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  • Paul Hurst 11:26 am on February 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cisco, communications, facebook, google+, hurst, , , , phone, ,   

    Two ears, one mouth, one person, two mobile phones… 

    As a boy growing up, my parents often pointed out that ‘God gave us two ears and only one mouth’. We should listen twice as much as we talk and I was reminded of this when Ciso Systems today announced that 2012 will be the year where mobile phone handsets somehow outnumber people who live on this planet.

    Despite this mind boggling stat it’s strange that in a world which seems more ‘connected’ than ever, many people still feel voiceless and unheard. The irony being perhaps that as more people find their voices via social media, it becomes even harder to actually be heard over the clamour of status updates and tweets that are all around us.

    I was challenged myself by this very issue at the start of this year.

    I’m not unusual in having twitter, facebook, a blog, google+, a flickr and even a foursquare (somewhere), yet I found myself wondering what it is, exactly that I am actually contributing to those who stumble across all my social media content. As a journalist, I’m quite comfortable with the concept of creating content that connects with an ‘audience’ but how does that work out in the social media world too?

    I wonder, if we actually stop and look at what we share and comment on, are we really providing anything of value or interest, something that actually enriches the lives of our ‘audience’? Or are we merely trying to draw attention to ourselves, our own interests, opinions and in some cases egos.

    Put it to the test, Have a look at what others around you are writing and sharing, take a few moments to have a ‘listen’ before deciding what you’d like to say next.

  • Paul Hurst 10:41 am on May 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bebo, education, facebook, learning, , new, podcasting, radio, schools, , ,   

    Social Media and Schools 

    Just delivered a presentation to students and staff from Accrington Academy.  Its focus was the use of mobile technology within the classroom and an ever increasing aspect of this centers around the use of Social Media and Networking applications too.

    It’s well known that a large percentage of users for the social networking websites are still at school.  Bebo and Myspace are now giving way to Facebook which offers us an insight into how young people communicate and want to stay in touch.  It also shows how young people choose to consume information when presented with a variety of options but could these technologies be used in a productive way to alter how people learn and interact with their schools?

    I have been involved in promoting radio as an educational resource for a number of years.  Its immediacy and hands-on development make it ideal as an engaging way of allowing students of all ages to research, develop and deliver content which has a purpose not just for an audience but the production team behind it.  These podcasts are now delivered in classrooms alongside more traditional methods of learning and its a similar approach to new flexible technologies which will only grow in importance during the coming months and years.

    Over the next few weeks, I’m going to blog about the ways in which I’m using new media and new technology.  Breaking it out of ICT lessons and effecting how young people are learning new things by using new technolgies.

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