The drama of Facebook

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The world''s largest and most successful social network, Facebook - celebrated its tenth anniversary in February 2014. Facebook is a social phenomenon that cannot be ignored. The diverse behaviours witnessed on the site are just one of the many features that provoke great interest from psychologists and social anthropologists, and many studies have already been conducted into Facebook''s impact of relationships, social movements, self concept and personal, digital identity.

Tools for Effective Content Development

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This effect generally occurs to a greater or lesser extent with any content and therefore it is more than advisable to use them wherever possible. So, without further ado, here is a list of tools that you can use for effective content development: 1. It all starts with the choice of the design template that best suits your need: a graphic for a blog, a poster, a business card, an invitation, an A4 document, a presentation, a Facebook header and other things.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Real World, SecondLife and FaceBook/MySpace

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007 The Real World, SecondLife and FaceBook/MySpace Over the past few weeks Ive conducted about 17 interviews with current college students and recent graduates. Everyone who has graduated from college since 2005 has a FaceBook account. Im not sure how this relates to danah boyds recent blog article on Viewing American class divisions through FaceBook and MySpace. A few people commented that MySpace is too garish; the FaceBook look and feel is more classic.

How to Save ‘Social Learning’ Before We Destroy It


The “fire burns” message continued to be shared and spread around the community … all without a single Facebook post or tweet. Social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, Yammer, and others do represent a critical milestone for social learning. Social media allows us to effectively scale learning (and learning programs) without having to sacrifice the critical social interactions often lost in self-paced e-learning courses.

Share trading

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Prior to the social web, public sharing wasn''t that common a theme. The arrival of Creative Commons licensing made free sharing a more attractive proposition for everyone. As van Dijk (2013) has proposed, the ready acceptance of Facebook and other social media into the every day lives of a global population of users ensured that the ethos of sharing became second nature. Culture education FaceBook Flickr Friendster learning sharing slideshare social media YouTube

Learning and teaching with Twitter

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It relates to the need to persist with the tool so that you give it enough time to build up a critical mass of followers and followed, ensuring that your personal learning network (PLN) becomes effective. People have asked how effective Twitter is in developing a PLN, and a live tweetout usually shows them just how effective Twitter can be in connecting you to a world of knowledge, experts and resources.

Free thinking

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Rules and regulations are the bane of creativity, and can stop innovation dead in its tracks. My reading of 'The Facebook Effect' recently has led me to believe that mavericks and anarchists - those who tend to bend the rules, or simply ignore them - are at the centre of many creative projects, and in some cases actually become the gamechangers. Regardless of your opinion of Facebook, you would probably agree that it was a game changer.

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#40years of educational technology: Social media

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By 2006 several social networking sites were enjoying surges in popularity, including MySpace, Bebo and of course, Facebook. We enjoyed great success, with many students learning through creating, sharing and editing content online, a collateral effect of which was better writing outcomes. 40years blogging education FaceBook folksonomies learning social media tagging Technology Twitter

Changing the learning landscape

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It''s funded by the Higher Education Academy and the strap line for the event is interesting, intending to cover the ''realities of social media in learning and teaching: Making effective, safe, efficient and appropriate use of social media''. Digital literacies (human attributes) and technology must work in tandem if we are to ensure the safe, appropriate and effective use of any social media tool.

Twitter and the death of distance

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My own father, now 84 years old, started a Facebook account so he could keep in touch with distant relatives in such places as New Zealand and Australia. Many of us regularly communicate with multiple Twitter and Facebook friends and acquaintances instantaneously even though they may be in another country. Distance does not seem to be an issue any more, and research is unearthing evidence for what was already common knowledge.

Lost in the crowd?

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He made several interesting points about the blurring of boundaries between public and private (think of webcams and Facebook status updates for example) and that technology tends to distract us from 'who we are'. I have discovered the effects of this personally, because I maintain six Twitter accounts. by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

Multiple identities

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Does my identity change when I am on Facebook? This celebrity effect is just one way we see changes in behaviour. Multiple identities by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 avatar online persona Second Life Flickr FaceBook Real Life digital identityWho am I? What is my online persona? Do I present myself as the same in every situation? What do I change about me when I find myself in an unfamiliar context?

