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Using Social Networks for Teaching and Learning: An Interview with Süleyman Nihat ŞAD

For the majority of students, the profile in a social networking community is a natural part of their everyday communication portfolio – just as indispensable as the cell phone, and possibly more important than the e-mail address. Online social networking strengthens informal ties by disseminating a wide mix of personal content, professional journalistic media, blog posts, images, art, educational content, and other types of information among loosely connected people. Many lifelong learners leverage their personal network for work-related tasks. Examples include simplifying workflows (“cutting through the red tape”), passing on strategic information and mentoring network members in their professional development. Should teachers leave the social networking playground to students or should they actively engage in social networking practices to open up a new communication channel? To discuss this question, I reached out to Dr. Süleyman Nihat Şad, professor of curriculum and instruction at Inonu University, Turkey. With his colleague Yasemin Ersöz, Dr. Şad recently investigated Facebook as a peer assessment tool in art education (Ersöz and Şad, 2015). Please tell us more about your use of Facebook as a peer
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On the same page: AACE 2015 Facebook Insights

“The nature and popularity of Facebook itself challenges the idea of what an educational application should look like. Facebook puts the social community first, with content—including, but not limited to, educational content—being the medium of exchange between them.” Stephen Downes, 2007 AACE’s Facebook page is a public space that serves as a marketplace for ideas, starting point for discussions and entryway for inquiries. We use Facebook insights data to understand how people are engaging with AACE: AACE’s Facebook page has over 4,800 fans. During 2015, AACE gained more than 300 new followers. With over 100 messages, this was by far the busiest year for AACE on Facebook. Between 300 and 9,000 people are reached per week.
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AACE Facebook Top 20 Quotes 2015

Blogger Post Reach Impressions Doug Belshaw 'Digital literacies are plural, context-dependent, and should be co-created'. Read 2360 3779 Tony Bates Free e-book 'Teaching in the Digital Age' is now available as HTML, PDF, MOBI and EPUB. Read 1760 19050 AACE Blog Grow your Network - Top 20 in Educational Technology to Connect with through Social Media Read 1224 14955 Tony Bates 10 Key Takeaways About Differences Between Classroom, Blended, Online and Open Learning. Read 942 7096 AACE Blog Interview with best paper award winner Eddie Goose from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Read 949 4011 Jane Hart Don't miss Jane Hart's 2015 list of Top 100 Tools for Learning. Read 1730 3114 Tony Bates 11 Takeaways on Quality Teaching workload for both students and instructor. Read 621 4015 Tony Bates 'I have lots of empirical evidence on the pedagogical influences of audio, video and computing, but almost nothing on text...' Read 653 3881 Martin Weller 'The digital natives myth has long been debunked, but what we have are often pseudo-digital native explanations'. Read 1487 2614 Audrey Watters 'Sesame Street
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What A Little Bird Told Me: AACE on Twitter

Since last fall, AACE has been working on implementing a comprehensive social media strategy that involves regular postings on the AACE blog, Facebook and Twitter channels. We want to leverage social media to foster communication among the AACE conference attendees, authors, presenters, special interest groups, and organizing committees. The goal is to create engagement that seamlessly reaches the community not only through conference announcements, but also through news, reflections, conversations, debates, trends and reports. We are now starting to see first results of this effort.
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Data Visualization with R – Step-by-Step Instructions

This post covers the details of how to use R to generate data visualizations. We will use a sample data set that includes about 800 tweets using hashtag “#edutech” for the purpose of explanation. To learn how this data set was collected read my post A Peek Into Text Mining: How To Collect Data From Twitter. Text data has to be converted into a document-term matrix for analysis. To convert our sample data set into a document-term matrix, you need to do the following things: Copy and paste all the codes in the file termDocumentMatrixConverter.R to your console of R, and run the codes. Run the following code in R console. Please remember to replace the filename with the name of your file (without csv suffix). data
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A Peek into Text Mining: How to Collect Text Data from Twitter

