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August 8, 2016

A #SeriousAcademic on social media? Yes, you can…

A #SeriousAcademic on social media? Yes, you can...

Being a #SeriousAcademic on social media is a choice – a choice that can be incredibly successful and rewarding. Community-building and communication are all possible – with the right attitude.

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December 3, 2014

‘Tis the season… for Earth science hashtags

'Tis the season... for Earth science hashtags

If you have a cause or a mission you want to call attention to, odds are there’s a hashtag for that! See how many of these geoscience-themed ones you are familiar with.

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August 20, 2014

Before you set a hashtag for your course or have students blog, think FERPA

Before you set a hashtag for your course or have students blog, think FERPA

Are you going to require that your students post on a public blog this semester?  Will you be creating a Facebook page for your class and asking students to post on it?  Will you have students post selfies on Twitter with a course hashtag?  For those instructors that use social media with their students and courses, this could be the most important tweet you read all year:   Is your …

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July 10, 2014

Promoting our Discipline with Geology Selfies – from Mauna Loa to Mars

Promoting our Discipline with Geology Selfies - from Mauna Loa to Mars

We like posting photos online, especially if we have a happy moment to share.  A recent study shows that photo posts on Twitter and Instagram are four times more likely to convey positive sentiment compared with text-only tweets (see The Wall Street Journal article by Wells, 2014).  And what could make us more happy than taking photos of ourselves and immediately sharing what we are up to? Welcome to the …

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May 29, 2014

Instagram – a possible edtech/outreach tool?

Instagram - a possible edtech/outreach tool?

Instagram – “… a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever” (Instagram FAQ page).  Do you have an Instagram account?  Odds are, you don’t.  Instagram still struggles to grow significantly as a social media tool among online adults, as documented …

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November 27, 2013

Does social media make your experiences less special?

The title of this post came from a tweet I saw by @SmithsonianMag, which linked to a great post on their blog that answered their own question with “Your Life Experiences Aren’t So Special—Here’s Proof” Thomas Jullian made a 1 min 46 sec video from 852 Instagram images from 852 different people.  If you think you have captured “the” most unique photo of an iconic tourist location – think again.  …

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January 16, 2012

Wired Campus

I receive the daily emails from Wired Campus, a blog part of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Their articles are great stories and reflections on “the latest news on tech and education.”Here are some of my favorites from recent postings:Debating…

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September 11, 2011

Mobilize the Movement, Part II

This weekend, I’m attending the “Mobilize the Movement” conference, a three-day gathering of people interested in all that is Fair Trade related to towns and universities. My previous post (Mobilize the Movement, Part I) explored my best intentions to be…

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March 26, 2011

Why Social Media Can and Is Changing Education

Online blog post: http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/1860 I came across this posting (retweeted by someone), and it is worth pausing and reflecting on the power of online media. Has education changed? You bet. How about professional development? Even more. For example, one of…

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