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Editor’s Note : This is a milestone article that deserves careful study. Connectivism should not be con fused with constructivism. George Siemens advances a theory of learning that is consistent with the needs of the twenty first century. His theory takes into account trends in learning, the use of technology and networks, and the diminishing half-life of knowledge. It combines relevant elements of many learning theories, social structures, and technology to create a powerful theoretical construct for learning in the digital age.
As Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, Dr. Vannevar Bush has coordinated the activities of some six thousand leading American scientists in the application of science to warfare. In this significant article he holds up an incentive for scientists when the fighting has ceased. He urges that men of science should then turn to the massive task of making more accessible our bewildering store of knowledge. For years inventions have extended man's physical powers rather than the powers of his mind.
Rheingold U. is a totally online learning community, offering courses that usually run for five weeks, with five live sessions and ongoing asynchronous discussions through forums, blogs, wikis, mindmaps, and social bookmarks. In my thirty years of experience online and my eight years teaching students face to face and online at University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University, I've learned that magic can happen when a skilled facilitator works collaboratively with a group of motivated students. Live sessions include streaming audio and video from me and from students, shared text chat and whiteboard, and my ability to push slides and lead tours of websites. Future classes will cover advanced use of personal knowledge tools, social media for educators, participatory media/collective action, social media issues, introduction to cooperation studies, network and social network literacy, social media literacies, attention skills in an always-on world.
Post-Oprah and apres-Ashton, Twittermania is definitely sliding down the backlash slope of the hype cycle. It’s not just the predictable wave of naysaying after the predictable waves of sliced-breadism and bandwagon-chasing. We’re beginning to see some data. Nielsen, the same people who do TV ratings, recently noted that more than 60% of new Twitter users fail to return the following month. To me, this represents a perfect example of a media literacy issue: Twitter is one of a growing breed of part-technological, part-social communication media that require some skills to use productively. Sure, Twitter is banal and trivial, full of self-promotion and outright spam.
Infotention is a word I came up with to describe the psycho-social-techno skill/tools we all need to find our way online today, a mind-machine combination of brain-powered attention skills with computer-powered information filters. The inside and outside of infotention work best together: Honing the mental ability to deploy the form of attention appropriate for each moment is an essential internal skill for people who want to find, direct, and manage streams of relevant information by using online media knowledgeably. Knowing how to put together intelligence dashboards, news radars, and information filters from online tools like persistent search and RSS is the external technical component of information literacy. Knowing what to pay attention to is a cognitive skill that steers and focuses the technical knowledge of how to find information worth your attention.
While most small business owners are starting to realize that social media is a necessary part of any marketing strategy, as a social media coach, the question I get most often is how to add social media to a day that is already way too full. For those of us working as solopreneurs or small business owners, it may, at times, feel like we are working virtually around the clock so when are we really supposed to tweet, post or blog? I’ll admit creating a social media plan that will stick is like starting an exercise program. You just have to take that leap and do it.
Jeff Kirchick is the Universities and Schools Specialist for SCVNGR , a gaming platform about doing challenges at places. I first met Jeff at the CASE Social Media Conference in San Francisco where he was organizing a “trek” for the conference. It was the most fun I’d had participating in extra-curricular activities at a conference. I asked Jeff to talk a little about how SCVNGR uses the power of “the crowd and place.” What is SCVNGR?
Setting up a social media marketing campaign involves many factors and all of it can get pretty daunting! Social media activities can go astray due to undefined goals, inappropriate content, executive glitches or other reasons leading to a low fan engagement and ROI. A strong strategy and methodical implementation can ease the process leading to successful results. This post covers the various elements we at DigiWhirl chart out while coming up with a social media marketing plan for a client! Brand Image "A symbolic construct created within the minds of people, consisting of all the information and expectations associated with a product, service or the company(ies) providing them." ~wikipedia
For sure, there’s a lot of Goodness in social media—in our personal lives and business. But also a lot of issues to be worked out. That's why two years ago I established a Social Business category on CustomerThink, and last year launched SocialBusinessOne , a community dedicated to the topic. One of the downsides of social media is that it can accelerate getting locked into a point of view.
"The Network Community" An Introduction to Networks in the Global Village Barry Wellman Things Ain't Wot They Used To Be - And They Never Were! Why does a debate about whether community exists persist, when the reality of community pervades our existence? Remember the timeless British music hall lament: "Things ain't wot they used to be"? Contemporary urbanites perversely flatter themselves by remarking how well they are coping with stressful modern times in contrast to the easy life their ancestors led.
8 Ways to Sculpt Your Personal Brand Using Social Media Perhaps one day the traditional resume will disappear as we know it today. Maybe LinkedIn or Google will replace it. Currently however, social media and Google mostly supplement resumes for some organizations. An online personal brand can either help or hurt a person’s chances of getting hired, landing a contract or sale, getting that book deal, being booked for a speaking gig and even getting into college.
Troy Williams is Vice President and General Manager of Macmillan New Ventures, the global media company’s division that discovers, develops and markets innovative technologies that make learning more engaging. It’s not revelatory that the academic and the tech worlds move at vastly different paces. Education often lags behind when it comes tech adoption and integration.
We're always on the lookout for innovative social media campaigns at Mashable . This week we scoured the web and our Twitter feeds to find some of the most interesting campaigns out there. From utilizing online video in an inventive way to creating a unique presence on Facebook , these six social media campaigns are some of the most original pieces of work as of late. Let us know about your favorite recent social media campaigns in the comments below.
These hypotheses imply great richness in the new evolutionary spaces opened by progressing from Stage 3 to Stage 4. We would like to study the hypotheses further, examining their possible manifestations in our experience, ways of demonstrating their validity, and possible deductions relative to going to Stage 4. In search of some simple ways to determine what the Neo-Whorfian hypothesis might imply, we could imagine some relatively straightforward means of increasing our external symbol-manipulation capability and try to picture the consequent changes that could evolve in our language and methods of thinking. Actually, it turned out to be simpler to invert the problem and consider a change that would reduce our capability for external symbol manipulation. This allowed an empirical approach which proved both simple and effective.
Social media can be a very valuable tool for promoting content. While it's a good idea to make sure you're spreading it to your direct network of fans and followers on sites like Facebook , LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+, the true value that social media provides is its ability to spread content beyond your direct network of social media connections. By making it easy for others to share your content to their personal networks as well, you'll be significantly extending the reach of your content. So what can you do to help move this process along? While you can't directly influence whether someone decides to share your content, there are several things you can do to indirectly encourage and make it simple for them. Here are some great tips...