In the last 25 years, the Internet has fundamentally changed the way we interact with each other. In 1993 there were only 50 static pages on the World Wide Web. Today, social networking tools alone have billions of active users. Communication through social networking tools is both bidirectional and many-to-many at the same time. We can keep contact with our friends, friends of friends, and any number of people with shared interests. In these networks, a piece of information can easily travel along many different paths and have unforeseen impact. Text Mining These changing communication patterns coincide with new frontiers for academic research. 30 years ago, text mining did not exist as an independent academic field. Text data sets were expensive, and machines were not powerful enough to store or sort large amounts of text information. Today, researchers in the broad area of natural language processing list text analysis as one of the most important research areas. Text analysis is not only a challenging problem, but also a powerful tool that has been employed in diverse fields such as business,
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Who Do You Connect With? Cultivating Your Personal Learning Environment

‘As the future connects us, how are we handling it? Who do we connect with? As we have all this information out there, what is our role? With all the answers available in networks, what are the most important questions in our field?’ Ann Hill-Duin, E-Learn 2014 Conference Talk Personal Learning Environments and Networks Personal learning environments (PLE) are ‘an idea of how individuals approach the task of learning’ (Educause 2009) and describe ‘the activities and milieu of a modern online learner’ (Martindale & Dowdy, 2010). PLEs comprise tools, communities, and services learners use to direct their own learning and pursue educational goals. They migrate the management of learning from the institution to the learner’ (Downes, 2007). Though technology plays an important role in facilitating one’s PLE, the specific tools and environments may shift over time: As smart phones and tablets are more and more widespread, the concept has moved away from centralized, server-based solutions to distributed and portable mobile apps Horizon Report Wiki 2015. I was first introduced to the concept of PLEs through the Massive Open Online Course
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Top 20 in Educational Technology to Connect with through Social Media

Interested in growing your personal learning network? We informally queried the AACE community and beyond resulting in these top 20 suggestions for Edublogs and Twitter Handles. The list includes past AACE conference keynote speakers, conference committee members and EdITLib contributors. Terry Anderson @terguy Professor in Distance Education at Athabasca University (CA) Topics: Digital Scholarship, Open Education, Educational Technology, Learning Networks, MOOCs Blog: Tony Bates @drtonybates Consultant in E-Learning and Distance Education (CA) Topics: Instructional Design, Open Access, Open Education, Educational Technology, Strategy and Innovation, E-Books, Open Textbooks Blog: Curtis Bonk @travelinedman Professor of Instructional Systems Technology in the School of Education at Indiana University (US) Topics: Open Education, Self-Directed Learning, Motivation, MOOCs, OER, Instructional Design, Global Learning Blog: danah boyd @zephoria Scholar at Microsoft Research, Founder of Data & Society Research Center, Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center (US) Topics: Social Media, Youth Culture, Internet Culture, Big Data, Social Networ Blog: Saul Carliner @saulcarliner Professor of Educational Technology at Concordia University (US) Topics: Workplace Learning, Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Organizational Development Grainne Conole @gconole Professor of Learning
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SITE now on Facebook

SITE - the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education now has its own Facebook Page! Join SITE on Facebook today!
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Social Media Seminar 03/18/10 – Online & No Fee!

AACE Global U is pleased to organize the newest free monthly online seminar! Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning When: March 18, 2010: 2:00 PM Eastern USA (World Clock Calculator) Where: The seminar series, led by George Siemens and David Cormier, is without fee and will include live interactive sessions, in addition to discussions with guest speakers and participants. Social media and emerging technologies are gaining increased attention for use in education. The list of tools grows daily. Examples: blogs, wikis, Ning, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, Second Life, cloud computing, surface computing, mobile learning, and so on. "Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning" will explore the impact of new technologies, research, and related projects. Finding coherence in the midst of rapid changes is increasingly difficult. This monthly session will create a forum for educators to gather, present, and discuss the future impact of today's trends. All sessions are co-sponsored by and will be archived in the Education & Information Technology Library (EdITLib).
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