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Research and Ethics: If Facebook can tweak our emotions and make us vote, what else can it Do?

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 3rd July 2014

If Facebook can tweak our emotions and make us vote, what else can it do?

Google’s chief executive has expressed concern that we don’t trust big companies with our data – but may be dismayed at Facebook’s latest venture into manipulation

Please consider the information on Power, Privacy, and the Internet and details on ethics and big data in this IMS blog entry:

important information:
Please consider the SCSU Research Ethics and the IRB (Institutional Review Board) document:–IRBPresentationforGradStudentsv2.2011.pdf
For more information, please contact the SCSU Institutional Review Board :

The Facebook Conundrum: Where Ethics and Science Collide

The field of learning analytics isn’t just about advancing the understanding of learning. It’s also being applied in efforts to try to influence and predict student behavior.

Learning analytics has yet to demonstrate its big beneficial breakthrough, its “penicillin,” in the words of Reich. Nor has there been a big ethical failure to creep lots of people out.

“There’s a difference,” Pistilli says, “between what we can do and what we should do.”

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Social Media: How to Write a Social Media Policy to Empower Employees

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 1st July 2014

How to Write a Social Media Policy to Empower Employees

Why a Social Media Policy?

Research shows that a majority of employees are willing to share company information—they’re just not sure what to share because they don’t want to get in trouble.
A constructive company-wide social media policy will answer questions and encourage employees to add support on social media whenever possible.

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Social Media: Yo – next Vine or next Facebook

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 29th June 2014

Does anybody remember Vine? Still using it?

There is a hype in the last several weeks about a new app: Yo

The Rise, Falter, And Future Of Yo

Do you use Yo? How?
What will be the future of Yo, you think?

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Social Media Netiquette: fun with Jerry Seinfeld

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th June 2014

Jerry Seinfeld’s 5 Tips On Social Media Etiquette

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Social Media: do you use it and how?…

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 21st June 2014

Please watch a great video inquiry by SCSU MassComm student Colette Jackson

  1. What social media tools do you use?
  2. How do you use them?
    1. privately?
    2. for educational purposes?
    3. both?
  3. How do you see social media being used for learning and teaching purposes?
  4. Do you use social media in your classes?
  5. How do you think social media can be used successfully in your classes?

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7 Free Social Media Tools for Teachers

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 20th June 2014

7 Fantastic Free Social Media Tools for Teachers

1. EDU 2.0

EDU 2.0 is a lot like online course management systems Blackboard and Moodle, but with a couple of distinct advantages. First, teachers can share their lesson plans, quizzes, videos, experiments and other resources in a shared library that currently hosts more than 15,000 pieces of content. Second, a community section allows teachers and students to network and collaborate with other members who share the same educational interests. And third, everything is hosted in the cloud for free.

2. SymbalooEDU

The popular visual organizing and sharing tool Symbaloo launched its “EDU” version last month. According to the company, 50,000 teachers are already using Symbaloo to organize classroom resources. The new EDU version comes with academic subject-specific resource pages or “webmixes” and top tools like TeacherTube, Slideshare, Google Docs, Flickr and more are fully embeddable. Teachers with a “Free Plus” account can add their school logo and customize the links. The site also allows students to easily share their Symbaloo pages and projects with classmates.

3. Collaborize Classroom

This app gives teachers four discussion format choices. Students can either agree or disagree with a statement, answer a multiple choice question, post responses, or have the choice between adding a new response or voting for someone else’s response. Teachers can add photos or videos to their prompts and all of the discussions take place on one class page.

4. Edublogs

This WordPress-like blogging platform only supports educational content and thus, unlike WordPress, usually isn’t blocked by school filters. Since 2005, it has hosted more than a million blogs from students and teachers.

5. Kidblog

Kidblog is a bit more specific than Edublogs. There are fewer options to adjust the appearance of the main page, and it’s hard to use the platform for anything other than as a system for managing individual class blogs. The homepage serves as a catalog of student blogs on the right with a recent post feed on the left.

