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20 Social Networks for Lifelong Learners

20 Social Networks for Lifelong Learners
This is a guest post from education writer Karen Schweitzer. When most people think of social networks, they think of Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, or similar sites, but there are many other types of social networks popping up on the web. Some of the fastest growing networks are designed specifically for education. These sites allow people to learn in a social context through discussion, file sharing, and collaboration. Here are 20 social learning networks to visit in your spare time. LearnCentral – LearnCentral is an open environment that is half social network and half learning community. Udemy – Udemy encourages members to teach and learn online using the site’s many free tools and applications. Academici – This web-based site for academics and knowledge workers makes it easy to network, collaborate, and conduct commerce online. – is an online community that helps academics connect with colleagues and follow the latest research. posted on June 22, 2010 Related:  Lifelong Learning

100+ Free Online Learning Sites | Online Education Courses Note: Free learning opportunities have skyrocketed in recent years. I actually wrote this post some years ago – before Khan Academy, MOOCs, and all sorts of other options came along. It’s past due for an update. I’ll be working on one soon, so if you have resources you would like to see added here – or updates/perspectives on the ones already listed – please be sure to comment or contact me. I’ve been a fan of open education for some time and recently have been intrigued by the revival of the “free” business model debate by Chris Anderson and Kevin Kelly, among others. So, conflating the two, I decided to undertake what turned into a “pulling a thread on a sweater” exercise and see how much free learning I could find on the Web relatively quickly. Now for the notes and observations: First, this is obviously nowhere near a comprehensive list. Next, I made an effort to categorize things in a relatively logical way below and even to start a key of sorts: The list follows. Topical Areas Dance

Engaging Without Restrictions Engaging Without Restrictions Restrictive approaches to social media in the classroom are hurting K-12 districts that expect their teachers to successfully guide students into the new media world, according to Steven Anderson. By Bridget McCrea11/28/12 Steven Anderson is shocked by some of the social media policies instituted by K-12 schools and districts nationwide. "It completely boggles my mind," said Anderson, director of instructional technology at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. From there, Anderson said it's up to the district to figure out how those mistakes are going to be addressed. Anderson will share more of his insights on the use of social media and technology for learning at the FETC conference in 2013, where he will offer two different sessions on the topic. As his district's director of instructional technology, Anderson helps guide a technology program for over 53,000 students in Winston-Salem, NC.

How To Share Files Through Facebook Groups File-sharing for facebook groups is here. For some folks anyway. According to Mashable , the file-sharing feature was rolled out to members starting yesterday, and will continue over the next several days. “We started to roll out file sharing for all groups,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement reported by . How to use it I’m going to be honest here–it’s simpler than an email attachment. Scoring guides, rubric, project instructions, syllabuses (syllabi?) Size limit is 25MB–plenty for most documents, presentations, and image files. Should you use it?

Alan See » Chief Marketing Officer » 3 Tips for Building a Social Media Lifelong Learning Environment Has rational ignorance impacted your organization’s social media activity yet? Rational ignorance is the decision not to become more informed about something because the perceived cost of the additional intelligence — in terms of both effort and expense — is more than the expected return on the knowledge gained. It’s not a condition you’re excited to encounter if you’re trying to create a lifelong learning environment. More than likely, your organization started its social media journey with great excitement and a willingness to invest and learn. The concept of rational ignorance, while popping up on a daily basis for most of us, is particularly consequential to a social media strategy because the social media ecosystem is still evolving at a rapid pace. So, with the help of John C. 1. 2. 3. This strategy calls for a great deal of personal involvement from an organization’s marketing leadership. - Collaborative mind mapping in your browser 8 Social Media Strategies for Your Classroom - Getting Smart by Adam Renfro - PLN, social media in education Are you ready to bring social networking to your classroom? If you’re looking to make your classroom more relevant, connected, and meaningful to your students, it’s the best place to start. Study after study has confirmed the benefits of networking. Before we delve into strategies, though, let’s look at some reasons why we should connect with students in this manner. First, we have to acknowledge the ubiquity of social networking. Besides the ubiquity factor, so much of social networking is free. Engagement is another important reason to use social networking. Lastly, social networking lets you incorporate real-world experiences into your classroom. Now for some strategy. Keep in mind that this is a social networking strategy, so there’s going to be interactivity involved. Twitter – If you have a personal account, create a second one for connecting with your students. Facebook – If you’ve not already done so, create a Facebook Page to connect with students.

