Consider the graphic above. Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano of Langwitches.org created it to illustrate her understanding of how teachers’ acquire both blogging skills and know-how. Clearly, learning how to use the medium is a process, but so too is learning how to communicate through and with the medium.
Another example is learning how to use Twitter both asynchronously and synchronously. My team mates and I used Twitter asynchronously to communicate information about when and what information had been placed on our Google doc, and to plan how we were going to collect data from Twitter. That communication went well. However, the synchronous use of Twitter via a Tweet chat is another skill altogether. We did not use Tweet chat for our flat classroom work, but one could create a hash tag for a group of students and they could then synchronously chat. There are many challenges to chatting successfully in a Tweet chat: speed, remembering to add the hash tag, and the art of re-tweeting can make chats intimidating experiences. Solution: teacher and peer modelling, practice, and more practice.