Prezi Presentation On How Writing is Changing

I have constructed a prezi on the changing face of writing and literacy. This is the capstone assignment for the first module of one of my classes this semester and I’m not sure I came to a satisfying end, as all I did was posit questions and I don’t feel I provided much in the way of answers. Enjoy.


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.

Thoughts on Twitter

Matthew Moore, 3/2/14

The rapid and widespread popularity of Twitter has never ceased to amaze me. I acknowledge that it is a platform for wide-spread communication of ideas from one person to another person who could be many miles away they will never meet. I have never understood though how conversations on Twitter work though. I have been told that it is a veritable platform for communication and that people have had long and fulfilling talks with others via Twitter, but I do not know how they do it.

Over the last month I have been trying to address people in my intended future field, writing and English, via Twitter, but I have been unsuccessful. I know that I cannot honestly expect everyone I tweet to look at and address every tweet that they receive. Some of them clearly don’t respond to anyone other than friends, and I must admit, I am the same way. I would send out tweets to various Professors and others that seemed to be in the writing filed, but I was only meant with a torrent of silence.

As I was tweeting though I began to notice a number of things that kept bothering me as I was trying to compose my messages and find new people to address. First off, I was spending a bizarre amount of time composing these tweets as opposed to any of the other tweets I was doing. Most tweets took me less than a minute to bring them to a point that I was satisfied to shoot them off to whomever their target was, if anyone. But for these tweets, it would take me at least several minutes to settle on a message I thought was adequate enough to send.

I suppose the key idea that kept popping into the back of my head while I was writing to these people was, what are the rules? In face to face social conversations, I am well acquainted with the rules; stand a respectable distance away, don’t raise your voice except for emphasis, maintain eye contact, ect. Talking on the internet though, I was completely clueless. How long am I supposed to wait for a response? How formal or informal should I be with someone I have not met? What is a casual topic to start conversation with? There just too many things I simply did not know. This lack of knowledge of how to speak online threw me completely off and I can’t help but feel as though it negatively influenced my ability to speak online. This is bizarre to me.

I myself have written about how it is supposedly easier to speak online that off, and yet here I found myself stifled. Without proper knowledge of what the community’s rules are I was paralyzed and unable to speak effectively to others. Normally I would have tried to learn the rules through observation, but I did not notice a significant amount of conversations while I used Twitter. I suppose I just did not have a conversation focused experience with Twitter, and as such there was nothing I could observe.

I feel bad about this to be honest, as I’m unable to comment on how to represent yourself for twitter in a positive or a negative light. I suppose I could make a comment on the importance of learning the rules of any online community you engage with, but that would feel hollow without any advice to give. Perhaps there are no uniform rules across Twitter and it is more dependent upon who you speak to on Twitter. If you know the person then, I suppose you should speak to them there the same way you would respond to them in real life. If you’re addressing a person you aren’t familiar with, try to remain respectful. I’m sorry I can’t add anymore to that. 

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:

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.

Social Media Parody Video

This parody video was made by the local Fox channel in Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas. It starts with the first 20 seconds or so seeming like your average news channel coverage on the scene of a city hall shootout. However, when it comes time to see the reporters on the scene, the first one is tweeting and the next reporter even takes a “selfie” with a dead victim found at the crime scene!

I think the spoofs in this video really highlight how we use some of the social media and how ridiculous they can honestly sound. How silly did the one reporter sound telling us about her checking into “Foursquare” at Starbucks?

The example of the reporter tweeting the shooting and not actually being involved in what was going around him hit home for me. I know there have definitely been times when I out was somewhere too busy trying to get the perfect Instagram photo or tweeting about it rather than actually just enjoying it in the moment.

It may sound silly saying all these things (skyping, tweeting, liking a page) out loud and watching others engage in them so seriously is a little cringe inducing but I think it brings something important to mind.

It is okay to be an active user in all outlets of social media. However, to immerse yourself so deeply that you lose touch with the reality of a situation is when a red flag should be raised. After watching this video, perhaps next time you go to use social media you’ll do so more consciously and with purpose. I know I will!

Social Media Task List

Since the popularity and explosion of technology and social media, many people have turned to the computer and internet for advertisement or business related purposes. Since many of these people probably started out with personal profiles before professional, it can be tricky to determine what is important when it comes to maintaining their professional electronic profile.

While browsing through Zite I came across this article that featured a graphic “checklist” one could use to determine if you are using your technology in the most effective way possible.

Having a personal profile such as Facebook, you get the satisfaction of posting about your breakfast, ranting about that episode of “The Bachelor” or sharing photos of the snow day. With a professional profile not as much. While it may be fun to incorporate some personal touches into a business or professional page, it can be distracting.

I think one of the most important things to take from this list is staying connected with others. When you interact with others through the correct way, people are drawn to your site and want to keep coming back. If you never respond or post anything of relevancy that might interest your audience, they may think you’re just a robot behind the computer screen.

Another important thing to keep in mind is relevancy. If you are a person running a twitter website for a certain company that deals with (for example) fitness, you should stick to retweeing/tweeting about other tweets that have to do with fitness. Make your professional profile stay on track.

While these little tasks may seem time consuming, they are important to utilize into your social media routine to obtain the best results. Engaging and connecting with one another the right way really ties people together and strengthens the 0nline community in the most healthy, beneficial way possible. Whether it be expanding your business or advertising, this task list is a good place to start.