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Book review – Twitter for Good
Gives some great tactics on how Twitter can help your non-profit:
- Follower strategy – audit, who to follow, how etc
- Advertising – what could we do, costs, return
- When to tweet
- What to tweet
- Who to tweet
- # strategy
- Other – chats/twibbons
Worth a quick read.
For a while now I have wanted to do a photo blog….I am finally going for it.
Scarlett’s summer…each week I will pin what Scarlett has been doing since summer started.
You can follow it here.
Monday was the best day ever….after months and months of trying to get tickets we finally made it to the Olympic Park.
I’d spent weeks checking the travel, the weather, the events on whilst we were there and finally it was here.
We started out at 9.30ish driving to Milton Keynes station, quite an easy road trip – helped by the sausage sandwiches provided by our adventure companions Kirsten & Dan. Train in from Milton Keynes to London Euston, 1st tube to Oxford and then central line to Mile End – I remarked to Marcus that we had been travelling for 4 hours!
We chose Mile End as we were off to Victoria Park, firstly to have our picnic and then to visit BT London Live.
Our picnic was of epic portions:
Then the only disappointment of the day – at
@BTLondonLive we were told we couldn’t take in any food or liquids. I couldn’t understand this as you could take snacks into the Olympic Park – also the zip wire we have pre-booked wasnt open! No pre-warning or explanation. I am still waiting to hear back from @BTLondonLive about why we had to throw food away!
NB: Glad we didn’t do the zip wire after Boris!
In Victoria Park there was quite a few attractions, big screens, sports to try, food and great things for kids. Scarlett decided she wanted to bounce and it was the best £5 I have ever spent:
Watched the diving on the big screens, atmosphere starting to build and then off went, walking to the Olympic Park.
WOW as we entered by Victoria Park even the grass looked amazing. It wasnt until we had gone past the privileged area did we see the crowds! What an experience.
We looked round and was amazed by each and every venue, began taking pictures in front of every event. Started to find box offices, we were directed to the one outside the basketball areana…..so into the queue we get!
After queuing for about 20 mins the volunteer said we are running low….honestly I thought we would have three adults crying! Luckily we got our tickets and off we ran to the arena. Our seats were amazing:
Great game from the Russians and Brazil women – the atmosphere was amazing and we all loved it!
After that up the hill we went to get our picture taken under the Olympic Rings, even queuing for that was great as we had an amazing view of the mens team at the Gynamastics on the big screen to our left and the GB hockey to our right. For every goal they scored and the for that split second we have silver the whole park erupted!
To be fair at this point we were all so happy with our experience we wanted to chill and make our way home. Off the Maccies 1st where I was impressed with our quick we were served. The big London 2012 store was net where we all picked our survenors, me a mug, Scarlett a car and Marcus a keyring. Then off home we went.
It was the best experience ever and I have spent every night looking for more tickets!
At the time of publish the table looks like this:
Everyone has called 2012 the digital games and the sponsorship games.
Below is some great articles:
Tweets by day inforgraph:
Quiet week on Twitter (for me) – here is my weekly Tweets:
Clout – The Art & Science of Influential Web Content http://wp.me/p1JujM-5p
Effective alarm clock needs a passcode to be deactivated. No more endless snoozing. http://su.pr/3D3MGZ
Another great book – Clout – The Art & Science of Influential Web Content
Very quick summary:
- Content strategy + quality = influence
- Characterises of quality content
- Useable & findable
- Clear & accurate
- Useful & relevant
- Editorial Calendar (see attached examples)
- Use of metaphor’s in content
- Balance view
- Transformation – change
- Journey – past, present & future
- Apply social proof to content
- Case studies, quotes & testimonials
- Followers etc
- Reciprocation – posting other people’s content
- Content formats
- Visual data
- Whitepapers, e-books & reports
- Content Matrix – page/author/notes/url/seo
I found it very interesting.
Nowadays you can get so many apps to help you, but are they making people more effective or just taking away their need to think! You can read a summary of apps here. One of my faviourtes is the new app that tells you what to wear based on the weather.
With all this new apps saving me time I wonder what I would do with my time:
To be honest, all these options sometimes make me more inefficent:
This article caught my eye – 71 things your child needs to know
I have copied the 71 things and noted what Scarlett can do and what she is learning and what she will learn – great resource to see your child devlop
Personal and Social Development
Approach to learning
- Shows eagerness and curiosity as a learner – my little girl loves the library
- Persists in task and seeks help when encountering a problem – her fav saying is “no Scarlett do it” but she will ask you if she fails!
