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Privacy and Surveillance — Obama Adviser John Podesta: ‘Every Country Has a History of Going Over the Line’

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on July 1, 2014

Obama Adviser John Podesta: ‘Every Country Has a History of Going Over the Line’

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/interview-with-obama-advisor-john-podesta-on-nsa-and-cyber-security-a-978297.html

Instead of a no-spy deal, the US has begun a Cyber Dialogue with Germany. In a SPIEGEL interview, John Podesta, a special adviser to President Barack Obama, speaks of the balance between alliances and security and says that changes are being made to NSA espionage practices.

Pls consider the following additional resources on the topic:

Power, Privacy, and the Internet

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/gallery/2014/feb/07/power-privacy-and-internet-conference/

  • Governments, Corporations and Hackers: The Internet and Threats to the Privacy and Dignity of the Citizen:

https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/126066881/download?secret_token=s-QvmZz&client_id=0f8fdbbaa21a9bd18210986a7dc2d72c

  • The Internet and the Future of the Press

https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/126066391/download?secret_token=s-v6mpP&client_id=0f8fdbbaa21a9bd18210986a7dc2d72c

  • The Internet, Repression and Dissent

https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/126066389/download?secret_token=s-Udzom&client_id=0f8fdbbaa21a9bd18210986a7dc2d72c

 Merkel calls for separate EU internet

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/europe/2014/02/merkel-calls-separate-eu-internet-201421955226908928.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/edward_snowden_here_s_how_we_take_back_the_internet

The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/

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

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on July 1, 2014

How to Write a Social Media Policy to Empower Employees

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/write-a-social-media-policy/

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 June 29, 2014

Does anybody remember Vine? Still using it?

There is a hype in the last several weeks about a new app: Yo http://www.justyo.co/

The Rise, Falter, And Future Of Yo

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-rise-falter-and-future-of-yo-2014-6

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

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23 Ways To Ruin Your Chances During A Job Interview

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 29, 2014

23 Ways To Ruin Your Chances During A Job Interview

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Constructivism: Lecture and project-based learning

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 28, 2014

The blog entry title initially was:

Constructivism: Lecture versus project-based learning

Actually, the article is about both lecture and group work finding a niche in the complex process of teaching and learning.

Excellent points, ideas and discussion in and under a recently published article:

Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/07/anyone-still-listening-educators-consider-killing-the-lecture/

“Professors do not engage students enough, if at all, when trying to innovate the classroom. It’s shocking how out of touch they can be, just because they didn’t take the time to hear their students’ perspectives.”

The article and the excellent comments underneath the article do not address the possibility of cultural differences. E.g., when article cites the German research, it fails to acknowledge that the US culture is pronouncedly individualistic, whereas other societies are more collective. For more information pls consider:
Ernst, C. T. (2004). Richard E. Nisbett. The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently … and Why. Personnel Psychology, (2), 504.
Nisbett, R. E. (2009). Intelligence and how to get it : why schools and cultures count / Richard E. Nisbett. New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2009.
The article generalizes, since another omission is the subject-oriented character of the learning process: there are subjects, where lecture might be more prevalent and there are some where project learning, peer instruction and project-based learning might be more applicable.

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Former Obama Spokesmen Join Attack on Teacher Tenure and Seniority

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 27, 2014

Former Obama Spokesmen Join Attack on Teacher Tenure and Seniority

http://dianeravitch.net/2014/06/24/former-obama-spokesmen-join-attack-on-teacher-tenure-and-seniority/

Campbell Brown, a former CNN anchor who is highly antagonistic to teachers’ unions, is creating an organization to pursue a Vergara-style lawsuit in New York against teachers’ job protections. Her campaign will have the public relations support of an agency led by Robert Gibbs, former Obama Press Secretary, and Ben LaBolt, former Obama campaign spokesman.

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The Overworked Bachelor’s Degree Needs a Makeover

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 27, 2014

The Overworked Bachelor’s Degree Needs a Makeover

http://m.chronicle.com/article/The-Overworked-Bachelors/147105

see also our blog post: Generation Z – the time of emojis approaching
Advanced college degrees are less important to them. 64% of Gen Z-ers are considering an advanced college degree, compared to 71% of millennials.
http://www.businessinsider.com/generation-z-spending-habits-2014-6#ixzz35nFL8oRS

What’s desperately needed is a bachelor’s-degree makeover, one that isolates the liberal-arts education everyone needs in a fast-changing global economy and is flexible enough to accommodate the demand for skills training throughout one’s life.

 

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Social Media Netiquette: fun with Jerry Seinfeld

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 26, 2014

Jerry Seinfeld’s 5 Tips On Social Media Etiquette

http://www.businessinsider.com/jerry-seinfelds-social-media-advice-2014-6#ixzz35nBzEcZK

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Generation Z – the time of emojis approaching

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 26, 2014

Millennials Are Old News — Here’s Everything You Should Know About Generation Z

http://www.businessinsider.com/generation-z-spending-habits-2014-6#ixzz35n9ubTYy

GenZ

GenZ

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Social Media: excellent mashup for video + Web form

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on June 26, 2014

A new start up just released a “free” option to add drawings, multiple-choice and open questions to videos published on YouTube, Vimeo etc. It is an excellent opportunity to add interactivity and combine in one your video material with feedback from your end users. It is specifically targeting the educational world.

Here is an example of having an YouTube video created by MassComm student Collette Jackson for the Library about the use of social media with added interactivity by Zaption:

http://zapt.io/tudfv84t

The company is targeting mobile devices for creation of their product.

Please let us know, if you need more information and/or support: ims@stcloudstate.edu

 

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