Shelly (@sfryer) and I are continuing to brainstorm our new book project and social media empowerment campaign, “Inside and Outside Sharing.” We are going to be presenting about “Inside and Outside Sharing” in a few weeks in Austin, Texas, at iPadPalooza, and the following week in Denver at the ISTE conference. We’ve been thinking about ways we can visually represent the different tools, apps and platforms which can be used for inside and outside sharing, and came up with two different draft sketches which we will make into more professional graphics in upcoming weeks.

This sketch is our first effort. The student in the center is thinking about sharing ideas as a media project, and there are “inside sharing” options to the left and “outside sharing options to the right. Inside sharing options include email, a SeeSaw digital portfolio / learning journal, a classroom LMS (Google Classroom, Edmodo, Canvas, etc.) and SMS via Remind. Some of these tools permit outside sharing too, like SeeSaw and Edmodo for individual items, so there are some arrows from these tools pointing to the outside. Outside sharing tools include a classroom podcast (with Opinion), a classroom YouTube channel, a class blog, a class Twitter account, a class or school Facebook page, a class photo page (powered by Flickr, Google Photos, or iCloud) and other social media accounts like Instagram and Pinterest.

I think I like our second sketch even better, however, because it has a nice metaphor. Shelly originally wanted to think of thought bubbles which grew larger as sharing moved from inside to outside. I thought, however, it looked like a tree and this reminded me of the classic book, “The Giving Tree.” This sketch, therefore, has been christened “The Sharing Tree” or “The Digital Sharing Tree.” Tools, apps and platforms are the same, except they grow from inside to outside, and there is some overlap in capabilities. I also remembered to add “classroom website” to this version.

What are your thoughts and responses to these sketches and ideas? Please share feedback as a comment below or via Twitter to @wfryer and @sfryer.

In case you’re interested, I used the $5 iPhone app Turbo Scan Pro to scan these sketches tonight and convert them to images.


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  • Maruja Romero

    Perfect draft ideas. The argument behid is that it is no more TIC but TEP: Technological Empowerment and Participation. We have to use the Technology to share and grow with the participation. With this ideas I will transform my PLE. Thanks for sharing even in its germinal stage.

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