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Jeffrey

Beth, this sounds like such a creative idea! I liked how you handled it virtually, and after following your link, I liked your debrief questions:
1. Did you find tagging exercise useful? Why or why not?
2. What surprised you?
3. How will you integrate the use of tagging into your practice?

As I am hesitant with such activities at first, I will share my first experience with tagging, which happened this past year at Northern Voice in Vancouver. We were told to tag ourselves on our nametags, and I was suddenly paralyzed. I had never thought about tagging myself, and with the "pressure" of being handed a marker and a line behind me, I just felt I turned red and, being unable to think on the spot (after a 12 hour, 3-plane flight the previous day), I wrote something like--academic. Like that would attract anybody! Perhaps if I wrote "edublogger" it may have been more accurate, but at the time I lacked the language. I really did not know how to handle it, and thinking that once I wrote something I may not be easily able to change it AND that I am asked to almost define myself in a few words . . . it was a bit much.

For your exercise, do you do an intro, or perhaps show some examples (of yourself or some websites), for the benefit of those who may be outside their comfort zone? I also thought that, perhaps using a virtual white board or even IM function, people could quietly reflect for a few moments, and then everybody type their words at the same time?

For the question about the tagging community, it seems to work best when people share the same common words and definitions. Thus edublogger vs. academic. Perhaps this comes down to a different or shared understanding of the same text? Perhaps this type of conversation first can help to frame the discussion?

I like the debrief questions, and would also consider something such as:
1. What was this experience like for you?
2. What surprised you about this exercise?
3. What did you learn about yourself?
4. What did you learn about other people?
5. Did you find tagging exercise useful? Why or why not?
6. How will you integrate the use of tagging into your practice?

I would love to see this in practice, expecially given the variety of standards and norms that exist within tagging (not to mention the extent that self-identification can open a world of discussion!).

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