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Eeny Meeny Miny Moe – and these tools are it!

Deciding which tools to use for interactive purposes in our blended prototype felt a bit like a game of eeny meeny miny moe. With so many tools to choose from how can one possibly decide which tools are the best for what you are trying to accomplish. Fortunately my team and I were able to decide which tools we want to use without much debate. We are going to be using Canvas as our LMS so we will be using some features of that site as well as twitter and blogs. I will go into more detail as to why we selected these methods but I want to start with the quote from Shaping the Metaphor of Community in Online Learning Environments: 

For a community to emerge, a learning environment must allow learners to engage each other intentionally and collectively in the transaction or transformation of knowledge.

This quote really stood out to me and validated the tools we have selected as our community building tools. Nancy, Andrew and I have had a lot of discussions around Twitter and how much we have grown to love it over the past few semesters. I have said this before and I’ll said it again for anyone who hasn’t heard me say it before – I used to think Twitter was pointless and really served little purpose. I didn’t fully understand the value in it. Looking back I now realize that I felt that way because I wasn’t using it to it’s full potential. I didn’t follow a lot of meaningful people, I didn’t understand how to use hashtags to my advantage and didn’t feel it was possible to share something meaningful in 140 characters. Twitter has become one of the most beneficial tool for me as a teacher. It has provided me with great resources, professional development and connections with other amazing teachers – all for free! I have really developed my PLN (personal learning network) and I can’t imagine my teaching career without twitter. I the teacher in this video has done an excellent job of discussing PLN’s and the role twitter plays in developing your PLN.

It is possible for students to build a PLN and we plan to encourage our students to build their PLN through using a course hashtag (which is yet to be decided) as well as hootsuite or tweetdeck. Students will be asked to interact on twitter by sharing articles, retweeting and quoting tweets from classmates within the class as well as people from outside of the class. By using hashtags students will be able to reach out and connect with others far beyond the four walls of our classrooms which will in turn help them improve the community within our classroom by sharing resources and information.

Another way we feel that an online learning community can be established is through blogs. George Couros shares 5 reasons why students should be blogging including developing a positive digital footprint, giving students a voice and allowing for student reflection. It is a great way for students to document their learning and share what they have been doing in class. Through comments on each others blogs the online community can further be established. Like Liz pointed out, it is important to consider digital citizenship and be sure that students are commenting respectfully and mindfully. Being that we are doing a digital citizenship course prototype we will be focusing on this early on in the semester. Students will be expected to follow classmates blogs through an RSS platform such as Feedly. Feedly is a user friendly way to follow blogs without having to go back to the individual blog and check to see if a new post has been written. We felt that this would be easier to use than creating a blog hub.

The last way that we thought we can try to establish a community is through the discussion feature on Canvas. An edutopia article lists many benefits to using a discussion board in an online course including critical thinking, improved reading & writing skills and reflection. The article also suggests having students come up with the guidelines for using the discussion board and just like Sarah I feel like this would be a really great idea. The chart discussing Bloom’s Taxonomy in relation to activities for discussion boards really opened my eyes to the endless possibilities for activities through a discussion board. Although I see the discussion board being used primary for students to connect with one another to ask questions or get help with information related to the course I can see it be useful to have an activity thrown in there every once in a while too.

I feel like there are so many other tools we could have selected but I feel like these are the tools that will help our students build a community online, much like I have experienced in all of my EC&I classes with Alec and Katia.

Are there any other great tools we have overlooked for our course prototype in terms of building community online?


Determining pros and cons myself of modern internet learning as self-determination.

Bear witness to all I have experienced in the connected age.

The progression of Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 to Web 3.0 all occurred in my lifetime as I was born in ’89.

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Webevolve via Moreyne.com

“We used to look at the web as a place to “look stuff up” (1.0) vs. create/collaborate/connect (2.0)” – Alec Couros, on the evolution of the web.

As a child and as an educator…

I have evolved alongside it.

Used and abused it.

