A #RoCur Reflection


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Looking Back on a Week as @EduTweetOz

This week, I took control of the EduTweetOz rotation curation account. Like many, @edutweetoz provided some of my first education connections with those like Jason Borton (the first week I ever followed) and TER Podcast. For so long I had thought that it was for somebody else, those in positions of responsibility, those with something important to say. Of course, this was my own misgiving. However, I always found a reason why now was not the right time.

So even though many encouraged me, it was only this year that I finally got around to putting my hat in the ring. It really hit home when more and more people were curating for the second time. So I signed up.

I must admit that the experience was not what I necessarily expected. In part I think because I did not know what to expect, but really because it is something rather unique. I once had a run at curating the short-lived @vicpln account, but it was something of a non-event as it did not have much of following and the account never really got beyond infancy.

So here are my three takeaways from the week that was:

Finding Your Voice: Some people seem to come into the week with a real agenda. They treat it like some sort of perpetual edchat, posting nightly questions around specific themes. Others approach the week as a means of telling a particular story linked with an association or edu-organisation. This methodical manner is not mine. My intent was simply to continue the conversation. After running through various approaches, such as providing some sort of quasi-episode of This is Your Life, I decided to simply do what I usually do within my own account and respond accordingly. I was mindful of sharing too many of my own posts, I, therefore, made a concerted effort to highlight other voices in the village.

Other People’s ideas and Arguments: An odd thing that I had to deal with early on was responding to replies to past posts. This was brought to the fore when one of the account administrators posted a piece on low literacy and forgot to include [admin] in the tweet. This did not really worry me until it escalated into something akin to a tribal dance with both sides applying war paint and sharpening their spears. I am all for debates and discussions, but usually when they are mine to have and to own. I neither felt compelled or comfortable, so I just killed the conversation, quietly.

Public Notice Board: Just as it is confusing as to what voice to use with the account, I was intrigued with the number of tweets shared with the account for no clear reason. I got the impression after a few days that there are some  who use the account as something of a public noticeboard to amplify their own voice. Fine, I had the choice to retweet, but it just seems to me like bad faith. This reminds me of the lesson I learned from Alec Couros in regards to Twitter and spamming.


So what about you? Have you ever taken control of a rotation curation account? What was your experience? Did you find any challenges? As always, comments welcome.


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Aaron Davis

I am an Australian educator supporting schools with the integration of technology and pedagogical innovation. I have an interest in how together we can work to make a better world.

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8 thoughts on “A #RoCur Reflection

  1. Very interested to read your reflections Aaron as I have also agreed to take a turn at the wheel at the end of this year. Well done for putting out that fire that had nothing to do with you. That sounds a little off putting. I have had some thoughts about having an agenda and really should write them down when I have them. They may disappear into thin air by December. Impressed with your work this week Aaron. You are a natural responder.

    1. I must admit that responding is something that I have really become more mindful of as a coach. I don’t think I was always so forthcoming. Creating the conditions for online conversation can be challenging.

  2. It sounds like you ‘enjoyed’ an interesting experience Aaron; somewhat different from that which one might usually have when reading, writing or responding online? It appears that you felt in some ways pulled in different directions; torn between being yourself and fulfilling the needs of the post/role, however they might be interpreted. I wonder if it’s in any way similar to the different obligations one has when moving into school roles which carry additional responsibility?

    Do you think you learned anything over and above what you do as a ‘normal’ participant in the milieu of social media?

    1. The more I think about the notion of assemblages the more I feel that nothing is really seperate. If anything, I feel that a rocur account has the potential to amplify everything that is both good and bad about eduTwitter.
      One thing that I was left wondering was if people engaged differently with you when you are still doing what you ‘normally’ do. Can’t think how I would test it, but it felt as it there were some usuals who were silent.

      1. Hmm, I think you’re right; evaluating that wouldn’t be easy to test retrospectively, but could probably be designed in prior to the event.
        I wonder though what the causes of that perceived silence might be? Might be nothing more than the topics covered not having any relevance, but might also be indicative of something more systemic; problems with the RoCur. That would definitely be tricky to unpick, though not impossible.

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