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I think it's fair to say that Twitter (1) can no longer be dismissed as a trivial passing fad. Though I had dabbled with a personal account, my entire opinion changed when I started my @VideoAmy (2) account and dove in to the conversations educators were engaged in. While some people certainly do tweet about what they're having for breakfast, teachers, administrators, and educational organizations use Twitter in a whole different way -- making smart use of those 140 characters to share resources, wisdom, and inspiration.
I am currently working on an eBook about the use of Twitter in education which I will be offering here for free in the next few coming weeks.
Hosting backchannel discussions with your students in the classroom has several advantages for their learning.
Social networking is a topic that I have been posting about for sometime now. I have published a set of series on this issue and will soon be adding more to it. You can check out Educational Social Networking from part one to part 4 to learn more. Twitter is one of my top social networking tool that I use for both professional development and educational purposes.
April 2, 2012, 2:53 p.m.
Technology is increasing pervasive in all aspects of teaching and learning, whether it is the kindergarden student using the gesture based systems like the ipad to enhance their learning and to create objects and engage or the senior student researching, collaborating, communicating and socialising. No matter what the opinion of the teacher as to the its worth, its positive or negative effect or its importance, information and communication technologies are increasingly ubiquitous. The futility of trying to avoid and ignore the potential for learning and teaching is being overcome by grassroots action by the students, example and modeling by the adopters and vision from school leadership. With the huge potential that Information and communication technology has to offer for teaching and learning also comes a matching potential for distraction, illicit and inappropriate activity and poor judgement.
As Facebook filed for its initial public offer , it’s the perfect time to examine the website’s performance online and how its audience compares with that of other social networks. Given the expected $75 billion to $100 billion initial valuation of Facebook, we’re all already aware of the magnitude of the business. Below we reveal how much of a behemoth the website itself is in the U.S. and other markets. Facebook captures one in every eleven Internet visits in the U.S.
We recently covered 10 inspiring social networks for writers that can help you extend your influence and develop your content. But what about the mainstream networks? How do you successfully raise your profile and gain a following? Six well-known authors and writers, who are experts in this type of personal branding, share their methods and suggestions on how to use social media to push yourself forward in the writing industry. Whether you've been using social media for a while or you're just starting out, you might learn something new. 1.
Free White Paper: "MIT OpenCourseWare: Will it work for you?" The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the most prestigious universities in the world, opened its doors to the world by launching their MIT OpenCourseWare initiative, which aims to offer free educational resources for anyone, anywhere. With this paper, you will learn the experiences of educators, self-paced learners, and students who have been using MIT OpenCourseWare to supplement their learning and teaching efforts. This paper aims to explore the possibilities of learning via open educational resources and limitations posed when learning is not facilitated by a teacher. It will help teachers and learners understand how they can use MIT OpenCourseWare.
In a world where libraries are completely reinventing themselves, where universities and schools are moving away from labs to BYOD, and where the focus of everything seems to be on mobiles —what will be the role of technology in the next decade? What do leading institutions need to be doing now to prepare? What are the strategies that will provide them the most flexibility?
Whether you’re a new or seasoned Twitter user, you likely come across confusing hashtags that probably look like a bunch of nonsense. First, What’s A Hashtag? The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keyword or topic in a Tweet. Any Twitter user can categorize or follow topics with hashtags.Those hashtags (usually) mean something and are a great way to get a tweet to appear in search results or discussion monitoring. For example, the popular #edchat hashtag is used by thousands of users every Tuesday. It makes it easy (sort of) for people to monitor what’s happening in the conversation rather than having to try and guess what topics you should search for.
Angry Birds is the one of the most popular games on various platforms.AYTM has came up with an infographic regarding angry birds addiction.the two year gaming app from ravio has been downloaded more than 300 million times to dat. According to 1,000 surveyed Angry Birds players, men are 35 percent more likely to buy Angry Birds than women, and 18 to 24-year-olds are 33 percent more likely to buy the game than those 25 or older.single players are 9X more likely than married players to have their mood deteriorated by playing Angry Birds compared to other games that they play. find the full infographic below and click to enlarge. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Despite being limited to 140-characters, teens are increasingly turning to Twitter to post comments, links, photos, and daily musings. From September 2009 to July 2011, Twitter usage in teens aged 12 to 17 doubled, rising from 8% to 16%., according to a study from the Pew Research Center. Experts are saying the jump is significant given that the increase in use of social networking website Facebook among teens in the same age bracket was just 7% during the same period. “Our data suggests that teens are beginning to use Twitter, though it is still not nearly to the same degree as Facebook,” says Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist at Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. “We also found almost complete overlap between Twitter use and Facebook use – so while some teens may be moving to Twitter, they’re not necessarily abandoning their Facebook profiles, either,” says Lenhart.