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Visual and Auditory Multi-Tasking

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Monday, June 18, 2007 Visual and Auditory Multi-Tasking From the Eide Neurolearning Blog: Voluntary Control of Attention - Visual and Auditory Multi-Tasking There is a yin and yang effect between visual and auditory attention. Mixed visual-auditory stimuli have an underadditive effect, so that if you have to do both at the same time, total brain activation goes down. Maybe the "underadditive effect" occurs when a multimedia presentation does all the thinking for you.

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I Believe in the Importance of Personal Knowledge Management

Tom Spiglanin

But how do we sort through all this information, effectively filter content, judge the good from bad, and make sense of it all? The latter might be defined as, “the process of capturing, developing, sharing, and effectively using organisational knowledge.” Much of this happens on social streams on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, or any number of other media where we connect with our PLNs, so it’s important to develop effective social media practices.

Connected pedagogy: Social networks

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Global social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter support various forms of communication and sharing actions that were previously unavailable. Many writers have highlighted the power of the global digital tribe , particularly the way groups tend to solve problems more effectively than individual experts (Surowiecki, 2009). Photo by Steve Wheeler In a previous post I outlined some of the metrics around the use of digital media, technologies and social networks.

It’s Time for E-Learning to Embrace ‘BYOL’


If a person suddenly needs to know how to set up a certain feature on their Facebook page, or remember what the flag of Mongolia looks like, or improve their make-up-application skills , help is usually only a click away. ” But being effective in this new environment will require a change in mindset. For some people, this may simply mean getting out of their way; for others it may involve providing some guidance and assistance on how to be an effective BYOLearner.”

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Standard deviation

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Distractions in the workplace are common. An email pops up on your desktop screen asking for your 'urgent' attention, Facebook messenger pings on your smartphone telling you someone has responded to your earlier status update. First there is the social impact: Communication technology may create a psychological distance between people; it can have detrimental effects on our concentration.

Blogging: Five of the best

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All this has been possible because they are all labelled as Creative Commons with a repurpose licence. The post went viral (especially on Facebook) and received more than 40,000 views in the first week of posting. The 18 comments on the blog were dwarfed by the hundreds of comments received on my Facebook wall. My view was no, because there is no scientific or empirical evidence to show that learning styles actually exist, let alone have any effect.

Follow you, follow me

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The authors speculated that this was probably because Twitter exhibits weaker social ties than other social networks such as Facebook, and therefore many Twitter users are less likely to want to connect with relative strangers who transmit negativity. One area the authors also briefly discuss, as an exception to the above findings, is the celebrity effect. A recent longitudinal study may provide clues about why some have more Twitter followers than others.

Taking up residence

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They may not be such regular users of Facebook , so are more likely to be visitors rather than residents within that particular social media environment. Residents and Visitors is a simple yet very effective idea, and is a much better way to explain the digital phenomenon. Photo by Tawheed Manzoor Taking up residence by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Corporate learning in the digital age

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Well, corporate barriers are a problem - for instance when the management says you are not allowed to use Facebook because it's against company policy. I say to them, if you ban Facebook, you are losing one of the greatest opportunities to gain social credibility and social traction that you are going to have: the power of social media to connect people professionally as well as personally. Learning in many organisations is going through radical change.

One step beyond

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To achieve its optimum effect, the use of any social media - whether it be blogging, wikis or any other form of sharing of content - must breach the walls of the traditional learning space. Facebook isn't just about friends and family anymore. Image source by Paul Tomlin One step beyond by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Nine Training Alternatives to ‘Correct’ and ‘Incorrect’


Even though it seems futile, this is one of the most common types of feedback we use in e-learning courses to respond to user actions and answers. For example, if you were designing a course for new coaches, you could set up a Facebook Group page for discussion. They are thought to be effective with learners who have limited prerequisite knowledge because these examples reduce cognitive load. Image used under Creative Commons by Flickr user jepoirrier.

