Audience as Community

So I read Dean Shareski’s post Why Audience Matters earlier today and just finished reading Clarence’s follow up post and thought I’d add to the conversation as well. Dean does a great job talking about the different roles an audience can play and I’d like to extend his list. Audience as Community Your audience becomes a community when audience members start to repeatedly visits your blog or site. A community forms around your content. A community that becomes interested in what you have to say, follows your thoughts, or ideas, and is committed to you in some way. Be it an RSS feed, a “friend” or a “follower”. A community becomes powerful as there is a sense of purpose to your writing. There are people waiting to hear from you. Take the president/prime mister of any country, or a blog like TechCrunch. A community will wait for your words, wants to know what you have to say, and relays on you for information and ideas. Very few students see audience as community in the educational/creation space. Although they totally understand it in Facebook, hence the reason you MUST update your profile so many times a day…the community is waiting for it! A community of followers or readers is a powerful learning tool. It’s the reason why some of us in the blogosphere continue to blog. We have a community of people that we feel obligated to blog for. Whether true or not, there is a sense of obligation to people who have bookmarked your site or have your RSS feed. Audience as Community allows you to engage that audience into becoming what Dean calls an “Audience of Co-Learners“, or an “Audience of Teachers“. I believe before you can have either of those audiences you need to have an audience as community. Only after you have turned your audience into a community can you make something of them, empower them to help you, to teach you, to learn with you. Without that community they are just an “Audience as Eyeballs“. Much of this thinking comes from Seth Godin’s book Tribes which I highly recommend (the audio book via iTunes or Audible is my favorite). Both Clarence and Dean talk about students and their views on audience. I also like Chrissy Hellyer’s comment on Clarence’s blog about age being an issue. Yes….5th graders still check their Whos Amung Us maps to...

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Learning through interactions

First from Clarence and then from Will a link to this CNET article. What is so interesting is to see what it is in the article that sticks out to people. Clarence writes: He advocates many of the things that we often talk about in the edublogosphere in response to changes needed in education. Will writes: To me, this is the one biggest advantages of the Read/Write Web, theability to connect to others who are passionate about whatever it isthat you want to learn. How rare is it to have that happen in physicalspace, where everyone in the room is ready and excited to learn? For me: “We are learning in and through our interactions with others while doing real things,” That’s what this is about. Interacting with others while we do real things…the real thing being teaching. There are more and more projects starting up that take what this edblogosphere has been doing and talking about and bringing it in the classroom. The one project to keep your eye on right now is the flat classroom project by Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay. A perfect example of what these tools allow us to do in the classroom. [tags]CNET, flatclassroomproject, Vicki Davis, Julie Lindsay, Will Richarson, Clarence Fisher[/tags] Technorati Tags: CNET, flatclassroomproject, Vicki Davis, Julie Lindsay, Will Richarson, Clarence...

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