MelanieSometimes, the web can be very aptly named. Before you know it, you are caught in it, stuck on an endless treadmill of checking tweets, work email and personal email accounts, with multiple tabs open in your web browser as you try and keep up to date with the masses of content being generated.Faced with this barrage of content, questions and ideas generated by all this can easily get lost. It's a fact that digital can mean information overload – but it doesn't have to be like that. (The Guardian)According to a recent survey by SAS Canada 61% of respondents in the academic world reported feeling overwhelmed by information, up from 42% last year.A workplace productivity study by LexisNexis found that 62 percent of professionals report that they spend a lot of time sifting through irrelevant information to find what they need; 68 percent wish they could spend less time organizing information and more time using the information that comes their way, More than 40 percent of the survey participants indicate an inability to handle future increases in information flow,
Melaniewww.google.com/readerAn RSS Reader provides a place where you can prioritize some of your updates into one central place.An RSS Reader (RSS stands for Really Simple Sindication) is a program that collects updates from your subscribed feeds. Different programs that can allow you to do this include web-based apps, desktop-based, or mobile based. Today we’re going to look at a web-based app called “Google Reader”Hopefully you’ve already created an account. If not go to: “Create an account” or sign in if you already have a Google Account you would like to use. You can use your Conestoga email to sign up. It doesn’t have to be a Gmail.
Melaniewww.google.com/reader“Create an account” or sign in if you already have a Google Account you would like to use. You can use your Conestoga email to sign up. It doesn’t have to be a Gmail.
MelanieYou can either click the RSS logo on websites or click add a subscription.
MelanieClick All ItemsClick “Mark all as Read”
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BothWe are a part of the Social media Committee at ConestogaA set of best practices will be made available to the staff shortlyJust to remind everyone about Best Practices
What the Tweet is an RSS Feed - Intermediate
I nt e r m e di a t e Presented byQuinn Battersby @qbattersby Melanie Parlette
DEFINITION OF SOCIAL MEDIASocial media are primarily internet and mobile-based toolsfor sharing and discussing information among humanbeings. The term most often refers to activities that integratetechnology, telecommunications and social interaction, andthe construction of words, pictures, videos and audio.More than just a definition it impacts people and our societyenormously.
WORKSHOP OBJECTIVESOverall: Understand the benefits of social media through application.• Define RSS feeds• Find RSS feeds that match your interest, and add them to Google Reader• Create connections between RSS content and Professional Development from a fundamental standpoint• Define Twitter• Understand Twitter terminology, including RTs, @mentions, #hashtags and more• Learn how to use Twitter to discover your interests• Learn how to apply Twitter to your Professional Development
Or sign in if you have already created a Google Account that you would like to use.www.google.com/reade
GETTING STARTED (2 WAYS TO ADD FEEDS) In Google Reader: From a blog or site using Firefox: 1. Click the Subscribe button in 1. Click Bookmarks your left-hand sidebar 2. Click Subscribe to this Page 2. Enter the URL of the blog or site 3. Select Google from dropdown for you’d like to subscribe to. Subscribe to this feed using: 4. Click Subscribe Now 5. Click Add to Google Reader
WHAT CAN I SUBSCRIBE TO? Dilbert Naturehttp://bit.ly/m74kNG http://bit.ly/leo3M V Conestoga College News http://bit.ly/conestoganews Subscription Options . . . Academic News Sites Magazines Blogs Journals
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR GOOGLE READER. . . • Prioritize, you don’t need to read EVERYTHING!
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR GOOGLE READER. . .Create folders Folders allow you to sort your subscriptions and keep them organized. Any individual subscription can be in one folder, multiple folders, or none at all. 1. Select an individual feed in the sidebar. 2. Then use the Feed settings... menu to select or deselect folders as desired.
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR GOOGLE READER. . .Sharing Folders 1. Select folder you want to share from the sidebar. 2. Use the Feed Settings menu to select Create a Bundle 3. Click Save 4. Click Add a Link to get a shareable link you can provide to students and colleagues
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR GOOGLE READER. . .Email ItemsYou can find an Email button at the end of eachitem. Click that and youll be able to enter yourfriends email address, as well as customize thesubject or message, if you want to.
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR GOOGLE READER. . .Send to TwitterClick Send to and select Twitter (orFacebook).
