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I’ve been running the maze of online forums and groups within the social media sites I’ve joined (or reanimated) for this course. There really are a lot of interesting ideas, links to bookmark ….and content to forget as I move on to the next interesting glint in the water.

Take a look at these Top 100 Tools put together on Jane Hart’s “Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies” (not a bad place to spend a bit more time looking for social learning articles). Then, if you like what you see, you can share it/bookmark it on one of the myriad platforms offered. Well, this site doesn’t have the ca. 330 options available through the article (a very nice tribute to libraries, btw) hyperlinked here! (Go to the bottom of the Yorkshire Post article and look at the plethora under the orange “share” icon. You’ll have to expand the list to get the full benefit of the offerings!)

How can we keep up with the number of tools and platforms mushrooming out of the ground? Is it necessary? Surely, less is more in this case, as long as the less is the high traffic end of what’s available?

This is how I get lost in the fog of information out there as I search for relevant material for both this course and 557. I know I am not alone. In fact, I hope I am not repeating what anyone else has blogged since Friday. I vaguely recall seeing a post with the words “too much” in the title…

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Well this is an extremely apt article in our exploration of social networking and its role in learning! I think of it as a counterbalance in my perpetual argument with myself and my opinions! Read “What Schools Are Really Blocking When They Block Social Media”

What I really think is important is the point about students enhancing their learning through SM, i.e. it’s not just a distraction. Note, of course, that forbidding use of SM in schools just feeds circumvention, not compliance. (That is a debate unto itself in much more than SM! I have A LOT to say about forbidding things as a mother, educator, librarian and student. Not here.)

While it doesn’t directly relate, there is an ongoing series of  Harrington School roundtables we should be aware of in this class. I went to the meet-and-greet with Renee Hobbs on Wednesday. She is a strong advocate and specialist in media use in learning. She’s also, of course, the new head of the Harrington School of which GSLIS is part. I encourage everyone in our class to get to one or more of the roundtables at the Alumni Center. They are taking place Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. on February 9, 23 and March 8. They’ll be discussing what we see as the direction our fields are taking. I plan to be there on February 9 (can’t make the other two) and will post anything of interest, but it would be fun to see more of our department represented. I think we’re the only  graduate program, but those media, communications, PR, rhetoric and journalist students tie right into the themes of our LSC597 course!

For those of you familiar with past Sakai discussions of the role of food as incentive to participate, they serve PIZZA and beverages at the roundtable discussions!

In case you haven’t seen the promo video of the Harrington School or the URI webpage on the Harrington School, here it is.

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