“After a week of increasingly intermittent engagements with Twitter I stumbled back into the Twitterverse this afternoon and one of the first things I see is this post from @marksmithers. It is Mark’s response to the call for help from @courosa for his keynote at the Melbourne PLE conference next week. Alec’s question is:
Why do (social) networks matter in teaching & learning?
What follows is my response.” - David Jones
“Probably the hardest thing to “mimic” in online education is the experience of meeting peers and professors on campus. Besides making friendships and having the opportunity to directly interact with other people, working together on problems and learning with the help of peers is an important part of the entire experience…”
This infographic explores the effect of social media on real world relationships.
“Consider this: 24% of respondents to one survey said they’ve missed out on enjoying special moments in person because — ironically enough — they were too busy trying to document their experiences for online sharing. Many of us have had to remind ourselves to “live in the now” — instead of worry about composing the perfect tweet or angling for just the right Instagram shot.”
“There is a growing controversy over the use of Facebook in education.Some argue for its integration and others disfavour it. I believe that the main reason behind this controversy is the lack of solid empirical researches about the overall value of not only Facebook but all other popular social networking in education. There are , however, some researchers ( like Crook and Harrison ,Charnigo, Barnett-Ellis, Hewitt and Forte, Mathews, Mazer and Murphy ) who have written about the potential of social networking in education, yet only few studies have specifically addressed its role in pedagogy.”
In an infographic by GO-Gulf.com, ”User Activity Comparison Of Popular Social Networking Sites”, shows the comparison of the latest user stastics of popular social networking sites – Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
Full graphic may be found here: http://ijustdid.org/2012/06/social-media-users-comparison/
At the end of 2011, Microsoft quietly launched a social network - http://www.so.cl
“So.cl has been designed for students studying social media to extend their educational experience and rethink how they learn and communicate. They can build posts with many elements—photos, video, text, and more—and share them with colleagues. They also can find students with similar interests and build communities around specific educational goals. So.cl might even give students the ability to create their own social tool, customized for their own community.”
It is possible that whilst Google and Facebook destroy themselves fighting to control the whole of the social net, Microsoft has an opportunity to develop strength in a social niche.
(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife)
When Brian Cohen walked by Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann at a New York University business plan competition in 2009, he abruptly said four words to the young entrepreneur: “You have 30 seconds” …
‘Share Life’ helps Facebook users promote the decision to be organ donors.
Facebook wants to make it easier for its nearly 1 billion members to sign up to become organ donors. In an exclusive interview with ABC News on May 1st, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the addition of a new tool on Facebook that will allow users to share their organ donor status with their friends.