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"So, you’ve just finished a task or an assignment and figure you deserve a little mental break. Why not check Facebook or Twitter? It will only take you five minutes, right? Wrong. As American students and workers spend more time on the Internet and on social media sites in particular, their levels of productivity are tanking. The average college student might spend three hours checking their various social media sites, but only two hours studying. That discrepancy is reflected in lower GPAs. Workers aren’t faring much better, either."
Here we go again... the same charge laid against computer games when they got big, before that to TV, before that to radio, (way) before that to novels and even theater! Media consumption patterns are moving, get over it. Get on with it! Learn how to use the social web to support learning, instead of fearing it will distract from it. After all, the social web has one distinct advantage over the traditional computer games, TVs, radio, novel and theater consumption that feared so many commentators over so many centuries: it operates in more than one direction.
You have seen QR codes in ads, but do they make sense for academics? This post discusses why, when and how you can use QR codes in research and teaching.
QR codes are a great way to supply an offline audience with additional online information (e.g., your web page, a research article, or teaching supplements). I used the christmas break to design my own Designer QR code shown in this image, just to prove to the world that QR codes can be an important part of your self-branding.
There are several free web tools that teachers can use to gather feedback from their students both formally and informally. You can also use these tools to poll your students about a learning event,...
For those of you who haven't heard of the new(ish) startup Citelighter, take note: it's a pretty awesome tool. I've been playing around with it and chatted with founders of the company last week and am thoroughly impressed.
Teachers around the world are catching onto new learning technology, primarily focusing on tablets ... Sam Gliksman has written the black-and-yellow handbook to help simplify the iPad in Education. In addition to highlighting innovative lesson plans and informative anecdotes, Gliksman aims to promote an overall educational philosophy, one that integrates new technology rather than forcing it. The book will be out in January, but TabAdapt got a first look at what’s inside.
This is amazing! I was looking for something that my students can use to hand in their assignments online, so it can be shared via a learnist board. For students who would like to have a blog this is not a problem, but for those who do not wish to blog, Tackk is like blogging without a blog. Amazing.
Inspired by the award-winning 23 Things Oxford programme, 23 Things for Research is a self-directed course that aims to expose you to a range of digital tools that could help you in your personal and professional development as a researcher, academic, student or in another role. Find out more about 23 Things and discover what will be covered during the 10 weeks of the programme.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.