Author: anavk

Conversing through Twitter

I am a very new user to Twitter, I would not even suggest following me because I do not post anything very interesting and I usually allow Twitter to go by the way side because it is just a concept that I cannot grasp. Through this blog post I’m going to showing different ways you can use twitter, but most importantly, how to communicate with someone through twitter.

My goal was to try to start a conversation with someone through Twitter, but that goal can sometimes be unachievable when other twitter users do not respond.

Thanks to youtube, that short little video explains what a conversations on twitter rather easily, so how come twitter users (usually famous people) do not respond? Perhaps they are busy but most likely, it is not their personal twitter, one which they check regularly, or often they have someone else managing their twitter accounts.  Something you can look for is seeing if their twitter account is “Verified”.  When you look through someones feed and it is normal human things such as “I want to go…I am eating…etc”, activities any basic human does, but when their tweets look more like:


maybe you should look around their account more to see if it is one, a person and two, them and not their manager.

I hope these few things help people understand twitter conversations and why perhaps they are not working for you. Most twitter conversations happen between friends, so log on and chat up your buddies.

RE: The Boy and His Dog

I love stories about children and about dogs, but this story is beyond love. The story of Owen Howkins and Haatchi, is a simple love story between a boy and his dog. I must thank Blogging with Friends for showing this to me, because it is something that truly changed me.

When Owen and Haatchi came together, two lives were changed. Haatchi, a three-legged Italian shepard helped Owen live a new life. Owen suffers from Schwartz-Jampel Syndrome, which constantly puts Owen’s muscles in a tense flexed position. Before Owen’s family adopted Haatchi, Owen was scared of all strangers, not wanting to communicate with anyone. Owen knows that it was Haatchi that changed the way he felt about people, now Owen will go and speak to anyone about his best three-legged friend.

Haatchi was found hit by train after being tied to the train tracks, but then brought into the Howkins family. Owen and Haatchi have a unique bond, Owen’s mother stated that “It’s almost like [Haatchi] understands.” Bonds between humans and man’s best friend are indescribable at times. Dogs have some odd ability to know exactly what’s going on and understand how to help out.

If you want to check out some more amazing dogs check out CNN’s Article of five amazing dogs.  Follow Owen and Haatchi on twitter @HaatchiHD.

RE: Leadership and the Workplace

Leadership, it is truly all around us, there is always someone at the head of the pack leading their team members on. Will you be that person? @yseguinotWRT tweeted an article on Leadership, I wanted to break it down and bring in other ideas to give everyone a whole sense of leadership, along with how and where to use it. Leadership can be used in all aspects of your life; work,organizations, friends. It is how you use it in these places that shows if you are a good leader. Leaders strive to solve problems and create long lasting solutions, but there are somethings leaders do not realize they must also achieve while problem solving.

1. Constructive versus destructive communication

When communicating with others you want it to be an honest conversation, false statements are not valued when it comes to growth (self, corporations,organizations). Honesty is always the best policy.At the same time constructive communication needs boosts people up, shows that them that what they are saying is important and valued.  Conversations needs to be consistent, leaders need the communication to keep the positive growth consistent and the negative side effects to a minimum. Having open communication with your team members shows that each of them are valued and that their input is important, which leads us to…

2. Seeking input

You cannot just assume that people are going to come right up to you and tell you what is going right and what is going wrong, as a leader, you need to step out of your element and ask questions. Ask your team members, in groups as well as one on one, what things is the team and you the leader are doing well. Not only knowing the things that are going well are important, but knowing what things aren’t doing so well, where can you improve. Oftentimes, the boss has one on one sit down with their employees to evaluate them, to seek input on your own leadership have those same sit down but ask your team members how you as a leader are doing. Everyone can always improve. Showing your team members that their thoughts are important show that you trust them. Creating a team where everyone voice is heard will make everyone work that much harder because they know that it is on them just as much as the leader.

Seeking input can get hair and messy but that is why leaders have to do it. Everyone must dive into the comments that we often might not want to here, we must…

3. Engage in difficult Conversations

Criticism, it can be good and it can be bad, even constructive criticism can be taken in a negative way. As leaders we have to put ourselves out there and get uncomfortable. If you aren’t uncomfortable yet there is always more that you can be doing. The difficult conversations can included multiple subject, the most common one is team accountability. In a team everyone must do their part, so what should you do when someone is not putting in their one hundred percent. In the most respectful way, you have to sit them down and have an honest conversation of their role in the team. A leader must address problems with people directly. Do not make a production of the problem at hand,

As a leader you must realize that these conversations are not meant to be mean. They are only meant to help improve each member of the team.

A good leader is constructive, seeks input and can separate logic from emotion. To put leadership in a great way is Drew Dudley. He talks about how leadership can be an everyday thing, just check this out:

RE: Get Digital, not the Devices

Looking through my twitter I found that @laurenaleonard posted an article. 7 Ideas for going Digital without devices by  lists seven way you can get connected digitally without using devices. Instead of listing them here, I am rather going to try each one out.

Youtube and Youtube Channels: Personally I love youtube, I could spend hours on it watching things educational and inspiration or I could spend that same amount of time just wasting it on dumb videos. Personally this is one of my favorite videos hands down, take a moment to watch it you’ll feel better about yourself.

One hundred and one questions is an interesting website, they show you a quick video

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Mystery Skype:

The concept is simple: classrooms Skype call each other and try to guess where the other classroom is located either in the United States or in the world.On the day of the call, students use their resources in trying to figure where the other class is calling from via Skype.