A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator – Using social media in 21st century classrooms One of our main goals at Powerful Learning Practice is to turn educators into 21st Century educators. That is, teach them how to use social media and other powerful Web 2.0 tools to transform their classrooms into learning environments that are ready for today’s iGeneration students. One of the most common questions we get is, “But where do we find the time to use all this new technology?” Scroll down and take a look or click for a larger version. Get connected Would you like to become a connected educator? Explore more about the life of a Connected Educator and 21st Century teacher & learner in The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall. The concepts we’ve explored in this infographic are just one possibility for how a connected educator’s day could look. Tweet all about it Here are some handcrafted tweets you can use to share this graphic with your personal learning network via Twitter. Share this graphic

Lifelong Learning Week | EUCIS-LLL Today, the concept of “lifelong learning” (LLL) is widely used but its meaning differs according to whom is using it. According to EUCIS-LLL, lifelong learning covers education and training across all ages and in all areas of life be it formal, non-formal or informal. It shall enable citizen’s emancipation and full participation in society in its civic, social and economic dimensions. The idea of organising Lifelong Learning Weeks aims to raise awareness on Lifelong Learning (LLL) in Europe and to put forward the need to adopt a holistic approach at all levels of decision-making, implementation and evaluation. Lifelong Learning Week 2013 With the support of MEP Emer Costello (S&D, IE) This year, the Week had a particular focus on the upcoming European Elections of Spring 2014. Learn more LLL Week 2012: “Rethinking skills: A civil society perspective” Learn more LLL Week 2011: “Different Pathways to Learning” Learn more

Wonder How To » How To Videos & How-To Articles Social Media for School Leaders When the World Wide Web made global computer-to-computer connections possible, the ability to link people together in true social networks was not far behind. The first popular “social circle” network, SixDegrees, went online in 1997. In 2002, Friendster appeared and is often referred to as the granddaddy of websites that were truly “social.” In 2004, MySpace was created and allowed users to post information about themselves including pictures and videos. Shortly thereafter, Twitter and Facebook rocketed to global popularity. The enormous popularity of social networking today leaves little doubt that while the form is sure to evolve, the desire for social connectivity is here to stay. My awareness of what it might mean to be “missing out” if you are not connected to any social media site hit home when I was asked by an exasperated educator: “Do you Twitter and why should I, as an educator, use this type of thing?” At the end of the conversation, I had a new Twitter user in my midst!

Camici in rete. L’esperienza delle comunità professionali di medici nei social network | Merluzzo | Form@re - Open Journal per la formazione in rete Il file PDF selezionato dovrebbe caricarsi qui, se il tuo web browser ha un plugin per un lettore PDF installato (per esempio, una versione recente di Adobe Acrobat Reader). In alternativa, puoi anche scaricare direttamente il file PDF nel computer, dove puoi aprirlo con un lettore di PDF. Per scaricare il PDF, clicca sul link Download qui sotto. Se vuoi avere maggiori informazioni su come stampare, salvare e lavorare con i PDF, Highwire Press ha preparato un'utile rassegna di Frequently Asked Questions sui PDF. Schermo intero Schermo ridotto Deep Spirits and The Quest for Truth, The Exploration of Beauty & Magic of Life Creating Social Media Guidelines...The Handout Over the past few weeks I have been working on a project for Edutopia and Facebook Education to develop a set of steps to follow when developing social media guidelines in your school or district. This all came about from my presentation at ASCD this year where I outlined how we created a document that promoted the use of social media by our teachers and our students but also gave tips on responsible use. (You can read what we created here.) The goal of the document is to provide a means for anyone from a school or district to create an environment that allows for the use of social media for learning and communication. I have embedded the document below for download. What steps have you taken to create social media guidelines in your school or district?

Occupazione e Over 40: le implicazioni psicosociali Laurea liv.I Facoltà: Scienze della Formazione Autore: Stefania Mengoli Contatta » Composta da 42 pagine. Questa tesi ha raggiunto 577 click dal 02/03/2012. Disponibile in PDF, la consultazione è esclusivamente in formato digitale. Questo lavoro nasce da un vissuto personale, in quanto quarantenne che in un momento di crisi lavorativa, non trovando lavoro, ha deciso di iscriversi all'università come investimento per i prossimi venti anni; ne è seguita la percezione di non essere l'unica ad avere la sensazione che ci fosse qualcosa di anomalo nel mercato del lavoro attuale, che porta tendenzialmente ad escludere i quarantenni e oltre dalla maggior parte di possibilità lavorative: in qualunque ambito si parli di lavoro, si parla solo di giovani. Mostra/Nascondi contenuto. 1 Lo stato dell’arte E’ un dato di fatto che stiamo vivendo in una società che inneggia alla giovinezza attraverso i mass media, la pubblicità, prodotti per la bellezza e per la salute.