Archive for December, 2010

The people who use Twitter

New report from the folks @ Pew about the demographics of Twitter users.  Minority Internet users are more than twice as likely to use Twitter than are white Internet users.  Another opportunity for faculty to reach out to historically/statistically (at least in the Los Rios district) underperforming students?

http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Twitter-Update-2010/Findings.aspx

Yesterday’s news…

@JaneBozarth: Hotel lobby: Looking at real newspaper for first time in forever. It’s all news I read on Twitter yesterday.  Original Tweet: http://twitter.com/JaneBozarth/status/13227779881439233  Sent via TweetDeck (www.tweetdeck.com)

Mobile friendly?

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These are flyers posted in a couple of places at FLC.  Is this the message we want to be sending?  Given that smartphones are handheld computers, do we really want to prohibit our students from using computers?  Is “Students having loud, disruptive conversations…” too nuanced for a sign?

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Improving Wikipedia as part of college curriculum

https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/outreach/wiki/Public_Policy_Initiative

This project has students improve Wikipedia articles as part of the curriculum.  Anybody feel like working with me to adapt this effort to your own classes?  Anybody?

Web-based QR code generator

http://www.qrstuff.com/

Great interface for easy QR code creation for all the usual stuff – url, sms, etc. – but also things like email and vcalendar.

Tinychat experiment – free, web videoconferencing tool for groupwork

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OE Tea and Conversation

imageIn this photo:  Jory Hadsell (SCC), KC Boylan (FLC), Jennifer Kraemer (FLC), Dipali Buch (FLC) and Gerry Tryhane (FLC).

Mobile R&D – Ebsco Mobile

Got a message from a colleague at another college. He’s working on mobile tech as it relates to library systems, and wanted to test his system on various devices. Seems to work fine on iOS, Android and RIM. Having these devices in the IC makes R&D so much easier…

Twitter/D2L Integration

Here’s a diagram I developed to demonstrate how to use a single Twitter feed + hashtags to update multiple D2L course accounts.

Student Services in a Mobile, Social Networking Ecosystem

Presented to the Student Services Steering Council today on issues of mobile technology. Lots of good ideas in the room. Hope to help those folks with one or two great pilot projects in the spring. Here’s the presentation (PDF).

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