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Where do you get your news and where does it fall on the bias spectrum? I know that some people on my feed (left and right) will take exception with some of these categorizations -- I'm not sure I agree with all of it. However, I applaud the effort by Vanessa Otero and especially the willingness to share her methodology. Before you criticize, please take the time to read her methodology. The methodology behind this chart is here, as well as copies of the chart

Thanks to Beth Kanter​ for sharing another version of this -- the comments on her post (answering my question about methodology--answer by David Tames​) took me to this version. This version is the original, I think, and it's the only version I've found with the methodology articulated.

Feel free to argue with it here (although I will not be responding to arguments, because I am not qualified, you probably should go to her blog and put them there).

#journalism #news #bias #fakenews

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Fun for a Thursday morning 

I would love to hear your answers to this: What is your favorite social work technology tool (or teaching with technology tool)?

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We need to plan for this future...Is fighting AI the way to go? I don't think so...fighting technological developments rarely is effective in the long run (IMHO--would love to hear if you don't share that opinion). What responses do make sense?

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Interesting, short video on a research study that demonstrates the impact of computers on the workforce, increasing inequality. It suggest the importance of good workforce development/retraining strategies --I confess, this isn't my area of practice, but I don't think I've heard social work talk about workforce development/retraining as an intervention strategy to address inequality.

I've been thinking more about this issue given the forecasts that AI will be replacing middle class jobs

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I posted this on Twitter, too, but thought I should add it here.

#vr   #virtualreality   #edtech   #swtech  

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For those of you didn't see this on Twitter, I thought I would post it here #pokemongo  

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This 360 camera's app makes editing immersive videos blissfully simple to do.

I'm sometimes asked for help on getting accepted to our MSW (+University at Buffalo School of Social Work ) --

This will probably be surprisingly to many people, but I, as dean, am not part of the admissions process. A faculty committee reviews the applications and makes the recommendations for admission.

However, I do have a general sense of how to present a strong application. Here are my thoughts:

1. Read over the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics ( to ensure you're a good fit with the profession.

2. Review the admission eligibility requirements to ensure you meet them

3. Take a lot of care with the personal statement:

a) address all the points listed in the outline -- using subheadings will help you ensure that you address each point

b) use the statement to communicate who you are and why you are interested in social work, and, specifically, in our program

c) if your undergraduate grade point average (GPA) isn't an accurate reflection of your potential for graduate school, spend some time explaining why you believe you will do better in school now

d) provide examples that highlight your relevant experience -- relevant experience can come from school, jobs, extracurricular activities, volunteer activities, life experience

e) if you're applying to our online program, address why you think you are a good candidate for online study -- successful online students need to be able to schedule their time to work independently and regularly, communicate well in an online environment, be competent with the required technology

4. If your undergraduate grade point average (GPA) was below 3.0:

a) discuss why you believe you will do better in school now

b) consider taking a graduate elective in our MSW program (as a non-matriculated student, see non-degree courses) to show you can do well in a graduate course and it also could be a source of a recommendation

5. Submit your application well before the deadline, because an early application will decrease the chance that you end up on a waiting list, it also may help you get access to scholarship support.

a) follow-up to make sure that your other documents (attaching unofficial transcripts, recommendations) are submitted as soon as possible -- your application won't be reviewed by the admissions committee until all the components have been submitted

b) choose people for recommendations that can speak to your potential to be a social worker

c) the best recommendations come from people who supervised you in a job OR a volunteer opportunity, or from a professor---personal recommendations are not accepted

6. Finally, if you apply and you are not accepted, follow up with the MSW Program Director to find out what you can do to improve your application in the future.

I hope this is helpful--best of luck!

#socialwork   #MSW  
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