Social networks
        and
   networking
   to support
eTwinning teachers

         Riina Vuorikari
      European School...
Topics

•Social networks
  •   Participation - digital traces

  •   What are social networks?

  •   How do social networ...
“Social”
    makes
    trails
    visible..


by Stiphy
and
shows
where to
do go
Digital traces

•       Making your profle available on eTwinning

    •      Creating links to other people, projects, te...
Participation inequality




• J.Nilsen (2006) Participation inequality: Encouraging More Users to
   contribute
Power law of participation in
   digital communities
Power law of participation for
                   eTwinning?
                                    project participation
   ...
Social network

•..is a social structure made of nodes and ties
  •   Nodes are actors in the network, e.g. teachers, scho...
Visualising social ties and
             networks


•   makes the ties between eTwinning members, projects and
    schools...
nodes
ties, something I declare explicitly
Social networks - be aware!



•    a digital representation of a social network can hardly ever
     accurately show all ...
eTwinning as a social network?


•What are the nodes and what are the ties?

•For example:

• schools or teachers can be t...
nodes
ties
eTwinning as a social network


•Visualisation includes data from Summer 2008

• Number of teachers:    45 212

• Number o...
What type of information do
 social networks reveal?
tightly connected nodes in the
            central
isolated groups interacting mostly
       amongst themselves
“singletons” with no connection,
          least central
What more?
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
eTwinning Ambassadors


•What can the eTwinning network do for you?




•What can you do for the eTwinning network?

•
eTwinning Ambassadors

• Your relationships and ties with other eTwinning members are
important!

• Your “power” within th...
“Power” places for Ambassadors
eTwinning Groups

•   Groups are places for eTwinning teacher who share a concern or
    a passion for something they do a...
More about how to
   social network
    using Web 2.0
  in the workshop!
   thanks!     attention
             for your

s...
This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0
L i c e n s e . To v i e w a c o p y o f t h ...
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Social networks and networking to support eTwinning teachers

  1. 1. Social networks and networking to support eTwinning teachers Riina Vuorikari European Schoolnet riina.vuorikari@eun.org
  2. 2. Topics •Social networks • 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
  3. 3. “Social” makes trails visible.. by Stiphy
  4. 4. and shows where to do go
  5. 5. Digital traces • Making your profle available on eTwinning • Creating links to other people, projects, tellinig that you like it, etc • Creating also links to what happen outside of eTwinning platform: • your pictures on Flickr, your blog posts, your website, etc
  6. 6. Participation inequality • J.Nilsen (2006) Participation inequality: Encouraging More Users to contribute
  7. 7. Power law of participation in digital communities
  8. 8. Power law of participation for eTwinning? project participation and sharing experiences signing up in the portal
  9. 9. Social network •..is a social structure made of nodes and ties • Nodes are actors in the network, e.g. teachers, schools, countries • Ties are relationships between actors, e.g. friendship, professional tie, eTwinning projects • Can be presented as a chart that shows the structure of relations • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_network
  10. 10. Visualising social ties and networks • makes the ties between eTwinning members, projects and schools visible • helps fnding interesting groups of like-minded people and projects • but, also helps making the social network better connected!
  11. 11. nodes
  12. 12. ties, something I declare explicitly
  13. 13. 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!
  14. 14. eTwinning as a social network? •What are the nodes and what are the ties? •For example: • schools or teachers can be the nodes • projects done together can be the ties
  15. 15. nodes
  16. 16. ties
  17. 17. eTwinning as a social network •Visualisation includes data from Summer 2008 • Number of teachers: 45 212 • Number of projects: 8 035 o • Number of countries: 30
  18. 18. What type of information do social networks reveal?
  19. 19. tightly connected nodes in the central
  20. 20. isolated groups interacting mostly amongst themselves
  21. 21. “singletons” with no connection, least central
  22. 22. What more?
  23. 23. closeness: the shortest distances between each individual and every other person in the network
  24. 24. Reach: the degree any member of a network can reach other members of the network
  25. 25. Betweenness: Degree an individual lies between other individuals in the network: an intermediary; liaisons; bridges
  26. 26. eTwinning Ambassadors •What can the eTwinning network do for you? •What can you do for the eTwinning network? •
  27. 27. eTwinning Ambassadors • Your relationships and ties with other eTwinning members are important! • 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! members •Be aware of “cliques” where each member knows more or less what the other members knew
  28. 28. “Power” places for Ambassadors
  29. 29. eTwinning Groups • 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
  30. 30. More about how to social network using Web 2.0 in the workshop! thanks! attention for your social networks user communities discover people and projects questions?
  31. 31. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 L i c e n s e . To v i e w a c o p y o f t h i s l i c e n s e , v i s i t http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.

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