persuading negotiating smiling laughing joking shouting singing dancing painting teaching facilitating coaching mentoring advising counselling ordering leading contacting conveying corresponding disclosing disseminating spreading broadcasting imparting interacting engaging animating relating revealing transmitting transferring publishing reporting journaling, advertising publicising .................... the list is endless
Tuesday's BYOD4L prompt for reflection is communicating its so many things and so fundamental to being human and living in all the day to day contexts we inhabit and draw meanings from. Teaching as a parent, in a classroom or on-line evokes particular sets of contexts and situations and distinct repertoires of habits, behaviours, modes, tools and vehicles for communication. It involves an audience partner, family, friends, work colleagues and professional colleagues more generally, communities, the world and self.
Tuesday's communication project was to keep my daughter's 18 month old twins safe, happy, entertained, engaged and hopefully learning and I can't see how ICT could have helped me. Wednesday I spent in a university talking to a people who were interested in LWE. We could have used skype but being physically present was important to what we discussed the way we discussed it and the results that came out. But I did use my communication devices travelling there and back on the train including checking into BYOD4L sites.
In terms of time invested and value to me my internet enabled laptop is my most important
communication device I use all the time for communicating in text (email and more extended forms), and visually - pictures, photos, illustrations, animations, audio and video using a wide range of software tools and applications. I have a dongle which means I can use it wherever I go and I find the keyboard easier to use than my phone.
I use my smart phone for calling and receiving calls, texting and finding stuff out when I'm out and about. I generally don't post to my blog or forums directly and use my laptop for this.
I post to maillists, and participate in groups and forums in a selective way.
I have a suite of weebly websites which I maintain for information giving and community interaction. This website is the main site that I use to present myself and my work and to record things that are important to me in my life.
I facilitate a community forum on one of my weebly sites. I also have an older suite if wikis on PBworks which is now essentially an archive. Other websites I have built in the past also serve as archives.
In my LWE mentoring work with learner I use oovoo or skype but, thanks to BYOD4L, I will now check out google hangouts. We encourage learners to create their own website and blogs so that we can interact with them via this medium.
I have experimented with twitter and go on it sporadically. Just recently I have been going on daily, following more people and making daily tweets. I can see it has value but I remain unconvinced it's an essential tool for me.
In my LWE work we create significant content - e-books, Magazine, web pages, slideshows/ presentations. I share these through my website rather than slideshare. Just about everything I produce is freely available or produced under a Creative Commons Licence. I took the trouble this year to find out more about these licences.
I maintain my profile and updates on my work through my own website, academia.eu and Linked-in (see above) I have a facebook account for family reasons but don't use it very much.
My LInked-in Network
BYOD4L is a great opportunity to learn more and to see how other people are using tools and devices to communicate. I find showing and exemplification the most useful ways of learning.
I looked at the collection of communication tools and learnt about google+ which I have signed up for. I also liked the Answer Garden and Linked in Network mapping tools and have used them both in my blog. Thanks to Sue I have a suite of tools to work through and explore their relevance to my communication world. I generally take things up when I can see their relevance to what I want or need to do.