Communicating

There have been some very interesting items appearing in recent weeks.

I saw Stephen Downes’ presentation Social Network Technologies for Learning (27 October). The description of this keynote address in Rhode Island is:

Social network technologies are reforming the way we communicate with each other inside and outside our learning environments. In this presentation, Stephen Downes offers an inside look at these technologies, how they work, what they can do, and where they will likely lead the future of learning online. Downes will first outline some well-known technologies such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, describing how they are used and outlining how they manage online communication in general.

On the same day I received a LinkedIn alert to an Educause Center for Applied Research survey of students (“College students are taking social media to a new level, using Web sites like Facebook to communicate with other students about their coursework”).

On 3 November I received an alert from Dern about a new study by Common Sense Media called Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America. A week later DERN shared research in Australia:

The Australian report of a survey of children and their parents titled Risks and safety for Australian children on the internet: Full findings from the AU Kids Online survey of 9-16 year olds and their parents documented by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation and accessible through Australian Policy Online, detailed the initial findings from the survey and interviews of 400 children and one of their parents/carers, over the period Nov/Feb 2010-2011.

My fortnight of links concluded with Laura Hale’s discussion of gender differences in writing for Wikipedia.

As I was about to post this I noticed a link tweeted by @web20classroom (Steven Anderson) that discusses “technology-infused approaches to teaching and learning” in Kindergarten.

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