Showing posts with label social networks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label social networks. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

How to Block an Instagram Account

Tweens and teens love Instagram. Common Sense Media recommends that teens and tweens use the privacy setting to restrict who can follow them on Instagram. I agree with that recommendation. But if you have teens who doesn't listen to you (who hasn't?) and lets anyone follow them, make sure that they and you know how to block unwanted followers. The following short video shows you how to block an Instagram account.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How to Create a Google Spaces Community

On Monday morning Google introduced their latest attempt at building a social network. The new product is called Spaces.

Google Spaces is a platform on which you can create small communities of friends and colleagues in which you share links, notes, and pictures. A Google Spaces Chrome extension makes it easy to share links with people in your Space. I created a couple of communities this morning. You can learn how to create a Google Spaces community by watching my video embedded below.


Applications for Education
Google Spaces could be a good tool to use to create a small community of friends and colleagues to build discussions around shared resources. I can also see potential for using Google Spaces as a place in which you host online discussions for high school and college students taking one of your courses.

Friday, March 20, 2015

How to Follow a #Hashtag Across Multiple Social Networks

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about using Tagboard to follow a hashtag across multiple social networks. As I wrote back then, the beauty of Tagboard is that I can follow a hashtag and see all of the Tweets, Instgram, Facebook, and Google+ posts about it in one place. This enables me to quickly catch up with what people are sharing about an event or saying in a chat like #edchat. In the video embedded below I provide an overview of how to use Tagboard.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I Tweeted a Google Document and a Neat Thing Happened

Yesterday, I gave a short presentation on teaching with technology and primary sources. During that presentation I demonstrated how I have used Google Documents to support classroom conversations about primary source documents. I wanted to share the document with everyone in the audience but I didn't have email addresses to enter in the sharing field and the screen in the room was too small for folks in the back to see if I posted a shortened URL. So I Tweeted the document for anyone to find. My intent was to get the document out to the audience and the side effect was that any of my 62k+ followers could access it too.

I set the permissions as "can comment" on the document that I Tweeted yesterday. In the comments I found a note from Steve Goldberg that inspired my thinking about Tweeting Google Documents. This was his comment:

I made a few comments below -- I'm not sure what class/project this is for but I am intrigued by the use of combining a Google Doc with a Tweet for an assignment :) I'm writing from Durham, NC.

Applications for Education
The conclusion to this story is that I started thinking about Tweeting Google Documents while teaching a current events course. I envision it working like this:

  • Copy and paste text of an article into a Google Document (giving attribution for the source and making it clear that this is done only for critique under the guidelines of fair use). 
  • Set the permissions on the Google Document as "public, can comment."
  • Tweet and or Google+ the document. Include in the Tweet that I'm seeking polite comments to enhance the classroom conversation. 
  • Change the permissions back to "view only" when enough comments have been received. 
By Tweeting the document I can get comments from others that can add a different perspective to our classroom conversation about a current event. 

Yes, there are some concerns associated with making a document publicly available like this. First, I would not do this with students younger than high school age. Second, if you have a lot of followers you will need to closely monitor comments. Third, remember to change the permissions to "view only" when you have whatever you deem to be "enough" comments. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Meritful - A Network Connecting Students with Mentors

Meritful is a new network that aims to help students connect with mentors. On Meritful students will be able to find mentors who can advise them on their resumes, applications, and portfolios. Students can also ask mentors questions about the career fields that they are interested in. Students and mentors gain merit points for expanding their networks and for answering questions.


Applications for Education
The concept behind Meritful is good, but I want to see some more privacy controls put in place before I can recommend it for use in high schools. I was able to create both student and mentor accounts without having to enter any questions about my status as a student or mentor. The only question that I had to answer as a mentor was, "are you affiliated with a school and which one?" There wasn't a requirement to have an email address issued by that school or any other affiliation verification.

College students may be interested in connecting with each other and with mentors to help them prepare for job interviews. Meritful is kind of like LinkedIn for college students.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Swabr - Create a Private Microblogging Network

Swabr is a new service providing organizations with a platform for creating their own private microblogging networks. Members of your Swabr microblogging network can share and respond to short messages in the style of Twitter or Edmodo.

To create your private microblogging network on Swabr sign-up using the email address of your organization. Then invite people to join your network. To join your network other users will have to an email address from your organization's domain. For example, I created a network that only people with a @freetech4teachers.com email address can join.

Applications for Education
If you're looking to create a closed online environment in which the faculty or students can share short messages on school-related issues, Swabr could be a good tool for that.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

YapTime - A Place to Share, Collaborate, and Organize

YapTime is a new entry into the "create your own social network" market. YapTime offers a free service for creating and hosting your own private network. The network you create on YapTime is private by default and only those people that you invite can join it. In YapTime you can exchange messages, share files, and host a group event calendar. Within your YapTime network you can create multiple rooms for conversations. Each member of your network can create a profile by which other members identify them.

Applications for Education
YapTime could be a good place to create a network for your classes. You can share updates about class, post files that students might need, and answer questions from students. If you teach multiple sections of the same course you can create a different room for each class within your network.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Fridge - Create Cool Private Social Networks

In the past I've written about some good services teachers can use to create private social networks for their classrooms and schools. This afternoon I found another  service that makes it easy to set up your own private social network, it's called Fridge. Signing up and creating your first private social network on Fridge takes just a couple of minutes. Once you've created your account and network you can invite people to join your network. You can create multiple separate groups within your Fridge account. The video below explains the benefits of Fridge.


Applications for Education
The option to create and control multiple groups within your Fridge account could be useful for teachers like me that teach multiple sections of the same course. That feature enables us to monitor and participate in the online conversations taking place in each section without having to create and manage multiple log-ins.