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Learners NOT Students!

Learners NOT Students! | Being Social Us | Scoop.it
The term "student" was defined in the middle ages. It is time to rethink what that implies and redefine the learner.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 22, 2013 4:35 PM

This is so very true. People develop a real meaningful reason for learning or the learning will have much less staying power. I love what this article points out. Teacher's function best if they provide guidance for the process and monitor success.

Thomas C. Thompson's curator insight, April 26, 2013 2:53 PM

I like the debate this could start in my classroom!

Meri Walker's comment, May 1, 2013 3:40 PM
It's been so long since I could call anyone a "student" with a straight face. I call people participants and learners... because the "student" label means I'm a "teacher" and I'm not...I'm a learner, too.
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Simple, Useful Rubric for Evaluating the Learning-Usefulness of Mobile Apps

Simple, Useful Rubric for Evaluating the Learning-Usefulness of Mobile Apps | Being Social Us | Scoop.it

A straightforward rubric for assessing apps in education. Nice one from Jim Harmon!


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Share Your E-Book from your iPad directly on Your Blog

Share Your E-Book from your iPad directly on Your Blog | Being Social Us | Scoop.it

In this 3.5 minute screencast, digital learning consultant Wesley Fryer demonstrates how to use the $4 iPad application “eBook Creator” to export an enhanced eBook...


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Edcanvas - The one place for teachers to create and deliver lessons digitally

Edcanvas - The one place for teachers to create and deliver lessons digitally | Being Social Us | Scoop.it

This is a great tool for designing web based lessons that draw on a number of different sources. You can sequence materials, add tasks and worksheets, videos from YouTube and documents from your dropbox. Simplifies the process of designing engaging web-based learning.


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MelodyJenningsBowers's curator insight, March 28, 2013 10:40 PM

I'm using this on Edmodo. It is one of the free apps in thier app store.

Kristen Baker's curator insight, June 17, 2013 8:31 AM

This is a great "one-stop-shop" for students and teachers to get organized and stay on track with lessons.

Amaia Irazusta Zarra's curator insight, August 15, 2013 1:48 PM

Oso erraza da erabiltzen. Zure dropbox-en, google drive-en nahiz ordenagailuan dituzun dokumentuak, edozein web orri, bideo, irudi.... arrastratu eta askatu

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Why Social Media Isn't the End All for Marketers - Forbes

Why Social Media Isn't the End All for Marketers - Forbes | Being Social Us | Scoop.it
Everything we read in today about marketing is focused on shiny new toys: social media, digital content, interactivity, SEO, viral video and probably a lot more that my marketing director’s brain has yet to process.

 

Simple facts. Well stated. Indeed, effective marketing is a LOT more than posting - or even conversing - on Twitter, FB, G+, Pinterest, etc... 


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How To Tell A Story -- Story Wars 10 Simple Strategies

Passing this on from Karen Deitz who's making excellent points in her introduction of this piece. I'd concur at ever turn...and I, too, think it's useful to take a look at this piece.

 

This is a Change This PDF that you can view here:

http://changethis.com/manifesto/98.01.StoryWars/pdf/98.01.StoryWars.pdf ;

 

I'm curating this because I like it and I don't like it -- and it is worth taking a look at the assumptions going on in this piece so we can get really smart.

 

This piece was put together by Jonathan Sachs, author of Winning The Story Wars. Sachs comes from the world of marketing and branding and this is reflected in his point of view.

 

Let's get what I don't like out of the way so I can chat about what I do like. Here is what puts my teeth on edge:


1. Sachs states that "we live in a world that has lost its connection to traditional myths and we are now trying to find new ones..." Welllllllll, if your slice of reality is the Hollywood, advertising, and branding world it is easy to get sucked into this notion. But we know from Jung, other psychologists, Folklorists, Anthroplogists, and neuroscience how this is not true. There is great irony in this "myth" that Sachs is perpetuating.


2. We are engaged in a war. Hmmmmm. Well, for millenium people have wanted to gain the attention of other people -- so nothing new there. Is this a war?  Could be. But if we are wanting to employ the power of storytelling to find solutions and create change as Sachs advocates, then war does not speak to the greater good but instead speaks to winners and losers where ongoing resentment is inherently built in. That sounds like the perpetuation of war -- same old same old. 

 

3. Sach's relationship to storytelling is still at the transactional level -- I'll tell you a story and you'll do what I want. While what he really wants it seems is storytelling at the transformational level. That requires a different mind-set and different story skills -- deep listening, engagement, story sharing, etc. And he completely ignores the relational level of storytelling.


