Social Networks and eTwinning Ambassadors


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These slides were shown at the Be/Nl eTwinning Ambassadors' workshop in La Roche en Ardennes.

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Social Networks and eTwinning Ambassadors

  1. 1. Social networks and networking to support eTwinning teachers <ul><li>Riina Vuorikari </li></ul><ul><li>European Schoolnet </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  2. 2. Topics <ul><li>Social networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Participation - digital traces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are social networks? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do social networks look in eTwinning? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do social networks tell us? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networks and eTwinning Ambassadors </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. by Stiphy “ Social” makes trails visible..
  4. 4. and shows where to do go
  5. 5. Social media <ul><li>CREATE : Easy creation of content by everyone </li></ul><ul><ul><li>not only the ones who have the technical knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>many tools available on the Web for anyone to use for free </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SHARE : Sharing of content is made MUCH easier, thanks to handy ways of aggregating content </li></ul><ul><li>USE and REMIX of content is made easier thanks to easy and freely available software and licensing like Creative Commons </li></ul>
  6. 6. Video: Social media
  7. 7. Digital traces <ul><li>Making your profile available on eTwinning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating links to other people, projects, tellinig that you like it, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creating links to what happen outside of eTwinning platform: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>your pictures on Flickr, your blog posts, your website, etc </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Participation inequality <ul><li>J.Nilsen (2006) Participation inequality: Encouraging More Users to contribute </li></ul>
  9. 9. Power law of participation in digital communities
  10. 10. Power law of participation for eTwinning? signing up in the portal project participation and sharing experiences
  11. 11. eTwinning as a social network? <ul><li>What are the nodes and what are the ties? </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>schools or teachers can be the nodes </li></ul><ul><li>projects done together can be the ties </li></ul>
  12. 12. nodes
  13. 13. ties, something I declare explicitly
  14. 14. Social network <ul><li> a social structure made of nodes and ties </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nodes are actors in the network, e.g. teachers, schools, countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ties are relationships between actors, e.g. friendship, professional tie, eTwinning projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be presented as a chart that shows the structure of relations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. nodes
  16. 16. ties
  17. 22. Visualising social ties and networks <ul><li>makes the ties between eTwinning members, projects and schools visible </li></ul><ul><li>helps finding interesting groups of like-minded people and projects </li></ul><ul><li>but, also helps making the social network better connected! </li></ul>
  18. 23. eTwinning as a social network <ul><li>Visualisation includes data from Summer 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of teachers: 45 212 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of projects: 8 035 o </li></ul><ul><li>Number of countries: 30 </li></ul>
  19. 24. What type of information do social networks reveal?
  20. 25. tightly connected nodes in the central
  21. 26. isolated groups interacting mostly amongst themselves
  22. 27. “ singletons” with no connection, least central
  23. 28. What more?
  24. 29. Reach: the degree any member of a network can reach other members of the network
  25. 30. Betweenness: Degree an individual lies between other individuals in the network: an intermediary; liaisons; bridges
  26. 31. closeness : the shortest distances between each individual and every other person in the network
  27. 32. Social networks - be aware! <ul><li>a digital representation of a social network can hardly ever accurately show all the connections of a rich real life situation, like here today </li></ul><ul><li>Yet, it can be useful! </li></ul>
  28. 33. eTwinning Ambassadors <ul><li>What can the eTwinning network do for you? </li></ul><ul><li>What can you do for the eTwinning network? </li></ul>
  29. 34. eTwinning Ambassadors <ul><li>The growth on the local level is important! </li></ul>
  30. 35. eTwinning Ambassadors <ul><li>Your relationships and ties with other eTwinning members are important! </li></ul><ul><li>Actions : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Greet all the new comers and be in contact personally (e.g. write on the wall, friend them..) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create loose groups on the local level so that a new teacher can contact someone in a school nearby easily. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>. . . </li></ul></ul>
  31. 36. eTwinning Ambassadors <ul><li>Your “power” within the network comes from the degree to which your are at the center of many relationships </li></ul>
  32. 37. “ Power” places for Ambassadors
  33. 38. eTwinning Ambassadors <ul><li>The &quot;the strength of weak ties” - open networks, with many weak ties and social connections, are more likely to introduce new ideas and opportunities to members ! </li></ul>
  34. 39. eTwinning Ambassadors <ul><li>Be aware of “cliques” where each member knows more or less what the other members knew </li></ul>
  35. 40. Are these cliques or Communities of Practice ? Ambassadors are in the key position to find out, you know your local communities :)
  36. 41. Everyone in the world is connection through 7 people <ul><li>Can we make a European school network where each school is connected to another school through 2 teachers? </li></ul>
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  38. 43. thanks ! for your attention social networks user communities discover people and projects questions ?