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George Station
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Attended Cal State Monterey Bay
Lives in Unremitting Beta
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Ideal for...what, exactly? Note how "engagement" is defined for each space before fretting about this.

A retweet is NOT always the goal on Twitter. A reply may be the goal. Or a tweet may be marked a "favorite" without being retweeted. (I'd call that a win, too.)

Similarly, a "like" may not be the goal on FB. Especially in FB Groups, comment from other members may be the goal.

#socialmediatips   #socialmediawars   #twitter   #facebook   #googleplustips  
What is the ideal character length for online sharing? Twitter = 100, Facebook > 40, G+ > 60. Headline six words, blog post + 1600 words
Learn the ideal length of Facebook posts, tweets, blog posts, Google+ headlines, title tags, paragraphs, and so much more.
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#standardizedtesting  follies continue...
PARCC some results of obsessive testing and a review of a new news source that claims to be "data driven".
On April 11, 2014,, a supposedly "data-driven news site started this month (April 2014) by Ezra Klein, " posted this propagandastic wonder regarding Partnership for Assessment for College a...
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Corporate #creativity does occasionally put out a vibe like this. Not often, fortunately.
Tell me that this isn't what corporate life is all about!!

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Newsreel archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution, to its YouTube channel.

This unprecedented release of vintage news reports and cinemagazines is part of a drive to make the archive more accessible to viewers all over the world.

“Our hope is that everyone, everywhere who has a computer will see these films and enjoy them,” says Alastair White, General Manager of British Pathé. “This archive is a treasure trove unrivalled in historical and cultural significance that should never be forgotten. Uploading the films to YouTube seemed like the best way to make sure of that.”

British Pathé was once a dominant feature of the British cinema experience, renowned for first-class reporting and an informative yet uniquely entertaining style. It is now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in existence. Spanning the years from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage – not only from Britain, but from around the globe – ofmajor events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, sport and culture. The archive is particularly strong in its coverage of the First and Second World Wars.

Alastair White continues: “Whether you’re looking for coverage of the Royal Family, the Titanic, the destruction of the Hindenburg, or quirky stories about British pastimes, it’ll be there on our channel. You can lose yourself for hours.”

This project is being managed by German company Mediakraft, which has been responsible for numerous past YouTube successes. The company will be creating new content using British Pathé material, in English and in foreign languages.

You can view and share films from this invaluable resource here:

well, alright then. you know where you can find me.
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Via +Alison Seaman on Twitter, another must-read book I hope to "make" time to read...

#technologyandsociety   #networkedsociety   #Internet   #idealism   #capitalism  
Astra Taylor's valuable study reveals how our idealistic hopes for the internet were undone by corporate greed, writes John Naughton
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Inside #Google  thinking about hiring, viewed through a well-known mustachioed lens. There are some interesting bits about the value of a college education, as well as the need for a range of majors and interdisciplinarity in this new visit with +Laszlo Bock.

#careers   #jobs   #college   #liberalarts   #interdisciplinarity   #education  
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From our "I Don't Have to Make This Up" Department.

#chocolate   #cognition   #nobelprize  
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That's a pretty gnarly fit to the trend line for a few outliers, though. 
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This covers the waterfront...
Just a reminder that some people have to work on Easter! I mean here is Superman, who just apprehended a rather dangerous looking criminal...
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Those clever #SAT   #CollegeBoard  folks.... Will this work to save the universe of standardized testing?

#standardizedtesting   #collegeadmissions   #admissions  
The College Board plans to release many details of its revised test on Wednesday, including sample questions and explanations of the research and goals behind them.
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Lecturer in Quite Large State University System
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Unremitting Beta
Aboard the higher education ocean liner in a sea of changing affordances, and... wait, what is that? Looks kind of like a big white mountain, only...
Seeking conversations about education, teaching & learning, and edtech. Also into classic TV, movies, sci-fi, and comics. I talk a little about politics and a little about race, because education and pop culture are full of both. But I try not to repeat conversations I had online back in the '90s or face-to-face before that. You'll figure it out.

I'm a college lecturer (adjunct) using real name for most activities, and several screen names that arose because of multiple accounts in different spaces that said to pick a user name. A couple of those names stuck and it's easier just to keep them. I live in "unremitting beta" around teaching, learning, and technology. Overall, I also seem to be "awaiting moderation" (thanks to +Meg Tufano for the phrase as it applies to humans). I continue to learn a lot (one hopes) from Howard Rheingold's own study of social media. He shares most of it and you could do worse. You may want to read Howard's book Net Smart for more, or just take an online class with him.

In the fall, I teach a first-year transition course that seems to go through a top-down, significant change every couple of years. My life lesson so far: Happy classes of freshmen are all alike. Each unhappy class is unhappy in its own way. (Thank you, Mr. Tolstoy!)

I also teach an intro technology class and a 200-level class called Cyberdemocracy that is evolving, but strives to have participants "become their own historians" as they consider the US political process over time, through various technology lenses. For context: My campus has "married" the General Education components of Cal State's American Institutions requirement. So this course is one of several on my campus meeting both the US Histories & Democratic Participation requirement.

My social media time & emphasis:
  • Google+: Most time, most emphasis, most in-depth conversations. "Best" PLN for my edtech & social media interests. This is the online space that feeds & fulfills me. I have a G+ academic presence too (campus logo & no hoodie in that profile image) that is more for support of my classes and less about my personal interests.
  • Facebook: Real-life friends & family who may not be using other social media. It's FB or no contact with some of them. They know what a phone is but they don't use it to talk. ;-) Also, I like to observe what some businesses & education types think they should be doing on FB. (Lookin' at you, ISTE and New Media Consortium.)
  • Twitter: Second-best for my edtech & social media interests. Best for short exchanges. PLN overlaps but is not the same as G+ PLN. Some tweeps don't like G+ and some G+ers don't like Twitter.
  • Blog writing/commenting: Sigh... Can I use the "writer's block" excuse? I do comment frequently under a screen name (so I can have a life elsewhere) but rarely write full posts anymore.

I have other interests. My positions on most issues will be apparent if I've posted more than one item. (Sometimes I just share a stand-alone item to generate conversation.) Most of what I share here is "Public" with a smattering of "Private."

Credit to +Gregor McNish for the phrase "a sea of changing affordances" in my tagline.
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  • Cal State Monterey Bay
  • Naval Postgraduate School
  • United States Naval Academy
  • And yes, Howard Rheingold University
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