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Hey, Have You Met . . . July 25, 2015

Filed under: 5580 — S. Michele Holmes @ 5:22 am
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My course mates and I are continuing our discussion of various social media outlets enhancing and hindering our professional presence online this week in my Readings Seminar in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems course.  Two of the questions posed are how Twitter can be used to advance a professional career and what criteria are necessary when selecting additional professional social media websites.  Then we have been challenged to create a professional presence on another site designed for that and explain why we chose it.

As for advancing a professional career with Twitter, it very easy to do just as with the other forms of social media.  Creating an account is simple with an email address and tweaking the settings.  Anyone can even create multiple accounts with Twitter because they are based on email addresses rather than actual (or made up) people.  So keeping several different accounts for various reasons may keep professional and personal information separate.  I believe I have made at least five Twitter accounts by now for various endeavors, but I am now down to one which is my professional presence account.  Being able to connect Twitter to other forms of social media allows for cross-posting, so if I see a tweet with a great professional article and retweet it, this also posts to my linked Facebook account, this blog, and my AboutMe site.  The use of hashtags can organize trains of thought and ideas which can be searched for at a later time because everything is saved.  For example, I frequently search for any tweets with #edtechjobs or #edujobs in them as part of my job searching strategy and also include my blog title or other ideas I want to organize information by in my tweets.  As for what criteria are necessary when selecting other forms of social media, they must contain ways to portray professional attributes such as work experience and samples of work.  It must also have a way to connect with other users and include the ability to search.

I feel as if I am cheating on the next part of the assignment, because I actually searched for and found a fantastic social media site several years ago and have been cultivating my professional presence and connections on it for some time.  Here is the link to my AboutMe page.  When I first found this site, I was impressed at how easy it was to work with and how it seemed to create a very basic landing page – a place where all my other forms of social media could be linked in one place.  All that appeared was one page on which you could include a representative photograph, a biography, and links to other social media, websites, interests, and portfolios.  Over the years, AboutMe has added new features including the ability to display the user’s location and work experience.  The connection aspect involves being able to search for other AboutMe pages with nearly any search criteria.  The user can compliment other users, send them a message which goes to the email associated with the account, add people to collections, and see which other users have viewed them.  I often describe it to others as Pinterest for people.

 

Facebook Settings and Professionals July 20, 2015

Filed under: 5580 — S. Michele Holmes @ 10:44 pm
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The discussion of using social media outlets to enhance and hinder our professional presence online continues in my Readings Seminar in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems course.  This time my course mates and I are discussing what security settings our Facebook accounts should have to reflect our personal  and professional personae.  We are then challenged to update our settings accordingly.  In preparation for the final pieces to our portfolios, we have been asked to develop a 30 second elevator pitch about ourselves.

A number of settings can be used to limit what others see on your Facebook profile and wall.  Under the “select audience” settings, one can choose for all future posts to be public, for friends only, or for just the user to see.  This can also be done with individual posts.  The user can also select who they can receive friend requests from, including either everyone or friends of friends.  One can also limit who sees your email address and telephone number.  These needs are different depending upon if you have a personal or professional need.  I have actually created two separate Facebook accounts (sorry, Mark), one for my close friends and family and another for my professional and potential business persona.  However, the real issue lies with when work friends become outside of work friends, so knowing how to manipulate these settings is necessary.  An interesting setting is the who can follow you.  It seems that now, not only can you be friends with another account but also have people follow you.  I can see how this would be a necessary setting for very public profiles such as celebrities and political people.

One can also set up pages and groups with a variety of public and private settings.  However, these are also issues with this.  For example, one of my former coworkers created a private Facebook group for his students.  The idea was for them to have a place to keep up with important dates and times, post pictures and videos for members only, and discuss class content.  At the time other options such as Edmodo and Remind101 were not available.  He was told he could not conduct such a group even if it had no ties to his personal account because of the settings.

Elevator Pitch:
I am a designer of educational experiences with over 10 years teaching experience in public schools. Over the years I have come to view technology as a means to differentiate and individualize instruction and assist all learners in reaching their full potential. I desire to consult with educators, administrators, and stakeholders on how to incorporate more technology in the classroom and in professional development to meet their students’ needs.

 

Social Media Outlets, Professional and Casual July 18, 2015

Filed under: 5580 — S. Michele Holmes @ 5:14 am
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As my Readings Seminar in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems course mates and I work our way through our final professional portfolios, we are also exploring how various social media outlets may enhance and hinder our professional presence as we conduct job searches and craft our careers.  The two outlets we are discussing this week are LinkedIn and Facebook.  We have been asked to ponder if LinkedIn is useful to searching for jobs and how LinkedIn and Facebook profiles differ.

As for whether or not LinkedIn is useful for job hunting, the simple answer is a resounding YES.  The benefits of being able to network on a global scale alone increases the chances of finding the right fit as well as creating jobs that do not exist.  Also, being able to search for, research, and link to company websites based upon preferences such as industries and locations is a massive benefit no job search website such as Monster or SimplyHired has been able to offer before.  I personally find the idea of having an online professional presence as necessary in this day and age to the point that I have created profiles through numerous outlets such as Twitter, AboutMe, and Facebook, but LinkedIn takes the networking to a whole new level by providing a way for people to connect with each other.  Another benefit is having a resume online which can be referenced in emails and other digital communication which saves time and money.  LinkedIn does have some disadvantages such as having your current employer be made aware that you are searching for other opportunities.  Also, the likelihood for potential employers to make judgements about what they see on your LinkedIn profile is much higher which could result in losing out on a position.

When considering how ubiquitous the use of social media has become in every aspect of our lives, both professional and personal, it is only natural to be concerned about what happens when the display of these two aspects of life do not portray the same picture.  LinkedIn was designed to be used in a professional capacity while Facebook was not.  It was designed for socializing.  Discrepancies between home and work agendas can cause conflict because of lack of understanding and context.  For example, as a teacher in a small, close community, I was warned by employers not to post morally questionable content which could be misconstrued in the wrong context.  Think about going out to celebrate your 20th wedding anniversary and having a glass of champagne, posting the event on Facebook for your family and friends to also enjoy, then receive a reprimand at work on Monday after one of your students’ parents saw it and complained.  I actually created a 2nd Facebook account to act as my professional Facebook account especially with the increase in news and advertising content relevant to user activity and preferences, but keeping up with so many different accounts has become cumbersome with no time to maximize the benefits of their use for job searching.

 

 
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