The Loudest Voices

best-tweets

A classroom, like any other social group will have popular pupils, the ones who get heard most by other pupils. I guess a teachers job is to encourage participation for all learners.

We have to think if software companies are the best people to curate our information.…

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Romance Scams Continue And I Really Need Your Help

If you follow me closely, you know that I’ve been discussing romance scams (also known as “catfishing”) for several years now. In short, a romance scam is where criminals will harvest photos from social media and dating site profiles and then use these photos to set up fake profiles on these same sites to enter into online relationships with individuals for the purpose of defrauding victims out of money.…

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Interviews in South Australia

In August 2013, I spent some time with the Department for Education and Child Development in South Australia. While I was there, I was interviewed about a number of issues related to technology and social media in Education. One of the resulting videos is found below (“Using Twitter Effectively in Education”), and there are 12 others found in this playlist.…

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Please Don’t Over-share

While participating in Dean Shareski and Alec Couros’ ETMOOC sessions last week, the topic of over-sharing came up a couple times.  From what I gather there are two camps on this topic. I Share, You Filter  (ISYF) Too Much Information (TMI) I love the line, “why is everyone such an exhibitionist all of a sudden?” At [...]
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Ready to be an Active Participant

George Couros @gcouros July 20, 2012

This tweet is what moved me from being an observer on twitter to being ready to be an active participant.

The Harvard Business Review article could have been more appropriately titled “Mark Palmerston Still Fears Social Media” and would have summed up very visually how I have felt for many years about many aspects of social media; however the statement that most struck me is the sentence “Fearful, folly and flippant attitudes keep organizations from realizing the benefits of mass collaboration.”

I could not stop thinking about this and was pushed enough to reflect on my personal fears of social media and how this was keeping me from realizing the benefits of fully collaborating with my coworkers, increasing interactions and collaboration with parents, students, and my community, as well as benefiting even more from the international online community.…

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Ready to be an Active Participant

George Couros @gcouros July 20, 2012

This tweet is what moved me from being an observer on twitter to being ready to be an active participant.

The Harvard Business Review article could have been more appropriately titled “Mark Palmerston Still Fears Social Media” and would have summed up very visually how I have felt for many years about many aspects of social media; however the statement that most struck me is the sentence “Fearful, folly and flippant attitudes keep organizations from realizing the benefits of mass collaboration.”

I could not stop thinking about this and was pushed enough to reflect on my personal fears of social media and how this was keeping me from realizing the benefits of fully collaborating with my coworkers, increasing interactions and collaboration with parents, students, and my community, as well as benefiting even more from the international online community.…

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“It’s Not Going Away”

My brother George recently wrote the post “Denying Our World” where he recalls a compelling narrative that causes him to reflect upon what it means to live ‘online’ and our associated imperative as educators to teach to this reality.…

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Literacy Gangnam Style

I’ve been discussing memes such as Gangnam Style in my recent presentations. I’m particularly interested in memes as an emerging information literacy and their study is important for comprehending the way in which information flows through systems. Dae Ryun Chang wrote that one of reasons why Gangnam Style has taken off is that “the song intentionally lacked a copyright so that people would be encouraged to create their own online parodies, in essence their own ‘XYZ Style’”.…

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