Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 1

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Each week sees us sharing interesting articles (including news, reports, statistics etc.) from various spheres of learning and technology on varied social networking platforms. While many of you follow us on Twitter and Facebook, we do realize that keeping a track of all the tweets/ posts, given the high proliferation and dynamic nature of information, is difficult, to say the least. Hence, to ensure that you do not miss out on all the great links we share and also with a view to building a knowledge repository, every week, we shall be publishing a quick summary post of our best shared material from the week before. Read it, share it or bookmark it.

Below are our top 10 links from last week:

1. 10 Reasons To Use Color

Color is a potent element of visual language. It helps convey information and message to your readers even before they are consciously aware of it. This article from Understanding Graphics lists and explains 10 reasons you should use color in your visual messages and displays.
Read it here

2. New Research Puts Fortune 500 Social Media Usage On Display

This article from Grow Blog highlights some of the facts and figures in a new study of the Fortune 500’s adoption of blogging and Twitter as observed by The Center for Marketing Research at the University of Massachusetts.

3. Storytelling 2.0: Open Your Books To Augmented Reality

In today’s world, suffused with technology’s blue glow, a mere collection of bound pages may no longer suffice for entertainment in the information age. This article on News Scientist talks how books have metamorphosed into actual story telling experiences with animations, audio, computer visualizations through Augmented Reality.

4. ilearn By iPad, Say Students

Technology has permeated all spheres of life, including education. This article on Leader Messenger talks about some tech-savvy schools where students as young as five are using iPads to learn to count, read and spell.
Read it here

5. The Future Will Be Personalized

This article on Tech Crunch talks how the web is evolving from one where user-generated content overwhelmed the existing filters to one where social data begins to overwhelm social filters to one where new solutions would target information based on personal relevance.
Read it here

6. Some Key Findings From This Year’s Sloan Survey Of Online Education In The USA

This article on Tony Bates’ e-learning & distance education resources lists some key findings from this year’s survey on Class Differences: Online Education in the United States by Allen, I. and Seaman, J. (2010).
Read it here

7. Pupils Without Internet ‘Disadvantaged’ In Education

This article on BBC News talks about a survey, conducted by Times Educational Supplement and charity E-Learning Foundation, which suggests pupils without internet access at home are disadvantaged in their education.
Read it here

8. Web 2.0 Productivity Tools

This article on Social Brite gives a roundup of apps & resources that would make your day go easier and increase your productivity.
Read it here

9. Facebook Messaging, Teens And School Work:  Can Facebook Be A Social Learning Network?

This article on Read Write Web discusses if Facebook’s new messaging system would lead to the death of the blackboard and contemplates if it would emerge as the social learning platform of the future.

10. The MOST Crucial Learning Activities And Media

This article on Learning Solution Magazine describes a simple process that will ensure that your courses have the most crucial learning activities – learning activities that assure that the learners get adequate practice doing (during instruction) what they need to be able to do on the job, after instruction.

Hope you like these and if you come across anything interesting do share with us.

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