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Peggy Collins

FERPA and social media - 1 views

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    FERPA is one of the most misunderstood regulations in education. It is commonly assumed that FERPA requires all student coursework to be kept private at all times, and thus prevents the use of social media in the classroom, but this is wrong. FERPA does not prevent instructors from assigning students to create public content as part of their course requirements. If it did, then video documentaries produced in a communications class and shown on TV or the Web, or public art shows of student work from an art class, would be illegal. As one higher education lawyer put it
Theron DesRosier

The Future of Thinking - The MIT Press - 0 views

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    "Over the past two decades, the way we learn has changed dramatically. We have new sources of information and new ways to exchange and to interact with information. But our schools and the way we teach have remained largely the same for years, even centuries. What happens to traditional educational institutions when learning also takes place on a vast range of Internet sites, from Pokemon Web pages to Wikipedia? This report investigates how traditional learning institutions can become as innovative, flexible, robust, and collaborative as the best social networking sites. The authors propose an alternative definition of "institution" as a "mobilizing network"-emphasizing its flexibility, the permeability of its boundaries, its interactive productivity, and its potential as a catalyst for change-and explore the implications for higher education."
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    A new book by Cathy Davidson.
Joshua Yeidel

ILT - Jan 2010 issue - 2 views

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    Jane Hart describes five kinds of learning that social learning environments "have to support", describes Elgg as a platform for social learning, and lists some success factors based on her consulting for (no surprise) Elgg-using organizations.
Joshua Yeidel

Ning's Bubble Bursts: No More Free Networks, Cuts 40% Of Staff - 0 views

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    "One month after long-time Ning CEO Gina Bianchini was replaced by COO Jason Rosenthal, the company is making some major changes: It has just announced that it is killing off its free product, forcing existing free networks to either make the change to premium accounts or migrate their networks elsewhere. Rosenthal has also just announced that the company has cut nearly 70 people - over 40% of its staff."
Joshua Yeidel

Enterprise 2.0 Blog » Blog Archive » Using Facebook for Your Customer Communi... - 0 views

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    "Last week I got exposed to the other side of Facebook, namely their ability to rescind or suspend accounts without any notification, explanation, or seemingly any recourse."
Theron DesRosier

Key Social Learning Roles « Daretoshare - 0 views

  • Premise:  Learning communities or networks thrive because its members possess certain skills and capabilities.  Community members should be able to perform one or more of the five roles described in the table that follows.
Theron DesRosier

How Smartphones and Handheld Computers Are Bringing on an Educational Revolution | Fast... - 0 views

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    "As smartphones and handheld computers move into classrooms worldwide, we may be witnessing the start of an educational revolution. How technology could unleash childhood creativity -- and transform the role of the teacher. "
Theron DesRosier

Tim Berners-Lee: The year open data went worldwide | Video on TED.com - 2 views

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    "At TED2009, Tim Berners-Lee called for "raw data now" -- for governments, scientists and institutions to make their data openly available on the web. At TED University in 2010, he shows a few of the interesting results when the data gets linked up."
Nils Peterson

Tom Vander Ark: How Social Networking Will Transform Learning - 2 views

  • Key assumption: teacher effectiveness is the key variable; more good teachers will improve student achievement
  • I'm betting on social learning platforms as a lever for improvement at scale in education. Instead of a classroom as the primary organizing principle, social networks will become the primary building block of learning communities (both formal and informal). Smart recommendation engines will queue personalized content. Tutoring, training, and collaboration tools will be applications that run on social networks. New schools will be formed around these capabilities. Teachers in existing schools will adopt free tools yielding viral, bureaucracy-cutting productivity improvement.
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      I just Diigoed UrgentEvoke.com (a game) and Jumo.com a new social site, each targeted at working on big, real-world problems.
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    Vander Ark was the first Executive Director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    From his post:

    "There are plenty of theories about how to improve education. Most focus on what appear to be big levers--a point of entry and system intervention that appears to provide some improvement leverage. These theories usually involve 'if-then' statements: 'if we improve this, then other good stuff will happen.'"

    "One problem not addressed by these theories is the lack of innovation diffusion in education--a good idea won't cross the street. Weak improvement incentives and strong bureaucracy have created a lousy marketplace for products and ideas."

