EduLinks – Learning resources, thinking grounds, Facebook thoughts

Given the unfortunate absence of EduLinks on Friday, here they are today.  Honestly, I don’t know…

NewsFilm Online – http://www.nfo.ac.uk/

Some of you might find use in this huge database of ITN newsreels, clips and stills for your coursework and presentations.  It stretches back to news from 1910 and brings you up to recent years. As The Guardian reports, “content can be held locally and used in and out of the lecture theatre. It can be used for independent research and integrated into teaching materials across a range of topics and academic levels”.  You are also able to edit the clips to suit your work.

Nick Burcher – Facebook’s huge growth

There’s now well over 12.5 million people in the UK enjoying Facebook.  It’s growing fast.  Now, do you accept that friend request from your Mum…?

Internet Psychology – Don’t worry if you don’t have many Facebook friends, you’re more normal than you think

Yes, Facebook is huge.  Way over 100 million users around the world.  Are you friends with half of them, or just a small circle of friends?  As Graham says, don’t sweat it.  The longer you use it, the more you’ll build up a solid friend list.

DoshDosh – The future of content in the age of information overload

Uni students now do a lot more of their reading over the Internet.  It’s not surprising to get a shrug or a blank look if you ask the question, “What daily paper do you read?” because most students are likely to buy no paper, yet digest articles from more newspaper websites than ever.

The DoshDosh article raises some good points.  I wonder if you’d buy a quality magazine if it catered specifically to you.  Would you pay money to get hold of informed and quality content that analyses the stories, rather than just tell you they happened?  Do any of you still prefer reading hard copies of papers and magazines?  Have you changed the way you read?  Do you keep track of news more now, but never used to bother reading a paper at all?

Seth Godin – Making it real

If you’ve not heard of Seth Godin, he’s a business & marketing author and speaker.  He’s full of ideas and has a great following.  Seth’s advice in the post above works well on a student level too.

Coursework has a tendency to get in the way of other plans.  As I’ve mentioned before, it doesn’t have to.  Seth explains that you have to make things feel real in order to take it seriously.  You can treat your work like this.  Just because a paper isn’t due for a month, doesn’t make it ‘weeks away’, because the deadline will creep up on you.  Take Seth’s words into account; if your work is due ‘on Friday, the 14th of November’, that’s what you need to keep telling yourself.  Worth a try if you’ve had due dates suddenly tap you on the back and shout ‘BOO!’

Get Rich Slowly – How do you turn passion into a career…and should you?

An insanely detailed article about passion and using it to your advantage.  A great piece, regardless of whether or not you feel you have any passions right now.

Angela Maiers – Teaching 21st Century Learning Habits and Attitudes

Designed for the classroom, but relevant for life.  Angela outlines 6 habitudes toward powerful learning, critical thinking, imagination and flair.  There should be no restrictions with learning.  No boundaries or limits.

Angela ends with a question, but I think she’s more hopeful that you’ll take it as a passionate request…”Come join me as we step outside the lines?”

Open Culture – Intelligent Life at YouTube

Another goodie from Open Culture.  This list outlines some of the best user collections of educational and reference videos on YouTube.  Not just universities, but also TV collections, talks at Google, and various science and technology groups.  You may never need watch TV again.

One comment

  1. Thank you so much for sharing the Habitudes with your readers. I do invite us to step outsides of the lines of conventional “seat in your seats, follow directions, and answer the teacher’s questions” kind of educational model.
    The lessons are designed to promote and nurture creativity, adaptability, curiosity, and innovation. Love to hear what you think!

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