It began young, growing up alongside a techy, computer-loving father. Fast forward to grade six, when your search engine selection spoke volumes of your personality/popularity. I would use search engines to find tips and tricks on my favourite video games (like the original Pokemon Red, none of this augmented reality madness). Ask JeevesYahoo! (which, personally, is just used for fantasy sports now)… AOLAltaVistaHotBot (yes, it still works)… and the eventual winner: Google (get out of here Bing).

I lived with the doubters of the internet (I’m looking at you, mom). The rise of internet users rose like my height! (I would also argue my capacity for rational and logical thought grew as well, but that’s another debate)!

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Internet Users in the World via InternetLiveStats

And, alas, here we are. Progressed from the large encyclopedia that was the internet, full of content… to an organic, connected entity enabling critical thought and diversity of opinion on a monumental scale.

But what of its influence on me as an educator?

Living the amelioration of the internet likely leaves Logan largely linked and inclined to utilize Web 3.0 (more on that shortly, with a little less alliteration).

But what is Web 3.0Heutagogical learning (nice pronunciation in class, Kyle). Self-directed learning. We went from creating, connecting and collaborating (2.0) to letting these creations and connections direct our own learning (3.0). Could this make the teacher obsolete? What about the unmotivated learners? Does the direction a teacher provides mean everything?

Jackie Gerstein mentioned: “The Web, Internet, Social Media, and the evolving, emerging technologies have created a perfect storm or convergence of resources, tools, open and free information access.”

What does that mean for educators and students? What challenges are presented?

Digital citizenship. Whether is be educators through practice and professional development on the proper utilization of the internet or teaching our students to do the same, both are encompassed by what #DigCit entails. This can potentially widen wealth gaps as some students may not have equal access to internet and devices. But this does not diminish the necessity of education revolving around Web 3.0 as Luke Braun mentioned in this tweet to the question of its implications on the wealth gap:

Progress and learning to best meet the needs of your learners is always paramount, students with more exposure tend to be more successful and privileged. So with the ever-changing landscape of the web, versatility and lifelong development is your friend as an educator to provide opportunities for exposure.

 

Agree? Disagree? Thoughts?

Comment.

– Logan Petlak


My EC&I 831 Summary..

Hi everyone,

Here is my Summary of Learning. Am I happy with my product? Yes! I was beaming ear to ear when it was all complete. I hope you enjoy it as well  :)

The Summary of Learning itself:

As I created it I was totally 100% focused (crazy, right?). I was interested in Powtoon and didn’t realize the extent that it could be used. I had used similar programs and welcomed my students doing that as well for presentations. One day, I even spent 12 full hours working on it and only moved to grab a drink or run to the washroom. It didn’t take long to understand how it worked but I did head back into work to complete it with my double screens and mouse. It was way easier that way. Even after it was uploaded onto YouTube I had to figure out how to change the thumbnail– thanks to this video for helping me out!

What am I most proud of?

A few things.. here they are:

  1. That I used voiceover. Initially when I read the assignment that needed to include live audio/video, I was immediately nervous. I hate hearing my own voice! (Haha, anyone who knows me might laugh at that one). Voiceover was out of my comfort zone, but I figured, this class is all about trying something new and experimenting with technology. I didn’t quite master the art of voiceover. The sound wasn’t great. I realized I had to talk quietly and then I turned down the music as low as I could. Not perfect but I’m still happy with my product.
  2.  Using Creative Commons images right in the program. Super easy to use and you could even show different images inside of icons within the program. Cool!
  3. Sharing as public, not even listed or private on YouTube! I’m more of a private or listed type of person when it comes to posting anything online but I’ve really tried to focus on sharing my work over the last few months. I think we all need to do our part when it comes to sharing our learning and facilitating learning with others. Even if they view your work, get a few more ideas or want to edit something of theirs from watching yours and seeing something they like (or even something of yours they would like to improve on theirs). This point is the whole idea of Social Media/Open Education. How can we broaden our knowledge and the knowledge of others?