Connected Classroom:

Classrooms can connect via Google Hangout to go on virtual field trips, some are to aquariums, zoo’s and outerspace. Some future field trips include a virtual field trip to President Lincoln’s Cottage and a Museum field trip in honor of African American History.

Class Voice Blog:

What if you could give every one of your students in your class a voice? With a blog each student can expresses their views and opinions. Try using Kidblog to get your students involved in what is going on in the classroom, this is also perfect for the shy students in your classroom.

Twitter Tuesday:

Twitter can be used just like a blog, but a shorter, quicker way to get your students voice’s heard.


Plickers is a feedback system used inside of the classroom. Students do not need any sort of electronic device or even a clicker, just a piece of paper that has each students own personal barcode. To find out how to set up plickers and manage a classroom, just watch this video:

What is LinkedIn all about?

Today I read an article by Rob Asghar, a contributor on Forbes. His article focused LinkedIn profiles, and my blog is going to be an exploration of LinkedIn, a website that I’ve heard so much about but do not actually understand to use. So firstly I’m going to google “how to use LinkedIn”

The video walked me through why LinkedIn is important and how to generally use it. The video is very helpful so I suggest that you watch it too.

Not having a profile myself, one of my friends, Brandon allowed me log into his, perhaps after I will make one myself.

After logging in I go to the home page, much like facebook or twitter, this home page give an overview on connections made to the profile.


The first thing I notice is a pop up showing which people have been looking at the profile recently. Most of the people that are already connect to the profile. When you check to see which people have checked out your profile you have the option to message them or explore their profile. Going down the homepage, LinkedIn suggests other profiles to follow that go along with the profile already made. The home page also shows jobs that are posted that are connect to your, or in this case Brandon’s profile.  This home page also shows connections your friends have made to other people, much like facebook.

The most important thing about LinkedIn is that you can represent yourself in the most professional setting. By creating a working resume and having connections with professionals in your field shows a great deal about your attitude towards your career. 

Google Yourself

Today, I wanted to know what my employers would find if they googled me, most importantly what embarrassing things would they find about me and would it change my chances of getting a job. So I did just that, I logged out of every social media account I had (facebook,instagram,google+) to see what the public and my future boss may see.

I begin to google myself…

A bunch of results, to 53,600 results to be exact. So let me begin to explore what the World Wide Web knows about me.

The first result is facebook. I have to open it, what can the public see about what I think is a private page about me and my life.  After opening facebook as a public viewer, people can see my profile pictures, cover pictures, and my interests. Thankfully all my other information is hidden unless we become facebook “friends”.

So what else came up on my own Google search? An Anna Kolbach (spelled with two n’s), not me. My fourth result was my Prezi account, with three of my Prezi’s on display for anyone to see. This is not a big since they were all created for some class. My fifth through eighth result for the search of Ana Kolbach on Google consists of my pole vaulting career from high school and college.  Going through pages of me and Anna Kolbach on the web I find other accounts I have made, such as Diigo , and my involvement with Rowan University in many different areas. It’s good to say that I’m a pretty boring person on the web.

One very interesting thing I found on the web was my family tree:
Let me zoom in so you can actually see me!

There I am. Even though I am an incredibly boring person on the web, what could someone do to keep their professionalism online?

After reading an article by Alan Henry to help clean up your online appearance. He breaks it down to many simple steps but I’ll highlight just a few of them:

Step 1: Just as I did, search for yourself on Google and Facebook. Really click around to see how deep someone can get into your life, find those embarrassing pictures. Did you find results you did not enjoy? Well Google has a way to fix these things.  It is by removing content or website when a search is done to you. Google has a step by step process to removing information about yourself on the internet. Thank you Google!

When it come to facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Google +, make those pages private or even delete them all together. That way no one can can take information about you with out your consent.

Step 2: The second step of this process is to boost yourself up by creating profiles that truly represent you in your best light.  Henry suggests by getting your own domain and turn that website into your own profile which can hold your resume, photos, interests and anything positive that represents you. You can even use this new domain as your email!

So what is your web face? I hope this post inspires you to search and then clean up what people see about you online.

How Technology is changing the Writing World: A response to Jay David Bolter

Jay David Bolter, author of Writing Space: Computers, Hypertext and the Remediation of Text, begins his text quoting Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris stating that “the invention of the printed book [is] an end rather than a beginning”. This opening is a rather sorrowful one, I personally love books, the way the weight feels in your hand,  the ability to manually turn each page is a the reason why I love books and why I am concerned for their viability. Bolter goes on to explain how the printed text has a rival, or in the technological case many rivals. “Word processing, databases, e-mail, the World Wide Web, and the computer graphics graphics are displacing printed communication for various purposes.” With so many texts, photos and books only just a key stroke away, how will books, encyclopedias and printed photographs stand a chance. As the world becomes filled with new information the printed text has a lot to keep up with. Scientific and academic knowledge is becoming so vast that the organization of this information has turned to more electronic forms. Universities and the government are switching up to an updated internet since most of the internet is being clogged with information of the cultural world. 

As each generation goes on with the next they tell their stories in different forms, with each new generation, writing is going towards a more technological form. Bolter expresses this idea by saying “the principal idea of each generation would no longer write itself with the same material and in the same way”. With accessibility to internet, the new generation will write their stories using pictures on instagram, facebook and expressing the issues of the new world on twitter and blogs. 

Works Cited

Bolter, J.D. (2001). Writing as technology. Writing space: Computers, hypertext, and the remediation of print. Mahwah, NJ: LEA. 14 – 26