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Assignment Two: Week 5


Keith C. Quarles
EDU651: Collaboration & Learning in a Virtual Environment (MLI1521A)
Dr.: Kimberly Doerflein
06-22-15

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Chapter 6 Critical Thinking Questions


1. What is micro-blogging?
Micro-Blogging is mass communicating through an electronic messenger smaller than
a blog but with some blogging features such as Twitter. With the explosion of Twitter, a
micro blogging instrument that has increased dramatically in popularity since being introduced
in 2006 and in turn has supported the learning is a continuous conversation concept (Richardson,
2008). Thus, Twitter is an example of a microblogging tool that can be used to transfer
information over the internet efficiently and at a high rate of delivery which may be contributed
to the limited text/character requirements and its reach through the internet. Twitter may contain
links to Blogs that elaborate on or pertain to a tweet.
2. Why do you think Twitter has become such a fad in politics?
I think politicians use Twitter as an online tool used to increase ones popularity since
Twitter is popular/trending in itself as a purely social network Twitter is also an inexpensive way
to network and campaign compared to buying airtime and traveling on the campaign trail. A
candidate/politician may develop a following on Twitter that aids one in gaining votes and
staying in touch with the people.
3. What are social bookmarking services and what is their purpose in education?
Social Bookmarking services may be described as online software programs that allow
information sharing that is collaborated upon through the use of tags to create as learning
community/network. Richardson (2012) stated, what these services do thats social is take all
of the entries that are tagged and connect them, and then connect all of the people who posted
links in the first place (p.89). Thus, social book marking services allow for collaboration
through the use of tags and links. Social Bookmarking also challenges the way we teach
students, normally we teach students to keep track of where research is located, now more

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emphasis is put on how to retrieve it from the knowledge base created by a community of
researchers (Richardson, 2008). Thus, social bookmarking may be used in education to compile
information from/for students that come from a community of learners which may include the
students themselves through sharing of links and social web site tagging.
4. In what ways does del.icio.us approach social bookmarking differently?
Delicious is a social bookmarking tool basically used to link a community of
learners/collaborators so that they may exchange information. Unlike Diigo, another popular
social bookmarking tool, Delicious is a social bookmarking tool mainly concerned with
connecting groups through tags instead of transmitting the actual information to be shared by the
group (Richardson 2010). Thus, Delicious is different because the transfer of the information
itself is not the focus/function of the software. Richardson (2010) stated, Delicious is so
Google-esque in its minimal design that it doesnt even require an email to register (p.98).
Most other online software programs/applications require an email in order to register; Delicious
is unique in that respect too.
5. What are the pros/cons of setting up mechanisms that bring information to you, such as RSS?
Feeds/Social Bookmarking, rather than you going to it?
Pros: Automatic setup saves time. Software connects tags automatically to connect
masses of learners of a certain interests. The idea is that in working within the learning
community derived from social bookmarking new tagging methods will emerge that create new
learning communities (Richardson, 2008). RSS feeds can automatically connect us to links
pertaining to our query. Automatic features protect users/website from malicious intent.
Experiences in increased web traffic through automated bookmarks and feeds. Cash (2011)
stated, there are pros and cons in both manual and automated bookmarking (p.1). Cons:

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Automatic feeds leave an abundance of information. Manually, going to get the information may
ensure landing in the right place to connect and collaborate. (Cash, 2010). Thus, automated
bookmarking may not ensure your tag being placed in the most useful group of community
learners for ones intended purp[ose for using social bookmarking/RSS Feeds and in turn has its
advantages and disadvantages when compared to manual retrieval of information on a subject.
However from what I have learned from class/text/references social bookmarking through
automation aids in connecting people who have common interests rapidly and sufficiently.

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References
Cash, D. L (2011). Comparison between manual and automated Social Bookmarking. Retrieved
from http://blog.savenkeep.com/2011/09/comparison-between-manual-and-automatedsocial-bookmarking/
Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms
(3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.