Thursday, July 15, 2010

Taking it Digital: Nice Introduction to Social Media (Ferlazzo)

The current News from New Faculty Majority newsletter includes an overview of the social media NFM uses to connect with members and site visitors. It may or may not continue as a newsletter regular feature. In any case, I'll continue it here under the same name.

Digital covers a lot of territory, even more than "social media," itself rather a baggy monster category. Obviously, the focus will be oriented to academia and advocacy, with a decided emphasis on what might of interest or use to adjunct/contingent faculty. I've got my own ideas but would also appreciate reader input. Tentative topics include social media, online social networks, e-advocacy, web 2.0 applications for organizing, blogging (including academic blogs), platforms, plug-ins, webpage annotation, email, netiquette, tech-speak, Digital Humanities, ed tech, Webheads, online and hybrid teaching, personal computing, new applications, and even silly stuff for fun. I have a weakness for applications and text generators (i.e. surrealist insults, poetry, mock academic essays) that make me smile... 

Take what you need, think you can or would just like to try out and don't worry about the rest. Remember that standby, the handbook titled "The Least You Should Know about English"?  Let me know what's the least you need to know. Come to think of it, that would make a series. 

I'm beginning at the beginning (again) with a link to an article explaining social media basics and by introducing you to Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day. Larry teaches, so most are ed related, course content or technology. Note too his list of best posts for tech novices. Consider bookmarking or subscribing to Pogue's Posts, an informed and sprightly written NYT blog on personal computing 

For Those Facebook Left Behind is a good New York Times article by David Pogue that explains social media and its major applications very, very simply.

I'm adding it to My Best Posts For Tech Novices (Plus One From Somebody Else) and, in fact, am changing that list's title to "My Best Posts For Tech Novices (Plus A Few From Other People).

I should close with a teaser for the next "Taking it Digital" and would if I had any idea what it would be about. Suggestions anyone?

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