So what do we call all this – if Social Learning isn’t the right term? Since it is clearly more than just about using the tools and technologies, “Social Media for Learning” doesn’t adequately sum it up. An appropriate term needs to recognise that it is about helping individuals work and learn as they do their jobs. In the Internet Time Alliance we call this “Working Smarter”. You can find out more here at NEW Workplace Learning: A Guide to helping Employees Work Smarter- http://c4lpt.co.uk/new-workplace-learning/
Now, we can use it a little more easily. With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for all teachers, so why not take advantage of the wide world that Google has to offer?
From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.
For example, the popular #edchat hashtag is used by thousands of users every Tuesday. It makes it easy (sort of) for people to monitor what’s happening in the conversation rather than having to try and guess what topics you should search for. By having a conversation on Twitter using hashtags, you also make it easy for any other Twitter user to join in.
When having a Twitter #hashtag chat, if you want to avoid overwhelming your followers, start any tweet you want to “hide” with @HideChat or (one character shorter) @HideTag. (Do NOT follow @HideChat or @HideTag. They exist only to help you hide your Twitter chats.) NOTE: This also works when live-tweeting events or shows.
You don’t need to do this with all your chat tweets (though you could). But it’s a good idea to do it with most of them so as not to overwhelm folks. You could also use this for conversations with someone that you didn’t want others to notice in your timeline, although direct messages would work best for that.
That’s why it’s probably helpful for you to check out the following list of popular educational hashtags. They have been curated by Cybraryman as well as by the Creative Education blog, tweetsmarter.com our personal usage list and hashtags.org. ...
When you think of a classroom, what comes to mind? Students, teachers, lectures? There’s a new classroom style that’s growing in popularity where that lecture portion may be a bit less of the classroom experience. It’s called a Flipped Classroom.
If you’re wondering what a Flipped Classroom entails, look no further than this fantastic new infographic from Knewton.
Packt Publishing's Moodle 2.0 Multimedia Cookbook solves a number of problems that Moodle users often encounter, especially online programs (graduate and undergraduate) that foreground collaborative, interactive learning environments.
The multimedia cookbook addresses two core challenges. The first challenge is that of creating relevent, effective, nicely-sized and ready-to-use multimedia. The other has to do with the integratability of the learning objects.
By Mike Hohenbrink09/26/11 ... computer scientist and entrepreneur Ali Jafari has rolled out a free social network designed to connect educators and students from around the world with common interests and class subjects.
CourseNetworking (CN), which is open to any user, "combines aspects of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter with functionality similar to existing learning management systems used at many colleges and universities," according to information released by the university.
"Many students and teachers have tried to leverage existing social networks for learning with little success," said Jafari ... "Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are designed for much broader socializing and information sharing, whereas the sole focus of CN is improved learning through learning collaboration and networking. All functionality within the system is designed with that goal in mind and strives to make shared learning as easy as possible for all its users."
"Whether it's motivated students to build community gardens, young entrepreneurs to create innovative solutions, or youth groups to engage in local service projects, the WakeUp is mobilizing inspired, collaborative action in young people around the globe."
Moving learning forward, then, begins by introducing teachers to ways in which digital tools can be used to encourage higher-order thinking and innovative instruction in classrooms across the curriculum. Today’s students can be inspired by technology to ponder, imagine, reflect, analyze, memorize, recite and create—but only after we build a bridge between what they know about new tools and what we know about good teaching, a process introduced by Teaching the iGeneration author, blogger , tweeter, and full-time classroom teacher Bill Ferriter in this 75 minute video conference. http://bit.ly/greatervictoriasd61 Submitting Questions Initial Survey Questions Session Slides What ARE Today's Learners Really Like? Sample Activity 1: VoiceThread Asynchronous Conversation Resources VoiceThread Survey Question Sample Activity 2: Microlending Salem Middle School Kiva Lending Map Microlending Resources Microlending Survey Question Sample Activity 3: Creating Persuasive Videos A Shared Culture Salem Middle School Kiva Video Persuasive Video Resources Persuasive Video Survey Question Ongoing Asynchronous Conversation
Twitter seems to be here to stay. As one of the most popular ways for teachers, students, and the general public to communicate, it’s becoming a must-have tool in almost every teacher’s toolbox. However, numerous recent studies have shown that education in general has been slow to adopt social media.
In an effort to speed up this adoption process, below you’ll find a boatload of resources on the past, present, and future of Twitter in education as well as some helpful guides to using the tool in the classroom.
Terese Bird, Learning Technologist and SCORE Fellow
My current SCORE project about iTunes U as a channel of free learning resources (http://www.le.ac.uk/spider) has let me appreciate this public platform given to universities and educational institutions. It’s not all philanthropy; of course iTunes U shows off how nice multimedia looks on the various i-gadgets. And yet, my research into how iTunes U materials are used by ordinary folks has revealed their importance as informal learning resources. It’s almost as if Steve Jobs brought his academic experience full-circle, allowing lots of people to ‘audit classes’ even if they are dropouts or never accessed higher education.
