4 reasons to use Creative Commons

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In the social media age, sharing and repurposing are common place. This raises a number of tensions around creativity, intellectual property and copyright. Creative Commons (CC) is a copyright management system that goes a long way to addressing these issues. Creative Commons licences can enable teachers everywhere to access content and share their ideas freely.

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. If he had seen them, what might Freinet have made of digital technology, and what would he have said about social media in education?


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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. Social media lend themselves naturally to support learning through discussions, collaboration and sharing. They are vital components of the web, and social media are important for education - because learning is essentially social and personal.

Tools for conviviality? Illich and social media

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Ivan Illich hoped for a time when the transmission model of education, or ''funnels'', would be replaced by ''educational webs'' - his notion of what we now recognise as social networks. What would Illich have made of the social web? In so many ways, the social web mirrors Illich''s ideas for ''information exchanges'', and ''peer matching'' services, especially where facilitated through mobile, internet enabled personal devices.

Is sharing caring? #OpenBlog19

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Photo by Krzyboy2o on Wikimedia Commons This is a post for #OpenBlog19. I attended an event in Utrecht, in the Netherlands way back in 2007, at around the time that social media was emerging as a serious learning technology. The event was called 'Show that you Share' and focused on tools such as Creative Commons , personal learning environments and mobile phones as a means of creating, sharing and repurposing content, knowledge and artefacts for education.

Lies, damn lies and social media

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Bad content arrives because it has been promoted through social media company commercial algorithms, or it is made visible on our personal timelines by well-meaning (but incredibly naive) friends and family members (see above). Either way, the irritating regularity with with we are exposed to this turgid tide of trash has driven many people away from social media use. Find the original source - website, social media feed.

How to Save ‘Social Learning’ Before We Destroy It


Social Learning is a term that is rapidly spreading throughout the learning and performance field. Don’t get me wrong; I’m a big believer in the natural learning that occurs through social interactions. We’re so focused on the label and capitalizing on the buzz around social learning that we’re mutating it into something it was never meant to be. What Exactly Is Social Learning? Why Is There Confusion Between Social Learning and Social Media?

Making a splash!

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As with any other social media platform, there are useful devices such as trending search notifications, API/developer sections and licensing advice, and there are special zones where you can find wallpaper or slide background images. by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

I Believe that Learning is Inherently Social

Tom Spiglanin

It may have been done alone or with others, but the social connection was still strong: teachers directed and facilitated the learning, and we often shared answers or talked about homework with peers. This is not to say that everything we know or can do was learned socially. But then, learning is an inherently social activity. The classroom experience itself is social, bringing together students who want to learn with the experts they can learn from.

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I Believe in the Value of Sharing

Tom Spiglanin

I’m not talking about the monetary value of a social share (which business people are keen on doing ), but rather the less tangible value that comes from sharing knowledge, making an individual more productive, effective, and efficient. According to Wenger, 1 learning and sharing are critical elements in establishing one’s identity in a social community. Without question, social media policies represent a barrier to employees engaging with others in public social media.

Inspire to learn

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The conference is themed around excellence in teaching of the social sciences, which reflects my own professional and academic background. During my undergraduate degree I specialised in psychology, but also studied a number of other social sciences, including politics, economics, sociology and human geography. I plan to explore several of the older social science theories, and compare and contrast these with some of the newer, emerging theories to determine what they offer.

Going viral

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This results in an amplification of your ideas, but usually, it won't happen unless you license your content for free sharing and repurposing (see my Creative Commons licence at the bottom of this post). Viral content is content that becomes quickly popular when it is shared by many across social media platforms. Image source Going viral by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

I Believe in the Importance of Personal Knowledge Management

Tom Spiglanin

Sharing knowledge, using any number of media that fit our personal needs, work styles, and professional social networks. 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. Spending time on those media, engaging with our PLNs, is a critical part of PKM.

