Digital technology is providing a growing variety of methods for school leaders to connect with parents anywhere, anytime—a tactic mirroring how technology is used to engage students.
Through Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, and text messages sent in multiple languages, school staff members are giving parents instant updates, news, and information about their children’s schools. Not only that, but a number of districts are also providing parents access to Web portals where they can see everything from their children’s grades on school assignments to their locker combinations and what they’re served for lunch.
Socioeconomic disparities in Internet access can make such digital-outreach efforts challenging and even divisive, however; some parents have many options for connecting digitally, and others don’t.
Yet some school leaders are meeting that challenge head-on by teaching parents how they can use technology to become more engaged in their children’s education, and in some cases, by providing them with access to it in their own homes.
Read More: Education Week: Schools Are Using Social Networking to Involve Parents.
By Frank Rennie & Tara Morrison
Digital resources—from games to blogs to social networking—are strong forces in education today, but how can those tools be effectively utilized by educators and course designers in higher education? Filled with practical advice, the e-Learning and Social Networking Handbook, Second Edition provides a comprehensive overview of online learning tools and offers strategies for using these resources in course design, highlighting some of the most relevant and challenging topics in e-learning today, including:
- using social networking for educational purposes
- designing for a distributed environment
- strengths and weaknesses of delivering content in various formats (text, audio, and video)
- potential constraints on course design
- implementation, evaluation, induction, and training
Illustrated by short, descriptive case studies, the e-Learning and Social Networking Handbook, Second Edition also directs the reader to useful resources that will enhance their course design. This helpful guide will be invaluable to all those involved in the design and delivery of online learning in higher education.
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A new software tool will help journalists see breaking news tweets as they are happening. The program, called Seriously Rapid Source Review, is still under development — but will act like a sieve that pull tweets from key sources currently sharing reports, images and video from the ground. Researchers at Rutgers University and Microsoft developed Seriously Rapid Source Review to give journalists access to breaking news like never before. Reporters won’t have to comb the web — or Twitter’s 200 million tweets a day — for sources. Nick Diakopoulos, one of the project’s authors, stated in a blog post that the program was built to deal with how much news is breaking on social media these days. Its features should help journalists distinguish accurate and trustworthy sources. SRSR features include automatic identification of eyewitnesses with approximate 89% precision and will list users in various archetypes — journalists, bloggers, organizations or unaffiliated citizens. To avoid a false tweet problem, such as the preemptive report of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno’s death in January, SRSR will use context clues to assess the verity and credibility on sources based on their Twitter profiles. The program will determine where a person says they are, plus look at the locations of friends and followers within a source’s network. Another component will look at the top five most mentioned companies, people or places mentioned in someone’s feed. The SRSR culls data from Twitter profiles, user-provided descriptions, data from follower and following lists. A report based on a search term will compile the sources sharing tweets that match the search terms. SEE ALSO: How Whitney Houston News Broke — and Exploded — on Twitter The SRSR is still in its development stage. The researchers have not used been able to use real-time Tweets because of limitations in applying the Twitter API
Twitter Tool Will Help Journalists Break News [VIDEO]
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Further education colleges are starting to catch on to social messaging. Sort of Are you a member of the Twitterati? You’ve heard of MySpace and you’re probably a whiz when it comes to Facebook, but it seems that we should be all of “a-Twitter” now. Twitter is the website on which users post statements called “tweets”, which can have up to 140 characters. More than 300,000 tweets are already sent every day in the UK. The actor Stephen Fry is one famous exponent, and MPs have jumped on the bandwagon too. Jim Knight, the schools minister, is a regular tweeter, whose recent posts range from the inane “realised I never had that pancake yesterday – does that mean I can ignore Lent?” to the more waspish “wondering for how much longer we’ll have to listen to Michael Gove”. The further education minister, Siôn Simon, has just started tweeting and the higher education minister, David Lammy, even appeared on the BBC’s One Show extolling Twitter’s virtues. Now even a few further education colleges have caught on. Sort of. When it comes to writing succinctly, we further education sorts do struggle. We’re used to using eight words when one would do, and flabby paragraphs with 50-word sentences. And we do love our jargon. Twitter pioneers include Deeside College, Havering College, Regents College, Sunderland College and my own college, Cornwall. Breaking news News of the Chinese earthquake last year broke on Twitter, as did the first images of the US Airways plane that had to crash-land in New York’s Hudson river and last week’s crash at Schipol airport near Amsterdam
Colleges stumble on to the Twitter scene
This professional guide for educational practitioners and trainers explores online learning from both the student’s and educator’s perspective, helping instructors develop a critical approach and become confident and thoughtful online educators.
About the Author
Karen Kear is a Senior Lecturer in the Communication and Systems Department, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open University, UK.
Joe McDonald died in 1971. This morning on Facebook , he died again. Facebook disabled the profiles of McDonald and his girlfriend Leola Lewis Wednesday morning, according to Donnelyn Curtis, the University of Nevada librarian who set the profiles up as a way to engage students in learning about history . “I was a little angry that I didn’t get any warning,” Curtis told Mashable . “I think that would have been polite.” The couple were both students at the university in the 1910s before marrying in 1915. Curtis said that when she tried to log in to the fictitious profiles this morning, she got an automated message from Facebook saying the accounts had been disabled for violating the social network’s terms of service. “I guess popularity kills,” Curtis said. Curtis actually set the McDonald and Lewis profiles up more than two years ago — but it wasn’t until last week, when she began providing more frequent status updates and photos, that they began attracting attention from the media and public. While McDonald and Lewis initially only had friends who were distant relatives, their lists of connections swelled from just over 100 each to more than 1,000. They were featured in Mashable , The Chronicle of Higher Education , Yahoo! News and the UK’s Daily Mail . Lewis and McDonald posted historically accurate status updates about their lives, photos of campus events such as “hop” dances and “Rugby Football matches” and listed musicians such as Scott Joplin and writers including Jane Austen among their favorites. Their profiles were hailed by many experts as a powerful example of social media’s power to bring history to life for a digitally absorbed generation. But, as fake profiles, McDonald and Lewis clearly violated the
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Facebook Kills University’s Historical Profiles
Via The BBC
Twitter’s child protection policies lag behind other social networking websites, an organisation set up to tackle sexual exploitation of children says.
Twitter ‘failing’ on child abuse
Social networking can improve the online learning experience in several key areas.
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WhatDoYouWantFromThem.com is a social learning community for managers of all industries. Anna Smith describes what led her to create the network and how companies can use it to provide training and development for their management recruits.
There was a time when I would start my day by opening the post, physical post that is. Those of you born in the 1950s (like me), 1960s and maybe 1970s will no doubt have done the same. My main means of communication would have been the telephone and there was even a time when I used a dictaphone (tape) for my admin to type up for me. I hasten to add this was working for a national nursing organisation, not in teaching, though even in teaching there was a time when handouts were done on a banda machine and acetates were prepared by hand with overlays that you physically, well, over-layed.
But times have certainly changed and my day has a very different rhythm now.
I’m doing a session next week at the ULearn conference on Tweaking Twitter for Teachers. So I’m looking for some examples on YouTube.
Here are some interesting ones I found:
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