Thanks, Steve, for a lifetime of innovation and inspiration.
"The coach is the boss of you, but they're not the boss."...
""The coaching model is different from the traditional conception of pedagogy, where there's a presumption that, after a certain point, the student no longer needs instruction. You graduate. You're done. You can go the rest of the way yourself." - "Personal Best," Atul Gawande
The goal isn't to curate and aggregate the content into neat little packages but to cut up the information to unlock trends and insight.
"Is information overload a problem our new digital society must solve or are we changing how we learn? ...
As the amount of information increases many have looked at ways to sift through and make sense of it all. The goal is to find signal amid the noise. Plenty of folks are trying to apply different techniques and algorithms to winnow things down to only the most interesting and relevant.
KnowAboutIt, XYDO, My6Sense, Trunk.ly and Summify among others are all trying to cull the web and deliver the ‘right’ information to your inbox.
Aggregated social curation sounds logical but I haven’t found it very valuable. ... I can’t imagine relying on just these services for my information.
Many believe that serendipity is an important part of information consumption, but most of the services give this lip service at best. They’re doing more of what a good brand marketer would do, cranking out extensions to a known product. In this case that product is the type of content that you and your network of ‘friends’ are reading. I think you quickly reach a local maxima where you’re not finding new things and making new connections.
My journey to understand different sides of mobile learning continues. This third post presents some great visions of future of mobile learning. Previous mlearning post so far: Mobile Learning Resources and Definitions of Mobile Learning. Welcome to future!
If you’re an educator and you haven’t yet started experimenting with how Google+ might be the next best most amazing and awesome collaboration tool to help your classes do good work, then you’re missing out. There are some great ways to think about this to get you started. Plus, the tool is open to anyone with a gmail account and is free. So, dive in: * MAKE A CLASS CIRCLE
This sort of extended application beyond snappy web browsing hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s only a matter of time before, for example, a major publishing company sells textbooks through Amazon for use on the Fire and hooks in powerful interactive web applications for assessment, tutoring, or simulations, all on a little 7″ device that fits in any students backback. As Amazon points out, the computing power of EC2 is nearly limitless, so what can it do to deliver previously impossible applications to a tablet (or to 900 tablets in a school)?
What could an LMS look like without bandwidth considerations or compatibility issues on a mobile browser? What about data aggregation and analysis from student assessments administered on Kindle fires, available in real time to instructors? Student collaboration applications? I can think of more than a few ways that partnerships between e-learning companies and Amazon could make for revolutionary uses of tablets in schools that just wouldn’t be practical on any other tablet (or, for that matter, on a desktop browser)?
Many early users of the latest platform for social networking have begun sharing their ideas about the potential for supporting learning. There is much to be anticipated – I always believed that the community element was missing from the use of Google Apps for Education.
Perhaps Google+ could provide the platform for schools to help positively teach social networking and tie in the use of the different apps more seamlessly together.
Take a look at what educators think so far and feel free to share your own ideas with the Google doc, or leave them in the comments here.
Why Use YouTube in your classroom? Increase student engagement Start your class off with an engaging video clip that brings a lesson to life and sparks a lively discussion. No longer will students be late for physics class when you begin the class with an engaging clip.
Make the subjects applicable to your students' everyday lives by showing culturally relevant YouTube clips. Teach students video production and editing skills through projects and upload the videos to your classes YouTube channel. Free access to thousands of high quality educational videos
Learning does not take place without the learner exercising this “agency”; a passive learner exercises no agency and hence learning will be limited. Therefore, successful e-learning programmes must provide students with an active role in the learning process. This paper will explore the Ten Pedagogic Principles of E-Learning as defined by Anderson and McCormick, and present their application through the itslearning platform.
This short post is intended to help you participate in the Massive Open Online Course, of MOOC. It won't cover everything, but it should be enough to get you started. Note that how don't have to participate this way; it's just recommended as a good place to start.
1. Read the Newsletters
2. Pick and Choose
You will notice quickly that there is far too much information being posted in the course for any one person to consume. We tried to start slowly with just a few resources, but it quickly turns into a deluge.
You will be provided with summaries and links to dozens, maybe hundreds, maybe even thousands of web posts, articles from journals and magazines, videos and lectures, audio recordings, live online sessions, discussion groups, and more. Very quickly, you may feel overwhelmed.
Don't let it intimidate you. ...
4. Create Your Own Contributions
You can use Blogger, Wordpress, Tumblr, or any other service you want. What you write about and how you phrase it are completely up to you! We recommend you link to other resources and other blogs, but again, that's up to you. ...
5. Follow Course Content on the Internet
- #change11 Twitter search
- #change11 Google search
- #change11 search on Delicious
6. Join Us in the Online Sessions
We will also broadcast these sessions on web radio (here)
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.