Daily Education & Technology News for Schools 03/30/2011
My Own Social Media Experiment « coal cracker classroom
Love this response, bonus opportunity by Suzie Nestico. When she emailed and asked for a response and the first would get bonus - 5 replies - listen to what DID get them to respond:
"I sent a message to my students via our Google Group around 8:00PM on Sunday night. This message said, “Need any more bonus? Respond to this message for two points. If you tweet it, text it, call your friends, post as you FaceBook status, and another student mentions they got word from you, you get FIVE points.”
Guess what? By 11:00PM on Sunday night, I gave out bonus points to over THIRTY of the ninety students. By 8:00AM today, I gave out bonus to an additional eighteen students. In just changing one thing I did, I just reached nearly half of my students. I could have said, “the first ten students to respond will get bonus,” in order to foster competition. But, I tried a bit of that several weeks ago. In Heidi’s words, “Competition 0, Collaboration 1.” "
Free Social Teaching and Learning Network focused solely on education
A place where people can create "academically credible" learning units. They are presenting at a conference in Arizona to attract additional investments. Will this be a new way we teach?
Sophia Founder to Showcase Free Online Social Teaching and Learning Platform at Education... -- MINNEAPOLIS, March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
This press release tells more about Sophia.
"Sophia is a social teaching and learning application that makes free, credible academic content available to anyone at anytime. It is a mission-driven organization that aims to break traditional cost and access barriers to post-secondary degree attainment. For more information, go to www.sophia.org."
Square – Accept credit card payments with your mobile phone
Mobile access that lets you take credit cards. This would be very convenient for school fundraisers and mobile events.
Now, this is a good use of a wiki. Nice work happening here on ISTE's SIG Mobile learning wiki. They have a video contest coming up as well.