Defending the Liberal Arts

Long overdue... The new statement offers a counterargument to the notion that the liberal arts are impractical, and perhaps unnecessary. The disciplines, it argues, increase students’ curiosity, prepare them to be lifelong learners, and offer a foundation for academic freedom. As a result, the associations argue, the benefits of the liberal arts should be available … Continue reading Defending the Liberal Arts

Architectures of Participatory Learning

But the meat of the argument is about how the best explanation for many of the group phenomena we see online, from ICanHazCheezburger to Wikipedia, is that people like sharing with each other and collaborating. Not always, of course. But there are architectures of participation that encourage the kind of sharing and generosity that enriches … Continue reading Architectures of Participatory Learning

Using MindMeister for Mind Mapping in the Classroom

MindMeister Academic Edition The Academic Edition of MindMeister is a complete collaborative mind mapping solution for educational institutions such as schools, universities and learning centers. It helps teachers and instructors to apply essential thought mapping elements in the classroom and ensure that learning is an effective and memorable experience. via mindmeister.com After doing some researching … Continue reading Using MindMeister for Mind Mapping in the Classroom

Stunning Lack of 2.0 Teacher Tools on Web or iPhone

via mygradebook.com When I taught 8th grade science from 2004-2006, I made heavy use of MyGradebook and it eventually became (much to the delight of my students and their parents...and eventually administrators) my complete gradebook and student documentation platform. What wasn't to like? In 2004, the social web was just getting cranked up and folks … Continue reading Stunning Lack of 2.0 Teacher Tools on Web or iPhone

Hey, You! Get Off of My Cloud! (Or The Rise of Anti-Social Media)

I've fallen in love with Pinboard (for bookmarking) and Simplenote (search for it on the iPhone app store) this week. I've been testing out both services for a little while but decided to take the plunge this week and use them more heavily. And they rock.Pinboard is Delicious from 2004 with more goodness baked in. … Continue reading Hey, You! Get Off of My Cloud! (Or The Rise of Anti-Social Media)

Leveraging Social Media in Affiliate Marketing

I'm doing a solo presentation on the Sunday of https://www.fusionquest.com/cgi-bin/main/hotlinks.cgi?aflt=afc1&client=affsumAffiliate Summit East in Boston about how to use "social" media in the context affiliate marketing. My opening line is "you probably know of and maybe use Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, FriendFeed, Google Reader and Ning, but you are probably using them wrong if you're connecting them … Continue reading Leveraging Social Media in Affiliate Marketing

ShareASale Twitters

ShareASale has been a long time supporter of Twitter, but they are stepping it up with a new official account: ShareASale Blog: "2.  Follow us on ‘Twitter’.  I have recently created a ‘ShareASale’ specific entry which is www.twitter.com/shareasale.  Also, feel free to follow me personally - I talk about ShareASale stuff as well as other … Continue reading ShareASale Twitters