SOCIAL NETWORKING-by DM
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Virtual Communities, Social Media & Virtual Worlds
Are you still unsure about taking the plunge into Twitter? Worried it’s not actually useful for learning or teaching? Think it’s still just about people talking about what they’re eating? Whether you’re a newbie wondering the above questions or a talented tweeter, there are always new and exciting ways to use Twitter. Lucky for us all, Maggie Verster (check out her edublog here ) created an epic e-torial (e-tutorial!) that walks you through the A to Z of Twitter for education.
Facebook is moving back to its roots in education with this morning’s big announcement of custom groups for schools called, not surprisingly Groups for Schools . While I’m dubious about how, if, and why individual teachers may want to use the service… it’ll be great for entire schools who don’t have the budget or resources to build their very own online community. So here’s the deal: Facebook will let you have an area of the site where anyone with your school’s or district’s .edu email address can get in and participate. It’s basically the same model that Mark Zuckerberg used to launch the site many moons ago.
Your animation training has so far taught you how to walk, jump, and run. Now it’s time to go from character to creature and watch your animation take on new meaning. This is sheer realism, with live action in the background — all designed for your characters to tell a different kind of story.