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Twitter in a Higher Education Classroom: An Assessment

“Okay, everyone, now I want you to take out your phones or laptops and log on to Twitter.” My students gazed at me wide-eyed as I said those words last semester. One of them started laughing, saying, “Man, I never thought I’d hear a professor saying that.”


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View Kim Flintoff's professional profile on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is the world's largest business network, helping professionals like Kim Flintoff discover inside connections to recommended job candidates, industry experts, and business partners.
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Download a Free Copy of Danah Boyd’s Book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

Download a Free Copy of Danah Boyd’s Book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it

danah boyd (she doesn’t capitalize her name) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, where she looks at how young people use social media as part of their everyday lives. She has a new book out called It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, and she’s made it available as a free PDF. On her website she writes, “I didn’t write this book to make money. I wrote this book to reach as wide of an audience as I possibly could.


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John A. MacDonald's curator insight, March 10, 3:38 AM

An interesting book with a progressive publishing concept.

Tricia Adams's curator insight, March 10, 4:06 AM

Social history and reflection on today's connected youth - looks interesting

gawlab's curator insight, March 16, 6:01 PM

a téléchargé la copie libre  du livre de danah boyd. 

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Listen, understand, act: social media for engagement

Listen, understand, act: social media for engagement | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it
With staff and learners beginning to exploit social media's potential to support learning and teaching, attitudes towards it are changing...
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 28, 6:53 PM

A key word is social media has 'potential' to broaden. It is important to recall that these are potentials and not certainties. We need to be in 'right relationship' with our digital technologies to use them well.

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List of Serious Games Databases | Games For Change

List of Serious Games Databases | Games For Change | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it
 List of Serious Games Databases By admin on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 15:44Hi everyone! Here is a list of all the educational games databases I have found. I thought it would prove useful to y'all. Send it around to all the people you think would benefit. Let me know if you find others!Take care! 
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Gates backs social network for researchers

Gates backs social network for researchers | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it
Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates has joined backers of a social network aimed at promoting scientific breakthroughs.
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Twitter Hire

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My eyes have been opened on how important it is that we help our students establish good digital footprints. We as educators have to prepare our students for a digitally social world, one that can no longer be ignored or we will simply be doing them a disservice. My digital footprint mattered. It helped me to become a finalist for a position that, in the past, I would never have even been considered for.

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Massive MOOC Grading Problem - Stanford HCI Group Tackles Peer Assessment - moocnewsandreviews.com

Massive MOOC Grading Problem - Stanford HCI Group Tackles Peer Assessment - moocnewsandreviews.com | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it
Peer assessment may lead to better learning outcomes. In his Human Computer Interface course, Scott Klemmer of th HCI Group found that students can be put to work reviewing their cohorts.
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How To Cite Social Media Using MLA and APA - Edudemic

How To Cite Social Media Using MLA and APA - Edudemic | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it
Social media posts and videos are cropping up in academic publications more and more. This chart shows just how to cite social media with ease.

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Ian Marc Smith's curator insight, May 22, 2013 3:32 AM

Just when we thought Social Media was a fad!

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goingon.com | The Platform for Academic Life

goingon.com | The Platform for Academic Life | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it
Through the focused deployment of evolving social technologies, Going On enriches the academic life by providing a private, secure academic engagement network where student, faculty and broader constituents can connect, collaborate and learn in...
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Can Twitter Open Up a New Space for Learning, Teaching, and Thinking?

Can Twitter Open Up a New Space for Learning, Teaching, and Thinking? | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it
  via The Guardian Two academics discuss the pros and cons of using Twitter as a learning tool to encourage instinctive thinking in higher education

 

At the end of 2011, a few geeks in Sweden set up the Swedish Twitter University, which brought lectures in a series of tweets to a class of around 500 followers. It may have been the first time Twitter was used to deliver higher education, and given recent debate about massive open online courses (MOOCs), it seems apt that we reflect on what Twitter might do to transform the classroom and open up a new space for public education?