What could I have improved on my final project?

  1.  I didn’t realize my maximum amount of time as 5 minutes. I needed probably at least one more minute as there was a lot to read on some slides. Not ideal, but you are able to pause if need be. I did read the most important portions of the slide for that reason.
  2. My photos were found on Creative Commons inside of Powtoon but I wasn’t sure if attribution was given appropriately. On my video page on Powtoon, not all the images I used were included in the Creative Commons attribution page. I’m not sure why all the photos weren’t there, as they were all taken the same way. Sorry! I wasn’t able to edit as my Premium Trial ended and the video couldn’t be exported after being edited.

What’s my biggest personal gain in this course? An increased amount of confidence. I’m willing to try something that is out of my comfort zone. For example, tweeting someone I don’t know for help in a certain area. And as I said earlier, I’m proud of myself for my final project!

Now onto the course in general..

Which articles/videos/ etc had the most impact on me this semester? 

Here are my TOP 10:

  1. During week 3: Pocket is one of my new favourite apps. I love the ability to organize readings and even view offline. I was also happy to start using Google + communities. That would be an awesome way to collaborate with others! Using Zoom was also an awesome experience. My favourite part of this week? Joining #FGChat and #spedchat. #Spedchat is a fantastic chat/ community for those interested.
  2. Week 4: Learning from  Dave Cormier this week and discussing Rhizomatic learning! Reflection: How do we change our teaching to meet our digital learners? professional challenge: start with one class and have them develop their own PLE (personal learning environment)
  3. Week 6/7, my language is expanding: Content Curation.
  4. That same week, Why Even the Worst Bloggers Are Making Us Smarter
    “Ory Okolloh may not have thought she wanted to write a book, but in a sense, she already had.” Inspirational, Motivational – Our words have power. Truly Amazing.
    What does this mean for our students Blogging?
  5. Top 3 take-aways from this week:
    1) Teenagers are self-trolling. I had no idea. Cyber self-harm?
    2) Yik Yak app. Do we teach digital citizenship effectively in schools?
    3) trends in technology use can be attributed to S.E.S and Race.
  6. Week 8: Lessig : “Using digital technology to say things differently”, “tools of creativity, tools of speech” Boyd : Moving from traditional academic publishing (paper) to digital, open-access journals.
  7.  Week 9: Maggie’s Digital Content Farm: what are we having our students contribute to online?
  8. Week 10: Net neutrality: a “new to me” concept. Without net neutrality, a negative impact for smaller companies and the education system.
  9.  The week of videos and articles surrounding harassment online. Words to desribe the readings: shocking, disappointing and a reality of online harassment for women online. How can we make a difference? How can law enforcement support?
  10. Livesteaming Apps to Promote Justice– Are we keeping people safe, highlighting social injustice, or infringing on the privacy rights of others?

My Learning Project reflection:

Collaborative Tools in Schools for Teachers
I wanted to know:
What does collaboration look like today?
Has technology shaped collaboration?
How do people network professionally?
What should I check out? Slack, Voxer, FB?
What are my school divisions plans of resource sharing?
How is it different from Elementary to Highschool?
Does Interprofessional collaboration look different?
What does collaboration look like world wide?
How can I use Twitter to collaborate?

What did I do to accomplish my goal:

Globally:
I connected with teachers in Thailand, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Malaysia, US and England on how they collaborate. I did this with email, FaceTime, Google Forms and Facebook Messenger. All shared different perspectives on how their students and staff work together.
Online:
I connected with educators via Facebook groups. I tested out Voxer, Slack, viewed TED Talks and even did my own Screencast (totally out of my comfort zone!). There are a lot more websites to see, apps to test and reviews/articles to read!
Locally:
I reviewed what my division offers for teacher collaboration, spoke with teachers and observed how kids collaborate and what they use to do so using their own devices, school laptops and Ipads.