4. Reliance on the Hero's Journey as the only story archetype to follow. Well, that's a narrow slice of reality and one geared towards youth. Yet other story archetypes are desperately needed: King/Queen, Trickster, Magician for example in order to affect change.

 

5. As a result, his 10 simple strategies stay at the transactional level with a few geared towards transformation (figure out what you stand for, declare your moral, reveal the moral). Now any great professional storyteller will tell you these that I've mentioned are essential for any compelling storytelling session. So they land in both worlds of transactional and transformational storytelling.


OK -- on to what I do like!


If you want to be heard, you'd better learn to tell better stories. The solutions to our significant problems these days depends on our ability to tell great stories and inspire people to think differently. Storytelling does not take long to learn, but it does take a lifetime to master, Know what a story is and is not Our abilitiy to disseminate stories is greater now than in the past -- because of technology. That is just a reminder to expend your use of different channels in sharing your stories that are now available to us.

 

Enough! Go read this piece yourself and decide what you think about it. It's a quick read.

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;


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Meri Walker's comment, September 20, 2012 1:15 PM
Well, Karen! You made my day offering this terrific new Scoop. I'm enriched by the way you think, Karen. Especially about story... I guess we get really "bent" in a certain way by anthropological training and it's still pretty rare to find others who are looking through the kinds of filters you and I have installed in Mind. De-light-ful learning with and from you!
Jane Dunnewold's comment, April 8, 2013 4:42 PM
I'm behind the curve on this one, being new to scoop it - but as a teacher/artist I have to agree with your observation that delving into other archetypes would present rich opportunities to "language" storytelling in lots of environments. I use archetypes to get at the fears and struggles artists face in my workshops - and they aren't all about the hero's path! The Damsel in Distress is one that comes to mind...
Dr. Karen Dietz's comment, April 8, 2013 4:56 PM
I agree Jane. Archetypes can be so helpful in many ways. One of the ones I love for artists is the Trickster archetype, and the Magician. LOL on the 'damsel in distress'! Time to go put my 'big girl' panties on and deal with the next challenge :)
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Discover, Collect And Share Your Favourite Artworks With Pictify

Discover, Collect And Share Your Favourite Artworks With Pictify | Being Social Us | Scoop.it

Artists! Pay attention to this reality! When people can "collect" their favorite art in digital formats like this and "share" it with others digitally, the entire market for artwork shifts.

 

Pinterest opened Pandora's box on "visual sharing" and now there will be dozens of sites like Pictify opening up. How are you going to respond to this global earthquake?

 

Time to think about how you want to play in this brave new world.  

 

Here's the blurb about Pictify from the Official Website:

 

"Pictify is the global home for sharing your favourite artworks, seeing other people’s, adding your comments, and building your own collection of favourite paintings, sculptures, photography, drawings, or any other art medium.

 

Through Pictify you can share all art from the earliest cave drawings, the Renaissance, Old Masters and Impressionists to art works created today.

 

Your chances of owning a Van Gogh, Monet might be pretty slim but on Pictify you can. You can curate your own collections of art, make albums of your favourite paintings, photographs, sculptures and so on, and you can share your albums with your Pictify friends and followers.

 

As a gallery or museum you can feature your artists and the works in your collection on Pictify. You can show individual art works, preview an upcoming exhibition, and organise works in albums by artist or medium..."

 

Try out it here: http://pictify.com



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Fabulous Intro to Content Curation: Steps, Tools and Benefits

Fabulous Intro to Content Curation: Steps, Tools and Benefits | Being Social Us | Scoop.it

Robin Good says - and I concurr, "If you were looking for an introductory guide to Content Curation and its benefits in terms of online visibility, traffic, SEO and personal reputation, this new article by Gianluca Fiorelli on SEOMoz may be the best and most up-to-date reference to check out today.

The article provides a good introduction to some of the basic content curation phases, such as news discovery and production and its related tools.

 

Finally you can find some good information on WHY it is a good idea to curate content if you are looking for reputation, authority, visibility and becoming the reference person to go in your industry.

 

Informative. 8/10"

 

Full article: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/content-curation-guide-for-seo ;


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Meri Walker's comment, April 5, 2012 11:58 AM
As always, Robin, you're finding and sharing the best of the best. Thanks for this one!
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Framed - An iphone 4S short story

A photograph walks around the woods to take some pictures, when something unexpected happens. Entirely shot on iPhone 4S. 


