If we consider the expectations of an educator, as to having the knowledge and understanding of technological trends, including social media. The overall aim is to ensure we are connecting to social networks, experience new ideas and remaining current. It also allows us to try new ways to do things, maybe without the need for any budget, which means other than our own time what have we to lose in trying something new? Take a minute to look at the visual map and put yourself in the centre of the wheel and reflect on the different social media you use, have tried and ones you are interested in for future use. Consider what your students now or in the future may use, remember the tools we use now may well be gone in 5-10 years time. Investing in technology for education purposes is a difficult task, as who knows what innovation is coming next?
What is The Conversation Prism?
According to Brian Solis who developed The Conversation Prism in 2008. The Conversation Prism is “a visual map of the social media landscape. It’s an ongoing study in digital ethnography that tracks dominant and promising social networks and organizes them by how they’re used in everyday life”. A new updated prism is due soon so keep an eye out at https://conversationprism.com/.
See my own brainstorm for developing social media and technology skills as part of becoming a networked educator.
Solis, B. & JESS3 (2017). The Conversation Prism
Nursing Education Network (2016). The Networked Teacher