It’s Not Personal

Tom Spiglanin

When interacting with social media, we really ought to take this into consideration, both sending messages and interpreting them. Several articles have been written about how to do this well, yet missed meaning is still common. Nonetheless, misunderstandings are common. This work by Tom Spiglanin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Changing Workplace Communication Social Learning Social Media Social Networking

Connected pedagogy: Social networks

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Photo by Steve Wheeler In a previous post I outlined some of the metrics around the use of digital media, technologies and social networks. I wrote that: "The age of social technologies has radically transformed the way we live our lives, and that includes how we learn and teach. Most of us are connected to each other through numerous social media platforms. 2002) Smartmobs: The Next Social Revolution.

Are we wasting our time?

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Here's what he said: There is often an impression, especially from those on the outside looking in, that time spent on social media is time wasted. But there are times when I am on social media, trawling through my timelines, that I feel it is time spent on worthwhile reading, thinking and doing. We are doing what matters to us, and that is why we spend so much time on social media. Here lies the greatest value of social media.

Ten Reasons I Hate Email

Tom Spiglanin

Sadly, very little time is devoted to thinking through alternative communication media, which are often more effective, before sitting down to type. Despite group sending capabilities, email is not social. This work by Tom Spiglanin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 This work by Tom Spiglanin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Source Yoel Ben-Avraham on Flikr.

Barry Trotter and the virtual world

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Tragically, trainee chat room Wizard Barry Trotter has become addicted to social media. Social Media is my home. altc2009 avatar FaceBook Harry Potter Instagram Internet internet addiction online SIM card social media

Connected pedagogy: Shared minds

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From the telegraph, through the telephone and radio and television, to 21st Century satellites, smartphones, the Internet and social media, all were designed to communicate. The entirety of the global social network we all inhabit is predominantly about sharing our minds. When people connect using technology, they seek out commonalities and look for shared experiences.

Me and Malcolm McLaren

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The one I considered to be the best was posted up onto my Flickr account , and labelled it for free reuse as I always do, under Creative Commons licencing. Posting your content on social media sites and making them available for free use and reuse is not only an equitable way of sharing the love. Whether or not something goes viral is left to the whims of the social web, but giving your content away for free can give it an excellent chance.

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Top ten UK education blogs

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So it was very gratifying to see that Vuelio (a company that specialises 'in software for public relations, public affairs and stakeholder communications professionals seeking to identify, understand and engage with the right influencers for them – whether they’re part of mainstream or emerging media, or influential within more niche, real-world networks' ) had published its latest research into which education blogs in the UK are the biggest influencers, and rated mine so highly.

A new framework for supporting learning and performance in the social workplace

Jane Hart

Here is an updated version (V3) of the WSD Framework with more charts and descriptions, and now available as a PDF to download under a Creative Commons Licence. Social tools are changing not only the way that professionals are working and learning but also the way that organisations are transforming into social businesses. Training and e-learning activities will likely include more informal and social approaches. 3 – Social Collaboration Services.

Like to be involved?

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by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Antony Jinman careers advice connections education learning LiketoBe research schools social media Technology Tim PeakeWant your school to be involved in some leading edge research? Read on! I've just been appointed Head of Research and Innovation at one of the UK's brightest new edtech startups and I'm excited.

Weapons of mass deception?

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The media seems full of reportage on how social media carries content designed to deceive users. There does seem to b growing evidence that this may have been perpetrated, but in the midst of all the hyperbole and accusations, what role does social media actually play in the deception of the masses? How much of these problems are actually the fault of the social media, and to what extent are Facebook, Twitter and other popular platforms actually culpable?

