Come Join Us for the 2015 Version of the #WalkMyWorld Project

Come Join Us for the 2015 Version of the #WalkMyWorld Project

We’d like to invite you to join us for the 2015 version of the #WalkMyWorld Project. The project is a social media experiment in which we connect, collaborate, and share online.

So what does this all mean?

Over the next ten weeks, we would like you all to share (once a week) with us a “walk” in your “world.” There really are no rules to this challenge. The only real “rule” to this challenge is that we ask that you share this publicly on Twitter, and include the hashtag (#WalkMyWorld) in your post. Each week we’ll share a prompt and some collection of text to help guide us. The prompts will all be shared here on the project website.

Who is this for?

You. Are you interested in learning how to use Twitter? Are you interested in connecting and learning with others online? Are you interested in having fun? Thinking about how to build up your digital identity? For all that and more…come join us. Lurkers also welcome. 🙂

Be thoughtful in your posts

Please keep in mind that in this work you are openly posting information to the Internet. I believe that it is important that we educate, empower, and advocate for the use of digital texts and tools as a literacy. I also believe that teachers and students should think critically about how they create and curate their online brand. That being said…I want you all be thoughtful, and careful as you select what to share online about yourself. Please do not post or share anything that you feel does not represent you in the best light.

Play…and then share

In this challenge, you are playing with, creating, and sharing digital content in online spaces. The key element here is to have fun, connect, and experiment with the digital texts and tools. Be sure be thoughtful and protect yourself as you share online. Be sure to include the #WalkMyWorld hashtag in your posts. Include yourself on the #WalkMyWorld Map by pinning yourself to the map.

Please visit the #WalkMyWorld project site to learn everything and anything you want about the project.

This first week is our “slow start.” This is meant to get everyone on to Twitter and sharing. Create a Twitter account and come follow me, and others in the project. We’ll get rolling next week!!!



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4 Comments Come Join Us for the 2015 Version of the #WalkMyWorld Project

  1. wiobyrne

    Hi all, we started releasing materials yesterday for the 2015 version of the #WalkMyWorld project. For those of you that are just joining us, the project is a social media experiment in which we’re organizing a community of learners openly online together to connect, share, and learn.
    To learn more about the project, you can go to the main project website, or go directly to the learning events for 2015. There will be a total of 10 learning events during the project. We’ll launch the events and tweet them out starting this Sunday afternoon. Each learning event should take about one week to consider, make, share, and connect with others.
    This week is our slow start to the project. We’re using this week to get people started using Twitter, connect to the community, and kick the tires on the whole experience. To that end, we’ve got a couple of things we’d like you to do this week as we prepare to get started next week.
    Get Twitter up and running
    Many of our participants have never used Twitter before. We think that’s great and we’re ready to help you play with this social media tool. We’ve developed and shared a Twitter Tutorials page on the project website. Please go and review the content.
    As you develop your Twitter account, we want you to put some thought into what you plan on using the account for, and what Identity you want to portray in this online social environment. To help explain these issues, I recorded a section of my graduate class last night to discuss Twitter, identity, and their work in the #WalkMyWorld project. You can review the video below.

    I don’t expect you to review the hour long recording of class. The condensed information reveals the following points:
    Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send 140 character messages called “tweets.”
    There are specific elements of a tweet that you will need to learn how to read to make sense of, and use Twitter. More about the anatomy of the tweet is found on the Twitter Tutorials page.
    To make sense of Twitter, I compare it to email as a communication tool. Please see the video to see how.
    As you develop your Twitter account, you’ll want to consider what identities you want to promote, or build with your usage. More on this in the video.
    Finally, I describe the tools and behaviors I use as I interact on Twitter. I also get everyone started with their first tweets.
    Pin Yourself to the Map
    We’ll use some mapping, and geolocation during the project. We’re interested in sharing with others our locations as we share a walk in our world with others. If you’re interested and you’d like to play with maps as well, please review this tutorial. To look at the map and see where everyone is located…please review this page.
    Privacy and Research Guidelines
    Yes, this is an open learning, and open research project. That being said, we’re tremendously concerned about online privacy, rights and security. If you regularly follow my work, or this blog, you know how important these issues are to me specifically.
    We think it is important that you understand your rights and privileges as we work openly in this online space. As a result, we have developed our Privacy and Research Guidelines. I’d like you all to read and review it. If you see things that are not acceptable to you…awesome. Please ping me or the other organizers and let’s do something about it.
    Have FUN!!!
    The last thing I want you to do this week before we really get started is have fun. Get Twitter up and running. Send out a tweet to the #WalkMyWorld community introducing yourself. Say hello to others with a favorite or retweet their content. Share a photo, or just check out what others are sharing. This is the time to play, experiment, and make yourselves comfortable.
    We’ve got a lot of great people ready, willing, and able to help out. Please reach out and connect to others for support.
    Welcome to your new personal learning network.
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