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR GOOGLE READER. . . • Do a weekly cleanup
GETTING TO KNOW YOUR GOOGLE READER. . . • Dedicate a certain time to read your feeds (build it into your routine)
GOOGLE READER IN THE CLASSROOM for studentsKeep track of news Read items shared and information Collect and Share by their teachers to relative to their research materials help with studies and for projects assignmentspersonal interests
GOOGLE READER IN THE CLASSROOM for staff+faculty Read other Keep track of educator’s blogs for student blogs all in ideas, current one place research, and tips Share news with Share news and colleagues and current events students (you can relevant to current annotate to add classroom topics value!)
REALLY, WHAT IS TWITTER?Twitter is an online social networking tool in which userspost 140 character updates of what is going on in their livesalong with links to things they think are interesting, funny, oruseful to their followers (“following” being essentially what“friending” is on other sites).
REALLY, WHAT IS TWITTER?People use twitter in many ways:• as a newsfeed by following prominent people or networks• as a pseudo-chatroom by limiting their followers and whom they follow to close friends and family• as a microblog for updating people about the work they are doing and their personal lives.
TWITTER TERMINOLOGY – QUICK REVIEWFeed: The stream of tweets you see on your homepage. It’scomprised of updates from users you follow.Mention: A way to reference another user by his username in atweet (e.g. @qbattersby). Users are notified when @mentionedRetweet: is when you want to forward or share a tweet thatsomeone else said with your followers.Hashtags: A way to denote a topic of conversation or participatein a larger linked discussion (e.g. #AmericanIdol, #Obama).
LETS LOGIN & DIG IN1. Goto http://www.twitter.com2. Input your username and password you created before this session.3. You should already be familiar with the Twitter interface and some of the general functions/terminology.4. Let’s look at some more advanced features
TWITTER FEATURES - LISTS A list is a curated group of Twitter users. When you click to view a list, youll see a stream of Tweets from only the users included in that group. You dont need to follow another user to add them to a list; you can follow lists themselves without following the individual users in that list.1. Get started with your own list2. Choose the person icon in top right, click Lists3. Provide a name & description and choose whether it is private or public4. Start adding users to your list5. Your list will only show tweets from the people you have added.*Consider your list like bookmarks of a category or group of people with commoninterests. You could add local people, Conestoga colleagues, or people related to aparticular subject matter.
TWITTER FEATURES - FAVORITES Favorites, represented by a small star icon next to a Tweet, are most commonly used when users like a Tweet. Favoriting a Tweet can let the original poster know that you liked their Tweet, or you can save the Tweet for later.1. You can favorite a tweet by pressing the favorite button on a tweet, represented by a star.2. Tweets you favorite will be marked with a star in the corner.3. You can view all of your favorites through your profile, click on your username, and press favorites.4. Favorites are publicly visible – you can view others favorite in the same fashion by viewing their profile and choosing favorites.*Perhaps favorites are simply your favorite things on Twitter or a tweet with informationyou wanted to save for later. You can un-favorite a tweet in a fashion similar to favoringa tweet.
TWITTER FEATURES – IMAGES & LOCATION You can add images and your current location to your tweets. This can be useful for other users and help with your personal expression.1. To add an image to your tweet, press the camera button that appears after you click in the Compose Tweet box.2. Choose your image and upload – these will be available until removed from Twitter.3. Add your location to your tweet by pressing the location button beside the image button – it automatically determines your location (you can adjust if necessary).
TWITTER FEATURES – MOBILE APPS For all major mobile devices a Twitter application is available for download. Visit your respective App Store and search for Twitter. Many variations exist, from Twitter Inc. created versions to independent applications.• Explore the various application options available to determine which best suits your needs.• All applications come with similar feature sets which may include image and video uploading services for sharing more with your followers.• Some favorites Blackberry: Ubersocial iPhone: Tweetbot
RELATING TO YOUR VOCATIONFaculty may follow users that provide valuable informationabout the field of which they are preparing their students.Some suggestionsEngineering - @twitterengMedia & Design - @smashingmagNursing - @nursingideasSciences - @guardianscience
RELATING TO YOUR VOCATIONStaff may follow users that relate to their specific area –ability to provide fresh and relevant information about theirarea in general.Some suggestionsBookstore - @pearsonCo-op & Career Services - @kitchener_jobsContinuing Education - @allaboutcareersAlumni - @wonderfulwat
SOCIAL MEDIA BEST PRACTICES1. Social Media is social, what do online other people will see2. Keep in mind the image you are presenting online as a Conestoga community member3. Give credit where credit is due