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Making the complex less complicated: An introduction to social network analysis – MASHe. When the Irish Learning Technology Association’s (ILTA) call for proposals came out earlier in the year around the theme of ‘TEL in an Age of Supercomplexity- Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies‘ I immediately wanted to submit a proposal around making the complex less complicated using network analysis.

Making the complex less complicated: An introduction to social network analysis – MASHe

The seed for this proposal dates from 2012 when Professor Paul Hollins shared a link to a video with Eric Berlow. The video unfortunately no longer exists but in it Eric Berlow shows how network analysis can provide insight to seemingly complex systems (a similar talk is available on TED). Patterns are left behind. Whether it be replies to a discussion forums, interactions on social media or ingredients in cocktails links can be made and the data used for actionable insight. Network science is one approach that takes these seemingly complex connections and through the use of mathematical methods make it easier to understand. One solution is network science. Now for the science bit.

3 reasons I’ll not be returning to Twitter. I’ve decided, for three reasons, that Twitter from now on is going to be an ‘endpoint’, somewhere I link to my thoughts and ideas.

3 reasons I’ll not be returning to Twitter

It’s the way I already use LinkedIn, for example, and the way I used to use Facebook — until I realised that the drawbacks of being on there far outweighed any benefits. This model, for those interested, is known as POSSE: Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere. There’s three main reasons I came to this decision: 1. Social networks should be owned by their users. Developers of the MP3 Have Officially Killed It. Techniques for Unleashing Student Work from Learning Management Systems. The ethical implications of Facebook in education. Teachers on Twitter: why you should join and how to get started. I’ve been using Twitter for six months and it’s already one of the best career decisions I’ve made.

Teachers on Twitter: why you should join and how to get started

CPDin140 – Joe Dale. I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you. A few months ago I wrote about how you can encrypt your entire life in less than an hour.

I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.

Well, all the security in the world can’t save you if someone has physical possession of your phone or laptop, and can intimidate you into giving up your password. And a few weeks ago, that’s precisely what happened to a US citizen returning home from abroad. On January 30th, Sidd Bikkannavar, a US-born scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory flew back to Houston, Texas from Santiago, Chile.

On his way through through the airport, Customs and Border Patrol agents pulled him aside. They searched him, then detained him in a room with a bunch of other people sleeping in cots. 10 Steps to Creating the Perfect Educational Twitter Account – Mr Kemp. As a globally connected educator, I LOVE connecting, networking and engaging with my PLN (Personal/Professional Learning Network) on a daily basis through Twitter.

10 Steps to Creating the Perfect Educational Twitter Account – Mr Kemp

My challenge to you – 8 things all teachers should learn about #edtech – ICTEvangelist. I love the School Report scheme that the BBC run via Newsround.

My challenge to you – 8 things all teachers should learn about #edtech – ICTEvangelist

We all remember the Newsrounds of our youth. The 12 best free blogging platforms. It used to be said that everyone has a book in them.

The 12 best free blogging platforms

These days, it might be more appropriate to argue everyone has infinite tweets, snarky Facebook updates, and semi-random comments in them. But plenty of people retain a thirst for more thoughtful writing, and also a desire to share it as widely as possible – and these are the best blogging platforms to go about doing that. Blogs might have fallen out of fashion a touch, due to the onslaught of social networks, but there's something about having a space that's properly yours, potentially free from the distractions of a billion adverts and countless competing status updates. And the best thing is, there are a load of free blogs out there to get you started. In this round-up, we explore 12 of the best blogging platforms for newcomers who want to get a free blog up and running. 01. Student Affairs and Technology.

The Social Media Toolkit from the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA) is a terrific resource for the higher education community.

Student Affairs and Technology

This Toolkit stems from growing interest in the use of social media within the UCISA community. With institutional stakeholders looking increasingly to their information services departments for support in this area, our members sought a reference guide to help them answer a range of questions on related topics. More than that, however, they were seeking practical, contextual examples of use that would inspire others within their institution to take advantage of the affordances of a set of tools that offer new forms of engagement and ways to enhance many aspects of everyday business practice. UCISA Social Media Toolkit: a practical guide to achieving benefits and managing risks. Wilson Waffling. I’ve been using Twitter almost since it poked its little blue beak from its own virtual egg.

