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Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web

Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
he curriculum, which is designed primarily for high-school students (though he says it can be adapted for younger kids, too), includes a dozen teaching modules that would be integrated into various classes—from "Privacy" and "A is for Algorithm" to "Digital Activism" and "Cyberpsychology." Other units under development include "Remix Culture," "Gaming in Education," and "Reality—Virtual/Actual." In some ways, it could be described as the liberal arts of virtual living.
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Whether to acquire social capital or because we think it's good for their education, we inevitably invest in making sure young people are equipped with latest gadgets.  Yet we invest little time and money in ensuring that our education systems go beyond scare-mongering and start to contribute to critical thinking about the dialectic between technology and everyday life.  Digital citizenship continues to be a buzz-word for the few, or (worse) confused with 'new marketing skills'. 


This article is a good primer on the programs we need to introduce in the classroom - and the boardroom.

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Podcasts Are Doing To Advertising What Uber Has Done To Transportation

Podcasts Are Doing To Advertising What Uber Has Done To Transportation | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
I am listening to a man explain home mortgages to another man on a videogame podcast. I have known both men long enough, in the way that podcasts make strangers knowable, using mass disclosure of intimacies as a workaround for the insufficiencies of written language and a loss-leader for its [...]
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Podcasts have remained pervasive as intimate communication media.  Inevitably, slow burn advertising has gravitated towards a medium that traditionally attracts quality content.  

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'Overnight, everything I loved was gone': the internet shaming of Lindsey Stone

'Overnight, everything I loved was gone': the internet shaming of Lindsey Stone | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
When a friend posted a photograph of charity worker Lindsey Stone on Facebook, she never dreamed she would lose her job and her reputation. Two years on, could she get her life back?
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I suggest you first start with the embedded video, then work your way through the article.  There is much to contemplate in this article - from the vanity of academia to the stealing of online identities and the veil afforded by online to the worst type of real life bullying and public shaming on social media.  It's another sign of the times - but not easy to digest.    

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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list - see below.  Some have "alw...
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Considering that we all have to be lifelong learners, for a raft of socio-economic reasons - or for the sheer pleasure of it - this is a pretty awesome list.  To be shared with parents, people in suits, kids, educators and anyone else with an interest in digital literacy (even if they don't quite understand what that is all about...)

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A Teenager’s View on Social Media

A Teenager's View on Social Media - Backchannel - Medium
Written by an actual teen
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There's an element of social anthropology in this article 'written by an actual teen'.  Definitely an interesting read for parents, educators and those obsessed with engaging with Generation Y and their social media practices.   

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How To Pay Attention

How To Pay Attention - re:form - Medium
20 Ways To Win The War Against Seeing
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Fascinating article on developing strategies for resistance in the war against seeing.  Or how to reclaim our ability to focus and pay attention when there is much to distract us.

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Not on a Social Network? You’ve Still Got a Privacy Problem

Not on a Social Network? You’ve Still Got a Privacy Problem | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Privacy not my problem When you discuss about privacy in a heteronymous group, there will always be at least one who states he/she has nothing to hide because he/she does nothing wrong. There are s...
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2014 was also the year concerns about online surveillance made it to the mainstream.  Not that we've made any significant progress with issues relating to  trust, privacy and power issues in the name of native advertising and ROI for your social media platform of choice. 

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The Fall of Facebook?

The Fall of Facebook? | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
The social network's future dominance is far from assured.
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In the face of overwhelming evidence of Facebook's dominance of our online discourse and behaviour, It's far too early for anyone to crow about its imminent demise.  Yet there is some truth in the assertion about the growing 'collective unease' about the network's use of 'small lives' as fair game for data management and monetisation.  Or the fact that it's not yet a 'winner takes all' scenario in the social media network space.

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We are all citizens of the web

We are all citizens of the web | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Ten years ago today, we declared independence. We declared that we have the independence: to choose the tools we use to browse and build the web; to create, talk, play, trade in the way we want and...
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Firefox is 10.  In an age when search is increasingly hegemonised, the need for an independent alternative to Google is more relevant than ever.

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You Are Not the Product: The Coming Revolution in Social Networks

You Are Not the Product: The Coming Revolution in Social Networks | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
It's time to recognize that people are not the product and that end user contributions to social networks deserve to be compensated.
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It's way too early to think that the pendulum is swinging back from 'social data of the masses for the profit of the few' to 'free social networks for individual empowerment'.  Nevertheless, any promise of alternatives that move away from centrally-owned platforms deserve to be explored.

