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Howard Rheingold on how the five web literacies are becoming essential survival skills

Howard Rheingold on how the five web literacies are becoming essential survival skills
Howard Rheingold isn’t too concerned about whether Google is making us stupid or if Facebook is making us lonely. Those kind of criticisms, Rheingold says, miscalculate the ability humans have to change their behavior, particularly when it comes to how we use social media and the Internet more broadly. “If, like many others, you are concerned social media is making people and cultures shallow, I propose we teach more people how to swim and together explore the deeper end of the pool,” Rheingold said Thursday. Rheingold was visiting the MIT Media Lab to talk about his new book, Net Smart: How to Thrive Online, which examines how people can use the Internet not just to better themselves, but also society as a whole. Net Smart is a book for an era where we’ve moved past just creating online identities and communities, but still have to educate ourselves on how to operate in day-to-day life. What distinguishes Rheingold’s work here is the attention to, well, attention.

Theorizing Google Docs: 10 Tips for Navigating Online Collaboration | Collaboration This sentence — this one right here — is the first sentence I’ve written in two months that wasn’t co-authored in a Google Doc. It’s the first sentence, outside of e-mails and tweets and notes I’ve written to myself, that has my name (and only my name) on both its front and back ends — the first sentence I can look at and say with certainty, “I wrote that entire thing without help and without anyone else watching it get written.” My Hybrid Pedagogy co-editor (Pete Rorabaugh) and I hatched the plan for this journal in a Google Doc, and we’ve since written 29,316 words in that document. Before the end of 2012, we will likely produce the equivalent of a lengthy academic book. We contribute ideas synchronously and asynchronously, writing together at specific times and taking turns in the document on our own. Words do work. My own work with Google Docs has been inspired by several other projects that use the tool in novel ways. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Some additional resources: 1.

» What I’ve Learned About Learning ‘We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.’ ~Lloyd Alexander Post written by Leo Babauta. I am a teacher and an avid learner, and I’m passionate about both. I’m a teacher because I help Eva homeschool our kids — OK, she does most of the work, but I do help, mostly with math but with everything else too. I’m a lifelong learner and am always obsessively studying something, whether that’s breadmaking or language or wine or chess or writing or fitness. Here’s are two key lessons — both really the same lesson — I’ve learned about learning, in all my years of study and in trying to teach people: Almost everything I’ve learned, I didn’t learn in school; andAlmost everything my students (and kids) have learned, they learned on their own. Those two lessons (or one lesson) have a number of reasons and implications for learning. Why Learning is Independent This is exactly how I learn as an adult, and so I know it works.

Social Media's Small, Positive Role in Human Relationships - Zeynep Tufekci It's just one factor in modern life that can increase connection in a world divided by the vagaries of capitalism, the disengagement of television, and the isolation of suburban sprawl. A few years ago I had an interview for a job at one of the leading academic departments in my field. Maybe because I knew that I wasn't likely to be offered the job, I saw the day as a relaxed opportunity to meet people carrying out interesting research. I don't discount the appeal of automating such therapy. Still the barely-pixelated, realistic face of the "therapist" talking on the screen scares me because it is indeed an indicator of one possible future. That might not have been apparent to those who picked up their Sunday New York Times to find Sherry Turkle's latest essay arguing that social media are driving us apart. As a social media researcher and a user, every time I read one of these "let's panic" articles about social media (and there are many), I want to shout: Look at TV!

15 Serious Games Aiming to Change the World Using games for purposes other than entertainment is nothing new. There are war games, educational games, throne games. But a new class of games has sprung up in recent years, designed to create awareness and raise support for a variety of global issues. Catalysts for Change: On April 3, 2012, Catalysts for Change went live online for 48 hours. A Closed World: Game designers in Singapore created this game because of the shortage of content concerning LGBT issues.

Social media that makes a difference: the Sall Myers story - The Business Journals Think social media only works for companies like Starbucks and Ben and Jerry’s? Think again. A group of New Jersey doctors at Sall Myers Medical Associates who treat individuals in auto accidents are using social media platforms to make a difference. Their work isn’t glamorous, but their mission is admirable. Sall Myers -- a client of mine -- is a small business causing big waves in the community, and doing so with the help of effective social media. Its Facebook page has quickly grown to over a thousand likes, and the community is highly interactive. If safe driving wasn’t enough of a reason to sign their pledge, Myers also used another effective strategy -- a Facebook contest. Shama Kabani is CEO of The Marketing Zen Group, a social media and digital PR firm based in Dallas and servicing clients all over the globe.