Wilson Waffling

I first came across it while listening to the Paul Boagworld Podcast when I was in primary school and was super interested in web design and web 2.0 in general. Throughout the years, seems like centuries rather than decades, although the actual platform has not altered, the way it has been integrated and embedded into education has. Using Twitter for Curated Academic Content. With all the demands of academia, becoming an active curator on Twitter may sound appealing but just too onerous a task.

Using Twitter for Curated Academic Content

To help ease such anxiety, Allan Johnson shares his own Twitter workflow and suggests several tools and apps, such as Pocket and Buffer, to help academics make the most of their valuable time in contributing and curating content. The job of the humanities academic has always been to absorb large amounts of content, evaluate it, synthesize it, and portray the results in a way that will be relevant and engaging to an audience (whether that audience be students, peers, or the wider society). In the information age, we have a vast array of new tools to not only help us sort through this content, but also to shape it and share it. I am a big fan of the ‘whole-person’ style of tweeting, with a mixture of general chatter (e.g.

Talk-transcripts/ at master · matthiasn/talk-transcripts. Social Media: Making Connections Through Twitter. Using TAGS to pull data from Twitter (Thanks @mhawksey) I’ve been using Martin Hawksey’s TAGS to collect twitter data recently. The collected tweets will be used during coding practice in Computer Mediated Discourse Analysis (CMDA). In case you need to do something similar, the steps taken to collect the Twitter data are as follows: ALT_Wiki. A Step-by-Step Guide To Hosting or Joining a Twitter Chat. A few months ago we started up a new Twitter chat series, #Bufferchat. So far, we’ve talked about everything from productivity to social media monitoring and lots of other topics in between. These days, we have up to 185 participants each week, sending out nearly 2,000 tweets. The language of Twitter: the rise of MFL teachers online.

Creatubbles - The place to nurture children’s creativity. How To Use IFrames And Multimedia To Enhance Your Assessments. We tend to spend the bulk of our time in creating (hopefully) engaging content with varying fonts, graphics, colors, calls to action, multimedia and considerable instructional design investment, before often presenting a bland final assessment which leaves our learners with a less than ideal impression of the amount of effort we put into the rest of the learning material.

Don’t forget that a large number of learners will either skip to the final assessment to try and end the torture of yet another eLearning course, or if this is prevented, skip as fast as possible through the intervening pages. The scope of assessment variation is reduced to whether to use a Boolean, multiple choice or multiple answer question type. We might stretch to the odd use of basic text formatting, emphasizing a particular word or phrase, or maybe even using still images. Text 2 Mind Map - Simple mind mapping online. From geo-blocking to cloud computing: Parliament’s guide to the digital age. Every day 315 million Europeans use the internet, but challenges still remain for consumers and companies alike.

The European Commission presents its strategy for a digital single market on Wednesday 6 May. On the same day the EP's industry and research committee will discuss it with Andrus Ansip, who is the commissioner responsible for the strategy. Read on to find out more about the terminology and the remaining challenges. Big data Large volumes of data that can, for instance, include purchase transaction records or GPS signals. Cloud computing. Mobile learning is for everyone… Why Twitter Matters: 4 Reasons for Teachers. Why would any teacher want to be on Twitter? It is the kids’ turf. It’s their space for wardrobe selfies, social angst, sports action shots, and Mean Girls quotes.

So, what good could come from teachers invading the land of vanity and self absorption? 5 Tips For Managing a Fast Paced Twitter Chat. Edchat’s on Twitter are incredible sources of information and for me, the BEST sources of learning in my already hectic week. Running the award winning #whatisschool chat is incredible and so rewarding. The #whatisschool PLN is powerful and always contributes incredible ideas and resources to all of the topics that are covered. However, I am always asked the same questions: What is Question #? Know Your File Types and When to Use JPEG, GIF, and PNG (infographic) 10 Steps to Creating the Perfect Educational Twitter Account.

