Links to Jane Hart's articles and presentations on how we are learning differently with the Social Web and how both education and organisations need to re-think their approaches to helping people learn.
I receive lots of emails from individuals as well as companies who have set up new e- or social learning businesses or produced new (or updated versions of) products/tools for education or workplace learning. Unfortunately, I am not always able to review them all individually, but today I thought I would briefly mention five different resources that I’ve recently been emailed about:
Sapling Learning – an online homework solution for science for higher education and high-school markets
Frequency – a real time social video platform to simplify the way people discover, watch and share video online.
Revuuit - an online system for streamlining the process of gathering SME feedback. You simply upload a PowerPoint file, invite people to review it, and wait for their feedback. They can see the slides, the instructor notes, and each other’s feedback as they enter theirs. At the conclusion, you receive a PDF report of everyone’s feedback by slide, making it easier to make the changes, store the feedback, and distribute the feedback with the new updated PPT file.
College Textbooks - a free service, allowing you to easily compare prices of any book among major online bookstores worldwide, and find a price which is 30% – 95% off the market list price
GetMyTablet – an application that creates a chalkboard on your computer, and allows anyone to write onto it, in realtime. You can also put architect plans, biology diagrams, etc on the whiteboard, and write on top of it, and teach remotely.
Yesterday I gave a short webinar to the Learning & Skills Group. Don Taylor, Chairman, asked me to talk about how you choose a social and collaboration platform, as he thought this would be a topical discussion in the light of some people's concerns with the changes at Ning.
So this webinar looked at 10 criteria for considering such a platform (and used Ning as my benchmark), then I gave a tour of 3 very different platforms, and finally compared them against the 10 criteria I had listed up front.
The first question that was asked after the presentation was how it all fits together with other systems in the organisation, and in particular the LMS, but it also seemed clear to me that many participants were still focusing entirely on creating and managing e-courses , rather than thinking about how they could support learning in all forms that take place in the organisation.
So since this is very much my view and the angle from which I approached this presentation, if you haven't already read my article, State of Learning in the Workplace Today, I would recommend you do so before viewing the presentation, since it summarises how I, and many others, believe that workplace learning is evolving.
The presentation appears below, and sites mentioned in the presentation as well as other supporting resources appear on the manin C4LPT site on this page. I am also about to create a short whitepaper on this topic that incorporates the slides and my notes, so let me know if you'd like a copy, when it is ready.
Andrew Joseph emailed me about TeacherZone; this is a free resource for teachers, and has thousands of free math video lessons for Grades 3-10.
Arya Schellemberg wrote to tell me about SortFix, and explained that this is a " new search engine that combines a very friendly and easy-to-use interface with powerful algorithms that help improve the search and lead you to accurate and relevant results. Also, it gives you the possibility of retrieving results from Google, Bing, Youtube, Twitter and Image Search all in the same place".
My Google Buzz is here, and I'm using it mainly to share items from Google Reader. Although I've currently connected to my Twitter account too, I'm reviewing that as I'm trying not to duplicate my activities on Twitter and Facebook as much as possible.
In my previous posting about how I was using Twitter, Facebook and Buzz, I mentioned that I initially synchonised postings across the 3 different networks - to see how that worked for me.
I've had a few enquiries asking me how I was doing that, so I thought I would point you to the relevant pages of my Guide to 140 Learning where I list the tools I have found to do this:
On the Synchronising networks page I list some tools that link networks together, so that the same tweet/message
appears automatically on different networks. These tools are useful
where one of these networks is your primary network and you wish
to sync with another. What you have to watch out for, though, is putting your content in a loop, where it constantly moves around the networks as it is re-synched!
On the Managing accounts page I list some tools that let you send the same message to multiple accounts/networks at once, and additionally, tools that let you schedule messages to networks.
Does anyone have any more to add, or want to share their experiences of using them?
However, this has also allowed me to reflect on my own personal and professional use of these 3 social networks. Originally I tried to synch postings across these 3 sites, so that they were pretty much the same, but I am now finding I am using each of them quite differently (although there is still some overlap) - more about that in another posting - and hence am reorganising my online activities because of this.