Carl Young and John Lee, NC State University

Heidi Everett-Cacopardo, University of Connecticut


A Social Network is a social structure made of nodes (which are generally individuals or organizations) that are tied by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as values, visions, and ideas. That's according to Wikipedia, but what's does it mean for us? In education, social networks can be classrooms, schools, professional organizations, or extended groups of students and teachers who are connected using the Internet. Participatory media allow for dynamic social networking opportunities.

While considering participatory media options for social networking, it is also important to think critically about Web Identity -- our online presence and the digital footprint we create in cyberspace. In effect, critically considering our web identity is, on the one hand, a strategy for impression management, but more importantly, it is a means of advancing and promoting our professional goals and endeavors as teacher leaders.

In this session, we will begin by considering the importance of a critical perspective on Web Identity, and then we will look at Social Networking options and begin the process of getting participants online in purposeful and professional ways.

Part I. Web Identity: Critically Considering our Digital Footprint (Carl Young)


Part II. Are you online? (John Lee)

Most of us spend a considerable amount of time online, but we might not think about how we live our lives online? There are a number of issues to consider. for example, what does it mean to have a friend online? Do you need to have some face to face contact with a person in order to develop a real relationship? What can we learn about other people from their online presence? Most importantly for us as educators, what can we learn while in online social networks?

We are online right now, and we are in a social network. But, our New Literacies Institute network is framed by online and in person characteristics. We are meeting face to face this week. Before the actual Institute began, we asked you all to join an existing and emerging online social network using a social networking tool called Ning. All this week, we are using online tools to extend experiencs that begin in face to face environments and to do things that might not have been piossible in person. The social network you joined is called the New Literacies Collaborative and is online at

Tools for social networking

...from micro to macro

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Tweeting, do we care what your doing?- depends on...what your doing

Is this what tweeting is about?

But, Tweeting is also quite serious
read more about Twitter and the recent protests over the recent election in Iran
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#Iranelection on

Blogging, a time suck or serious journalism?

Here Blogging has gone wild. An extreme take on blogging. If any of you blog regularly, you might be able to relate.

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But, Huffingfton Post and others have changed the way we get news media information
And, in education consider
In New Literacies - the New Literacies Collaborative

Is Facebook a waste of time or a the changing the way we live???

Maybe Facebook eats your day and shallows out our life. This video suggests so.

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Here President Obama's Facebook page - he has a lot of friends!
Social networking and the cultural political agenda in Great Britain
Backlash - new directions - story on Diaspora ( ) from Read Write Web -

Social networking in history

Social networks in 18th century French society from Robert Darnton
Facebook in the 18th century
19th century microblogging - Lincoln and the telegram

Part III. Creating a classroom without borders (Heidi Everett-Cacopardo)

Creating multiple online identities and participating in social networks expands your opportunities to learn with classrooms around the world. Online, international collaboration begins with teachers connecting with one another using social networks like the Global Education Collaborative Ning. This Ning provides educators interested in global education with an online space to collaborate with one another, add media, and conversation.

Below are several organizations that provide an online space for classrooms to connect with one another:
Flat Classrooms
Global School Net

Part IV. Now it's your turn away

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OK, now it's your turn to do some blogging. Some of you may already blog, others just on the outside looking in or even a bit reluctant. No matter your previous experiences with blogging, we all have one thing in common, we all write. Ultimately, that's what blogging is all about - writing. We would like for you to do some writing and on a social network. You can use our New Literacies Collaborative social network at or some other blogging resource. You might want to microblog instead or in addition. You might even want to use this as an opportunity to create your own blog.

What are you going to write about? We would like everyone to complete one short task. Please reply to carl's post yesterday on definition of new literacies at

If you are feeling adventurous, set up your own blog at or some other blogging service.

The rest of your work is up to you. Here are a few of ideas.

What's your take on social networking tools and in particular the need for educators to be "online?"

Tell us about your most recent experience learning something new. It could be related to teaching or a hobby of yours or really anything. The important part is how you learn. Share your experience as a learner given your professional life as an educator.

Post about one of our Looking Up and Out morning talks.

Describe your experiences with new literacies. What is your take on the new literacies? How are your ideas and perspectives changing? What do you know or not know about the new literacies?

And, just so you know, here is where some of us in the .

John is online at


Greg is blogging

Carl microblogging at

Also, if you already blog, let's get your blog linked off the NLC Ning