Google Drive and Google Docs. Feed WordPress 101: Some Feed Magic. Creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by pasukaru76 This is part 4 of 5 in a series of posts for Building Connected Courses: Feed WordPress 101 Basic Concepts of Syndication – and what to think about even before you touch that WordPress thingInstalling and Setting up Feed WordPress – Minimal settings, and planning the way content is sliced, diced, and recombinedFeeding the Machine – How to get RSS feeds into the aggregator without losing a finger»» Some Feed Magic «« Optional ways to improve feeds from sites such as flickr, twitter, etc, creating a twitter archive, RSS Feed TLCA Few More Tricks – leveraging categories, adding attribution, setting featured images The previous posts in this series covered setting up Feed WordPress and getting mostly blog feeds into a syndication site. PhoebeMapActivitiesToTechnologies – Phoebe guidance. Mono Logical tools Archive. GoSoapBox is a webbased quiz- discussion- and evaluation tool, which can be used on both PC, Mac and smartphones. It makes it possible, in an easy way, to evaluate student learning, to engage students and to create dialogue in the classroom.

The tool combines the functions of tools like TodaysMeet and Socrative, and is suited for use within a monological and a dialogical form of teaching. In the monologic form of teaching, GoSoapBox can be used by the teacher to ensure, that the learners have understood the key concepts of the subject. “Why Aren’t More Teachers on Twitter?” How to choose the best educational app for your child. Twitter: The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers. A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom. Messaging 2.0 Is Now Over. The second messaging revolution is now quickly coming to a close.

With the news today that Korea’s leading messenger KakaoTalk is merging with one of that country’s largest internet portals, Daum Communications, we are witnessing the end of the rise of mobile-focused independent messaging startups that started just five years ago. 12 big technologies on the education horizon. Everything you have wanted to learn about GreenScreens, Lighting, Cameras.

Going Google with WordPress Plugins. Google introduces 'time machine' feature in Street View. Why not to start a tweet with @ Accessibility Series: Delivering Accessible and Inclusive Blackboard Collaborate Sessions. Common Sense School Leadership - Five Steps to Expanding Your PLN on Twitter.

Time-lapse Creator - Create Time-lapse Slideshows Online. Ililc4. The language of Twitter: the rise of MFL teachers online. Chromebooks: My Take. Student guide to social media. Twitter Analytics: A Beginner's Guide. Finally, Moodle to update SCORM format in 2.6 release! Home. Why Google’s New Hummingbird Algorithm is Good News for Serious Content Creators. The A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags.

The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education. 15 Free Learning Tools You've Probably Never Heard Of. 10 Steps for Educators New to Twitter. Open Badges. Cross-Promotion & Collaboration. Des outils numériques pour les enseignants — Enseigner avec le numérique. Intro to Twitter: Choosing an Avatar, Bio and composing your first Tweet.

EIG1301.png (800×3074) The Challenge of Ebooks. 10 Things You Didn't Know Dropbox Could Do. Twitter Teaches You How to Hashtag. Why video is the unlikely common denominator in ed-tech. Increase Collaboration, Set Google Doc as Anyone Can Edit. What makes a ‘valuable’ academic tweet? #edtech.

3 things you should know about Twitter. Life After Microsoft Outlook® Calendar. Microsoft Outlook® Ten ideas for using Twitter in the classroom - TES Resource - Blog - TES Resources. Twitterati: Progressive EDU leaders or outliers? How to use social media in the classroom? SMILE project can guide you :-) Crowdfunding Moodle Development, My presentation from #iMoot2013  A Must-Have Guide To Google In Education. An Introduction to Social Listening With HootSuite University, Part 2. Learning to the Core: Technology Tuesday Tried It: Jigsaw Puzzles Online! How to Share Files Between your Mobile Phones and Computers.

Can academics manage without Twitter? Google Drive for Teachers with ‘How-to’ video links. eMargin. 55 Content Curation Tools To Discover & Share Digital Content. Lots of Answers to Common Google Apps Security & Privacy Questions. How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators. University students launch StudyCloud to enhance classroom experience - The Daily Illini : Campus. 20 Google Docs Secrets for busy teachers and students. GOOGLE. HTML5: Alive And Well With CIOs. Internet Freak-out Over Google's New Privacy Policy Proves Again That No One Actually Reads Privacy Policies.

Teacher Development: Starter Kit for Teaching Online. Go on - make online easy. Learn how to use computers and the Internet. Teachers, Teaching and ICTs. Forget the business case, open online courses are about learning. Learn a foreign language for free: top five resources.