My last note.. Thank you to Alec and Katia for providing a deliberately open class with engaging reading material and a self-directed component. As this was my first Master’s class I appreciated Alec’s willingness to help and Katia’s stalking skills (haha!). At times, especially after the Midterm feedback I was feeling overwhelmed but the feedback led to me to improve myself and my ways of learning. Thank you. 

-Janelle


Baba’s Summary of Learning for #eci831

Well it has been a jam packed, content filled semester and I feel like my eyes are going to fall out of my head from learning everything from the internet.  Although, I have to admit because our class was encouraged to guide our own learning, use open education, and make connections I feel like I have learned more in this class then any other.

I even surprised myself with by creating my own whiteboard animation video, you can make own to through the powers of the internet (they have templates and a 7 day free trial, just click here).

So, here she is folks my summary of learning:

Questions, comments, and concerns are welcomed.

Thank you to Alec & Katia for putting up with my technology illiterate mind.  Also, good luck to my classmates, go enjoy your summer!


Itlaian 101: And the award goes to…

This semester I was given the opportunity to learn something – just like I am given the opportunity in any other class. However the opportunity was presented much different than it has been presented in any other class. I was given the opportunity to pick something that I was interested in and learn about it using technology and online connections to help me along the way.

Obviously when you are given the opportunity to learn about anything a lot of possibilities run through your head. I wanted to choose something that I would enjoy learning about. I wanted to learn something that I could use at some point in the future. I would have loved to pick something creative like sewing or knitting, but I didn’t want to spend a whole lot of money purchasing materials along the way (especially with my limited income on maternity leave). So I decided I would learn a language.

The language I decided on was Italian. Why? Well I didn’t want to do French because I already have some experience with speaking French having gradated with a French 30 credit (even though that credit is from way back in 2004). I wanted to start with a clean slate. In my travels I have spent some time in Italy and I just love everything about the country. The food, the culture, the scenery, the cities and of course the language. I have always thought that it would be great to learn a language and be able to travel and use it someday. Now that I have been learning some of the language maybe it’s time to go back.

Throughout the semester I found a lot of resources that are very useful in learning a language online and found even more that seemed to be of little help. If you want to check out all of the resources I  reviewed in detail look back at some of my previous posts. But here is a quick list of my top resources for learning Italian online broken down into categories.

To practice site words, memory work and phrases.

WINNER: Duolingo – great tool for rote memorization and practicing words & phrases. Uses audio, text, written and spoken language. The biggest negative is the sentences that are used to practice sometimes – they don’t make a lot of sense and you wouldn’t use them in daily conversations very often.

RUNNER UP: Babbel – similar to Duolingo but is a paid service. This focuses on themes for each lesson and can be helpful in learning phrases for basic conversation or travel. Uses mostly writing and listening to complete the lessons.

Honorable Mention: Mango – A free online service provided by the library in Regina. Similar to Babbel in the sense that you practice basic phrases and conversation by listening and repeating the audio.

To listen to audio.

WINNER: News in Slow Italian  – provides slower audio with text to read along. The text is also translated into English to help with further comprehension.

RUNNER UP: The Italian Experiment – this site is good but provides limited resources. There are three audio books you can listen to and follow along with text. The text is also translated into english. It is a great site but would be nice if new material would be added.

Videos

WINNER: Learn Italian with Lucrezia  – most of her videos are fairly short and very informative which make them really nice to watch. The lessons range from beginner to advanced. She also has an instagram and twitter account that I would suggest following.

RUNNER UP: Learn Italian Words App – this app works offline and has a large variety of video lessons ranging from beginner to advance.

Social Media

WINNER: Twitter – @italianlanguage Instagram – italianwordoftheday – both accounts provide you with one word a day to practice and learn. The Twitter account gives you a word and a sentence most days to learn. The Instagram account gives you a word with a picture each day, but no sentence.

RUNNER UP: Twitter @ItalianLearn this account also gives you a word a day and you can click on a link that will take you to a sentence that uses the word and audio for the pronunciation.

Speaking with Others

WINNER: WeSpeke – a great tool to connect and chat with others online.

