PD Summer: Understanding How the Brain Thinks (Part 1 of 4) Understanding How the Brain Works For 21st century success, now more than ever, students will need a skill set far beyond the current mandated standards that are evaluated on standardized tests. The qualifications for success in today's ever-changing world will demand the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, use continually changing technology, be culturally aware and adaptive, and possess the judgment and open-mindedness to make complex decisions based on accurate analysis of information. The most rewarding jobs of this century will be those that cannot be done by computers.
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Simplify Facebook and Twitter with the ABC’s of Social Media I created this five-part model – the ABC’s of Social Media – to simplify your social media efforts. Many folks come to social media and attempt to short-circuit the process by over-automating, over-broadcasting, over-delegating and miss out the vital component of connecting, engaging and building relationships. Once you’ve confirmed your target market uses Facebook and Twitter, and you’re happy with your brand, messaging and systems for capturing leads, etc., here’s how the ABC system works: Automate First, set up systems to automate your broadcasts, feeds, updates, content. On Twitter, this could be using Twitterfeed to automatically post your blog feed as tweets.
JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching Zvi Goldman Post University Waterbury, CT 06723 USA firstname.lastname@example.org Introduction and Challenge Student engagement with instructor and peers in online education, specifically over multiple discussion group sessions, is a critical factor that contributes to student learning, satisfaction, course success, and retention (Bedi 2008; Bocchi, Eastman, & Swift, 2004; Mandernach, Dailey-Hebert, & Donnelli-Sallee, 2007). Valuable and productive online discussions are not serendipitous; they need to be carefully designed and developed, communicated to students in order to convey expectations, and launched and managed (Chen, Wang, & Hung, 2009; Wang & Chen, 2008). In many institutions the phases of designing and developing (selection of topics and delivery structures) and setting expectations (communication of requirements to students and instructors) are implemented by course designers and/or full time faculty members responsible for this task.
7 FBML examples to rock your Facebook fan page. Facebook markup language or FBML for short is used in a variety of places within the social network. Anyone who has written any Facebook applications will already be pretty familiar with its tags, and will probably have used it to write data to walls, or share postings with others programmatically. If however you haven’t yet dipped your toe in the water of the Facebook API, or indeed haven’t actually needed to – there are some snippets of FBML which prove to be mighty useful when creating custom Facebook Fan Pages, and can easily and quickly out of the box be used with the FBML widget, which adds an extra much needed layer of customisation to an existing Facebook fan page. The static FBML widget can be added multiple times, and in multiple places (sidebar and tabs) to facilitate this.
Consumers' love of credit cards to return - Money - TODAYshow.com Consumers have weathered a tough couple of years, with the mortgage collapse, record unemployment and massive changes to the credit card industry. But the worst is behind us, say analysts and experts well-versed in financial fortune-telling. Here are their predictions for a (somewhat) brighter 2011. Prediction 1: A stabilizing economy; more consumer spending A number of factors will lead consumers to loosen their purse strings in 2011. Employment reports will be positive by mid-2011, according to Wells Fargo's Annual Economic Outlook for 2011. Credit card and mortgage loan delinquencies will both show double-digit drops over the next year, says credit information management company TransUnion.
Hyper-Social Organizations This is a review of the new book by Francois Gossieaux and Ed Moran called The Hyper-Social Organization; Eclipse Your Competition By Leveraging Social Media. This is not a technology book, but rather a good explanation of how consumers are changing due to prevalence of social technology, and what companies should do in order to thrive. Before reading this book, you should already have read “groundswell” and “empowered“, two books that cover the idea that social media will transform the way that customers communicate with companies. Gossieaux and Moran take this a step further and teach how one might leverage this throughout the organization.
What Facebook Can Do for Your Business - Starting a business What started as a means of communication for college students to keep in touch with their friends from home has quickly grown into the biggest, most popular social networking website to conquer the Internet. Other than taking quizzes, finding your high school friends, and playing games with its many applications, Facebook can bring big things to the table for businesses. Who you can reach on Facebook JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching Suzanne Young University of Wyoming Laramie, WY 82071 USA email@example.com Mary Alice Bruce University of Wyoming Laramie, WY 82071 USA firstname.lastname@example.org Introduction With more than 25% of the total number of students in higher education receiving instruction online and ever increasing online student numbers projected (Allen & Seaman, 2010), educators continue to identify factors that may enhance meaningful online learning. To facilitate positive outcomes, instructors must move beyond content oriented online delivery and create a supportive learning environment that is sensitive to student needs (Herbert, 2007; Mandernach, 2009). Rovai, Wighting, and Liu (2005) as well as Liu, Magjuka, Bonk, and Lee (2007) found that instructors who facilitate a sense of community and student engagement significantly affect student satisfaction and quality of online learning.
Payments Blogs - Payments News Archive Jupiter's Ed Kountz blogs about alternative online payments ((PayPal, BillMeLater, Google Checkout and eBillMe). He writes: "A new JupiterResearch report indicates that consumers who are turning to alternative online payments are doing so for two primary reasons. The first is security -- in the form of not having to enter card information online. The second, convenience, is related—as anyone who has ever wanted to make a purchase on a PC upstairs, using a credit card located in a wallet or purse a floor or two away has found." Which do you think is most important for consumer adoption: convenience or security?
Popular Twitter 'influencers' have little influence: study The word 'influencer' is thrown around a lot today but when you get right down to it, there's still a lot of debate about influence online and who influencers are. Can marketers harness influence through social media to further their campaigns? Can marketers even identify influencers? While these are very valid questions, many simply make assumptions about what influence is and who has it. But according to a study that looked at the tweets from well-known Twitter celebrities who are often classified as influencers, these assumptions might very well be wrong.
What's After Facebook and Twitter? - Brand Development Interesting discussion :) Full disclosure before I begin my contribution to the chat: I am a marketing consultant that specializes in social media for business. I talk often about how important it is to leverage new media platforms and tools to engage customers and prospects. Use CSS To Add Stroke Around Text With some of the new graphical features you see in CSS3 it can start to add more and more effects to your HTML elements the same way you used to have to use photoshop to do. Things like box shadow and color gradients are now so easy to do in CSS that you don't even need photoshop anymore. Here is another CSS property that you might not realise existed but it's another effect you would normally do in Photoshop and that's adding a stroke around text, just by using the CSS property text-stroke. Currently this property is only supported on webkit so it will only work on Chrome or Safari, and you can only use it by prefixing the property with -webkit-. -webkit-text-stroke: <width><color>;