I remember being on after-school homework/detention duty a few years ago. It was on the second story of a building to separate it from the rest of the school. The time had started and the students had spread themselves around and were getting on with their work, when out of the lift came three students, one of whom was riding a scooter. Can I just say, the seriousness and control that was in that space quickly dissipated, turning into chaos. It was interesting to see other students initially laugh, until it stopped being funny.
I remember in my first teaching position looking out the window of a crummy old portable at the picturesque mountain ranges in the distance. I made a comment about this to one of the students. They griped, “try looking at it every day.” Although I was taken aback, it was something that stayed with me. With one road in and out, over time I learnt that with all the beauty and majesty, the mountains were both physically and mentally claustrophobic.
It is interesting to reflect upon different social media spaces and think about the features and the limitations. For example, Twitter annoys me the inability to edit posts, while Micro.Blog frustrates me because of the way it responds to headings (I know, real blogging does not have headings). In the end, I think that is why I have taken to and working from there. Maybe that does not always have the same reach and interaction, but we have to compromise somewhere.
Thoughts are with all the Victorian students and teachers as onsite learning resumes today. The world has changed and it will be a different space to be in. I imagine there will be a lot of anxiety, excitement and apprehension in the air, however the balloons being put out at my children’s school this morning were a thoughtful gesture. Reminds me that there are some things we can change and it is useful to start there.
Social media can be a great space to series of Tweets
, you are not always able to link to points of context and clarification. For me, this is one thing that I like about Micro.Blog’s use
of Markdown. Clearly, not as rich as WordPress, but much better than Twitter or Google+(rip).
, however not every space is helpful with . Although you can trace a thread through a