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  • Paul Hurst 10:41 am on May 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bebo, education, , learning, networking, 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.

  • Paul Hurst 4:03 pm on May 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: networking, ten, tips, , usefulness   

    Making Twitter work for you 

    How do you squeeze the most out of Twitter and why should more people take it seriously?

    Twitters 1000% increase in membership may be impressive but with recent reports suggesting that 40% of newbies quit within weeks, it would be easy to write Twitter off as a mere flash in the pan.  But it isn’t.

    Those recent stats also tell us that lots of people who do survive those first fragile days are likely to be professional individuals who have seen past a gimmicky, hype-laden platform to see a versatile networking tool which can be used to great effect in the right hands.  Here’s my top ten countdown of why Twitter is more useful than you may initially think.

    10.  140 Characters mean updates are short and generally well thought out.

    9.  It allows users to view content irrespective of ‘friend lists’ etc meaning each individual tweet could potentially be seen by millions.

    8.  The open API means that Twitter has left the confines of the computer screen and is therefore easy to keep up with or update on the go. Check out these top Twitter apps.

    7.  Re-tweeting means that lots of useful web content is shared effectively by people who usually share similar interests.

    6. Third party integration means that photos, audio and video can be shared easily.  (check vidtweeter to get started with video).

    5.  Twitter is currently free to use.

    4.  #Hashtags allow users to tag their tweets for the benefit of search engines.

    3.  Some of the links contained within tweets are incredibly interesting!

    2.  Its one of the best networking tools available today.

    1.  Using Twitter is of benefit to both writer and reader.  It helps us to focus on what we think is important to both ourselves and to others.  It helps us to develop more effective communication skills.

    So resist the urge to become a ‘qwitter’ and simply follow the three ‘golden rules’ to get the most out of Twitter.

    A.  Follow as many people as you like!  Apps like ‘TweetDeck‘ make it easy to keep on top of updates from thousands of individuals.

    B.  Don’t just follow people you know.  Surf away and find people who share your interests.  Don’t worry if they don’t ‘follow’ you back, you will still see all their updates.

    C. When writing ask yourself:

    Am I writing this for my own benefit or the benefit of others?

    Who will find this of use?

    Can I provide an appropriate link or photo etc?

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