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100 Tips, Tools, and Resources for Teaching Students About Social Media

100 Tips, Tools, and Resources for Teaching Students About Social Media
By Tara Miller Some educators have expressed an appreciation for the irony of experienced instructors who have had to learn about social media later in their careers teaching it to younger students who have grown up in an Internet environment. Despite what may seem to be somewhat of a disadvantage, the experienced teacher brings life lessons and the ability to guide students in a positive direction no matter the topic being taught. Tips and Resources for Educators From tips on combating fear of social media to tools and articles to help guide you, these resources will get you off to a good start. Social Media Classroom. Networking Help students learn about networking with these tips and resources. Networking. Creating a Positive Web Presence Students should learn from the very beginning that everything they do online says something about them–and will always be a part of their web presence. Keep Your E-Image Clean. Blogging Blogging in the Classroom. Social Networking Sites

100 Incredible Lectures from the World’s Top Scientists | Best Colleges Online Posted on Thursday June 18, 2009 by Staff Writers By Sarah Russel Unless you’re enrolled at one of the best online colleges or are an elite member of the science and engineering inner circle, you’re probably left out of most of the exciting research explored by the world’s greatest scientists. But thanks to the Internet and the generosity of many universities and online colleges, you’ve now got access to the cutting edge theories and projects that are changing the world in this list below. If you’re looking for even more amazing lectures, check out our updated list for 2012 with more talks from great minds. General Let the world’s top scientists explain exactly how they do their job when you listen to these lectures. Science and Engineering From materials science to the study of thermodynamics, learn more about the science of engineering here. WTC Lecture – collapse of WTC Buildings: Steven E. Biology and Medicine Chemistry Physics and Astronomy Earth and Environment Technology Science and Business

Labs » Keynote Tweet: Participate in the backchannel of your own presentation “Twitter changes everything”… I’m sitting in a conference session by that name right now. That may be a stretch, but it certainly does change many things, including how people participate at events like conferences and speeches. Increasingly presentations to large audiences are happening in the context of a ‘backchannel’, where attendees are responding in real time to what is being said at the podium. That’s a pretty interesting development, but one that’s a bit off-balance: while the audience can converse with one another and respond to what they’re hearing in the room, the content of the presentation doesn’t make it into the stream unless someone (re)tweets it. So what if your presentation software could send tweets on your behalf that were timed to the slides of your presentation? You could effectively simulcast your presentation through the backchannel as a part of the conversation, adding ‘more info’ links, credits, or anything else you could imagine… Here are the details:

100 Open Technology Courses You Should Have Taken in College | Online You may have already graduated from college, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. For many people, taking advantage of open courseware can be a great way to build skills that can be applied directly to the workplace. Whether you went to college before computers were prevalent, or ended up working a more technologically-focused field than you anticipated, these courses can help you learn about a myriad of technological topics. General These online courses cover a wide range of topics to help you get a well-rounded education in technology. Artificial Intelligence: What are the concepts behind artificial intelligence? Communications Technology Much of our communication these days takes place through technological means like mobile phones and email. Communicating in Cyberspace: This course focuses on the analysis, design, implementation and testing of various forms of digital communication. Web Development Computer Science Programming Software Design Information Technology

Generation Y: We're just not that into Twitter Given that Generation Y is often pegged as narcissistic, lazy, having high expectations, craving the limelight, and other such flattering characterizations, one might expect we'd be Twittering as if it were breathing. After all, Twitter is known as a place where people expose the most minute details of their lives--missing the bus, stubbing a toe, toasting an English muffin. But a recent survey from Pace University and the Participatory Media Network shows that only 22 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds use Twitter, while 99 percent have profiles on social networks. This may seem surprising on the face of it, but as a member of the Millennial Generation myself, I have some theories as to why it might be true. To see why we're not into Twitter, I'll have to revisit the start of the social-networking timeline: MySpace. We Gen Yers spent hours on MySpace customizing our profiles and making them perfect representations of us (or rather, who we wanted to be). I'd have to agree.

Free Foreign Language Lessons (Download to MP3 Player, iPod or Computer) How to learn languages for free? This collection features lessons in 48 languages, including Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Russian and more. Download audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and you’re good to go. Amharic Foreign Service Institute Basic Amharic – Audio – TextbookLessons with dialogues, drills, exercises, and narratives will teach you the basics of this language spoken in Ethiopia. Ancient Greek Ancient Greek Introduction – Web SiteThe UT-Austin Linguistics Research Center provides an overview of Ancient Greek and 10 lessons based on famous Greek texts. Arabic Bookmark our free Arabic lessons section. American Sign Language Introductory American Sign Language Course – YouTubeBy the end of this course you should have a basic bank of ASL words that you are able to use to form simple sentences. Bambara Bambara in Mali – Web SiteLessons from the Peace Corps. Bulgarian Foreign Service Institute Bulgarian – Web siteTwo textbooks (PDF) and 75 audio lessons (MP3).

Twitter Revamps Following and Followers Pages Twitter has just rolled out an update to the pages where you browse the list of people you’re following and those following you. These pages – which you get to by clicking the following/follower counts on any user profile – now come with a whole lot more information about other Twitter users. For example, on the page listing your followers, Twitter now shows a check mark of the people you follow back. Meanwhile, on the page listing people you follow, there are options for sending them a mention, unfollowing, or, if they follow you, sending them a direct message. New Design Old Design Interestingly, these options aren’t just available on your profile, but on any profile you visit. In other words, you can now visit a friend or co-workers profile, see who they’re following, and then decide whether you want to follow those people based on their profile information (without actually visiting their profile) which is available to you right there.

"The Hundred Dollar Business" Blog 15 Must-Follow Comedic Film Actors on Twitter This series is supported by CinemaTweets presented by Bruno, in theaters this Friday, July 10th. Tweet your movie chatter at Twitter is a valuable tool for actors and comedians because it allows them to connect directly with fans, promote their work, and receive feedback from the people who actually consume it. That means it's also becoming a great resource for fans who want to connect with their favorite film stars, as a growing number of actors and actresses start to take advantage of Twitter. We focused only on actors and actresses who have regularly appeared in comedic roles. Please share other actors that you follow in the comments below, and let us know what has made you continue to follow them. @rainnwilson @aplusk Name: Ashton KutcherWho: Oprah called Ashton the "King of Twitter" in April, and while he may not be the king, he's certainly the most followed person on the service. @stephenfry @jimgaffigan @alydenisof @thatkevinsmith @rustyrockets @officialkat @johncleese

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