Social Media is gaining in popularity in the classroom

Take a look at this abstract detailing research done by the Babson Survey Research Group regarding higher education faculty and their greater use of social media.  I was sooo surprised to learn that nearly two-thirds of all faculty surveyed have used social media during a class session, and 30% have posted content for students to view or read outside class.  I would have thought it to be less.  Also, take note of the two most pressing concerns about faculty use of social media: privacy and integrity.

http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/search/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=ED535130&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=no&accno=ED535130

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10 Educational Talks

These are stimulating, thought provoking and motivating educational videos worth taking a look at; I am still going through them.

TED Blog

With just over a month to go before the 2012 presidential election in the US, eyes around the world are on the contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The election may well come down to a few key issues. So what matters most to Americans? The TED Blog read this Gallup poll from late July on issues that citizens want the next president to prioritize. Conveniently, these are topics that speakers often address on the TED stage. So, every week until the election, we’ll bring you a playlist focusing on one of the top-rated issues.

Among the most important questions in the upcoming election is, “How can we improve the nation’s public schools?” — 83 percent indicated that improving schools is “very important” or “extremely important.”

To get you thinking, talking and voting, here are 10 talks from speakers with some very big ideas about how to reshape our…

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