For this activity I chose to spend time with Tweetdeck and Diigo.
I used Diigo to support a Wikipedia lesson I was teaching. Rather than just tell the kids about using Wikipedia for research or putting screen shots into a Powerpoint I figured it would be powerful to take them to the pages where Wikipedia addresses the pros and cons of using it as a research tool. I created the highlights on a work computer but when I tried to use Diigo on a different computer the highlights didn’t show up. It works as expected on my home computer so I haven’t given up hope. I think the big difference is that at home I have installed the Diigo extension but at work I don’t have the ability to install anything and was only able to use Diigolet.
TweetDeck was an exciting experience…..the biggest excitement…..remembering my Twitter account. I got it right on the first time!!! Twitter is something that I struggle with. I see the advantages to it bit I just really haven’t taken the time to wrap my head around it. My husband has used TweetDeck for years and swears by it. I just needed the motivation to try it myself. It took some work to figure it out but I can see myself getting hooked. I love how I can have multiple timelines showing across the columns. I do not see myself having TweetDeck running all the time (I don’t need any more voices in my head!) but I can definitely see myself checking in a few times a day to see what’s going on. Now that I have this tool I need to spend some time and locate a few starter sources to follow. Maybe some day I’ll even tweet!