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Blackboard Learn Quick Hit -- Social Learning Tools

Blackboard Learn's social learning tools enable you to connect, communicate, and collaborate with a global learning network of Blackboard Learn users.
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Being social in a MOOC

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Social media and digital learning environments are now combined. As part of the MOOC experience, students are requested to join debates and course’s topics on social networks, such as Facebook, Twi...

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 From a blog about MOOCS ...

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Social media for academia: some things I have learnt

Social media for academia: some things I have learnt | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it
As a final observation: I have learnt that the immediacy and range of digital publishing is a feature that no academic should discount. If you want your research findings and ideas to stay behind paywalls, accessed largely only by the relatively small number of academics in your field, and wait for months or even years for even these readers to be able to do so while your material proceeds through the publication process, then avoid using social and other digital forms of publishing. If you would like to see your findings and ideas instantly available to a wide range of readers, then using digital media is the way to go.
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Helen Pallett's curator insight, October 8, 2013 6:21 AM

Thoughts from another early career researcher

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The Best Length for Every Online Content

The Best Length for Every Online Content | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it
Solid research exists to show the value of writing, tweeting, and posting at certain lengths. We can learn a lot from scientific social media guidelines.
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Social Media CAN Increase Student Engagement, But Is It?

Social Media CAN Increase Student Engagement, But Is It? | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, Eric Stoller proclaimed that "Social Media Increases Student Engagement" on Inside Higher Ed . He went on to describe how we have adopted all these new tools, but questions wheth...
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Virtual Outworlding: 2014 EDU: VIRTUAL: Education communities in virtual worlds expand into social media

Virtual Outworlding: 2014 EDU: VIRTUAL: Education communities in virtual worlds expand into social media | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it
Some selected immersive education groups in Google+, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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Survey shows that social media has graduated to academia : JISC

Survey shows that social media has graduated to academia : JISC | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it
A new survey of colleges across Scotland shows that social media, and particularly YouTube, has firmly entered the learning environment as teaching and learning tools, with their use growing significantly year on year.

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suzanne kamal's curator insight, June 8, 2013 8:48 PM

Interesting that social media is used in academic settings but access is still blocked in many educational environments!  Time for change?

Casey Anley's curator insight, June 10, 2013 1:36 AM

Interesting review

Charles Goodger's curator insight, June 11, 2013 12:30 AM

Read it!

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10 Tips To Effectively Use Social Media In Formal Learning

10 Tips To Effectively Use Social Media In Formal Learning | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it

By Christopher Pappas

 

"Social media are getting quite popular in eLearning, as well as in traditional classrooms andworkshops. The advantages are many and instructors cannot afford to ignore them: multiple-level interaction, reduce or elimination of classroom time, boost participation and collaboration, new job opportunities, opportunities for the development of online communities consisting of people with common training experiences, and so many more. And these are only few of the reasons why members of the learning community hop on board the social media train. 


"So, let’s see how we can increase the effectiveness and longevity of formal learning, stimulate the engagement of learners, and enhance the social aspects of learning through the use of social media."


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Scoop.it integrates with Yammer to supercharge enterprise social media

Scoop.it integrates with Yammer to supercharge enterprise social media | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it
Be gone, irritating chain email about a fake virus scare that your head of HR sent out! Away, pictures of a random offsite meeting that no one actually cares about!
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A Visual Guide to Twitter

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This infographic provides a visual guide and a brief synopsis of different uses for Twitter.

It includes information about how Twitter can be used as a tool for information, customer service, networking, business management and website management.


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A Visual Guide to Twitter
Elisabetta Tosi's curator insight, June 11, 2013 1:25 AM

How to use Twitter in your business? here there are some ideas...

Susan Kay Daniels's curator insight, June 24, 2013 6:45 PM

Just what I've been looking for...with all the changes at Twitter, this is a great piece to read for updating my knowledge :)

 

Warmly,

Susan Daniels

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A Social Media MEGA Resource Center

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Crap Detection for Social Content Curators: How To Verify What You Post

Accuracy is fundamental to journalism, but it’s a challenge to verify information when it flows at digital warp speed from so many sources. This presentation

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, May 9, 2013 2:09 AM

Some useful tips on how to rebalance the Timeliness vs. Accuracy and Quality equation for information dissemination. A must-read for any user of social media! 