Teachers can also control how private they want the blogs to be. They can keep them student-and-teacher only, allow parents to log in with a password, or make them open to the public.

6. Edmodo

Edmodo looks and functions much like Facebook. But unlike Facebook, it’s a controlled environment that teachers can effectively leverage to encourage class engagement. The platform allows teachers and students to share ideas, files and assignments on a communal wall. Teachers can organize different groups of students and monitor them from the same dashboard. Once they’ve organized classes, they can post assignments to the wall and grade them online. They can then archive the class groups and begin new ones.

7. TeacherTube and SchoolTube and YouTube

As the name implies, TeacherTube is YouTube for teachers. It’s a great resource for lesson ideas but videos can also be used during class to supplement a lecture. For instance, you can let Mrs. Burk rap about perimeters if you like her idea but lack the rhyming skills to pull it off yourself. This site also has a crowdsourced stock of documents, audio and photos that can be added to your lesson plans. Unfortunately, every video is preceded by an ad.

SchoolTube is another YouTube alternative. Unlike other video sharing sites, it is not generally blocked by school filters because all of its content is moderated.

The original, generic YouTube also has a bevy of teacher resources, though it’s often blocked in schools. Khan Academy consistently puts out high-quality lessons for every subject, but a general search on any topic usually yields a handful of lesson approaches. Some of the better ones are indexed onWatchKnow.

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How to Use the Free YouTube Video Editor

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 19th June 2014

How to Use the Free YouTube Video Editor

The YouTube Editor is not the most powerful editor you will ever use. However, it is free, and it includes all the basic editing tools you need to make a professional looking video. It is also an online tool, so you can use it anywhere you have an internet connection, and on any computer that you have access to.

My note: The author forgets to mention that the editor exists now also as an app for mobile devices, thus competing with other “free” mobile apps for video editing such as Splice, iMovie etc.
It can be a great addition to “spice up” videos posted on Instagram, Tweeter and other social media, besides YouTube.

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Social Media: How to get Twitter followers for free

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 18th June 2014

How to Get Twitter Followers for Free – 7 Juicy Tips

1. Follow people who share your blog content

2.  Tweet using relevant hashtags

3.  Join in on Tweetchats

4.  Follow relevant people

5.  Tweet great content regularly

6.  Share other people’s content

7.  Embed Tweets within your blog content

The size of your Twitter following is not as important as the quality of your Twitter followers and the amount of engagement you get.  However, if you strategically build your following, deliver great content and engage with your followers, then having a bigger audience is useful.

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Social Media: U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh Threats on Social Media

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 16th June 2014

U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh Threats on Social Media

individuals increasingly face prosecution for alleged threats conveyed on new media, including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.”

School administrators are having to face some of those questions, not always as full federal criminal cases, but as disciplinary matters, and the Supreme Court’s decision in the case could affect student cases as well.

from educationweek tweet

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Social Media: Semantic Markup to Improve Search Results. Rich Snippets

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 16th June 2014

How to Use Semantic Markup to Improve Your Search Results

the basics and benefits of semantic markup and how it can make your content stand out in search.

Semantic markup is a fancy way of saying you can use HTML tags to tell search engines exactly what a specific piece of content is.
Search engines index your content faster.
With semantic markup, search engines immediately know what your content is and can index it faster and more accurately.

 rich snippets are extra images or information (e.g., how many Google+ circles you’re in) that show up in search results and provide additional information about you or your content.

Don’t mark up data that’s hidden or otherwise not visible on a page.

Figuring Out Which Markups to Use

There are two main sites that will help you figure out which markup types fit with your blog: and Google Webmaster Tools.

#1: Authorship Markup

Authorship markup is one of the most important markup types you should use. It gives you the authorship rich snippet, which shows your picture and your name in the search results.

#2: Video Markup

#3: Events Markup

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