How do we communicate?

Increasingly, more folks are flocking to social networking sites to share their information, whereabouts, interests, and day-to-day musings. What does this really mean? An interesting article appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Monday suggesting a new fate for email? As these authors contend, more individuals are using Facebook and Twitter to communicate with friends and family. Have we gone completely digital? What's happening to face-to-face communication? Is this a good trend or one t...
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Questions all educators should consider

This is day two at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative 2009 conference where cultural anthropologist Michael Wesch delivered a thought provoking opening feature session. Dr. Wesch teaches a New Literacy Class at Kansas State University. He first shared his experimentation with using a NetVibes customized portal for his class which included front page locations for Facebook, YouTube, RSS feeds, a place for course links, a twitter feed, a wiki feed and even a location on the wiki for student's to ad...
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Keeping abreast of the tech trends

As I prepared for our technology component of the staff retreat next week, I sent out a request through my twitter account asking for help. The question posed, "does anyone know of a comparison chart on web 2.0 technologies?". For many of my colleagues, as I suspect others, this is an overwhelming topic and full of terminology they've never seen. My twitter request however yielded some good information and a great resource. Several of these are noted below and worth perusing, considering, and ma...
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The Age of Social Networking..

In her opening keynote at the VDOE Technology Leadership Conference in Roanoke, VA, Dr. Idit Harel Caperton shared her vision for why social media is important for students. Dr. Caperton is president of the World Wide Workshop Foundation and creator of successful projects such as MaMaMedia.com and Globaloria. As she noted, "we need to get students to use social media in meaningful ways in the classroom" to support their desire for digital learning opportunities. "Social media is the backbone of ...
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