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Student Lectures Teacher On How to Teach in Front of Classmates

Student Lectures Teacher On How to Teach in Front of Classmates | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Video of a student lecturing his teacher for her allegedly poor teaching methods has gone viral.
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Wake up call or viral entertainment? A taster of the great disconnect between old institutions and mobile power.  I think this video raises many issues. From the Foucault-style public spectacle of 'naming and shaming'. to the lack of digital literacies, to mobile devices as tools for smart mobs (Rheingold-style), to 20th century education power systems being forced on a generation brought up on web reality shows, and without much fear of retribution. And that's just the tip of the iceberg...

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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
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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, 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, 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, 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.
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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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Fighting for Which Future? When Google Met Wikileaks

Fighting for Which Future? When Google Met Wikileaks | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
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On the day Schmidt sparred with Assange on four ongoing ideological struggles:

 

1) What will control of cyberspace look like? Will it be well-organised and centrally controlled by states and corporations, or by the individual users and professional experts? 

2) Is the web neutral or political?

3) Is the true control of information in the hands of the new mediators and network gatekeepers?

4) What constitutes transparency online?


These power struggles are currently framed in simplistic terms: good against evil, anarchist versus conformist, freedom fighter against the power hungry.  Like most things in life, the 'truth' is in various shades of grey.

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Pay to play: the end of free social media marketing?

Pay to play: the end of free social media marketing? | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Facebook is at the vanguard of squeezing increased value from paid social media marketing – and other networks are following suit
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Remember organic reach? Gathering tribes of followers on Twitter? Likes on Facebook?  Making content relevant for the end user?  Well, the lie is out.  Just pay for adverts on the popular social media platform of choice if you want to engage with anyone beyond a few close friends.  Or watch the paint dry.,

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10 lessons learned from MOOCs

10 lessons learned from MOOCs | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
From what works best to clues about the model's future viability, what have massive open online courses taught us?
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They won't be called MOOCs for much longer.  But open online courses are not going away in a hurry.

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Evidence Grows That Online Social Networks Have Insidious Negative Effects | MIT Technology Review

Evidence Grows That Online Social Networks Have Insidious Negative Effects | MIT Technology Review | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
A study of 50,000 people in Italy concludes that online social networks have a significant negative impact on individual welfare.
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Oh dear. A bit closer to home, flying in the face of Facebook's own commissioned research.  Plus a link to the original academic paper.

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Twitter CFO says a Facebook-style filtered feed is coming, whether you like it or not

Twitter CFO says a Facebook-style filtered feed is coming, whether you like it or not | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
At a financial conference, Twitter’s chief financial officer Anthony Noto suggested that the service will offer algorithm-driven curation of feeds much like Facebook does, in order to try and improve the relevance for users
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If this really goes ahead, Twitter will simply stop being useful.  Period.

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What Is Public?

What Is Public? | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
It’s so simple, right?
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A deconstruction in nonacademic jargon of why we should all start to get some grounding in how to engage in the new and not so new public sphere.
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No Money, No Time

No Money, No Time | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
The poor are under a deadline that never lifts.
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There's some subtle irony in scooping an article about attention and time poverty while on holiday. Yet it is when we momentarily stop the relentless daily grind that we find the time to question what we normally consider to be important.
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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 …
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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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Barred From Facebook, and Wondering Why

Barred From Facebook, and Wondering Why | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Some users find themselves kicked off for reasons that seem arbitrary, and being reinstated can be a frustrating process.
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Facebook:

 “Your account has been disabled. If you have any questions or concerns, you can visit our F.A.Q. page.” 

 

A drag queen on being barred from using the social network of choice:  

"We don’t realize how ingrained Facebook is in our everyday lives.  I was shut out of Facebook for 24 hours and felt like I had a limb chopped off.”


Eric Goldman, professor of law at Santa Clara University in California and co-director of the High Tech Law Institute:  

“When Facebook makes a termination decision, it’s potentially life-altering for some people.  They’re cut off to access to their communities and possibly to their clients.".


Lee Rowland, a staff lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union. 

“The average person’s soapbox is now digital, and we’re now in a world where the large social media companies have a government-like ability to set social norms.  It’s a massive power and it comes with a responsibility.”

