Social Media in Education: November 12 - December 2, 2007

New Thread for Week Two

Re: New Thread for Week Two

by Tia Carr Williams -
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Social surfing and tagging

Weblin, recently launched in beta, is a program that lets you create a web avatar that travels with you on your web journey. When you come across a site where there are other Weblins, you’ll be able to see them and strike up a conversation. In this sense, Weblin is nearly taking the characters out of Second Life and letting them follow you around the Internet. The similarities between Weblin and Second Life don’t stop there. While their service is currently free during their beta mode, in the future you’ll be able to buy a virtual currency, and even sell your avatars. You can choose several characters to represent you on the web, and Weblin offers some image and 3D avatars or you could upload your own.

 Weblin offers a tag cloud for the most visited sites for Weblin avatar. Still early days for this concept, but I can see it catching on.

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What is twidox?

User Raves

Near-Time generally performed well in creating content, collaboration, and sharing knowledge — all at a low price.
Mike Heck

If you are looking for a way to communicate with teams (local or distributed) then don’t waste any more time. Give Near-Time a spin.

Having fully committed to use this tool for one of the companies I manage, it is nice to see you aggressively updating and improving.
Doug Hudiburg

“We needed to find new ways to communicate with our community. Our customers are very busy during the day, and the blog/wiki’s clean, readable style makes it easier for for our customers to quickly get our latest communications.
Dave Scuito
Netscout Community Manger

Highly recommended and perfect for things like year-end tax planning among specific client groups or the dissemination of information related to an acquisition. Think of the time savings alone of having an interactive, multi-media environment? What about inviting clients in? Now that’s radical.
Dennis Howlett

I must say that I am INCREDIBLY impressed with near-time… you’ve just got a great thing here that so many people could benefit from!
Saeed Richardson
Adobe/Macromedia User-Group

It changes the way you teach. Our teachers are able to edit and correct the writing more immediately, too. We get more ‘time on task’ in a Near-Time learning environment than we had in our computer and print learning environment in the past.
Columbia College Chicago

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Repost as I couldnt see it

P2P and Human Happines

By Michel Bauwens,,

The emergence of distributed networks, defined by capacity of agents to freely determine their actions and relations, and of the internet and the social web in particular, have created a new set of technological affordances creating a broad range of open knowledge and open design communities functioning according to a ‘peer to peer’ social logic. These communities have set in motion a new set of social processes for the creation of value, which we could summarize as peer production (the ability to produce in common), peer governance (the capacity to self-organize) and peer property (the capacity to make common production universally available).  The social web has created the possibility to create complex social services, and ‘productive systems’, through the global coordination and scaling of small group processes  of mass participation, moving them from the periphery of social life to its very center.

The aim of this paper is to describe the characteristics of this new social process, and to see how they are specifically related to the issue of human happiness.

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Added: October 12, 2007
A short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today - how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. Created by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University.