Monthly Archive: October 2013

Oct 30

My thoughts about the Apple announcement

I realize I’m about a week late here, but I have honestly struggled with what to write about last week’s Apple announcement. To say that the announcement was “underwhelming” is accurate. I wasn’t truly disappointed, necessarily, but the event truly lacked the “magic” that we have come to know and love from Apple. Let’s start …

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http://www.tweetdeck.com

I just wanted to share an ULTRA quick review for TweetDeck, which I installed as a Chrome extension to help me stay abreast of the #HumanMOOC Twitter dialog. It’s a great tool for setting up custom searches to view right along side your regular timeline. I may come back and do a full review a little later. Check it out!

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Oct 21

Human Element MOOC starts today!

The MOOC I mentioned a few days ago is starting today! I encourage you all to join me and then watch for ideas and comments here at ed.tech.for.me. Join in on the conversation and let us all know what you think!   I’m taking a MOOC: “Tools for Humanizing Your Online Course” – Join Me …

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Oct 16

Pinterest Drives More Traffic to Publishers Than Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit Combined

Mashable reported yesterday that Pinterest drives more users to websites than any other social network, except for Facebook. This was actually news to me. I knew Pinterest was popular, but so popular that Twitter, LinkedIn and Reddit combined don’t even touch it?! What do you think? Do you use Pinterest? If so, do you use …

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Status update

If you’re a frequenter of the site, you may have noticed just a few small quality-of-life improvements of the site lately. I have a new & improved Twitter feed widget to the right, which automatically cycles through the most recent tweets, and a new social media sharing tool that will not only provide you with the links to share, but also show counts of how many times the article has been shared on those sites. If you want to send feedback regarding any of these updates or other things you’d like to see different, please head over to the guestbook.

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Oct 15

Envisioning the Future of Education

A colleague of mine shared this infographic with me: Envisioning the Future of Education, presented by Envisioning.io (or envisioningtech.com). One thing that I take away from this vision of the future of education is not all of the fancy technology (although that is obviously the point of the graphic), but rather that we’re seeing a …

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Oct 14

Need to learn how to teach online?

Sorry for the late notice, but I just learned of a MOOC that is opening today entitled, “Online Instruction for Open Educators,” hosted for free on D2L’s open couseware site. As with most MOOCs, how much you get out of it will depend greatly on how much you put into it. Also, as per usual, …

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Oct 12

How do you make your online course feel “human”?

Photo by Ben Russell (ben110) on Flickr. CC BY-NC-ND

Do you struggle with connecting with your students online? Do you wish you could develop the same meaningful relationships with them online as you do in a traditional classroom? Lots of teachers struggle with these concepts, because like or not, teaching online IS more difficult in terms of keeping education personal and “human.” I have …

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Oct 11

Featured on about.me

I’m so excited! My about.me page was featured on the about.me blog page, and tweeted out to the world! I’m also going to take this opportunity to mention that I plan to start doing some occasional blogging again, as a way to share what I learn and hopefully create a dialog about issues and trends …

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