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Educational Networking and Staying Out of My Face

Educational Networking and Staying Out of My Face

Allison Miller posts on Facebook and Social Networking (To Unblock Facebook or To Not Unblock Facebook? and Should Facebook be banned from Educational Institutes) and Michael Coghlan’s podcast on Should TAFE be Using Facebook has evoked really strong emotions. Photo by Bunch of Pants. Lets Separate The Debate My strongest belief is we must separate the debate on the educational use of social networking totally from whether Facebook should be used in an educational context. These are two totally separate…

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Four Lessons Learned: Social Media and NonProfits Meme

Four Lessons Learned: Social Media and NonProfits Meme

Beth Kanter has tagged me with the meme Four Lessons Learned: Social Media and Nonprofits which was really cool because as Katya points out “Beth is THE maestro on nonprofits and social media (and she could probably accompany Yo-Yo Ma on flute)”. MMMMmmmm shame a minor matter of me being an educator, not involved with non-profit, makes the meme just that bit harder — but not impossible. Fortunately I network with nonprofit bloggers/twitterers which helps. For Beth’s meme I have…

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Petrol Prices According To Twitter

Petrol Prices According To Twitter

For those into twitter you will already know about the amazing conversations and sometimes it is just good plain fun to learn more about where other people live. Photo by phxpma. So today when Kristin Hokanson twittered: at almost $3 a gal cost almost $70 to fill tank…was REALLY running on fumes got me thinking tho…what’s gas cost these days where u r? I just had to do some research — using Twitter off course! Price of Petrol Here We…

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Information Overload! How Do We Rank The Value of It All?

Information Overload! How Do We Rank The Value of It All?

Last night I attended E-Show n Tell Online Unconference where one of the topics chosen by participants to discuss was “How do we aggregate or classify all the great resources.” Concerns were with so many resources, tools and information it is very easy to suffer from information overload leading to not knowing where to start, what to do which can lead to you doing nothing. My answer was simple: Social networking = great resources = your friends help you rank…

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Ownership And Online Communities

Ownership And Online Communities

Annelieske and I was fortunate enough to have dinner with James Farmer (Edublogs founder) and Cait when we visited Melbourne. Since our dinner I have been reflecting on what James said about online communities like Ning. He said that a Ning community may initially start off well but in the long term will always struggle because for one simple reason — “ownership.” Firstly I should explain why am I worried about about online communities floundering. Well I do spend considerable…

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Why We Should Ensure Our Global Audience Can “Be There” At Conferences

Why We Should Ensure Our Global Audience Can “Be There” At Conferences

Yes I know Mlearn 2007 conference was sooooo last week (I’m now at WA E-Learning Conference) but I have to share the story of people like Simon Brown, from my network, who did not attend the conference, but felt a sense of “being there” through the blog posts, flickr photos, twitter, Skype, wiki sites and live Elluminate sessions. People like Simon are the exact reason why we need to ensure, wherever practically possible, that conferences do provide: services for people…

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Are You Using Twitter Effectively For Your Personal Learning?

Are You Using Twitter Effectively For Your Personal Learning?

Back in August I wrote a post titled Is Twitter shifting blogging to a new phase? I have decided to take it back!!!! Not only is twitter totally shifting blogging into a new phase but it is also changing the nature of our conversations and is incredibly important for our personal learning. If you are not using twitter and wondering why any one would like to know “What you are doing?” well while you are going this is a Web…

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James Farmer on Identity, Ownership and Online Learning

James Farmer on Identity, Ownership and Online Learning

Leigh Blackall (Learn Online) has been running fantastic 10 minute online lecture series in New Zealand for Learning communities Aotearoa and I was fortunate to be invited to join some of the sessions. Unfortunately I missed James Farmer‘s session but I liked the recording so much that Leigh and James were nice enough to grant me permission to convert the audio into a video. So here is the video version of James’s talk on Identity, Ownership and Online Learning —…

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Getting The Ning Thing? Got It? Or Over It?

Getting The Ning Thing? Got It? Or Over It?

Yesterday’s post Ninging? Blogging? How Do We Best Support Needs Of Educators When Doing Professional Development? added more thoughts and voices to blogging vs ning. Thanks everyone for your comments — I suggest you check out their feedback. And once again I would like to thank both Graham and Clay for inspiring this conversation! And I have decided to follow up this post with reflecting on reasons why we are getting, got it or are over Ning as a result…

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Ninging? Blogging? How Do We Best Support Needs Of Educators When Doing Professional Development?

Ninging? Blogging? How Do We Best Support Needs Of Educators When Doing Professional Development?

What can I say? Whatever plans I had for last night were distracted by Graham’s BYO networks post. Why? Because he reflected on Ning communities vs blogging and highlighted that while Ning is a good starting point for new educators he worries that people may limit their online learning by staying within these Ning communities and failing to realise that building your own network from blogs, wikis etc provides greater potential for learning. [image by circulating] Why the distraction? Now…

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