Is Social Media Still Serious Business? Part 2

Over the next few years we are likely to see the continued integration and convergence of devices, media and channels, with users taking technology with them wherever they go, instead of being tied down to the immovable PC at home or the office. The term mobile will have a greater meaning and we can expect to see integrated wearable technology available in daily life. Already … Continue reading Is Social Media Still Serious Business? Part 2

Is Social Media Still Serious Business? Part 1

Social media is being woven into the fabric of our daily lives almost without us noticing. Most mainstream news sites now have user comments and voting, and they embed video that we can share. Sites like Facebook and MySpace are going mainstream; even parents are getting involved so as to interact with their children. Business networking sites like LinkedIn and Xing are providing useful ways … Continue reading Is Social Media Still Serious Business? Part 1

Social networks & identity, or how do we know they’re our friends?

Some things never change.  When human beings form into groups we want to ascertain who is friend and who is foe.  We want to know who we can trust and to what extent we can trust them. However, until recently, face-to-face meetings were part of this assessment process.  And close physical proximity tended to mediate relationships for most of us. But now we face the … Continue reading Social networks & identity, or how do we know they’re our friends?

Social Implications of Social Computing #5

Because the way we use social computing is changing the means, times and places by which we interact with other people this gives rise to issues around boundaries.  It also means that we are dealing with a radically different set of expectations – from our learners on the one hand and from their parents on the other hand.  Most of the parents were socialised in … Continue reading Social Implications of Social Computing #5

Social Implications of Social Computing #4

Technology is very seductive and it is easy to fall in love with it rather than viewing it dispassionately as a tool with utility for various tasks. It is really important for us to avoid getting caught up emotionally in the technology.  This is important because the technology is changing every nanosecond.  What was cool two years ago seems unbearably slow and lame today.  We … Continue reading Social Implications of Social Computing #4

Social Implications of Social Computing #3

Growth of knowledge Too much knowledge to keep in our heads No more epic poetry In our tribal past there was a need to keep knowledge in our own heads for use by the individual and for sharing with others, hence the popularity of oral learning such as epic poetry.  For example, great literature as we know it today, but in their time the Iliad … Continue reading Social Implications of Social Computing #3

And how do YOU decide how/what/when to blog?

Unlike the esteemed SilkCharm who tapped me to answer this question my blog is essentially self-indulgent. This blog is called Aide-mémoire for a reason, primarily because I wanted a place to record my musings and ideas that seem interesting to me.  It’s a personal blog. For some reason I cannot think while writing on paper so an electronic medium is more effective. Usually my posts are … Continue reading And how do YOU decide how/what/when to blog?

Social Implications of Social Computing #2

Consumption of media is now happening on the user’s own terms.  I can access what I want when it is convenient for me, and in the media format that I prefer on my preferred device.  This means that the consumer of today has a lot of personal discretion, and this has implications for expectations of learners.  We are moving away from the passive consumption model … Continue reading Social Implications of Social Computing #2

Social Implications of Social Computing #1

Social computing has exploded and is changing the world we knew in a number of ways that impact on education. But social computing is not so much changing the world as it is changing student’s expectations of what kind of technology they should use in their everyday life and how they should interact with other people using that technology. This is a revolution akin to … Continue reading Social Implications of Social Computing #1