As part of the Learning Design Summer Camp, one of my contributions to the event is discussing Twitter and the backchannel communication. I will be doing a brief (10 minute) lightning talk to introduce Twitter, as well as helping to facilitate a more indepth discussion of the uses (and ramifications) of the backchannel. I’m very excited about participating in this event, although I tend to find it somewhat ironic that people look to me to talk about Twitter. Yes, I get excited about social media and social networking; I think it is becoming more critical to our success AND our sanity, but I’m sure there are others out there who do it better. Nonetheless, I am happy to contribute what I can and, to that end, I’ve taken my portion of a copresented talk given at the Web 2008 Conference here at Penn State earlier this summer and created a very brief overview (realizing I only have half the time I had there to get it all across). Slides are shared, after the fold, in case you’re interested–although, quite frankly, the interesting stuff is still in my head to go along with the slides.
Still tweaking the slides, giving them time to stew and brew, but if you have comments or suggestions of things to mention or add, I’ll be happy to hear your thoughts. I’m very jazzed about the discussion session on Twitter, which I believe will be over lunch on Day 1; the conversation with the community is a very powerful thing to listen to.
One final thought: this talk has been put into a Google docs presentation in order to better share it. I love that I can do that, and post it to the community who now has very easy access to it. In fact, the original presentation was created, edited, and then shared on a wiki, which can be found here. That particular version has tons of screen captures for social networking sites, since I couldn’t be sure we would have internet access (always assume the technology will fail, just in case). Wikis, blogs, twitter, and Google Docs. Just more ways to make our work transparent, portable, and sharable.