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Artists and Digital: Why Social Media Is the New Gallery - Mashable

Artists and Digital: Why Social Media Is the New Gallery - Mashable | Being Social Us | Scoop.it
Artists and Digital: Why Social Media Is the New GalleryMashableAnd because these websites are free to use, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram are quickly becoming as important to an artist as the paintbrush and palette.
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Who Did the SOPA Blackout Really Affect? | Actionable Insights - A Covario Blog

Who Did the SOPA Blackout Really Affect? | Actionable Insights - A Covario Blog | Being Social Us | Scoop.it
by Jeff MacGurn


On Wednesday, January 18th tens of millions of users (and possibly more) found themselves without access to some of the internet’s most popular websites, and others found themselves witness to very public corporate protests. Most of the media coverage of this event was geared toward these sites, companies and people protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its political fallout. However, we were much more interested in whom this Blackout affected and how it affected them. So we went to putting together the data to understand just what the SOPA Blackout really meant and who it affected.


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elearn Magazine: A Curator's Tools and To-Do List

elearn Magazine: A Curator's Tools and To-Do List | Being Social Us | Scoop.it

By Kelly Meeker

 

...the magic of the curator: Putting in the work to find the content that matters and assembling objects, ideas, and media into an experience that is meaningful to the consumer. And it's not just art, wine, and books that need a good curator—information does as well.


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The lessons of Virgin Media's flexible working initiative

The lessons of Virgin Media's flexible working initiative | Being Social Us | Scoop.it
Virgin Media announced today that it's rolling out a suite of Cisco collaboration tools after a successful pilot. How did they ensure a widespread adoption of these tools and a smooth transition to new ways of working?

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Personalize Learning in 6 Steps

Personalize Learning in 6 Steps | Being Social Us | Scoop.it

ISTE Learning & Leading with Technology (May Issue) features "A Step-by-Step Guide to Personalize Learning".


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Denise Lombardo's curator insight, April 29, 2013 11:55 PM

Great article - makes clear the difference between differentiation, individualisation and personalisation - and also clearly lays out some ways to gradually lead your students - and your teaching - towards more personalised approaches for your students. Great framework for those keen on potential of PBL/Design Thinking but wanting to know how to get from where they are now to where they want their class/students to be.

Meri Walker's comment, May 1, 2013 3:39 PM
Fabulous piece!
Aysin Alp's curator insight, December 21, 2013 11:18 AM

Personalize Learning in 6 steps by ISTE

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iBooks Author Goes Beyond Textbooks

iBooks Author Goes Beyond Textbooks | Being Social Us | Scoop.it

When iBooks Author, Apple’s multimedia e-book authoring tool, was unveiled in January, it was hailed for how easy it is to use and its ability to create rich, multimedia, and interactive educational content. Initially aimed at the textbook market—though at the launch Apple’s Phil Shiller also said iBooks Author could be used to create any kind of book—over the past year iBooks Author has been adopted by a wide-ranging and growing number of trade book publishers as well as educational publishers. Almost a year later, the iBookstore offers a steadily growing list of books “Made with iBooks Author,” and is being used to create a growing number of visually oriented titles. Those using iBooks Author are even okay with the fact that the titles they create can only be sold in the iBookstore.


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Infographic : The Gamification of Education

Infographic : The Gamification of Education | Being Social Us | Scoop.it

Sharing complex knowledge can be a taxing process from both sides of the table: from the SME (subject matter expert) side as well as the learner's side.

 

Whether we're wanting to share what we know with peers, with clients, or with "students," it's important for people who were "educated" in the 20th Century to open up our thinking a bit and include gaming strategies in our instructional design.

 

This infographic can stimulate lots of new thinking... 


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5 Fantastic Free SEO Tools for Bloggers

5 Fantastic Free SEO Tools for Bloggers | Being Social Us | Scoop.it

Basic SEO tools. If you don't know - and use - 'em, you're missing a lot of readers!


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5 Lead Generation Techniques to Revitalize Your Digital Marketing Strategy | Business 2 Community

5 Lead Generation Techniques to Revitalize Your Digital Marketing Strategy | Business 2 Community | Being Social Us | Scoop.it
Is your digital marketing strategy generating leads for your brand? If not, maybe it’s time to give it an Extreme Digital Makeover.

 

Basic principles, well stated, great reminders!! 


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How to Weave a Story that Instantly Captivates Your Audience

How to Weave a Story that Instantly Captivates Your Audience | Being Social Us | Scoop.it
Most writers neglect the power of a story to captivate their audience immediately ...

