Why Things Stick

Figuratively, that is.  I’d have to spend some more time learning why things literally stick to offer you a proper answer.   From a young age, learning has been a passion of mine.  As it turns out, there are several reasons for that, and Swarthmore’s Ann Renninger and Diane Anderson have devoted quite a bit of time to researching and publishing why we learn better when we’re actively engaged in what we’re learning.  Think about something you love doing.  I’ll bet you could tell me a lot about it.  In fact, I’ll bet you could still tell me a lot … Continue reading Why Things Stick

Little Ways to Make Things Easier

Here’s something you might not have known: For the past 3+ years we’ve been tweeting out little ways to make your digital life easier, especially focusing on often-used software tools here at Swarthmore.  You don’t need to be a Twitter user to see these, either — you can read them right on our ITS front page or on our @SwarthmoreITS Twitter page. On Tuesdays at noon (Eastern) we usually tweet out tips (some recent ones include a cybersecurity phishing quiz and a browser-checking tool to keep your browser(s) and plugins up-to-date easily.  On Wednesdays at noon (Eastern) we usually tweet … Continue reading Little Ways to Make Things Easier

Student use of Mobile Devices, Social Networking, and More

Tomorrow’s Professor recently posted Timeslicing in the Classroom, an excerpt from The New Digital Shoreline: How Web 2.0 and Millennials Are Revolutionizing Higher Education, by Roger McHaney, that explores how students are bringing technology to the classroom. The excerpt addresses the following topics: Video Recording Audio Recording Wikis Blogs Twitter Social Networking Cell & Smart Phones Instant Messaging & Texting Live Streaming Tablets Additional Resources: Timeslicing in the Classroom Tomorrow’s Professer Listen to Dr. Roger McHaney discuss the The New Digital Shoreline Continue reading Student use of Mobile Devices, Social Networking, and More

How Social Networking Gave Classical Music a Kickstart

Here’s an interesting story from the intersection of social networking, a non-profit cultural heritage project, and fundraising. The project originated with a non-profit charitable organization called Musopen! It’s founder, Aaron Dunn, had a crazy notion: to raise enough money to commission a professional symphony orchestra to record performances of major works of classical music. And then give them away to the world, for free, forever. Dunn requested bids from a number of orchestras, and compiled the costs of hiring studio engineers and venues. And then he asked for money. He posted a proposal on a social networking site called Kickstarter, … Continue reading How Social Networking Gave Classical Music a Kickstart

Getting Familiar with Social Networking Privacy Policies

One of the easiest steps to take in ensuring your privacy is maintained while using a social networking site, is to read the site’s Privacy Policy. The following is a list of useful links that can help keep you informed about what information you are sharing, and the actions you can take to limit what others can see: Facebook Privacy Center Facebook Privacy Policy Flickr Privacy FAQ Linkedin Privacy Policy Myspace Privacy Policy Twitter Privacy Poilicy Helpful Guides & Best Practices Flickr Safety Guide Sophos.com: Best Practices with Facebook Privacy Settings US-Cert: Staying Safe on Social Networking Sites Continue reading Getting Familiar with Social Networking Privacy Policies