
Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): Virtual worlds are a great way to integrate PLNs and design around them, so everyone can focus their activities around their use.
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): And make them more active than passive researchers.
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I got great ESL references for a student who wants a summer certification program. That’s the value of a PLN for me, recently.
David Stack (richmedia): My wife is a former linguistics prof and I like to think I can write OK. We’re critiquing our daughter’s college application essays through many drafts. I guess we’re her PLN.
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @Dan, without my PLN he’d have been stuck..we should encourage students to start their own PLNs
Beth Ghostraven: A big part of my PLN is emotional support from peers
Kali Pizzaro: that is another point @david you can use your PLN to crowd review your work
Beth Ghostraven: Not whining, just speaking the same language and sharing
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): So a class of students can be a PLN for them.
Kali Pizzaro: yes Beth very important bounce ideas
Birdie Newcomb: No whining? Hmm, nned to reevaluate…
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): /me nods at Beth. That’s the value of VWER if, say, you are the only SL prof on your campus. I found out a colleague brought in a class this summer and never told me! My be the reputation thing again
Randy Hinrichs (ran.hienrichs): I’ve got to rush to another meeting. Great conversation. Good seeing part of my PLN here. A URL for our program in Virtual Worlds. http://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/virtual-worlds.html
Kali Pizzaro: could be and social media can expand that beyond the class@Dan
Kali Pizzaro: thanks Randy
Beth Ghostraven: Oops, g2g–thanks all!
Kali Pizzaro: here is another good person to follow on twitter and a great blog
Kali Pizzaro: http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.co.uk/
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): Thanks, Beth!
Beth Ghostraven: )
JeanClaude Vollmar: Dang, it’s rush out time for me too. Meeting in 15. Hopefully I’ll see you all next week. Have fun!
Kali Pizzaro: thansk Jeff
Birdie Newcomb: Bye JC
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): take care, JC
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): If anyone has more URLs for PLNs, drop them in for the transcript
Kali Pizzaro: ok so we have VW, blogs, twitter folk, facebook groups, TED
Kali Pizzaro: anything ot add
Kali Pizzaro: to
Kali Pizzaro: Google+
Kali Pizzaro: ? @Dan did you say you use that more
Kali Pizzaro: oh and linkedin
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): I do use Google+ more than Twitter. I just find it more engaging, and like not being limited to 140 characters.
Kali Pizzaro: i cant get into it
Frankie Antonelli: @Prof Dan: I am finding myself using G+ more as well
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Ahhh, only available in US, Kali?
Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid) admits to following SarcasticRover on Twitter but not much of anyone else…
David Stack (richmedia): A bunch of our tech support people have wikis set up for their various teams which I believe serve as PLNs for them. I just don’t want so many places to look for developments.
Kali Pizzaro: ah no i mean psychologically
Kali Pizzaro: lol
Shailey Garfield: Another ;link on PLN: http://www.slideshare.net/suebeckingham/digital-identity-and-personal-learning-networks-13603293
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): @David, that’s just the problem….the torrent of stuff to follow (says the guy with the phone turned OFF)
Kali Pizzaro: great Shailey thanks
Kali Pizzaro: SO does anyone still use rss
Kali Pizzaro: feeds
Claudia13 Rossini: never used RSS
Shailey Garfield: yes, I use RSS and the feed comes through Google Reader
David Stack (richmedia): @Iggy Yep, that’s why I still try to get every networking venue to ping me via email for important developments
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): I use Google Reader and tend to access it through Flipboard on an iPad.
Claudia13 Rossini: (or twitter, G+ linkdin, facebook, etc etc etc)
Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): In case anyone’s interested… https://twitter.com/SarcasticRover
Kali Pizzaro: Claudia we always know where you are
Claudia13 Rossini: lol
Kali Pizzaro: what about netvibes
Kali Pizzaro: http://www.netvibes.com/en
Kali Pizzaro: i tried it on time but got fed up
Kali Pizzaro: ok so folk are looking at netvibes lol
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): I played with Pageflakes for a while, found it too time consuming.
Kali Pizzaro: so any other apps that collate and make it easier
Kali Pizzaro: to keep up
AJ Brooks: Sorry I’ve been mostly absent folks, but work stuff popped up. I’m approving membership requests for our Facebook group if any of you want to put the request in now while I’m in there. https://www.facebook.com/groups/159154226946/
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): No escape, AJ, even in a fake world!
AJ Brooks: fake?
