Who to Follow on Friday, #FF


I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, I often do what I assign to my students. If I don’t like the assignment, why would they?

I introduced Twitter to my digital communications students yesterday. You may be asking (while belly-laughing) why I, as a stodgy old teacher, would think I could INTRODUCE students to a social media platform that is supposed to be their own territory to begin with. Well, I’ll tell you.

  1. They don’t all use it. The most cited reason for not using Twitter is that they’ve seen how it’s used by their peers, and they don’t like it.
  2. I want to show them effective ways to use Twitter, ways that could help them collect and curate information or begin a personal learning network that could result in acquiring knowledge they didn’t know was there.

Their assignment, thus my assignment, was to start an account, if they didn’t already have one, and find five accounts to follow. These five accounts should NOT be peers. They should be entities that could provide them with information that would be helpful. I suggested colleges, specialist magazines, news media. They are to tweet a #FF (Follow Friday) post and write a blog post to tell the world about the five accounts they found, what they are about and why they followed them.

Here are mine:

@geniushour – I’ve been doing Passion Projects, also known as Genius Hour or 20% Time projects in my DigiComm classes the past several semesters (coming up soon, kiddies!). This seems a valuable account to follow and a valuable chat to participate in to make our projects even more meaningful. I’m pretty excited, too, because they followed me right back.

@theskimm – Suggested by my daughter-in-law, The Skimm is a news service. Well, it is to me. For those of us with little time to read all the news every day, but who still want to be on top of things, well, The Skimm is there to fill us in at whatever level we want and in a conversational tone. It’s like I’m having a morning cup of coffee with someone like me – only better informed. It’s just plain embarrassing to be a journalism teacher and have people bring up big news stories that I know nothing about.

@Time – I thought I was following all the news magazines, but I guess I somehow missed Time. No idea how that happened. Again, I’m embarrassed. Breaking news and current events.

@WSJ – The Wall Street Journal is another news outlet I should have been following all along, and I’m surprised I’m not already. I used to think WSJ was too sophistocated for me; however, I think I’m up for it. Breaking news and features. I love me some good feature material.

@oklahomacontemprary – I was excited to find this one. It popped up in my sidebar, and I’d just been talking to a student about arts, and, well, this one hits the spot. Oklahoma Contemporary “encourages artistic expression in all its forms through education and exhibitions.” Can’t wait to see what they have to offer.

So there are my five. I’m sure I’m going to benefit from each one.

Who do you follow for the value they bring?


About teachjournalism
I am a high school teacher of journalism, technology and reading. I advise the school's newspaper and yearbook, both student-led publications. Documenting and sharing my experiences is a way of reflecting to improve my own work and and inviting commentary so that we might all benefit. I believe, as I tell my students each year, that we all learn from each other.

One Response to Who to Follow on Friday, #FF

  1. Pingback: WEEK 6: CHAOS AND TWITTER | DigiComm Fall 15

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