So, taking my social media map that I created in my class earlier, I have created a more formal visual representation of my social media use.
I basically Googled the icons for the social media that I use, and then tried to find ways to sort them into logical groups. After a bit of moving around, I decided to group them based on how intimately I used them. The innermost ring of social media contains ones that I use on a daily basis for personal
ventings expression and communicating with family and friends. The middle ring contains social media that I use for work and school, and the outer ring consists of ones that I use for “extra stuff”, things that are not as important but I use them leisurely.
Since this is about me, I decided to put a caricature of myself in the centre of the rings. I’ve been using this app called Bitmoji that lets users create cartoon versions of themselves as emojis. Its integration with Chrome lets me extract a picture of myself easily by simply copying and pasting.
After arranging everything, it looked very science-y, so I decided to come up with a theme. The arrangement looked like a Bohr diagram, but I couldn’t think of a cool name that would go with it. However, it also looks like a solar system, with all the social media revolving around me, the user. That’s how the name Social Constellation was born. A space background and a title later, the poster was born:
Oh, the awesome thing about this? It’s all done in MS-Word!
This is my social media map, which shows all the social media that I am currently using. I chose to go simple and draw logos, with the size proportional to how much I use it. I’m sure I’ve missed a few of them…
Can you guess what news story is portrayed with the following emoji?
Click on the picture for answer!
Jeopardy Rocks is a web application that allows teachers and students to create customized jeopardy games. You can create up to 5 categories, and there can be up to 4 teams competing. It’s free, but the paid version allows you to print out the answers. There are minor glitches, but it is a great way to engage learners in the classroom.
It’s sad (pun-intended) that the use of feelings are driving our news and social media rather than truth. How did this trend start?
Does it have anything to do with what PJ mentioned in an earlier course on cyberethics: that the biggest human addiction is the sense of belonging to a group? Is it because people always put feelings ahead of logic?
Micro:Bit is a new device (like an Arduino) that lets students learn how to program. It uses block-based drag-and-drop programming, or if you are tech-savvy, program it using Python.
Twine is an open source web app (or standalone software for both Windows and Mac) that allows students to create interactive stories. It is a great tool to engage students in writing! As Dominic Maggiolo says in a recent Twine workshop, with interactive writing, why not design, play, and interact with writing rather than having it written, read, and forgotten?
We have been talking about the use of emojis to convey messages in media, most commonly in the form of text messages, so PJ encouraged us to tweet out a sentence to talk about our graduate research using emojis: