Research: Social media has negative impact on academic performance
By Denny Carter, Managing Editor
April 17th, 2013
My note: very weak article by the managing editor
- first: link to the Hospital Center, but not to the study; difficult to check the facts, which are discussed in the editorial.
- title talks about “social media,” but it is not about social media, it is about texting. danah boyd and Eszter Hargittai are apparently not household names in the house of the managing editor
- then the author jumps from one issue to another: mindfulness or contemplative computing, but h/she has no clue about these issues also.
the research, which claims that social media (which is not social media, but more like BYOD + texting) has a negative impact on academic performance is no different the research that shows very positive impact of learning with social media. It is NOT about social media, it is about how it is used (methodology).
More on contemplative computing in this IMS blog
Also on the connection of mobile devices and sleep:
New Model Lets Students Rent Textbooks on Pay-as-You-Go Basis
By Michael Hart 04/12/16
Once students register with iFlipd, they can rent digital textbooks for as little as a week. Once they finish using a book, they can move it back into the digital catalogue, making it available to other students. There is a loyalty program that gives points toward free rentals.
iFlipd is also integrated with Datalogics and its interactive Active Textbook e-book system so that students have sharing capabilities. They can share notes on the texts through the platform and access notes made by previous users of the same textbooks. The note-sharing platform allows for highlighting, annotations, audio, video and search.
If you are tired of Skype failures (Microsoft aquired it) and have difficult time navigate through Google Hangout, but want to connect using your social media accounts, this is an easy app for you.
GEO Show: Virtual Expeditions
More on the use of GIS technologies in education in this blog:
The Secret You Need to Know About Ebooks
BookBub, a daily email that alerts readers to free and deeply discounted ebooks that are available for a limited time.
To see today’s ebook deals, go to http://www.bookbub.com.
More on ebooks in this IMS blog:
excellent introduction to ebooks, ereaders and eformats here:
Submitted on March 10, 2016
the following terms and ideas are explained:
|Proportion of Content
Type of Course
|Classroom-based teaching with assignments and activities which students pursue independently of each other.
1 to 29%
|Web resources and technologies are used to facilitate what is essentially a face-to-face course. May use webpages and course management systems (CMS) to post syllabuses, readings and assignments.
Blended / Hybrid
|Course blends online and face-to-face delivery. Substantial parts of the content are delivered online and discussions, team projects and activities and web safaris are used for learning. The number of face-to-face sessions is decreased as the volume of online activity increases.
|A course where all, or almost all, of the content is delivered online with no or a very small number of face-to-face meetings.
- Synchronous learning
- Asynchronous learning
Flexible learning (badges)
Immersive Learning Environments
Adaptive Learning and Assessment Systems
Glossary of Online Learning Terms
Five Types of Quizzes That Deepen Engagement with Course Content
By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD,
Tropman, E., (2014). In defense of reading quizzes. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 26 (1), 140-146.
Brame, C. J. and Biel, R., (2015). Test-enhanced learning: The potential for testing to promote greater learning in undergraduate science courses. Cell Biology Education—Life Sciences Education, 14 (Summer), 1-12.
Quizzing with resources
Quizzing after questioning
Online quizzes completed before class
Top Five Tips for Creating Training Quizzes
More on the use of quizzes as a conversation starter and/or training tool (versus assessment tool) in this IMS blog
Getting Students more involved in classroom presentations and assessing their interest is always part of an educator’s goal. Student Response Systems (SRS), also called audience response systems or more commonly “clickers,” have been around in university lecture halls in one form or another for more than two decades.
Security Tops List of Trends That Will Impact the Internet of Things
By David Nage 02/25/16
Are you ready to deal with “denial of sleep” attacks? Those are attacks using malicious code, propagated through the Internet of Things, aimed at draining the batteries of your devices by keeping them awake.
- Security. threats extend well beyond denial of sleep: “The IoT introduces a wide range of new security risks and challenges to the IoT devices themselves, their platforms and operating systems, their communications, and even the systems to which they’re connected.
- Analytics. IoT will require a new approach to analytics. “New analytic tools and algorithms are needed now, but as data volumes increase through 2021, the needs of the IoT may diverge further from traditional analytics,” according to Gartner.
- Device (Thing) Management. IoT things that are not ephemeral — that will be around for a while — will require management like every other device (firmware updates, software updates, etc.), and that introduces problems of scale.
- Low-Power, Short-Range IoT Networks. Short-range networks connecting IT devices will be convoluted. There will not be a single common infrastructure connecting devices.
- Low-Power, Wide-Area Networks. Current solutions are proprietary, but standards will come to dominate.
- Processors and Architecture. Designing devices with an understanding of those devices’ needs will require “deep technical skills.”
- Operating Systems. There’s a wide range of systems out there that have been designed for specific purposes.
- Event Stream Processing. “Some IoT applications will generate extremely high data rates that must be analyzed in real time.
- Platforms. “IoT platforms bundle many of the infrastructure components of an IoT system into a single product.
- Standards and Ecosystems. as IoT devices proliferate, new ecosystems will emerge, and there will be “commercial and technical battles between these ecosystems” that “will dominate areas such as the smart home, the smart city and healthcare.