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How to Integrate Social Media and Blogging from The Art of Social Media

How to Integrate Social Media and Blogging from The Art of Social Media | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Ideas that spread, win. ~Seth Godin


A few years ago, blogging and social media were separate. Blogging was long-form, serious, and crafted. Social media was short-form, personal, and spontaneous. Some people predicted that social media would replace blogging because of declining attention spans.


Now blogging and social media not only amicably coexist; they complement each other. The trick is to use a blog to enrich your social media with long-form posts and to use social media to promote your blog.I recently did a live webinar event with Marketo about The Art of Social Media, and we’d like to share the takeaways from the presentation and a few of the follow-up questions that we answered....


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Sharon Berman's curator insight, June 4, 2015 5:50 PM

Some really interesting ideas, here.  I am now thinking about how to integrate some of the practices here into learning and teaching practices.  IF you have any ideas about how this can be done, please share.....

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#Media #Art 

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Every hero has a story! What's yours?

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Kenya: Education for All Still a Mirage for African Countries

By Njonjo Kihuria
Earlier this year, the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Ministerial Conference on Education took place in Kigali, Rwanda, to prepare an African vision for the post-2015 education agenda.

The conference provided an opportunity to review and assess progress made in attaining the Education for All goals set in 2000.

Organised jointly by Unesco regional offices in Nairobi and Dakar, the conference defined the education needs, obstacles, and priorities in the region, in order to inform recommendations for the World Education Forum that will take place in Incheon, Korea, next month.

At Incheon, an international framework for action on education for post-2015 will be adopted. The Kigali meeting also discussed the post-2015 sustainable development goals to be adopted at the UN Summit in September in New York.

The conference that was attended by representatives from 44 sub-Saharan region governments and non-governmental participants, adopted a statement to promote the development of education across the region. The goal is to contribute to the African vision of peace, prosperity, and integration as defined in the 2063 agenda for Africa.



The conference endorsed the Muscat Agreement that seeks to "ensure equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030" and the United Nations General Assembly Open Working Group goal of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting life-long learning opportunities for all.

"We reaffirm our commitment to the pursuit of quality education for lifelong learning as a fundamental human right and imperative for sustainable development, which must be unequivocally guaranteed to every child, youth and adult", declares the Kigali Statement. It also notes the continued development challenges and emerging development issues and resolves to construct new "education paradigms in developing human capabilities for inclusive growth, wealth creation, peace and security".

The conference recognised the fact that most countries in the region have not achieved EFA, the Second Decade of Education for Africa goals and targets and that several countries do not have universal access in the first grade of primary education, while completion in primary education is only 67 per cent, 35 at lower secondary and 17 at upper secondary. Consequently the statement calls for a rethinking of policies, strategies, and target setting to respond to the new priorities in the African context cutting across all levels of education, using an integrated approach for sustainable development.



"This requires a focus on quality, equity, gender equality and inclusion, teachers, skills development, governance and leadership, innovation, regional cooperation and financing, to make the quantum leap to achieve Africa's vision of peace, prosperity and integration".

The meeting came up with regional priority action areas that include the commitment of participating governments and partners to ensure that every child, youth and adult, including minorities and the most disadvantaged groups, complete high-quality education from early childhood care and education to higher education with at least a minimum completion of free and compulsory basic education of nine to 10 years.

"We commit to an integrated approach for ECCE, which requires collaboration between all relevant ministries, especially the ministries responsible for planning, education, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, social welfare and security to build early foundations for every child," the statement reads.

Participants also resolved to support gender sensitive policies and planning, mainstream gender issues in teachers' training, stop violence in education institutions, unwanted teenage pregnancies and early marriages, reduce sexual risk behavior and HIV/Aids through age-appropriate reproductive health education, address harmful cultural practices and ensure that girls stay in school and can have opportunities to participate up to tertiary level.



The statement recognizes that achieving quality education is a matter of urgency in Africa and those who signed it committed to putting in place policies, legal frameworks and strategies at the national and regional levels to provide sufficient resources including teaching and learning materials accessible to all. It also commits to the classification of standards and review of curricula to ensure relevance to global as well as the African context, values, culture and knowledge and gender responsiveness.

"(We pledge to) promote the use of African languages and multilingualism across all levels using multiple learning pathways, develop appropriate mechanisms for assessing, and monitoring learning outcomes at all levels, explore innovative approach including use of ICT and further strengthen institutions, school leadership, and governance through greater involvement of communities, including young people in the management of schools". The statement pledges to ensure learning environments are safe, free from violence, inclusive and gender responsive.

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Is Europe Falling Behind in Data Mining? Copyright’s Impact on Data Mining in Academic » infojustice

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The term "Digital Native" and "Digital Immigrants" were first introduced by Marc Prenksy. Digital native is defined as native speaker of technology, fluent in digital language of computers, video g...
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Climate change is bringing rain to Africa, 30 years after Live Aid

Climate change is bringing rain to Africa, 30 years after Live Aid | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it
Researchers at Reading University say that an increase in man made greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has triggered a return of crucial seasonal rains to the Sahel region of Africa.
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How flipped learning works in (and out of) the classroom

How flipped learning works in (and out of) the classroom | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

Flipped learning is more than just having students do homework during the school day. It’s more than just putting the onus on students to teach themselves. In fact, it’s neither of those things. Don’t be fooled by simple explanations of flipped classrooms that simplify a highly complex undertaking.


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Jess Farley's comment, May 29, 6:55 PM
Great article Mina! I have seen this strategy on prac. The students love it.
Jess Farley's comment, May 29, 6:55 PM
Great article Mina! I have seen this strategy on prac. The students love it.
Jess Farley's curator insight, May 29, 6:56 PM
A great look into the flipped classroom.
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27 Killer Strategies for Brainstorming Blog Post Ideas

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If you are struggling to come up with blog post ideas, learn 27 tactics that will fill your content calendar and remove the stress of blogging.

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Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, May 30, 2015 1:33 AM
At least two strategies here that I haven't thought about.
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27 Killer Strategies for Brainstorming Blog Post Ideas

Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, June 1, 2015 7:31 AM

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New Case Study: “University Faculty Awareness and Attitudes Towards Open Access Publishing and the Institutional Repository

New Case Study: “University Faculty Awareness and Attitudes Towards Open Access Publishing and the Institutional Repository | Research Capacity-Building in Africa | Scoop.it

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Yu Li, Texas A&M University . survey  of Texas A&M university. Suggests ideas to increase engagement. full text at

http://jlsc-pub.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1210&context=jlsc




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