 

 


Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

 

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

My whole life I have had a problem with slacktivism, even before the internet got a hold of the term.  In my life, I have been less of a thinker and more of a let’s get’er done kinda gal because with to me with physical action comes change.  Perhaps, it comes from too many meetings (not mentioning which organizations) where people discuss the same issues every single meeting and no conclusion ever resulted.

Now, it really gets my goat when people join a cause on-line because it is #trending at the moment or because it may garner them some kind of personal attention by supporting the cause.

Another issue I have when it comes to slacktivism is that most people don’t do the research.  Let me talk about the ALS ice bucket challenge for a second.  I bet you more than a quarter of people who participated in the ice bucket challenge can not tell you what ALS actually is.  I know many people who actually refer to the disease as ASL.  What?!  It seems, at times, slacktivism produces misinformed or “under”informed populations.  Maclean’s magazine highlights some of these downfalls in their article: The Problem with #Slacktivism.  I have to say I love the following quote:

Don’t embarrass yourself by demonstrating you need a gimmick to give. If you want to help, just give money or time. Anything else is only about you.

So, I am going to be the devil advocate and say to all you slacktivists, ” put your money where your mouth is.” Pull up your socks, get out there, and take some action.  Go beyond simply tweeting the message and start taking awareness to the next level around your community – volunteer or start a group.  After all, actions speak louder than words.

BUT, I do have to agree with Abby Rosmarin (who is both intelligent and beautiful I may add) in her blog article “I Get It: You Don’t Like Slacktivism. Now Shut Up. Only Don’t.” Even with the all the attention seeking social media goers awareness, movements, and changes have been made for those who need it.  So, I say go ahead hit share and join the slackivist movement!  Just be sure to do it for the right reasons and while using critical thinking skills.

And for those slacktivists who didn’t do anything, but simply put a smile on our faces – we salute you.

What slacktivist movements have you joined and for what reasons?  Have you joined a movement and second guessed yourself after about what the cause really was?


Online Activism or Slacktivism? You decide.

This weeks readings are around the idea of Online Activism. There are two predominant views on online activism, one being that online activism reaches a greater audience and is making a difference in the world via social media. Whereas the second perspective is that online activism, termed “slavitivism” is supporting a cause but putting little time or effort into the cause, such as signing a petition.

The Death of Slacktivism looked at the use of hashtags and the ability go viral, the article has described some of the viral sensations as trendy and shallow. Although, I did find it somewhat ironic that the author titled the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as ASL Ice Bucket Challenge incorrectly. Especially after calling the phenomenon shallow. Forget what the Ice Bucket Challenge was about? Read about it here14929011085_3d3b3d9fd3_z

Photo by: University of Central Arkanasa

Looking at different viral sensations, social media was the reason these topics took off. Another app that made this happen was Yik Yak, which has been discussed in a previous blog post. People used Yik Yak to communicate in a geographical location and share informtion. This was similiar, but less involved than How We Can Use Livestreaming Apps to Promote Justice which shared live video on a wide range of issues, eg protests.

But why is this relevant to education? Here is one reason. Look at the experience of Trayvon Martin. I had a student a few years ago who was following the event and was incredibly engaged. Even ten years ago, would this student have had this ability to stay current with the event? This specific event may not have even been  brought to light if it wasn’t for social media and those “slacktivists”. I say “slacktivists” because I do believe online activism has a place in our highly digital world. The part of the article I appreciated the most was “Think globally, act locally”. That speaks to me because I also agree with that notion of being able to look at social justice issues on a global scale, while ensuring you continue to act on a local scale. Social media has proven to be beneficial to online activism.

Slacktivism is having a powerful real-world impact, new research shows offers a new term, arm chair activism.  Have you heard that one? I haven’t. This short, but persuasive article adopts the idea that the power of online activism lies in the large scale of individuals who are engaged.

Photo Credit: @OccupyWallStNYC

Instead of reviewing the article, here is what I found most powerful:

This research builds on a 2012 study by researchers at Georgetown University, who found that those who support movements online are actually more likely to engage in activism in real life.

