Teaching as transparent learning « Connectivism May 29, 2009Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
George Siemens: "Let me explain. When someone decides to share their thoughts and ideas in a transparent manner, they become a teacher to those who are observing. Social technology – such as Twitter, blogs, Facebook – opens the door to sharing the process of learning, not only the final product."
How Twitter poses a threat to newspapers May 28, 2009Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
The danger is that Twitter will keep reporters off the streets and in front of their screens, that it will further skew journalism toward seeking out, listening to and serving the young, the hip, the technically sophisticated, the well-off – in short, the better-connected. The people who aren't being heard now aren't sending out tweets.delicious links , add a comment
A Twitter feed of tweets from journalists: "JournalistTweets is a Twitter directory of journalists by industry and country. The directory is powered by Cision's Media Database, the world's largest and most reliable media database."
How much will people pay for news? May 17, 2009Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
John Naughton: "…as providers disappear (or, like Murdoch, decide to charge), the supply of free news will diminish and something more like a normal market will emerge. Only then will we find out what people are willing to pay for news."Journalism, News, Newspapers, reporting , 1 comment so far
Spot the contrast:
Andrew MacKay tells his local paper:
I have checked through all my expense claims over the past four years and there is nothing that stands out – I am confident there is nothing unreasonable in there at all.
Andrew MacKay resigns as Cameron’s aide, the BBC reporting that:
he now realised the arrangement did not pass Mr Cameron’s “reasonableness” test and he felt it was “wrong” to remain in his position.
Does it come down to what is “reasonable”?
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Mr MacKay and his wife claimed second homes allowances on two separate properties, with Mr MacKay saying they had done so “for eight or nine years”.
A preview of the findings of the Committee of Inquiry into the Changing Learner Experience:
"The committee's report, Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World, will also say that universities face a "digital divide" when it comes to the ability of tutors to use social networking in their teaching.
While some academics have embraced the use of websites such as Wikipedia, MySpace, Facebook and Bebo, others lack the technological knowhow or are "hostile to all but the most cursory engagement with ICT".
Use of Web 2.0 technologies in learning and teaching was "considerable but patchy", and driven by the enthusiasm of individuals or small groups.
The inquiry found that students as yet only "dimly perceived" the potential of Web 2.0 as a learning tool, and could be uncomfortable with staff-initiated online discussion."delicious links , 1 comment so far
Jessica Smith responds to the WSJ article referred to by NYT (see previous post):
"Bloggers are being scrutinized for transparency and disclosure issues but the same “traditional” media that’s reporting on it? Pot. Meet. Kettle.
Case in point. I was recently quoted in an article in a major newspaper. While I wasn’t misquoted, what I said was grossly taken out of context.
I have a disclosure policy on my blog that says that I may have been compensated for some reviews. Let’s be clear here. Compensation has many definitions and unless I say the post was “sponsored” by someone? I did not receive cash. I received either a product or service for review. "
Blogging for cash (or cars) May 4, 2009Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
Paid-for editorial not an option, says Huffington Post — unlike others?
"But an article in The Wall Street Journal on April 23 made clear that part of that future was already here. According to The Journal, Jessica Smith, who blogs at JessicaKnows.com, has written for and about Wal-Mart Stores and Electronic Arts. In reviewing the Ford Flex crossover, she said, “It was love at first sight. The Flex also proved to make me feel safe and secure while bringing out the exciting and rebellious side of me at the same time.”
That’s just the kind of rebellion Ford can get behind, and they gave Ms. Smith a Flex crossover vehicle for a year and a gas card. If it turns out it’s not as much of a dream as she first thought, don’t look for Ms. Smith to write that up. She told The Journal she does not write negatively about products she is asked to review because “I choose not to be critical.” "delicious links , add a comment
Peter Wilby on swine flu coverage: "Several papers, and particularly the Daily Mail, gave prominence to Professor Nigel Dimmock, a Warwick University virologist, who warned "this has the potential to be bigger than Spanish influenza", the 1918 pandemic that may have killed 50 million worldwide. Dimmock, as no newspaper mentioned, founded a university spin-off company called ViraBiotech, which is seeking investment to develop "an entirely new method of protecting against flu" (I quote from a press release smartly issued by Warwick University last Monday, with a footnote admitting it was using "the current heightened global concern" to help raise funds). I do not suggest this influenced Dimmock's views in any way. But it would be helpful if newspapers informed us of these things."