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Beyond the Stilted Webinar: 5 Essential Ingredients For Learning (SPLAT)

Beyond the Stilted Webinar:  5 Essential Ingredients For Learning (SPLAT) | The Social Media Learning Lab |

Kelly created the acronym, SPLAT, to define the five most ingredients in helping others learn.

S = Safety–creating an environment that allows for learning
P = Problem solving–helping others find solutions
L = Lectures–avoiding them and focusing on teaching instead
A = All–all audiences are visual learners
T = Talking–teaching others is one of the best ways to learn



Remember this from the 5 points in the article:


4. All Audiences Are Visual

Bryan Kelly addresses the research on variety of ways students learn. …in studying the neuroscience of audiences, Kelly found the vast majority of people are still influenced significantly by what they see.

Simply talking through content with listeners is not enough.


5. Talking: a reminder that learning almost always happens best when learners talk about what they learn.


…In the school setting… A true assessment is to see if a learner has internalized a lesson enough to effectively tell someone else about it.


…we can keep learning meaningful when we SPLAT:

  • Provide safe learning environments.
  • Make content a part of finding solutions to problems.
  • Engage others by avoiding lectures.
  • Remember all of us learn though what they see in visuals.
  • And help others apply and “talk through” what they have learned.

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Via Stephanie Sandifer, Deb Nystrom, REVELN
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Getting social with learning, powering up by getting diggity digital with it.   Why not release the power by empowering in the 2014 learning places?   ~  Deb

Stephanie Sandifer's curator insight, July 27, 2014 11:17 AM

I consider myself to be an "experienced" educator -- that means I've spent many years in the classroom and I'm "old."  But I've never stopped trying to learn more and to be reflective about what I am doing so that I can improve how I help students learn.  

The five ingredients listed in this blog post are fairly "spot on" in my opinion and my experience.  I would have enjoyed a post like this when I first started my teaching career.  I'm not sure if I would have fully understood all of this initially -- but it would have made it much easier to learn this in the trenches.  

Share this with all of your teaching colleagues -- "experienced" and "new" to the profession... 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 27, 2014 7:53 PM

So many webinars do NOT follow this handy SPLAT acronym.  Q & A, by "raising your hand" is not the same as "talking is learning."  We have a long ways to go to enable full conversation in webinars.  The current stay is still MUCH more lecture based.  ~  Deb

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The Blogging Food Groups: A Well-Balanced Diet of Content [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Blogging Food Groups: A Well-Balanced Diet of Content [INFOGRAPHIC] | The Social Media Learning Lab |

One of ...the most useful analogies - the blogging food groups.  Originally coined by Hubspot’s Rick Burns back in 2009...

Many of us forget that the blog is the original social media channel. It’s the social media rug that ties the content marketing room together. As a major fuel source for social, it’s vital to mix up the content on the blog, after all variety is the spice of life. 

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Smart, healthy and clear.  What are your veggies, protein, desserts and condiments in social media and how well are they delivered in the platforms you've chosen to use?  ~  D

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Another perspective on Obama's Funeral Selfie: Why Context Matters

Another perspective on Obama's Funeral Selfie: Why Context Matters | The Social Media Learning Lab |

"In politics, image is king, and every politician knows it. President Obama knows it more than most, having been having been caught in one or two pictures that hand his opponents, rightly or wrongly, a gift of a story."


First of all, this wasn't strictly a funeral; certainly not the solemn dressed-in-black occasion we often associate with the term. It was a four-hour stadium-sized memorial celebrating the life and works of the beloved Madiba, a riot of colorful dancing and singing. Think New Orleans meets the World Cup.

__________________________ would be churlish (and diplomatically inept) to refuse ...


... " it was Thorning-Schmidt taking the would be churlish (and diplomatically inept) to refuse — especially if the sober British Prime Minister David Cameron was already in on the fun."

"...add speech balloons. Perhaps Thorning-Schmidt is saying, "Let's commemorate this amazing moment and the life of an incredible man with a joyous group photo." Maybe Michelle is thinking, "Man, I wish there were room for me in that picture."

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

The media website, Mashable, added to stirring up a political media frenzy by posting this seemingly injudicious selfie early in the day. Later, they offered a 2nd post with "context."  Page views may, in the end, win the day, for their business model.

It does cause us to pause and ask, "Is there another perspective?"   Just about always, there is.   As negative commentary was was shared on many Facebook pages, the question became, "Why be the judge & jury, especially if your politics are hanging out?"