Rheingold Interview An interview with Howard Rheingold Janury 26, 1994 By Scott Rosenberg When Howard Rheingold sends out electronic mail these days, which he does a lot, he sometimes tacks on an extra line of type at the end, like a letterhead. "What it is," the message reads, "is up to us." A digital fortune-cookie riddle? What's up to us, Rheingold wants us to know, is the shape, design and capabilities of the so-called information highway - the communications networks into which our telephones, televisions and computers are rapidly mutating. In particular, what's up to us is whether the network turns out to be an open public space, like a town square or a civic forum, or a commercial enclosure, like a mall. And Rheingold emphasizes that it's up to us right now - during a brief window of opportunity, as the government bargains with the telephone companies, cable TV networks and other corporations to lay down new rules for the new roads. "Who knows what it is? That, in other words, is how it's up to us.

Preparing for the future of work with PKM Hugh Macleod, one of my favourite cartoonists and someone who really understands the networked economy, recently asked; How Do You Best Prepare For The Creative Age? Image: Chris Jablonski at ZDNet identifies five trends driving the future of work as we get virtual, online and global [I think he misses "local" though, especially as energy prices continue to increase]. Trend 4: Adaptive lifelong learning the norm -”Ten years from now, relevant work skills will be shaped by the continued rise in global connectivity, smart technology and new media, among several other drivers.” This is linked to the Institute for the Future‘s graphic of Future Work Skills 2020 identifying six disruptive shifts as well as the skills necessary to deal with them: Sense-makingNew media literacyVirtual collaborationCognitive load managementNovel and adaptive thinkingSocial intelligenceTrans-disciplinarityComputational thinkingCross Cultural competencyDesign mindset

Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? - Stephen Marche Yvette Vickers, a former Playboy playmate and B-movie star, best known for her role in Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, would have been 83 last August, but nobody knows exactly how old she was when she died. According to the Los Angeles coroner’s report, she lay dead for the better part of a year before a neighbor and fellow actress, a woman named Susan Savage, noticed cobwebs and yellowing letters in her mailbox, reached through a broken window to unlock the door, and pushed her way through the piles of junk mail and mounds of clothing that barricaded the house. Upstairs, she found Vickers’s body, mummified, near a heater that was still running. Her computer was on too, its glow permeating the empty space. The Los Angeles Times posted a story headlined “Mummified Body of Former Playboy Playmate Yvette Vickers Found in Her Benedict Canyon Home,” which quickly went viral. Also see: Live Chat With Stephen Marche The author will be online at 3 p.m.

Distance and Blended Learning: Technology in the Classroom on the Rise Rotational… Flex… Self-blended… Enriched-virtual… What are these terms describing? Apps? Cars? New types of virtual gaming? Actually, these terms describe a nascent form of learning referred to as blended learning or hybrid learning. Indeed, a 2011 report by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) indicates that blended learning is on the rise and being used more than online learning in some countries around the world. But wait… aren’t blended learning and online learning the same? To more fully envision blended learning, imagine a continuum that puts brick-and-mortar schools at one end and fully-online programs at the other. Source: Online and Blended Learning: A Survey of Policy and Practice of K-12 Schools Around the World, International Association for K-12 Online Learning, November 2011 [PDF] For a list of complete sources, please view the infographic.

4 Reasons Why Your Twitter Marketing Isn’t Working inShare4 May 4, 2012 - Posted by Shama Kabani If you expected signing up for Twitter to be the most difficult part of implementing a Twitter marketing campaign, you’re in for a rude awakening: it’s all uphill from there. Even if you have put in the effort, you still may find yourself wondering what’s going wrong – why isn’t Twitter the answer to all your online marketing problems? More often than not, it’s for one of four major reasons: You’re boring. People don’t use Twitter because they want to sit by and idly receive marketing messages. Make jokes. You don’t offer value. Now that you’re not boring, you need to offer your customers some sort of reason to follow you on Twitter. You’re antisocial. “But how could I be antisocial? You don’t understand your audience. Your loyal customer base: is it predominantly male or female?