Crossing the divide

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In essence, it is the ability to be able to create content, organise, share and communicate across, and through, a variety of social media, discussion groups, mobile tools and other services that are commonly available. I represent myself differently in Second Life to the way I represent myself on Facebook, because each environment prompts a different response from me. In LinkedIn, I manage a professional version of my persona, which evaporates when I'm on Facebook.

Learning by making

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Whilst these approaches to learning are often more effective for personalised and collaborative learning, they tend to be kept to a minimum in most cases, because teachers like to maintain some level of control over their students, and finite time and resources constrain them. It wasn't until a few years later when I discovered the work of Seymour Papert (now one of my Facebook friends!), The transmission model of learning is still dominant in education.

Community really is the curriculum

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This all happened because of Facebook and Twitter - tools the e-learning community uses with exceptional effect across the globe to keep in touch and share ideas. Image by Steve Wheeler Community really is the curriculum by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 I'm in Tallinn, one of the most beautiful of the old Hanseatic cities dotted along the Baltic coast. It is the capital of Estonia , a small country with a population of around 1.3

Tools I Use

Marcia Conner

Facebook – The largest social network on the planet, with more members (901M in April 2012) than the population of Europe, Russia, and the Middle East combined (780M). I wrote a post several years ago called “ Face to Facebook Learning “ challenging the notion you can’t learn on Facebook. Another recipe creates a bookmark on Delicious whenever I post a link through Buffer to Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook.

Freinet and social media

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When I wrote Blogging with Freire , I was speculating on what that great Brazilian educator and theorist might have made of educational blogging - a concept he never knew, because he died before the Internet and social media came in to common use. Learning by asking questions is not only fun, it''s effective. Facebook and other social networking tools are great for connecting people, and most students already have an account and can use it effectively to do this.

Reach out and connect

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One of the digital literacies I identified in yesterday's blogpost was effective social networking. Most of us have a Facebook account, and maybe a LinkedIn account too. Firstly, I believe we need to network more smartly, particularly in a manner that helps us to learn more effectively in both formal and informal contexts. So social networking, and the ability to use it effectively is a key skill for the scholar to acquire right now.

Learning first, technology second

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In mathematics, I have seen interactive whiteboards used very effectively to teach number bonds and floor robots can be used successfully to teach geometry and algorithms. Blogging can be used to engage children in creative writing , while making videos is excellent for problem solving and collaborative work. Students don''t like them because they are impersonal, not easy to navigate, and are a pale comparison of their weapons of choice - social networking services such as Facebook.

Tracking sentiments

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They want to know how a complaint in a public forum can have negative high impact on their business if it's not dealt with effectively. The same applies when you mention something on Facebook, or simply let slip your date of birth, location or other personal information such as hobbies and interests. Before you know it, Facebook is pushing targeted advertising to your page, and it's highly effective.

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The social impact of disruptive technology

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Today everybody talks about Facebook and Twitter. Facebook is very interesting as it attracts a wide variety of people from teenagers to older people. But we should not confuse Facebook with formal learning. Twitter is less distracting, it is more streamlined and has a more appropriate range of features that makes it a better teaching tool than Facebook. Is there also hardware with similar effects?

7 ways to support learner-teacher interaction

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That never worked in the student bar and it won''t work on Facebook. Student groups tend to set up their own Facebook groups anyway, without any prompting from their teachers. When I''m invited in to a Facebook group or Google Hangout, I tend to lurk until asked a direct question. I have used these to great effect with smaller groups to enable them to document and share their progress during project work.

Everyone's a critic

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I recently blogged about the hidden audience effect , and cited Westfields Junior School's S'cool Internet Radio and David Mitchell's Quadblogging projects as examples of how students can become better engaged with learning when they perform their work for an audience. Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, and other online platforms changed our notion of audience. Image source Everyone's a critic by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

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The availability of cost-effective resources to facilitate wide collaboration (including open source software that enables wikis, discussion groups, chat and even web conferencing) presents the chance for organizations to reconsider the effectiveness of the performance support being offered to their people. With the growth of Facebook Like buttons, there are all sorts of new social signals going on. This month's #LCBQ is the first with the Big Question Thought Leaders.