 

Monika Bickert, head of Facebook’s global policy management,: 

"Our goal has always been to strike an appropriate balance between the interests of people who want to express themselves and the interests of others who may not want to see certain kinds of content.” 

 

Professor Citron, author of “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace,” on Facebook:

“I think it’s a positive thing that they’re allowed to set community norms.  The problem is a lack of technological due process."

 

Michael Letwin, lawyer living in Brooklin.

“It was a Kafkaesque thing.  You don’t know if you did too many posts, too many likes. The rules are constantly changing".

 Monica Bickert, head of Facebook's global policy management:“One area where we’re focusing is improving the information we share with people about our community standards and when we take action on reported content.” 

[sic]. Communicative capitalism will always find ways of re-negotiating its hegemony, irrespective of its relatively recent digital incarnation. 

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John Dewey on the True Purpose of Education and How to Harness the Power of Our Natural Curiosity

John Dewey on the True Purpose of Education and How to Harness the Power of Our Natural Curiosity | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
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In the middle of scanning windows of Facebook bonfire vanities, selfies, racism, nationalism and other self-branding signs of the times, you are momentarily distracted by a blog post on John Dewey's warnings about harnessing our attention and curiosity. 

“While it is not the business of education … to teach every possible item of information, it is its business to cultivate deep-seated and effective habits of discriminating tested beliefs from mere assertions, guesses, and opinions.”

The digital tools are as permeable for mindfulness as they are for mindlessness. Differentiating between the two is the education we have still to recognise, let alone invent.

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Why We Need A "Why?"

As shrinking budgets, skeptical publics, and rising alternatives continue to threaten the end of higher education, we host this conversation asa contemplation of what the end – or purpose – of higher education should be. We will also reflect on how individual teachers might find their own core reason for teaching a specific class, and ways to build buy-in to that reason among students.

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Computers and change (and resistance to change) in education. Or how to bring down the cathedral of education as we know it without ending up with just the scaffolding.  Mike Wesch is always a compelling guide to the ongoing disruption, and the various attempts at engaging students with technology in different contexts.    There's something about Wesch which reminds me of a much gentler version of Randy Pausch. 

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Our Course Could Be Your Life

Jim Groom's Connected Courses presentation
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There is something wonderfully energising about Jim Groom and the movement of connecting learning.  It more than the crossover between platforms, pedagogy and community.  Or natural story-telling and the excitement in the process of being able to build new systems of learning with like-minded others.  

 

Rheingold is similarly enhusiastic about connected courses as free platforms for co-learning and co-learner-centric pedagogy.


"When I first wrote about why the WELL excited me, part of it was about the value of a network of people who learn together and feed each other's learning".

 

We're rebooting the past to get back to creating the education we need for the 21st century.

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There’s Something Rotten In The State Of Social Media | TechCrunch

There’s Something Rotten In The State Of Social Media | TechCrunch | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Something smells increasingly rotten in the state of social media. Facebook forcing users to download a separate messaging app if they want to carry on IMing..
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Alarmist title - which is not particularly surprising considering the holy grail of communicative capitalism is 'algorithmic monetisation' as opposed to service for the public good.  

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The Internet's Original Sin

The Internet's Original Sin | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
It's not too late to ditch the ad-based business model and build a better web.
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There are many take-homes from Zuckerman's piece on the car crash on the Internet and social media in particular.  The conclusion sums it up pretty nicely:

 

"20 years in to the ad-supported web, we can see that our current model is bad, broken, and corrosive. It’s time to start paying for privacy, to support services we love, and to abandon those that are free, but sell us—the users and our attention—as the product".

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The Internet’s Latest Disruption – Knowledge

The Internet’s Latest Disruption – Knowledge | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Know or die: risk and opportunity of Knowledge 2.0
“And the web stormed the enterprise and disrupted roles, tasks and jobs: it cast speed, openness, flexibility and efficiency throughout, sparing no business processes: manufacturing, logistic, accounting, customer relation management, lead generation…”
The digital mutation is also profoundly disrupting how knowledge is acquired, organized and shared. Knowledge is an intangible, yet strategic asset of any enterprise. With businesses becoming more virtual and dematerialized, its value is patently and rapidly growing. Continue reading →
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Knowledge sharing:  revolutionary for some, it seems.  

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