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23 Seldom-Used Ideas for Utilizing Twitter Lists

23 Seldom-Used Ideas for Utilizing Twitter Lists | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
If you’ve read any lists on Twitter tips, whether for beginners or for experts, you’ve likely come across the common advice to use Twitter lists.

Twitter lists are useful, helpful, and effective for managing and optimizing your Twitter experience. There’s also a number of unique ways to go about them.

I researched the topic and found 23 popular and outside-the-box ideas for what to do with your Twitter list. See what I learned in the post below, and add your favorite uses in the comments.

Via Howard Rheingold
Alex Grech's insight:

For most people who use Twitter for lifelong learning purposes, the 'Eureka' moment tends to be the day they understand how to put lists to good strategic use.

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, October 27, 2014 2:15 PM

When I teach infotention, I show learners how they can curate Twitter lists and use Paper.li to turn the lists into daily briefings by networks of experts on topics of their choosing. Curating, focusing, distilling, and formatting incoming streams of information about precisely the topics that interest you at any time is a key infotention skill. h/t Tracy Vu

NLafferty's curator insight, October 28, 2014 5:16 AM

It's worth having a look at Howard Rheingold's comment on this post where he mentions that he suggests to his students creating Twitter lists and then using Paper.li to create a briefing around the topic or network.  It's not something I've done but sounds like an effective way to curate #FOAMed resources insights to students and trainees. 

Stephen Dale's curator insight, October 28, 2014 10:59 AM

Twitter Lists are a great way of tracking people and conversations by theme or meme. Easy to set up, and easy to maintain. I've found them to be a very useful tool for the Curator's toolbox.

 

Reading time: 8 mins

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Welcome to the age of pervasive supercomputing

Welcome to the age of pervasive supercomputing | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
The emergence of supercomputing in everyday life will require a new kind of literacy that will allow us to appreciate what the technology can — and can’t — do.
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We may have the tools but we still have to get our heads round digital literacies.  

 

"To fully realize the potential of the newly pervasive supercomputing environment, two things are needed: a new type of literacy that will enable us to use the technology properly, and the appropriate network infrastructure to provide full access to its capabilities".


I have high hopes for the network infrastructure.  We are almost on day zero on digital literacies, despite various EU pronouncements.

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Why Clay Shirky Banned Laptops, Tablets and Phones from His Classroom

Why Clay Shirky Banned Laptops, Tablets and Phones from His Classroom | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
I teach theory and practice of social media at NYU, and am an advocate and activist for the free culture movement, so I’m a pretty unlikely candidate for Internet censor, but I have just asked the students in my fall seminar to refrain from using laptops, tablets and phones in class.
Alex Grech's insight:

I must first admit to a quiet snigger that the much-celebrated trail-blazer of 'Here comes Everybody' and 'Cognitive Surplus' has concluded that social media and mobile technologies in the classroom do not enable 'we-think' but simply contribute to attention disorder, student disconnect and 'noise'.   

 

Yet all of us who are at times engaged in the quasi stand-up ritual of 'teaching' know that it' is becoming more difficult to be 'relevant' in the classroom, when the 'second-hand distractions' and relexivity of entertainment on mobile devices are so much more compelling that whatever we choose to serve via PowerPoint, Prezi or plain old whiteboard in marker.

 

Perhaps the real challenge is finding some workable solution to what Shirky calls 'the collaborative process of focus - not a 'switch in rules' but a switch in how we go about this teaching / learning lark in the 21st century.  Creating "a classroom where the students who want to focus have the best shot at it, in a world increasingly hostile to that goal".  Right, that's the mountain.  Now, how do we climb that one?  Because the mountain is not going away in a big hurry.

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Prof, no one is reading you

Prof, no one is reading you | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Many of the world's most talented thinkers may be university professors, but sadly most of them are not shaping today's public debates or influencing policies.
Alex Grech's insight:

This reminds me of conversations with an eminent academic while I navigated through my PhD.  In the end we negotiated a mutually-beneficial compromise.  I gained invaluable insights into political philosophy over conversations fueled by caffeine.  He got himself online journal that I set up over OJS. 

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Is social media really a waste of time? Harvard professor gets it wrong

Is social media really a waste of time? Harvard professor gets it wrong | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
A prominent author tells brands that social media will not help their bottom line. Marketing leaders think differently.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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As usual, these things are never in black and white.  Looking for a direct, linear relationship between social media 'marketing' and the bottom seems equally flawed. 

