Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

Web 2.0-It's Busting out All Over!

Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

Web 2.0-It's Busting out All Over!

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NOT surprisingly, I follow quite a number of bloggers, most focused in one way or another on the subjects of libraries, K-12 education, educational technology, or a mix of two or more of those themes. There's Andy Carvin, Will Richardson, Joyce Valenza, Doug Johnson, Chris Harris, and our own MMIS columnists Stephen Abram and Mary Ann Bell, just to name a (very) few. My Bloglines feeds keep me jumping. In fact, I may have to adopt Doug Johnson's tactic, put forth in his Blue Skunk Blog posting "One In, One Out," where for every RSS feed he adds, he must dump one, and ditto for his collection of 2.0 tools, sites, and so on.

I am reminded of this because I have not yet delved into the world of Twitter, and I do not synchronously follow others' movements and thoughts--be they relevant to what I'm (supposed to be) doing or not ... probably because I can't find another 2.0 tool I'm willing to cut out.

I didn't really have a problem with this until I read Mary Ann Bell's column for this issue, "What's All This Noise About Twitter" (p. 36). Mary Ann treads gingerly into the world of Twitter, is at first skeptical, and then ... guess what ... she becomes a convert, adding it to her panoply of 2.0 social tools. Thankfully, she offers sound advice in the column on just how and why you might benefit from using Twitter, touting practical benefits but also potential drawbacks. Notably, she does not make mention of any 2.0-based activity or tool she drops or limits in order to make time for her Twitter "nonaddiction"! …

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