From what I've seen from the videos of the Mandela memorial event in the stadium and on my Facebook timeline, the"celebration" focus of the event, far from US  "funeral" ethnocentric views,  wins the day.  ~  D

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6 Curation Basics: Meeting the Needs of Your Scan Savvy Clients in Social Media

6 Curation Basics:  Meeting the Needs of Your Scan Savvy Clients in Social Media | The Social Media Learning Lab |

"The cream of the curators are those who can sort through the digital avalanche of noise  and find the buried gems.    Just like a great DJ on a radio station who DOES have control over what gets airplay..."


Here several examples from the six (6) curation basics that can help you enrich your perspectives of the world, including dealing with media filter bubbles.


Curation Basic #1 - Feature YOUR PERSPECTIVE in a speciality interest area by posting content and commenting on

If you have truths valued by others, via your perspective of the world, curation is a great way to share it. 

Curation Basic #2 - Grow your audience by figuring out where your audience is and THEN choose an “anchor” tool that best fits them AND you

When your community values your work to create that niched space of collection & commentary, your followers will grow and share your content in that space.  Two newsletters I've created on ScoopIt that each have over 5000 followers are  Change Leadership Watch and Change Management Resources on ScoopIt.   Followers regularly share this content via tweets and "Re-Scoops" so that others are attracted to the curated "change" content.

Curation Basic #3Choose an “integration” tool that best fits YOU and time it with your events

People have asked me to teach them about a specific social media curation or integration tool, like Hootsuite, ScoopIt via this example @Deb Nystrom, REVELN, Instagram (yes, it is an integrator) and Sprout Social.   These days, most social media platforms have built in integration.   So, here’s the thing:  No one really cares what you use to integrate, as long as they get your posts and news.  It just needs to be something YOU like to use regularly, as in 2-3 times a week to 20 minutes a day or more.  

The best time to curate is before or after an event and whenever you also launch other marketing such as radio, a blog-talk show, and presentations.  Putting the real live you with curation is a strong combo. If you like it, you’ll use it.  

Curation Basic #5 Your chosen tools are central to the message you deliver

With reference to Marshall McLuhan, “the medium is the message,” and  referencing Facebook in the spotlight in 2014 for manipulating news feeds, there are also problems with social media tools.  From my earlier blog post on filter bubbles, note the message you send what what you tools you choose to use and how you use them:

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This is my own post sharing examples, photos and a video of what've I learned in curating for the past 4 years, from twitter, Posterous to ScoopIt and Hootsuite.  ~ Deb

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5 Maxims to Stay On Top: 2014 Social Media for Business

5 Maxims to Stay On Top: 2014 Social Media for Business | The Social Media Learning Lab |

Future-proofing for tomorrow’s connected social business challenges:
1) Maximize Engagement with Minimum Content

Release content that solves specific problems, asks questions, presents teasers, encourages sharing, and that rewards participation.... rather than throwing out new stuff to keep people hanging on.


The days of daily posts (like with a blog) may be behind you, especially if you’re holding down multiple sites.


Micro videos….are dominating already in ’14.






2: Separate Yourself from the Pack
If you can grab attention above your competitors, you’re going to experience more growth and freedom of movement.


3: Stake a Claim to Popular Territory….if your fans, friends and family know about them—then it’s a safe bet to assume that you should have a presence there. …Stake a claim to new territory before it takes off in a big way.



4: Introduce the Visual
Infographics, high-quality photos, pics and vids of live events, etc – these are all still trendy. Micro videos….are dominating already in ’14.


…Sites like Keek and Twitter’s Vine allow you to quickly upload micro videos. …they gain a lot of traction without all the bells and whistles associated with longer spots. …Ask comedian Frank Caliendo, who has grown his fan base tremendously by releasing 20-second clips of him doing a Morgan Freeman impression. Entertaining clips that show your brand in a personal light can be huge for your business.


5: Creating Mobile-Friendly Content
…“Well, duh.” …But 2014 is different. …new releases from Apple, Samsung and other big brands, a new Windows OS, and …a slew tablet options. And have you seen the new watch phone? It’s insanity!


Read more here.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

These social media observations seem on target for 2014, especially emphasizing the power of visual images, and the explosive growth of options for mobile.  Tablets and mini-tablets are becoming more mainstream, along with miniatures like a smartphone watch.  

The,  "It’s insanity!" says a lot about the pace of change and products.   ~  D

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