Jo Paoletti's comment, May 9, 2013 4:19 AM
Crap detection for content curators. Is it time for everyone who shares stuff they find on the Internet to think of themselves as content curators. Beats being a rumor monger or Typhoid Mary of misinformation.
Sarah McElrath's curator insight, May 10, 2013 5:14 AM

Could be used when teaching evaluation of online content / critical thinking skills.

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An education in Facebook

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For some years academics have debated the role in higher education of Facebook, the world’s most extensive social networking site. At first there was enthusiasm—it was a new tool that could be ‘repurposed’ for education; then, as Facebook became more widespread, its use seemed less than opportune. But now, with so many students already engaged before they even come to a university, perhaps it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that Facebook is as natural to education as the commute, the computer, and everything else which students ‘bring’. This paper first presents a summary of what Facebook affords, by way of its design and use, for online communication and networking, demonstrating the central role of reciprocal acts of attention exchange in this system. It then analyses, through a critical reading of research into Facebook and education, the way Facebook challenges traditional understandings of university education and the relationships between teachers and students. It concludes that, however we might seek to use Facebook in higher education (and there are many reasons we might), its use will always be shaped by—and indeed give rise to—a blurring of the traditional boundaries between formal and informal education.

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How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators

How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it

Before the advent of Twitter, most educators I know had limited opportunities to collaborate with colleagues outside their building. Some subscribed to listservs or participated in online forums, but these outlets lacked critical mass; teachers also networked at in-person conferences and training sessions, but these isolated events didn't provide ongoing support.

 

Enter Twitter. I've heard many educators say that Twitter is the most effective way to collaborate and that they've learned more with Twitter than they have from years of formal professional development.


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Andreas Kuswara's curator insight, April 17, 2013 6:22 PM

twitter alone might not be sufficient, as we (or most of us) not 'always online', we have to do other things. combining twitter with a mechanism to comb through the # and compile personalized feed, would be useful.

Catherine Smyth's comment, April 23, 2013 6:20 PM
I'm a fledgling tweeter but love the way Twitter ignites discussion and ideas within a professional community.
Laura Conley's curator insight, April 29, 2013 10:28 AM

Twitter is a fantastic resource for PD.

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Engaging with Students through Social Media: The University of Toronto Mississauga Library integrates new ways of communicating | Contact North

Engaging with Students through Social Media: The University of Toronto Mississauga Library integrates new ways of communicating | Contact North | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it

With the support of an Ontario College and University Library Association’s New Librarian Residency Award, in September 2011, Eva Stepanian became the Social Media Librarian, tasked with developing and implementing a social media strategy for the library, as well as creating tools to measure the impact of the project.

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Pearson - Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Facebook how Today’s Higher Education Faculty Use Social Media - Social Media Survey 2012

Pearson - Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Facebook how Today’s Higher Education Faculty Use Social Media - Social Media Survey 2012 | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it

For the past several years, Pearson has been researching faculty use of social media. Pearson's collaboration with other thought leaders, including Babson Survey Research Group and Converseon, is one of the ways we're gaining that understanding. As a reflection of our commitment to sharing our knowledge with the higher education community, the following pages contain the findings of our most recent social media survey.

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Helping Faculty Leverage Social Media -- Campus Technology

Helping Faculty Leverage Social Media -- Campus Technology | Social Media for Higher Education | Scoop.it
Mobile and social apps can address a range of instructional challenges, if faculty can be persuaded to adopt them.

 

Is using an app (like Passport) to provide badges--as additional evidence of learning beyond a letter grade in a course--helpful mainly to employers?

"That helps everyone. It helps the institution say 'our students are capable of doing the work that we're training them for'...it helps the employer feel safe to hire an institution's student, saying, 'I know what they are capable of'...it helps the student say, 'this is what I know, this is what I can do, and I can prove it to you.'" --Bill Watson, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction

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