As part of a new series of posts, I will be talking to authors of The Really Useful #EdTechBook about their work, experiences, and contribution to the book. In this seventh post I talk to Terese Bird, Learning Technologist and SCORE research fellow, University of Leicester.
DH – Hi Terese. How does the use of technology, in all its various forms, affect your day-to-day working life?
TB – Really, I do my job on the strength of first social media, and second mobile devices. I remember when I was being interviewed for my job at Leicester back in 2009, I was asked how I stay on top of developments in the field, and I said, “Twitter.” Even before I had any smart handheld devices, I was regularly using Twitter to learn from others in the field of learning technology and tech innovation generally. Even on extremely busy days, I can take a quick skim through Twitter, retweet a couple of things or put a couple of things on Scoop.it. Not only have I learnt from the blog post or news item, I have shared it, and often get some response on it — so in 20 minutes or so, I have done valuable horizon-scanning, learning, and networking in my field. Continue reading →
We all love infographics (well, I do. Well, decent ones anyway) which is why this one is really interesting. Instead of being a static “this is what happens in an Internet-minute” like this one and this one) you can see the number of posts, likes, tweets, pins, emails, views, downloads, clicks, saves, etc. build over the time it takes you to view the details of the infographic.
Firstly, and before we get into the Twitter chat from last night .. curation can be defined as “maintaining, preserving and adding value to digital research data throughout its lifecycle.” (Digital Curation Centre).
The storify archive from the tweet chat last night is already available (thanks Sue and Chrissi again) and include some great chat and interesting questions on curation, including: Continue reading →
If you have been thinking about how to use images and Pinterest in your classroom in an engaging and innovative way, and wondered about how ‘pinned’ images, videos, etc. can be used to group, collaborate, and crowdsource resources, then this infographic has some useful tips and links for you (click to view the full version):
Note: In this series I’ll delve into some of the better plugins available for WordPress that I am already using, or about to start using. I’m aiming to highlight 30 of my favourites.
You have a blog, and you use various different ways of publicising it (try WordTwit and WordBooker) automatically when you publish a new post. But what about getting your audience to share your content when they find it?
There are many plugins available that can help with this, I’ve used some in the past but the one I’m currently ‘liking’ is ShareThis:
“Increase your audience engagement with our innovative sharing tools … the plugin allows users to share your content through email and 50+ social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit, and Pinterest. You can broadcast your message more easily and widely than ever before.”
Available from the WordPress plugin area through your blogs admin panel it’s easy to install and configure. You have the option on which of the major networks to have sharing to (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest) and, if you sign up for a free account on the ShareThis website you can store your ‘publisher key’ for analytics which you can browse and interrogate (I haven’t been able to get mine working properly, it doesn’t seem to like self-hosted WordPress blogs).
It’s important to note that this doesn’t capture the sharing of the post on the networks unless the click/link was generated on the blog itself. So, for example, a re-tweet on Twitter of your tweet from ShareThis does not increase the number shown on your blog.
Europe accounts for over 34 million members (6 million in the UK alone) and India 11 million.
2011: 4.2 billion searches on the LinkedIn platform.
LinkedIn now has over 2,116 employees (up from 500 in 2010).
The fastest growing demographics are students and recent college graduates.
Revenues for 2011 reached $522 million.
75 of the Fortune 100 use LinkedIn for “corporate hiring solution”.
If we can give our students an edge when they apply for the same jobs as others by helping them use social networks, like LinkedIn, professionally and effectively then the student looks good, and so does the Institution they are coming from. What do you think?
What are you doing with your students to help them use social networks so they work for them, not against?
In the fast-paced world of Internet start-ups and social media companies Pinterest has been around for a couple of years already. It has however gained a lot of interest in the past few months after high profile names start using it, and a slightly dubious legal issue it needs to address (more later).
But, what is Pinterest? Well … “Pinterest is a virtual pinboard to organize and share the things you love.” Does that make sense? I should know better than to turn to Wikipedia for help but this does explain it quite well – Pinterest is
“a pinboard-styled social photo sharing website that is designed for users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies and more.”
You must first ask (and wait) for an invitation. Once you get one you can sign-up and get started. The welcome email provides some helpful netiquette tips too, these being:
Be Creative. The best pinboards mix products, art, recipes and images from all across the web. Try not to pin everything from a single source.
Give Credit. If you blog about an item you found on Pinterest, it’s nice to credit your fellow pinners by linking back to the original pin.”
Here is a great video introduction to Pinterest too:
But what of the issue about copyright? There have been some articles and blog posts about this in recent weeks (The Reason I Just Deleted My Pinterest Account and ) and here is why – the Pinterest T&Cs state that by pinning the image you are saying you have the copyright or intellectual property on that image.
Here’s another quote from the volume of stories about Pinterest – you can make your own mind up (as I am doing):
“While we maintain that sharing a link on Facebook (praised by content producers) is the same as sharing a link on Pinterest (feared by content producers), it should be noted that for people leaving the site… the proverbial cat is out of the bag and any content a user puts on the site may continue to display and be re-pinned, even after their account is deleted.” – Pinterest: what happens when you close your account
“To further avoid more of these copyright issues and encourage users to “be authentic” without having to worry about their creative content being sold by the site, Pinterest also deleted a Pin Etiquette principle telling users “not to use Pinterest purely as a tool for self-promotion”.” – Pinterest Terms Of Service Get Updated
Ignoring these legal ‘hiccups’ (?) how could Pinterest be used in education and the classroom?
Plan: create a board for each lesson, project, event, assignment, etc, and use this with students who can re-pin and add these resources to their own boards.
Inspire: follow boards created by other users (and follow them too), revisit your boards (especially if you allow others to collaborate with you on it), you’ll soon find other resources you weren’t aware of before.
Share: with Pinterest being a ‘social’ network the whole sharing thing is a given, it will only be of use if you share. As with the lesson plan, encouraging students (and faculty staff) to create and share resources will benefit those with whom it is shared.
Structure: use different boards for different subjects, projects, events, activities, etc. Organise them properly at the start and it will be easier to maintain, pin, and share.
Visualise: use the boards as a graphical diary (blog) for the project, print them out, tag and pin people, videos, audio, etc and make it interactive.
Collaborate: invite the students to collaborate on your boards, ask them to contribute to the board and to the project, subject, etc.
Further links, resources, and quotes can be found on the Mashable website.
What do you think, is there a future for Pinterest and classroom activities (faculty and/or student)? Are you using it already, want to share you experiences, then please leave a comment with links to your Pinterest boards and/or write-up of your project.
As always, there’s an “infographic for that”, and here is one you can find on the TechCrunch website.