Combined, the findings of these studies suggest we have entered an age of increased activism, both on the ground and online.

The findings I appreciate, as they align with my thoughts about online activism.

Here is another article of support:

I Get It: You Don’t Like Slacktivism. Now Shut Up. Only Don’t.  What this article had me reflecting on what we all do as individuals to take part in activism. I agree that in many cases it takes more than a hashtag, like or share to support a cause. But, we do what we can at that point in our lives. We all support different causes in different ways. Some causes, I “like”, “share” or “retweet”, one example around mental illness, Bell Let’s Talk. Another example, Alzheimer’s, I donate money and walk with my family. Another example, Bright Eyes Dog Rescue, I run their Twitter and Instagram. Some I do daily, some sporadically and some annually. We should be proud of what we are doing, and what we are doing to encourage younger generations to make a difference.

Now, here is a brief description of some conflicting thoughts:

The problem with #slactivism ran on the basis that, online activism is actually hindering “real” activism  as people feel they have already done their part by “liking” or wearing blue, etc. They are less likely to donate funds or donate time because dopamine and endorphins have  been released to reward us for your good behaviour? But what about Movember, that donates money as well. Nope, still not quite good enough, still is it a narcissistic idea and men are only donating for their own benefit: to sport sketchy facial hair.

Slacktivism? Nah, I’m still going with online activism. 


Be A Slacktivist. It’s Better Than Nothing.

Slacktivsm. Up until this past week I had never heard the term before. I was aware of the online support through shares, likes and comments but didn’t know that those types of activities fall under the term slacktivism. Abby Rosmarin describes slacktivism as just that – “when people do something online in support of a certain cause or event, such as sign a petition or share a news article, that requires little time and/or thought.”

Slacktivism Charlie Brown | Flickr User Elijah van der Giessen | Flickr Creative Commons

Slacktivism Charlie Brown | Flickr User Elijah van der Giessen | Flickr Creative Commons

As with anything there are two views with slacktivism. There are those that believe slacktivism doesn’t work (like Scott Gilmore) and those who believe that any activism even online activism is better than no activism.  I tend to agree with the latter.

Gilmore argues that simply liking a status, sharing an article, wearing a pin or clothes to support a cause does nothing to actually help the cause. He states that if you want to make a difference you either need to pay money by donating or volunteer your time. I feel the same way as my fellow classmate, Adam, does with regards to this. I think that you can show your support in many ways different ways including donating, volunteering, sharing and liking things online as well as wearing pins or a certain colour shirt. I don’t think you HAVE to volunteer your time or donate to all causes. In fact, it’s almost impossible to donate or volunteer your time to every cause that’s out there right now (trust me…there’s a lot). It’s great that there are so many causes but we have to pick and choose how and where we spend our time and money.

Just yesterday I was shopping and at three different stores I was asked to make a donation to a cause/foundation. I donated to the first one and not the last two. Were they all causes I would support? Absolutely. Each one was in support of children. Children with disabilities, reading programs and illnesses. Should I have supported each one? I suppose I could have, but financially I am just not able to donate to everything I am asked to. In our house we pick a few charities and foundations each year to support based on what we feel is important to us. One year it might be to support mental illness, another year it might be to support the heart and stroke foundation. We simply cannot afford to make donations time and time again.

So what do we do? Well…we wear coloured shirts, we re-tweet to help raise money for causes when companies will pay for each retweet or hashtag used, we like statuses and share posts. Does this mean we aren’t doing our part? No it doesn’t. We go further than just Facebook likes by talking with family and friends about the issues that matter to us. Sometimes we buy products that donate money to a cause because every once in a while it’s nice to treat yourself and have something to show your support too.