- Is generally pleasant and cooperative – generally yes!
- Follows rules and routines – likes routine – bath, bottle & bed
- Manages transitions (going from one activity to the next) – tends to go from one to the next to the next
- Demonstrates normal activity level – is always on the go
Interactions with Others
- Interacts easily with one or more children – has loads of cousins so interacts with kids all the time
- Interacts easily with familiar adults – is happy to be with her extended family
- Participates in group activities – is always one of the pack
- Plays well with others – know how to share
- Takes turns and shares – will always share
- Cleans up after play – if mummy helps!
Conflict Resolution – looking forward to this
- Seeks adult help when needed to resolve conflicts
- Uses words to resolve conflicts
Language and Literacy
- Listens with understanding to directions and conversations – amazed about how good she is with this
- Follows one-step directions – being doing this for ages
- Follows two-step directions – started doing this recently
- Speaks clearly enough to be understood without contextual clues – it was just us that understood her but now everyone can
- Relates experiences with some understanding of sequences of events – tells everyone what she has done and in what order
Literature and Reading
- Listens with interest to stories read aloud – loves stories
- Shows interest in reading-related activities – loves the libary
- Retells information from a story – only the bit from night garden where iggle piggle isnt sleeping!
- Sequences three pictures to tell a logical story – not yet!
Writing – she loves to draw but not mastered writing yet
- Uses pictures to communicate ideas
- Uses scribbles, shapes, and letter-like symbols to write words or ideas
Alphabet Knowledge – loves her game with the alphabet
- Recites/sings alphabet
- Matches upper-case letters
- Matches lower-case letters
- Identifies upper-case letters
- Identifies lower-case letters
Patterns and Relationships
- Sorts by color, shape, and size – started doing this!
- Orders or seriates several objects on the basis of one attribute
- Recognizes simple patterns and duplicates them
Number concept and operations
- Rote counts to 20 – 1-7 at the moment
- Counts objects with meaning to 10
- Matches numerals
- Identifies by naming, numerals 0-10
Geometry and spatial relations
- Identifies 4 shapes- circle, square, rectangle, triangle – gets shapes into shape holes and understands circle
- Demonstrates concepts of positional/directional concepts (up/down, over/under, in/out, behind/in front of, beside/between, top/bottom, inside/outside, above/below, high/low, right/left, off/on, first/last, far/near, go/stop) – wow she knows all of these!
- Shows understanding of and uses comparative words (big/little, large/small, short/long, tall/short, slow/fast, few/many, empty/full, less/more. – everything is little or big!
- Pedals and steers a tricycle – her feet cannot touch the pedals but she tries
- Jumps in place, landing on two feet – counts 1,2 and then jumps – where ever she is!
- Jumps consecutively- 7 jumps – not yet
- Balances on one foot for 5 seconds – not yet
- Hops on one foot 2-3 hops – not yet
- Hops on one foot- 6 ft. – not yet
- Throws a ball with direction- 5 ft. – tries
- Catches a thrown ball with arms and body – lets her dad catch!
- Climbs a playground ladder – scarily but yes!
- Skips smoothly for 20 feet
- Stacks 10, one-inch blocks
- Strings 4 1/2″ beads in two minutes
- Completes a seven piece interlocking puzzle
- Makes a pancake, snake, and ball from playdough
- Grasps pencil correctly – started to do this
- Copies: vertical line, horizontal line, circle, cross, square, V, triangle
- Copies first name
- Prints first name without a model
- Grasps scissors correctly
- Cuts within 1/4″ of a 6″ straight line on construction paper
- Cuts out a 3″ square on construction paper
- Cuts out a 3″ triangle on construction paper
- Cuts out a 3″ circle on construction paper
- Uses a glue stick appropriately
- Uses appropriate amount of glue for tasks
- Identifies 10 colors: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, black, white, brown, pink – starting to really learn her colours
- Uses a variety of art materials for tactile experience and exploration
- Participates in group music experiences
- Participates in creative movement/dance – loves to dance
- Makes believe with objects – goes shopping all the time
- Takes on pretend roles and situations – she loves being the mummy
I plan to revisit this list in a year….the changes