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Joseph McCaleb's curator insight, March 10, 9:48 AM

social media has value "in building relationships with customers, offering responsive technical support, and engaging efforts to establish a sustainable base of consumer advocates."

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An Open Letter to Prime Minister Cameron

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Cameron - The Message - Medium
Why a seemingly sensible proposal to compel back doors in Internet communications apps is a bad idea
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Jonathan ZIttrain's insightful piece debunks efforts by big government for more online surveillance in the name of the public good.  Must read.

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Social Media and the Cost of Caring

Social Media and the Cost of Caring | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Frequent use of social media is not directly related to higher stress. But stress can be contagious through social media channels: Social media users are often more aware of the stressful events in others' lives, and this awareness itself can lead to higher stress.
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This Pew Research Center survey of 1,801 adults examines the extent to which their lives have become more stressful as a result of the widespread use of social media.  

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Will Google Sell All Your Emails to Your Grandchildren?

Will Google Sell All Your Emails to Your Grandchildren? | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
In 40 years will Google, Facebook and Visa sell all your emails, photos, and purchase history to your grandchildren? The Sony hack has reminded us that nearly everything we say and do here in the early 21st century will be on the record forever. And we better be prepared for the historians of tomorrow to pick through every piece of it.
Alex Grech's insight:

There's something mildly Orwellian in the notion of our interactions and discourse on social media being sold for the private gain of others in the future.  Let's face it, Zuckerberg and friends have youth on their side to play more games in the future.  And sell this as a 'service for the private good'.

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Facebook's 'Year In Review' shows tragic side of software's shortcomings

Facebook's 'Year In Review' shows tragic side of software's shortcomings | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
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And you may find yourself sharing your Facebook year in review
And you may find yourself loving humanity's online hue
And you may find yourself loving the Facebook algorithm too
And you may find yourself in your beautiful life, as compared with another Facebook life 
And you may ask yourself
Well... How did I get here?


Same as it ever was... 
Same as it ever was...

 

[With apologies to Talking Heads]

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List of Online Tools for Learning, Teaching & Assessment

List of Online Tools for Learning, Teaching & Assessment | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
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A great bucket list of online tools for learning.  One to bookmark.

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Why Free Marketeers Want To Regulate the Internet

Why Free Marketeers Want To Regulate the Internet | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
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A Conservative arguing that net neutrality must be in place for the free market to function in the Internet age.  Heaney says that Government-regulated utilities are still preferable to unregulated private sector monopolies or even duopolies..


Or just watch John Oliver's appeal.  Much more entertaining.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpbOEoRrHyU&channel=LastWeekTonight

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Developing a National Lifelong Learning Strategy

Developing a National Lifelong Learning Strategy | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
  It’s not every day that you are asked to develop the Lifelong Learning Strategy for your country.  Lifelong learning has become a loaded term within the EU context, with interpretations that range from ‘learning throughout life for personal empowerment’ to ‘learning basic skills’ to secure employment in the labour-market.   So it was clear to …
Alex Grech's insight:

The Lifelong Learning Strategy 2020 has now been published for public consultation.  ‘Learning through life’ should not simply be an activity we are obliged to follow for economic reasons, but our fundamental right as citizens in an inclusive society.  


These are some quick observations on strategic planning based on the process I managed to develop the LLL Strategy 2020.

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How Facebook Could End Up Controlling Everything You Watch and Read Online | WIRED

How Facebook Could End Up Controlling Everything You Watch and Read Online | WIRED | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Given that links appear to be more clickable when shared on Facebook, online publishers have scrambled to become savvy gamers of Facebook’s News Feed, seeking to divine the secret rules that push some stories higher than others. But all this genuflection at the altar of Facebook’s algorithms may be but a prelude to a more fundamental shift in how content is produced, shared, and consumed online. Instead of going to all this trouble to get people to click a link on Facebook that takes them somewh
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Facebook is the Internet’s ultimate content cannibal.   An article scooped from Wired's Facebook feed.  

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DDHN

DDHN | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
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I don't know if this is utopia or the shape of things to come.  Reminds me of Perry Barlow and early days of Electronic Frontier Foundations.  Whatever happens to it, I'd sign up.  

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Remove blindfold before embarking for utopia

Remove blindfold before embarking for utopia | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Why do we keep rushing to embrace Facebook alternatives that haven’t earned our trust?
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Scott Rosenberg thinks that it is too late to get terribly excited about Ello as a Facebook alternative, despite the great need for one.  He's right, of course.

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