 

This is a quick article with several key messages. But the one that strikes me is that when crafting a story, the most interesting beginning that gets reader's hooked, is often found in the middle of the story.


So true! And I love the example he uses to demonstrate this tip.

 

Beginnings and endings of stories are always hard for those new to storytelling. Even veteran storytellers could benefit from the author's tip here.

 

Think about your stories -- do they need an upgrade by exploring their middles and finding a more compelling opening?

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;


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Facebook Timeline Overview Infographic | Edelman Digital

Facebook Timeline Overview Infographic | Edelman Digital | Being Social Us | Scoop.it

A quick infographic overview of the new Facebook Timeline for Pages. 


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PhotoBox! Pro - Making Photo Management Easy on Facebook!

PhotoBox! Pro - Making Photo Management Easy on Facebook! | Being Social Us | Scoop.it

Do you have a Facebook profile and a Facebook page to manage? Then you’ve probably been frustrated by the inability to batch upload images to Facebook. With PhotoBox! we created a way for you to batch upload and download from your profile, and a whole lot more. Today we’ve released PhotoBox! Pro which allows you to do the same thing for your Facebook page!


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Is There a Difference Between Critical Thinking and Information Literacy? | Weiner | Journal of Information Literacy

Is There a Difference Between Critical Thinking and Information Literacy? | Weiner | Journal of Information Literacy | Being Social Us | Scoop.it

By John M Weiner

 

This paper investigates the similarities and differences between two important ideas in information processing and knowledge utilisation. Those ideas are [critical thinking] and [information literacy]. The two phrases are shown in brackets to indicate that the two words involved in each idea are not arbitrarily combined but have been coupled by authors to represent a single entity or a focus for development of concepts describing the characteristics involved. By exploring terms related to this couplet from the same sentence, the meaning of each of the central ideas can be expanded. The education, library science, and health science literature were used in this study, which analysed 8745 articles dealing with [critical thinking] and 8201 reports dealing with [information literacy] included in either ERIC or PubMed from 2000-2009.

 

The findings showed that combinations of terms (i.e. ideas) such as [information & literacy & related term] or [critical & thinking & related term], when organised based on Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning (Bloom 1956), clarified the similarities and differences between the two central ideas. [Information literacy] was involved in all of the cognitive functions suggested by Bloom. This finding is consistent with the definitions of [information literacy] that relate it to lifelong learning and effective decision-making. In addition, the ideas describing [information literacy] were consistent with actions and perceptions that were more public and standardised than those associated with [critical thinking].

 

This suggests that [information literacy] and its associated procedures could significantly augment current instruction in [critical thinking] and indeed, the possibility has been explored by some authors in the current literature. A merging of the two ideas would involve [information literacy] providing tools and techniques in the processing and utilisation of knowledge and [critical thinking] supplying the particulars and interpretations associated with a specific discipline. This type of integration could lead to instructional programs similar in concept and application to those in research methodology where methods from statistics are integrated with the techniques and skills associated with a specific discipline. The development of a curriculum of this type would change functions and perceptions from private, individualised mentation, now associated with [critical thinking], to a more easily learned and practiced process suitable across the breadth of disciplines.

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Managing Collective Intelligence-If you think knowledge is power, you aren’t living in the real world.

Managing Collective Intelligence-If you think knowledge is power, you aren’t living in the real world. | Being Social Us | Scoop.it

If you think knowledge is power, you aren’t living in the real world.

Knowledge changes so fast that if you try to hold onto it, you end up with nothing. To get power,it is much more effective to share knowledge and thus build the basis for a reputation.If people think you have key strategic knowledge, you will have power within theorganization.

Richard McDermott, President of McDermott Consulting (From "Lagestion du savoir", proceedings of the November 2003 colloquium organized byCEFRIO:http://www.cefrio.qc.ca/pdf/ActesGestionDuSavoir.pdf )

 

This quote describes a common-sense reality that unfortunately not everyone understands. But wecan implement this idea here and now, creating the basis for a collective reputation! Chapter 9 of thisbook will thus be open to everyone and co-authored. Here, the book becomes interactive, written byreaders and by the author. [...]


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Good to Know – Google

Good to Know – Google | Being Social Us | Scoop.it

This is the landing page Google's advice about Internet privacy and security.  There are four sections, each with links to Google Resources including video tutorials.  

 

There is a lot to dig into here! 

Stay safe online Your data on the web Your data on Google Manage your data
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