    "Key assumption: teacher effectiveness is the key variable; more good teachers will improve student achievement"

    "I'm betting on social learning platforms as a lever for improvement at scale in education. Instead of a classroom as the primary organizing principle, social networks will become the primary building block of learning communities (both formal and informal). Smart recommendation engines will queue personalized content. Tutoring, training, and collaboration tools will be applications that run on social networks. New schools will be formed around these capabilities. Teachers in existing schools will adopt free tools yielding viral, bureaucracy-cutting productivity improvement."


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    "Key assumption: teacher effectiveness is the key variable; more good teachers will improve student achievement"


    Vander Ark was the first Executive Director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    From his post:"There are plenty of theories about how to improve education. Most focus on what appear to be big levers--a point of entry and system intervention that appears to provide some improvement leverage. These theories usually involve 'if-then' statements: 'if we improve this, then other good stuff will happen.'"

    "One problem not addressed by these theories is the lack of innovation diffusion in education--a good idea won't cross the street. Weak improvement incentives and strong bureaucracy have created a lousy marketplace for products and ideas."


    "I'm betting on social learning platforms as a lever for improvement at scale in education. Instead of a classroom as the primary organizing principle, social networks will become the primary building block of learning communities (both formal and informal). Smart recommendation engines will queue personalized content. Tutoring, training, and collaboration tools will be applications that run on social networks. New schools will be formed around these capabilities. Teachers in existing schools will adopt free tools yielding viral, bureaucracy-cutting productivity improvement."\n\n\n
Joshua Yeidel

A Practical Guide to Implementing Web 2.0 (AKA Social Networking Tools) in Your Organiz... - 0 views

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    This article is deeper than it sounds.
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    3 Lemons: Corporate website, Intranet, Groupware, and how they can be fixed. Also, social networking R&D, and 8 Web 2.0 tools ("Dave's Faves") to consider for your organization.

Theron DesRosier

Google Wave: A Complete Guide - 0 views

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    To make sense of it all, we have compiled key information, definitions, and links related to the launch of Google Wave. This in-depth guide provides an overview of Google Wave, discusses the terminology associated with it, details information on Google Wave applications
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    You can define a robots behavior in the google wave chat...

    From Mashable: "Robots are the other type of Google Wave extension. Robots are like having another person within a Google Wave conversation, except that they're automated. They're a lot like the old IM bots of the past, although far more robust. Robots can modify information in waves, interact with users, communicate with others waves, and pull information from outside sources.

    Because it acts like a user, you can define its behavior based on what happens in the chat. You could build one as simple as "change the word dog to the word cat" or one as complex as a fully-functional debugger. We'll probably start seeming some very advanced robots in the near future."

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    You can define a robots behavior in the google wave chat... hmmm...

    From Mashable: "Robots are the other type of Google Wave extension. Robots are like having another person within a Google Wave conversation, except that they're automated. They're a lot like the old IM bots of the past, although far more robust. Robots can modify information in waves, interact with users, communicate with others waves, and pull information from outside sources.

    Because it acts like a user, you can define its behavior based on what happens in the chat. You could build one as simple as "change the word dog to the word cat" or one as complex as a fully-functional debugger. We'll probably start seeming some very advanced robots in the near future."
Theron DesRosier

Scottish Education blog: Assessment 2.0 - 0 views

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    This matrix is a common representation of Web 2.0 assessment on the web. It attempts to connect web 2.0 tools with assessment.

    You've heard of e-learning 2.0, well here are some Web 2.0 technologies applied to assessment. The table seeks to show how teachers can use social software for assessment purposes.
Joshua Yeidel

Sharepoint and Enterprise 2.0: The good, the bad, and the ugly | Enterprise Web 2.0 | Z... - 0 views

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    ...due the fact that the single most frequently asked question I get about Enterprise 2.0 is if SharePoint is a suitable platform for it (short answer: it definitely depends), I've spent the last few weeks taking a hard look at SharePoint the product itself, talked extensively with SharePoint and Enterprise 2.0 practitioners both, and created the resulting analysis.
Joshua Yeidel

