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30 Ways to use Social Media to Work Smarter

The next free online social activity will take place 29 August - 7 October 2011 on Share&Learn Create an account and then join the Autumn Group We'll keep you updated with news about the programme there (Limited to 100 participants) The revolution that is social media means that now everyone can have access to the Social Web and a range of services and applications to support their own as well as their team's learning, performance and productivity - in order to work (and learn) smarter. The Autumn activity looks at 4 main areas in which social media can help you work (and learn) smarter. Each day for 30 days (see Contents to the right) you will access some introductory reading, take a look at some examples and links to further resources, as well as work on a short activity. This is a therefore a real social learning experience that takes place in the Share&Learn collaboration platform. Related:  Web2.0

Social Learning in Practice: Separating Truth from Myth. Reality from Hype : Online Forums Archive Research Library Guild Research delivers four specific types of research reports whose single goal is helping you make sense of the depth of our field. We work with great thinkers to analyze existing and new sources of knowledge and bring you concise reports that you can use to make important decisions, inform practice, and keep up-to-date. This is where you will find out about research in the field, new technologies, and what your peers are doing and thinking, in practical language. More Info > Online Events Archive The Online Events Archive provides on-demand access to recordings of all online events produced by The eLearning Guild since early 2003, including Online Forums, Thought Leaders Webinars, "Best of" Webinars, and sessions from other online conferences the Guild has hosted. Learning Solutions Magazine Publications Library Conference Archive

Android Apps - Essential Android App Reviews & News from Recombu Apps 6 days ago | POSTED IN Android The Olympics may be over but the 2012 summer sporting season is only just getting started. Come 3 o’clock tomorrow from Upton Park to Emirates football stadiums across the country will be brimming ... last week | POSTED IN Android Gamers the world over who’ve spent any time in front of a mouse and keyboard over a console controller should be familiar with the Steam brand. 2 weeks ago | POSTED IN Android As movie franchises go, you can't get much bigger than Batman. 3 weeks ago | POSTED IN Android The Olympic games are finally here. 1 month ago | POSTED IN Android With the Olympic Games finally here, London is bracing themselves for the slew of tourists and athletes expected to engulf the city for the duration of the event. If you've managed to get this far in life without coming into contact with Angry Birds, it’s safe to say that you’re not of this earthly realm. This weekend the British Grand Prix is taking place at Silverstone. Popular Apps

Apps To Help You Deal With Too Many Apps When you see as many apps as we do at RWW, you begin to feel like it's all been done. So many of the everyday jobs for apps to do can already be done by at least one app (if not dozens). How many ways can you share photos with your friends? How many social networks and check-ins and restaurant-discovery services do we need? Lately, we've started to see a new class of app emerge just for managing these tasks across their various apps. Viewing Photos A photo app called Pixable exists just to pull the photos from your Facebook and Twitter feeds into one attractive place. Hopefully the creators will roll Instagram, Google+ and a few other services into this app. Videos For viewing all the videos in your various social networks, Showyou is amazing. Showyou is available for iOS devices and the Kindle Fire. Files If you need to find files that could be anywhere, Greplin can help. It's available for the iPhone as well as on the Web at Places It's a browser for the real world.

Mr. Kremer's Blog Four reasons for blogging Even though blogging is becoming more and more popular among scientists and researchers, I still notice some doubts and hesitation among my peers when it comes to blogging. Some people react by saying "Who am I to speak up?", some think it is an (innocent) waste of time on the internet, others think of it as shameless self-promotion. Over the past nine years, I've been having blogs here and there, but I never really made a solid habit out of blogging and I always ended up discontented with my own writing and deleting posts and even entire blogs - until this blog which is now a little over one year old. Although I did not have a strong motivation to start this blog (it was initially part of my day zero project which didn't lead to much), I have found the following reasons along the way to keep writing here: 1. A main motivator for writing posts here, is self-reflection. 2. 3. 4. 5. Recently, I've been receiving some emails about sponsorships, but I've been declining.

