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  1. Jenny Ashby

    I agree! Must be a combination of both and learning is social. I also believe our networks have become fragmented due to other social media being used some ppl use Facebook others Google+ and others Linked in pinterous, Instagram and the list goes on. Ppl have moved to their preferred medial no one can sustain all.

  2. Agreed. As with any relationship, stagnant ones usually die off. I’ve learned tons and met visionaries, but those conversations need to evolve. The evolution of learning is what makes it worthwhile. I think of it like this: content recycles, relationships evolve. If you’re not in the second category, you’ll get bored.

  3. Hey Pal,

    I think that Twitter is dying simply because it promotes laziness in social spaces. People think that by lurking or retweeting or simply sharing links to posts that they are “participating in a global learning network.”

    Lurking, sharing and retweeting are the simplest forms of participation — and they do little to build relationships or to make us truly “social” beings. And when those simple patterns of participation become the norm rather than the exception — as they have with Twitter — then a social space becomes less valuable and interesting.

    Long story short, the common patterns of participation that have taken over Twitter — the notion that other people will do the heavy lifting for us and that all we need to do is find content to use and hit the favorite button or retweet messages in order to be a “contributor” — has turned Twitter into something that is less valuable than it once was.

    Any of this make sense?

    More importantly, how do we encourage people who have “grown up” in this watered down version of social learning to embrace something more in whatever new space replaces Twitter for folks who want to learn together?

    Finally, what consequences will these patterns of participation — which so many teachers have embraced — have on the kids in our classrooms? Can we really expect teachers to show students the potential that social spaces provide for learning when “potential” means “finding great content without having to work hard and hitting the Like button a whole bunch of times”?

    You’ve got me thinking…
    Bill

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