Those of us immersed in the real-time web like Twitter and Facebook are aware of the impact these tools are having on dissemination of information about breaking news — real (Egypt, Japan) and fake (various false celebrity deaths). This week, Robert Quigley (Facebook, Twitter), the social media editor for the Austin Statesman, had students at the […]
While many of my peers were breathlessly following the Apple iPad2 announcement, I was online with Howard Rheingold (@hrheingold) and a host of other educators and thinkers from around the world. The occasion was session one of Howard’s MindAmplifier class. Ah, the experience of being back in the learner’s seat! A reminder that every teacher […]
In 2001 and 2002 I wrote a monthly “column” called <TFM>*. My goal was to explore issues in web design, specifically usability. Even back then, some of my friends (and students) wondered if I had ever met a Web site that I liked. (I still get this question!) Unfortunately, even in 2008, finding examples to […]
How are social networks and social network sites being used by researchers? Guest lecture in Hanson’s COM529 class. [Two addenda!]
Institutions of higher education face many challenges; one is to provide a learning environment that acknowledges the unique skills and interests of the Net Generation. This paper explores these challenges within the context of computer-mediated communication (CMC) instruction. Specifically, the paper explores the use of social web technologies – blogs and podcasts – as methods of student learning and assessment. Podcasting […]
I’ve been using Professor Michael Wesch’s The Machine Is Us/ing Us in classes to help explain Web2.0. Now he’s produced a commentary on 21st century education (featured below; how it was made) as well as a short on folksonomy.