3 things you should know about Twitter

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I was a little surprised because I had assumed that anyone who was going to use Twitter was probably on board and already familiar with the social media tool. My two minutes or so of opinion on why I use Twitter: 3 things you should know about Twitter by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 education social media learning Twitter professional development PLN

Schools and online education

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We see many creative uses of personal technologies, such as games consoles, smart phones and e-readers, and social media can be used in a variety of ways to promote deeper engagement and reach. Tomorrow: 3 key questions for the future of online education Schools and online education by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Learning and the Changing Workplace – Part 1

Tom Spiglanin

Jay Cross recently summarized presentations by Peter Henschel from 1999, calling for changes in L&D and how most learning is social and largely informal. Along with that move, organizations will also likely deploy activity streams and other social constructs to stimulate cooperative and collaborative work within the organization. This work by Tom Spiglanin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0

Change 100

What has been and what is yet to come

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In this presentation I will explore the use of MOOCs, AI, social media, smart mobiles, virtual worlds, augmented and virtual reality, as well as some of the emerging associated theories, to evaluate their effectiveness on pedagogy. What has been and what is yet to come by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0

Confessions of a teacher

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Photo from Wikimedia Commons During the life of the Plymouth Enhanced Learning Conference (PELeCon), we tried to be innovative, introducing new features each of the ten years the event ran. Gerver, 2019, p 19) Gerver documents some of the issues around teachers trolling each other and being openly hostile if they see ideas that they cannot agree with on social media.

A little help from my friends

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Another thoughtful contribution comes from Julian Stodd , of the UK based firm Sea Salt Learning who shared some of his views on social media and learning: “ We have moved from a world where learning was substantially formal, codified, and owned, to a world where it is substantially, co-created, adaptive, geolocated, accessible, and evolutionary. Image from Maxpixel My grandest project of 2018 has been writing a new book, which was commissioned by Kogan Page in January.

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Making connections

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One major phenomenon of the last decade has undoubtedly been the global and exponential rise of social media. Seeded at the turn of the century, the social web phase of Internet development promoted connections, participation, networked sociality. It didn''t take long for the emerging social networking services to gain massive worldwide subscriptions. The social web truly is a powerful communication technology.

Dirty tricks

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Image from Wikimedia Commons It's the silly season. Dissing each other in a social media slanging match are the red-brick University of Essex with 14,000 students (whose Chancellor just happens to be the somewhat vociferous Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow ) and post-92 university Leeds Beckett University - a much larger, northern university with 24,000 students, but less history and prestige.

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Our mutual friends

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It fascinated social psychologist Stanley Milgram. So Milgram''s notion of six degrees is not so much a theory of learning, more a social contact theory, but it has significant implications for learning in the social media age. Milgram theorised that it could be established that no-one is separated from anyone else in the world by more than six social contacts. Who we know and who they know, he believed, define our social structure.

Three Simple Ways to Get Started with Social Learning


Social learning a lot of us hear a lot these days — we know, vaguely, what it is, and we know that it’s happening, whether we like it or not, every day. And yet the vast majority of our money and energy goes toward formal training programs, not these social, off-the-cuff initiatives. And secondly, social learning is hard to define — and even harder to foster, facilitate, and encourage in a productive and planned way. What is Social Learning, Again?

Two innovations that have changed learning forever

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In the 90s we saw the rapid evolution of the Internet and video conferencing , followed closely by the emergence of mobile phones and the social web. Social networks, blogging , podcasting, online repositories such as Wikipedia and YouTube, and the rapid convergence of older technologies began to shape the educational technology landscape and brought us to where we are right now.

Remixing culture - a 'C' change?

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For those of us who are still getting our heads around the concept of 'C reative Commons ' and the idea of 'free culture' on the Web, an interesting and illuminating video entitled ' Reticulum Rex ' comes highly recommended. The title Reticulum Rex you will discover, is a clever anagram of a phrase that is relevant to the ethos of creative commons! Watch the video if you want to get to grips with Creative Commons.

'Just for me' learning

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Recently, there has been a shift to deeper forms of personalised learning, especially in the context of personal learning tools such as smart phones and social media. on Flickr 'Just for me' learning by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 development education just enough just for me just in time learning organisations personalised learning smart phone social media training