Social networks and networking to support eTwinning teachers
• Participation - digital traces
• What are social networks?
• How do social networks look in eTwinning?
• What do social networks tell us?
• Social networks and eTwinning Ambassadors
• Making your profle available on eTwinning
• Creating links to other people, projects, tellinig that you like it,
• Creating also links to what happen outside of eTwinning
• your pictures on Flickr, your blog posts, your website, etc
• J.Nilsen (2006) Participation inequality: Encouraging More Users to
Power law of participation in
Power law of participation for
and sharing experiences
signing up in the portal
•..is a social structure made of nodes and ties
• Nodes are actors in the network, e.g. teachers, schools,
• Ties are relationships between actors, e.g. friendship,
professional tie, eTwinning projects
• Can be presented as a chart that shows the structure of
Visualising social ties and
• makes the ties between eTwinning members, projects and
• helps fnding interesting groups of like-minded people and
• but, also helps making the social network better connected!
Social networks - be aware!
• a digital representation of a social network can hardly ever
accurately show all the connections of a rich real life situation,
like here today
• Yet, it can be useful!
eTwinning as a social network?
•What are the nodes and what are the ties?
• schools or teachers can be the nodes
• projects done together can be the ties
closeness: the shortest distances between each individual and every other
person in the network
Reach: the degree any member of a network can
reach other members of the network
Betweenness: Degree an individual lies between other
individuals in the network: an intermediary; liaisons; bridges
•What can the eTwinning network do for you?
•What can you do for the eTwinning network?
• Your relationships and ties with other eTwinning members are
• Your “power” within the network comes from the degree to which
your are at the center of many relationships
• 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!
•Be aware of “cliques” where each member knows more or less what
the other members knew
• Groups are places for eTwinning teacher who share a concern or
a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as
they interact (regularly).
• CALL FOR MEMBERS: Pilot period for 3 Groups in October
• Group School leaders: http://www.etwinning.net/schoolleaders
• Group MST: http://www.etwinning.net/mstgroup
• Group Creativity: http://www.etwinning.net/creativity
More about how to
using Web 2.0
in the workshop!
social networks user communities
discover people and projects
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