If you are in education, be you staff, faculty, or student, you probably have a multitude of computing devices. We started with terminals to mainframes and proceeded to desktops, portables, dumb phones, smart phones, notebooks, netbooks, etc. With this progression, the need (or at least the desire) to be able to connect to the net has risen as well, especially as social media usage became of age.
Connecting to the net, however, has primarily been either through a local area network or on a device basis. Wi-Fi provided us the option to jump to and through a LAN to connect. Without the LAN access, we normally paid an individual device access charge and sometimes a data usage charge which was aligned with that particular device. This arrangement is about to change.
Entertainer Cee-Lo Green's cat, Purrfect, has become a mouthpiece for NBC's The Voice, a singing competion which this past Tuesday crowned its second winner. With 63,000 followers on Twitter, this feline certainly has a voice of its own - one that meows to promote the television show that led it to fame.
If a cat can do it, we all can.
But to what end?
The insertion of social media in education has the potential to advance core aims of our society: to teach students how to engage with their families, neighbors, and communities in a new way.
The combination of social media and education requires that we teach students how to become literate in a digital world. The skills of literacy are no longer just about reading and writing, but about abilities that surround our responsibilities as authors.
Part of my work is managing communication among a diverse group of social media enthusiasts from both academia and the professional world. As a group, we can be found on a multitude of platforms and use a plethora of programs, services and applications. The challenge I face is how to accomplish various tasks without making it a burden, especially since we are all volunteers. Adding another program/application/service/etc which someone is not already using is such a burden.
Sometimes we have used email for topical conversations or project work. Sometimes we just want to share articles related to something the group is working on, or perhaps for the group to file away for future use. Our emails accounts are barraged as it is and not the tools we use for real time conversations. A lot of us share stuff on twitter, but natively, it is not the best option for maintaining a discussion thread and archiving material for later use (while maintaining privacy to the group.)
#SMEDU Chat May 2nd “The EDx Announcement by MIT / Harvard & broader implications” Tonight 9 pm EDT 6 pm PDT
#SMEDU Chat May 2nd “The EDx Announcement by MIT / Harvard & broader implications” Tonight 9 pm EDT 6 pm PDT.
In tonight’s #SMEDU Chat we will take a look at the announcement by Harvard and MIT of EDx, the MOOC initiative, research, related industry developments and further implications in higher education. We use the Twitter hashtag #SMEDU for chat which begins at 6 pm PDT, 9 pm EDT Wednesdays, which is 1 am GMT,11 am Eastern Australia Thursdays.
Today TED announced the release (in beta) of their new open platform TED-ED. The evolution (perhaps revolution) of social media tools and use in education continues. Join us at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT tonight, Wednesday, April 25th, on twitter for #SMEDU Chat as we take a look at the new platform, capabilities, potential usage and implications.
- From TEDChris: The thinking behind the new open platform of TED-Ed
- From the TED Blog: Flip this lesson! A new way to teach with video from TED-Ed
- The TED-Ed website