A growing number of kids at increasingly younger ages are engaging in online social networking today--a development that is leading to a surge of news stories, media attention, and economic investment.
With social networking having permeated the way we look for jobs, share photos and music, and discover news, a startup named Lore is on a mission to do the same for higher education, and potentially re-shape the way teachers and students communicate. Formerly known as CourseKit, the Thiel and Founder’s Fund-backed startup is doing that with a platform that is part Facebook and part Blackboard — for courses. In other words, Lore aims to act as a replacement for the infamous course management system with a gradebook, calendar and document uploading (for class assignments), while giving students a social network-style newsfeed for classroom conversations. Techcrunch article.
I am often asked how to support social collaboration in the workplace. As I showed in my recent blog post, there are some big differences between learning in an e-business and learning in a social/collaborative business.
So it is not just about adding new social approaches or social media into the training “blend”, supporting social collaboration is underpinned not only by new technologies but by a new mindset. In other words, it means .. Blog post Jane Hart.
This month, the U.S. Department of Education kicked off Connected Educator Month, with engaging keynotes, panel discussions, book chats, and more. During this month, educators in the U.S. and globally will have opportunities to connect themselves and their communities, online and in-person, to support their professional practice. The timing couldn't be better, as most teachers are preparing to hit the ground running as they gear up for back-to-school! Edutopia article.
Globe and MailFrom the trenches: Words of social media wisdomGlobe and MailFor many business owners, the online world can be confusing, and understandably so. Where do you start with social media? What do you do when you get there?
There comes a time in every relationship when you have to ask yourself the defining question: “Where is this going?” The same is true when you're trying to turn Facebook “Likes,” LinkedIn “Connections” and Twitter “Follows” ...
In essence, McLuhan opened our minds to the role of technology and media by asking the right questions. He wanted to know how technology and media affect our minds, habits, society and culture. Late in his life he gave us, what in my opinion, is his most useful piece of work – the tetrad. His "tetrad" of four media laws tried to clarify the nature & impact of a technology or medium
GUEST COLUMN | by Joe Mazza A 21st-century principal shares what it means to share these days For a little over a year now, I've been “virtually mentored” by the likes of George Couros, Patrick Larkin, Eric Sheninger and many … Continue reading → ...
It’s connected educator month. There’s a flurry of activity among teachers and administrators looking to connect through Twitter and other social media to advance their learning, especially as a new school year looms.
As schools gear up and prepare for a new school year with technology increasingly ubiquitous, now’s the time to consider how schools can create a positive impact with technology.
Twitter and Facebook might soon replace traditional professional development for teachers. Instead of enduring hours-long workshops a few times a year, teachers could reach out to peers on the Internet in real time for advice on things like planning a lesson (or salvaging a lesson that’s going wrong), overcoming classroom management problems, or helping students with disabilities.
Or, at least, that’s what a group of Internet-savvy educators who convened in New York City this week are hoping. Mindshift article.
Social Media as a Communication Tool. With the start of a new school year I always spend some time reflecting on what things am I going to improve on this year? Resonating within me is the need to improve communication." From the Essential Principal.