Social Media for Social Good :: Your Nonprofit Tech Checklist At the end of the Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits is a nine-page “Nonprofit Tech Checklist” which I have copied and pasted below. Each item on the list is discussed in the book and some items won’t make sense unless you have read the book, but most will. I hope you find it useful. That was my number one priority when writing the book… to create a comprehensive, useful social and mobile media how-to guide for nonprofits. Getting Started: Organization and Planning Web 1.0 :: The Broadcast Web 1) Website Purchase .org domain name for website and e-mail addresses.Purchase website hosting package.Select a website vendor.Write content and secure photos for website pages.Hire a graphic designer to prepare website banner(s) and custom graphics.Add e-newsletter and text alert subscribe functionality.Add “Donate Now” button to your home page.Add social networking icons. 2) e-Newsletter 3) “Donate Now” Fundraising Web 2.0 :: The Social Web 1) Facebook 2) Twitter 3) YouTube

Why you don’t have to miss the ICT in Education articles even if you’re too busy to read them If you’re too busy to read the articles on the ICT in Education website, you can listen to them instead. Thanks to a neat little widget from Odiogo, each article has a “Listen Now” button at the top of it. Click that, and you will be able to listen to the article read out to you. Warning: there’s a bit of delay between my posting an article and the Listen Now button working, so if you try it straight away and it doesn’t work, try again a few minutes later. Too busy to read? The good news here is that you can subscribe to the articles as a podcast. A slightly disconcerting aspect of this approach is that the podcast is listed under the title “Articles”. So is the quality of the reading any good? As it happens, the listening option has been on the website for a long time, but I haven’t drawn attention to it for a long time either. There is a limitation, which is that it seems that only the most recent ten articles are listenable to.

Parenting & Social Media Part 2 — What Every Parent Should Know about Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and More As a parent, do you ever feel like your teen or young adult children are speaking a completely different language when they start talking about Facebook or Twitter? Have you any idea what they are “blogging” about? As if text message abbreviations aren’t bad enough, now there’s even more on the internet for your kids to get into. It’s not as strange and complicated as it may seem, and your children will benefit from the wisdom you can share to guide them along the savvy social media path. Plus, you’ll gain a few cool parent creds along the way. I started using social networking sites, generally known as social media, several years ago on a personal level. To help equip you to guide your kids through the social media maze, here are a few of my basic Social Media Cool Mom tips. This tip is the key to all the rest. Privacy settings are the key to wise use of Facebook. Also, be aware that each time you post a new item to your timeline, you can control how pubic the individual post is.

aplanetwebquest [licensed for non-commercial use only] / FrontPage Welcome to the aPLaNet (Autonomous 'Personal Learning Networks' for Language Teachers) Self-Access Piloting Webquest About aPLaNet In the first year, the aPLaNet team produced guides and resources for language teachers to help them become autonomous users of social networks. The language teachers who are willing to build their Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are invited to use these resources and help us test the effectiveness of them. Update: The piloting has been extended until 30.05.2012. The aPLaNet piloting consists of two parts: Mentored piloting and self-access piloting. Mentored piloting is for teachers who prefer to pilot the aPLaNet resources with guidance of a mentor. Self-access piloting is for teachers who prefer to pilot the aPLaNet resources on their own. This webquest is designed for self-access piloting teachers in order to guide them during their experience of using ICT tools and Social Networks and building their PLNs. Enjoy the experience! The aPLaNet Team > Introduction

Top 12 Ways Technology Changed Learning In the 21st century, technology has changed the ways in which we communicate and go about our lives. Very few educators would disagree with the notion that technology has dramatically changed the teaching and learning process. With the help of some fellow teachers, here is a short list of the top 12 ways how technology has changed education: Communication Evolution Because we text, our students have learned a dialect that we don't always understand. Expanding Audience Students' sense of audience is completely different. Effective teachers are always on the prowl for new and exciting teaching... As December rolls by, the holiday hype has most likely invaded your classroom.... Restorative justice has been helping educators entirely rethink the way they... Teachers should try out some of the following 21st-century technology in the... Here are a few signs that will ensure that you, through your teaching... Poster Boards: A Thing of the Past Bye Bye to 3-Ring Binders Interactive Textbooks

Technology in Elementary School Brush Up On Your EdTech Vocabulary With This Cheat Sheet Do you know what a flipped classroom requires? How about a 1:1 classroom? If you’re a regular reader of Edudemic, then you probably are more than informed about what these terms mean and how they’re implemented in modern classrooms. That’s probably because we started Edudemic many moons ago on the same day Apple launched the iPad. Since then, a lot has changed in the world of education technology. For one, the edtech vocabulary has expanded quite a bit. The guide is designed to help you understand “the latest trends in educational technology” but really – let’s be honest – it’s a great way to finally figure out what a lot of terms mean before your next staff meeting.