The state of Enterprise 2.0 | Enterprise Web 2.0 | ZDNet.com - 0 views

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    But the essential, core meaning [of Enterprise 2.0] has largely stayed the same: Social applications that are optional to use, free of unnecessary structure, highly egalitarian, and support many forms of data.
Theron DesRosier

The Best Tools for Visualization - ReadWriteWeb - 0 views

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    Visualization is a technique to graphically represent sets of data. When data is large or abstract, visualization can help make the data easier to read or understand. There are visualization tools for search, music, networks, online communities, and almost anything else you can think of. Whether you want a desktop application or a web-based tool, there are many specific tools are available on the web that let you visualize all kinds of data. Here are some of the best:
Gary Brown

Can We Promote Experimentation and Innovation in Learning as well as Accountability? In... - 0 views

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    he VALUE project comes into the middle of this tension, as it proposes to create frameworks (or metarubrics) that provide flexible criteria for making valid judgments about student work that might result from a wide range of assessments and learning opportunities, over time. In this interview, Terrel Rhodes, Director of the VALUE project and Vice President of the Association for American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) describes the assumptions and goals behind the Project. He especially addresses how electronic portfolios serve those goals as the locus of evaluation by educators, providing frameworks for judgments tailored to local contexts but calibrated to "Essential Learning Outcomes," with broad significance for student achievement. The aims and ambitions of the VALUE Project have the potential to move us further down the road toward a more systematic engagement with the expansion of learning. -Randy Bass
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    This paragraph is the one with the most interesting set of assumptions. There are implications about "validity" Bass notes earlier and the role of numbers as "less robust" rather than, say, an interesting and important ingredient in that conversation. Mostly though I see the designation that the rubrics are "too broad to be useful" as a flag that these are not really rubrics, but, well, flags...
Theron DesRosier

John Seely Brown: Speaking - 0 views

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    This is a collection of JSB speaches.
Nils Peterson

From Knowledgable to Knowledge-able: Learning in New Media Environments | Academic Commons - 0 views

  • Many faculty may hope to subvert the system, but a variety of social structures work against them. Radical experiments in teaching carry no guarantees and even fewer rewards in most tenure and promotion systems, even if they are successful. In many cases faculty are required to assess their students in a standardized way to fulfill requirements for the curriculum. Nothing is easier to assess than information recall on multiple-choice exams, and the concise and “objective” numbers satisfy committee members busy with their own teaching and research.
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      Do we think this is true? Many?
  • In a world of nearly infinite information, we must first address why, facilitate how, and let the what generate naturally from there.
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    "Most university classrooms have gone through a massive transformation in the past ten years. I'm not talking about the numerous initiatives for multiple plasma screens, moveable chairs, round tables, or digital whiteboards. The change is visually more subtle, yet potentially much more transformative."
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    Connect this to the 10 point self assessment we did for AACU comparing institutional vs community-based learning https://teamsite.oue.wsu.edu/ctlt/home/Anonymous%20Access%20Documents/AACU%202009/inst%20vs%20comm%20based%20spectrum.pdf
Theron DesRosier

Google Apps for ePortfolios - 0 views

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    ePortfolio Mash Up with GoogleApps

    Helen Barrett is experimenting with google a lot lately. This page contains some good "How To" resources along with the discussion of google eportfoilo mashup
Theron DesRosier

Participatory Learning and the New Humanities: An Interview with Cathy Davidson | Acade... - 0 views

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    "Participatory Learning includes the ways in which new technologies enable learners (of any age) to contribute in diverse ways to individual and shared learning goals. Through games, wikis, blogs, virtual environments, social network sites, cell phones, mobile devices, and other digital platforms, learners can participate in virtual communities where they share ideas, comment upon one another's projects, and plan, design, advance, implement, or simply discuss their goals and ideas together. Participatory learners come together to aggregate their ideas and experiences in a way that makes the whole ultimately greater than the sum of the parts."
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    Theron helped me keep up with developments at HASTAC by socially sharing this bookmark and excerpt in the CTLT and Friends Group. I add this comment to acknowledge his contribution to my ongoing professional development. The comment function also gives me a link (perma?) to his bookmark.
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