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I get the sentiment behind this tweet.

But I cannot help but mischievously and realistically restate this as:

The first to apologize is the scapegoat
The first to forgive is the most gullible
And the first to forget is the one who did not tweet, Facebook, or Instagram it.

Just saying.

To this tweet I say, why the negativity? Especially in light of the fact that the linked article merely reports the growing adoption of social media for professional development.

I ask my own question in return.

Should the perceived, unrealistic, or ignorance-based risks hold teachers back from adopting social media and Web 2.0?

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I recall a cheesy line from a Stallone movie, Cobra: You’re the disease, and I’m the cure.

Now here is an observation from a tweeter who said:

The cure in the first case is a good one.

The “cure” in the second is an awful truth. I think that left unchecked, the cure might become the disease!

One of the disadvantages of having a Twitter handle like mine (@ashley) is that I get mistaken for any and all Ashleys in the Twitterverse. I cannot tell you exactly how many people I have to filter out in my Twitter mentions column every day!

Yesterday was an exceptional day because an Ashley in Twitter committed suicide after leaving clues in her Twitter stream and Tumblr account.

I had at least 50 teens retweeting the news in a short space of time and it was something that actually trended where the tragedy occurred.

Two things got reinforced: Twitter is not dead among teens and people need to take what happens online more seriously.

Cyberwellness is not just about protecting the less experienced from harm that comes from without. It is also about protecting them from the harm from within.

I’ve mentioned before that I cull my list of Twitter followers because my handle, @ashley, is mistaken for someone else’s. In hindsight it was my mistake as an early Twitter adopter to take that user name.

Everyday I get lots of misdirected tweets and replies from people I do not know. Many are teenagers in the USA.

While receiving these tweets can be irritating, there are amusing moments like the example below:

That is one of many reasons why I made some recommendations on tweeting for professional development.

Unfortunately, my tips aren’t going to avoid accidents like the example above. So here’s another one: Get an obscure but meaningful handle.

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Paying with a tweet. It’s an interesting concept that’s been implemented on a smallish scale. I wonder if it will really take flight.

In the meantime, I am contented with teaching with a tweet and learning from a tweet.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported how a professor encouraged his students to contribute to his ‘live’ classes via Twitter.

It did not work at first, but after a few weeks, they started

floating ideas or posting links to related materials… in some cases, a shy student would type an observation or question on Twitter, and others in the class would respond with notes encouraging the student to raise the topic out loud. Other times, one of the professors would see a link posted by a student and stop class to discuss it.

Why did he do this?

He replied that his hope is that the second layer of conversation will disrupt the old classroom model and allow new kinds of teaching in which students play a greater role and information is pulled in from outside the classroom walls.

Bravo! I might just do something like this next semester. Perhaps I’ll encourage my teacher trainees to tweet more than blog. For that matter, I think I may require them to maintain small group blogs rather than individual ones.

Like last semester, I wondered if I should maintain this blog between semesters. Also like the last semester, I have decided to do so, but perhaps less frequently. I will probably tweet (microblog) more.

Yesterday I found two articles:

Web 2.0 Classrooms Versus Learning?

Why “versus” in the title? In the context of that Chronicle piece, professors saw Web 2.0 and mobile technologies as barriers to teaching. I see them as enablers of learning. See the difference?

Teachers Driving Web 2.0 Use in Schools Says National Research Survey
Could the same be true for teachers here in Singapore? I am vaguely aware that there are school districts in the US that clamp down on social networking sites and even have policies that dictate that teachers should reject “friend” requests from students!

As far as I know, we have next to no barriers like these. But I doubt that teachers here are driving educational Web 2.0 use. They should see what my classes get up to for inspiration!

UPDATED on 8 Apr 09:
Teachers Lead Adoption of Web 2.0, but Perceptions Stifle Social Networking
See page 2 of the Web article for why “83 percent said that few or no teachers are using social networking technologies”.

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