When looking at the various social tools available for use, I find that I use or know how to use many on the list from Aids.gov.The tools listed are blogs, mashups, mobile, online collaboration, photo sharing sites, podcasts, QR codes, RSS feeds, social bookmarking, social network sites, texting, twitter, video games, webcasts, webinars, and widgets. I would say I have tried or am familiar with 12 of the 16 tools, although only 8 of the 12 are used regularly. I have decided to try two of the social media tools that I have never tried. I tried using RSS Feed and Social Bookmarking.
The RSS Feed is a tool that could be very useful. RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication. It is a way to subscribe to a particular and automatically get updates on posts or news articles. You can also share information to your readers. I signed up for a Common Core news feed http://feedly.com/i/subscription/feed/http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=common%20core&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss. I am able to see the hottest topics regarding the Common Core. I have not had stories or information sent to me as of yet, but will keep an eye out for breaking news.
Social bookmarking is another tool I tried. It is a way to store, search, and access websites from one place. You can share links or tabs. I went to one link called BannerSnack and attempted to create a banner for our upcoming PTA Bingo night http://snack.to/bxujluc7a?UA_PHPSESSID=hlm6vfe35527cjfrkd819hubc3. I was able to insert a picture from my computer, clip art, Flikr.com, or stock images. You can also embed a video from a site such as YouTube. This BannerSnack was just a test. If I were really creating a banner for the event, I see it could be a powerful tool. We could post it on our school website and have our staff and families post it as a link on social media pages such as Facebook.
New Media Tools (March 21, 2015) Retrieved from: https://www.aids.gov/using-new-media/tools/index.html#tool-bookmarkingNew