Claudia13 Rossini: eyes Iggy
AJ Brooks: don’t get mestarting on THAT, bro
Shailey Garfield: I am finding the curated information via scoop. it quite useful: for example, http://www.scoop.it/t/virtual-worlds-education
Birdie Newcomb: I confess to being addicted to Huffington Post — not two-way but broad sweep
Kali Pizzaro: yes Scoop. it can be great
Merlin Moonshadow: I would use Twitter and G+ more, but I feel like I only have time for a few networks, and FB and LI seem to be more useful at this point. That might change if I actually started using them, though.
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Also Pro Publica.
Kali Pizzaro: ok soooooo how about edu tweetchats
Zotarah Shepherd: I like Huffpost too Birdie
Frankie Antonelli: I found P2PU (https://p2pu.org/en/) very useful during the VW mooc (https://p2pu.org/en/groups/a-virtual-worlds-games-and-education-tour)
Merlin Moonshadow: I’ve… seen emails about tweetchats. Does that count?
Zotarah Shepherd: You can post comments on HuffPost
Kali Pizzaro: lol @merlin it would be good if you had a #
Merlin Moonshadow: MOOCs are another good example of a PLN, but again, i’ts a time thing.
Zotarah Shepherd: I get Tweet summaries and highlights now and then
Birdie Newcomb: My town has a local chat site, full of scanned reports and queries, gang activity down the block of across town , with comments, a running conversation
AJ Brooks: Howa re MOOCs a PLN?
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): I think AJ’s move to have Tweetchats about VWER is a good move for us…we can diversify our platforms a bit (or soapboxes, if you will)
AJ Brooks: it all depends on people using the #vwer
AJ Brooks: and I like the asynchronicity, like txt messages, I can response when I have a minute
AJ Brooks: AND from a multiplicity of devices
Merlin Moonshadow: It’s a group of people learning about a topic of interest. More transient, maybe, but you can build connections and add to other networks.
Shailey Garfield: But Tweetchats don’t give the sense of being together as w have here in SL, Iggy. So I am not sure about moving to Tweetchats
Frankie Antonelli: @Merlin, I agree. I have enjoyed the MOOC’s but the time commitment makes it challenging
AJ Brooks: But the think about an PLN is that its supposed to be personal, not just a group of people
AJ Brooks: I see a PLN as a bunch of circles, with YOUR circle in the middle
Birdie Newcomb: Hey, I like that — in the middle.
Svea Morane: i like being the center of the universe
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): “All about me?” sounds like academic life to me!
Frankie Antonelli: it is a strand in one’s PLN
David Stack (richmedia): Tried to join in the #vwer chat earlier today but forgot to append the #vwer before hitting send. Didn’t want to spam my followers by sending it again with the tag.
AJ Brooks: well – the idea of a PLN is that is personal
Claudia13 Rossini: (is in a galaxy far far away)
AJ Brooks: so each of us is the center of our own PLN (imho)
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): AJ, what’s the chat app you mentioned that will add the #vwer hashtag for you?
Birdie Newcomb: Oh, not just me?
AJ Brooks: ooo – I forgot the name, one sec
Kali Pizzaro: ah noyou go a nice way to end it’s all Personal
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): As we’re chatting here, I’m chatting with two kids on Google chat and an LCC colleague on FB. There’s a PLN for you!
Kali Pizzaro: indeed
Kali Pizzaro: ok folks time is up
Merlin Moonshadow: What do you mean by personal, AJ? As in, a personal connection to everyone in your PLN?
AJ Brooks: Tweetchat
Kali Pizzaro: another way to build your network
AJ Brooks: Pesonal, as in, revolving around you
Kali Pizzaro: lol
AJ Brooks: @dan – tweetChat
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Thanks, AJ.
Kali Pizzaro: ok thanks folks ok what do we have next week
AJ Brooks: A PLN is not just a group of people you are part of, in my understanding
Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): Audio! As in, “Can you hear me now?”
AJ Brooks: it is YOUR PLN
Kali Pizzaro: indeed
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): We will have next week….drum roll please….
Kali Pizzaro: drrrrrrrrr
Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): I already said
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): “Can You Hear Me Now? Audio in SL: when & how”
Kali Pizzaro: ah cool
Kali Pizzaro: lol
Merlin Moonshadow: I guess I’ve been thinking of it in broader terms. But that’s my personal point of view.
Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): what he said
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): with Grizzla leading the happy workers in song!
Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): LOL right
Claudia13 Rossini: lol
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): Are we going to use voice?
Grizzla (grizzla.pixelmaid): of course not!
Prof. Dan (profdan.netizen): lol
Kali Pizzaro: lol
Iggy (ignatius.onomatopoeia): just for the song, Dan
Zotarah Shepherd: hehe