Photo Credit: FiorellaG8 via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: FiorellaG8 via Compfight cc

Going back to the other half of Gilmore’s argument in regards to volunteering, I can’t say I agree with that either. Not everyone has time on their hands that they can volunteer or go on a missions trip. Some of us have jobs, families and other responsibilities that make it extremely difficult to volunteer (especially for a cause like the Nigerian school girls). For some of us we can’t simply get up and leave to go fight for these girls or work as an aid. So we choose to use the hashtag for the cause #BringBackOurGirls so that we can do our part by simply raising awareness so that those who can help more might be reached. We use the hashtag to show that we support the cause.

I do think it is important to volunteer and donate when we can. It’s not enough to simply like, share and re-tweet things online. We have to go beyond our screens and talk about it in real life. We need to continue to support where we can and reach out to support those people we cannot help in person because we are too far away. We need to work with each other to create a voice that fights for justice, peace and equality.

Photo Credit: Leo Reynolds via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: Leo Reynolds via Compfight cc

 


Has the negative taken over?

Social Media provides us the opportunity to share our life experiences and as we all know, life is not always positive. Everyone goes through ups and downs and sometimes it’s hard to find your way back to the ups but in the end how we choose to view and respond to a situation is up to us. We can either wallow in the negative, choose to ignore the negative, choose to find the positives or make choices that turn the negative into a positive. There are endless options. Is it always easy to find the positive? Nope, it definitely isn’t. However, once we decide to live in a more positive frame of mind things seem to get a little easier.

How does this relate to social media you might ask?

Take for instance the story of Alec Brownstein who was working a job as a copywriter but knew he wanted something more. He found a way to take something that wasn’t making him happy and turned it into a positive by spending a whopping $6 and a few clicks of his computer mouse all with the help of GoogleAdWords. He created the change he wanted.

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Alec saw the possibilities to create positive change and took a chance. I really appreciated some of the comments shared in class this week about Alec’s creativity in this situation. I had read the article and admired what he had done but never thought about the idea, as shared by Vanessa Braun, that we may all have the ability and option to do this but having the creative thought process to do it might be what’s truly important.

We may not all have the desire to change our current place in our profession but I am sure we have all wished we could change some of what we see online and specifically on social media. One of the best things about social media is that for the most part, we are in control of what we see and what we participate in. As goes with offline spaces in life too!

When we participate in online spaces we are leaving a mark and adding to our digital identity. In my mind it does not matter what professional or social status you might have, what you put out there is going to come back to you. I do not think that negativity ever wins. It might make you feel better in the moment but long term, you’re going to lose. I would argue that we MUST think about the image we want to create for ourselves and Kevan Lee shared ways to go about this in his post Want to Improve Your Social Media Sharing? Harness the Power of Positivity in Social Media by providing suggestions and facts based on research. In his post he shares some of the research done by Jan Kietzmann, Ian McCarthy and colleagues around the most essential parts of social media. You can check out their findings at Social media? Get serious! Understanding the functional building blocks of social media. In this research they share about the “honeycomb of social media.” Lee points out that reputation plays a key role. 

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Positive sentiment in your social media updates and in the responses to your brand leads to a positive reputation. – Kevan Lee

In so many aspects of social media, negativity has taken over. Negativity comes in many shapes and forms. It can be in the close knit relationships we have with friends and family online, with acquaintances, businesses and public figures. Just have a look at the current political race happening here in Saskatchewan election. We have politicians slinging negative comments back and forth at each other.

 

I would be amiss if I didn’t also share some of the positive interactions both parties have shared as well.

Now I don’t proclaim to be someone that understands politics and the science behind it but I do wonder whether the negativity is something that is worth the repercussions. I also understand that this is just one example and there are many examples of positive interactions out there as well. Politicians, public figures and businesses have the power to influence and captivate their audience with just a few short words. Ashley Williams, CEO of RIZZARR offers up some suggestions on 5 Ways We Can All Generate More Positivity Online. Perhaps if we all (politicians, public figures and businesses) decided to share a little more of the positive and work to create online spaces void of judgement and criticism while still allowing for individuality we just might end up building each other up instead of tearing each other down.

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