My graphic is representative of a clock, with more hours than there are in a day, to represent how I squeeze every minute I can out of a day. Each style of arrow indicates my level of involvement in the particular tool/community listed. I actually chose 4 levels of involvement, Active, Moderate, Marginal and not yet, because it would be unfair to claim to be more involved than I am.
I am most actively involved with my school community, Twitter, Intel Teachers Engage, NYSCATE, UW Stout and Gmail, which although a tool, allows me to reach out to educators I wouldn’t interact with otherwise. I interact with my colleagues at school on a regular basis, sharing ideas, stories and dreams for technology and information literacy skills. Although this happens most often face to face, it is one of the most important professional communities in which I am active. I tweet daily, and also follow several hashtags that deal with technology in education, mobile learning, online learning and librarianship. I write a monthly blog post, and moderate discussions in the Intel Teachers Engage Community. This is one of the most vibrant groups I am involved in, highly enthusiastic, global educators who bring new and exciting ideas to my world. NYSCATE (New York State Association for Computers and Technology in Education) is an important group for me, and although their social media efforts lack, the conferences held are amazing. I present at and attend both the annual and the regional conferences. These conferences allow me to interact face-to-face with educators from around the state who are active in educational technology. Those connections also extend beyond the conferences to my other social networking activities on Twitter and Facebook. UW Stout is my most structured interaction, with this course and others I have taken, I interact with educators around the world, exchanging ideas and theories about learning and education. GMAIL, of course, is the tool that I use to connect with educators who just aren’t in to social media.
I am moderately involved in Scoop.it, where I have curate articles, tweets, videos and stories about 4 different topics, as well as follow several other Scoopers for the latest in educational technology news.
I am marginally involved in Facebook, Paper.li, PNWBOCES, NYLA and Schoology. I occasionally post queries to fellow librarians on Facebook, and respond to theirs. I mainly use it to remain personally socially active with librarians I have met over the years, but it occasionally comes in handy for a quick questions. For example, I wanted an original image of an old fashioned card catalog for my visual resume, so I posted a plea, and had original images the next day. I follow Anne Bell, a professor from UW Stout, who produced a Paper.li on mobile learning, a topic I am working with in my district. I am a consumer of this information, and share it out via other outlets (Gmail, Twitter, etc). PNWBOCES is my local Board of Cooperative Education Services, and I am a member of the list-serv for school librarians, which I read, and sometimes participate in. NYLA (New York Library Association) is a group that I am just starting to get involved in. I hope to become more involved with the group to be sure I am staying up to date with Library trends in addition to technology trends. Schoology is the LMS we use in my school, and there is a community of educators from around the world that I belong to. I occasionally answer posts, or post my own questions to the group.
I am not quite yet involved in Google+ and Linked In. I have 2 Google+ accounts, one for my library, and one personal. My library has 4 in our circle (yay us!) from our school, but the profile was just created a few months ago. My personal Google+ I have about 20 in my circles, but I just have not made the leap to the platform yet. I have posted a few times, and tried to follow a few groups, it just hasn’t struck a chord with me yet. Finally, I have created a profile on LinkedIn, and have made connections to those I know from various avenues of my life. I have not become overly involved in participating in groups.