My Status Update

What is your status update?
Are you on Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, Linkedin, Ning, Mightybell, Scoopit, Pinterest, Scribd, Diigo, Mentormob, and WizIQ? If you are not, you should get an account right now so you can be sharing, learning, and ultimately, making a difference in people’s lives around the globe. How can a status update make a difference in the world?

Learning from Optimists
According to Gina Bianchini, the co-founder and ex-CEO of Ning and the current founder and CEO of Mightybell, hope, competency, and drive are key ingredients to making a difference in the world. Gina has been featured on Fortune Magazines 40 under 40, Huffington Posts 10 technology Ultimate Game Changers, and 7×7 magazines Hot 20 list. Gina and Ning have been featured in the New York Times, Fortune, Forbes and Fast Company. She has also appeared on CNBC and CNN.  Watch and listen to Gina Bianchini speak about connecting optimists.

Dr. Nellie DeutschMy Status Updates
I’ve been teaching face-to-face in traditional schools for over 3 decades. I broke out of the traditional classroom when the Internet first became public in the mid 80s. I have been spending most of my waking hours for the past 15 years teaching and learning online. I am no longer limited to time and space in communicating information (teaching) and in learning by  teaching others. We all become teachers when we post our status updates. I hope that what I post will help others learn. I use the following social networks for my status update:

What social network do you for your status update and how do you share information online?

Sharing & Learning
We are making a difference in people’s lives by sharing information on social networks. But the process doesn’t come naturally to everyone so social networks are helping people learn how to share. Learning to share is a very important aspect of learning for the person posting and for those who read and respond. Social networks are creating a ripple effect that is connecting and bringing people of all cultures together.

Posting on a private discussion board or a closed learning environment such as Moodle, Blackboard, Edumodo, and other university-based learning management or course management systems is limiting. You can blog about your learning experiences and spread the word on social networks for everyone to see, add their comments, and learn.  Connecting with the facilitators or the class members limits your scope and lessons learned.

Learning After Class
For example, if you missed some of the class sessions (online or face-to-face) or the class is now over, you can continue collaborating and learning from people around the globe. You can create a blog using the free programs available, create or join a Ning, or you can share your experiences on Mightybell.  By sharing your experiences on social networks, you open up to a larger audience and learn in the process.

Gina is an optimistic individual who is passionate about learning & sharing. She does all she can to share her ideas and inspire people make a difference in their lifetime . You are invited to join Gina Bianchini in conversation on WizIQ, ask questions, and share your ideas so that others will learn.

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