David Truss posted this image on his blog
Recently, I had the opportunity to think seriously about Klout. Like many people, I had checked out my Klout. I tracked it over a couple of weeks and noticed that it did, in fact, seem to adjust itself based upon the interactions that I was having online. When I had created an interesting blog post, it generated some Twitter discussion and the count would go up. When I missed the mark, it went down. It seemed to make a great deal of sense.
In fact, I had started to imagine how one could use Klout as part of the educational experience. I started to look at the Klout of world leaders. Stephen Harper has Klout of 61; Barrack Obama has Klout of 48.
As I’m creating this blog post, I’m also participating in the Critical Thinking chat. #ctchat Certainly, the concept of Klout is a little off the wall and an interesting concept. In fact, many Twitter clients and you can get Twitter itself to post a Klout score beside message posters via a Google Chrome plugin. Presumably, this would let you understand the importance and credibility of the poster. But, should we let a service generate a number between 1 and 100 or should we read and make our own decisions as to the credibility of someone who posts online?
I know that Klout means a great deal to some people and they’re actively giving and getting Ks to try to raise that score. Many hang their hat on that magic number. As their Klout goes, so do they. But, is there a price to be paid?
Recently, there has been a rash of reports like this one. We are living in times where information and the use of it is exploding in new directions. The developers at Klout are creating something new from the information that we’re offering up for free. Is it a game to get ahead? Is it really a true representation of your online influence? Will the big influencers get perks for being so influential? Or, is this just another way to build an online profile that would be worth money to advertisers?
Where is the value in influence? Where do you check in with the chart above?
p.s. literally seconds after I queued this up for posting, I read this post. No question about a position here!
Terence Eden has a Blog » Coding For Kids – Android
Last night I went to the Coding For Kids Barcamp. This event, organised by Emma Mulqueeny, was designed to bring together geeks, parents, kids, and educators to see if we can improve the woeful state of computer science education in this country.
Marc My Words: eLearning Myths, Part 1 by Marc J. Rosenberg : Learning Solutions Magazine
There’s a lot we know about eLearning, much based on fact and experience, but we base some of what we believe more on wishful thinking, tradition, and legend. Separating the two can be a helpful exercise, but it can also be controversial, as people will disagree on what is true and what is myth.
Mapped historical photos, film, and audio | SepiaTown | Digital Delights for Learners | Scoop.it
Digital Delights for Learners
“Sites for learning & developing creativity ”
Android Ice Cream Sandwich Wallpapers Leak Online | pinglio
It was revealed last week that Google and Samsung are holding an Android event this Wednesday (or Tuesday, US time) to reveal the new Android operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s also speculated that the successor of the Samsung Nexus S smartphone, the Samsung Nexus Prime, will be revealed to demo ICS.
HiCalc HD PRO – 11 Calculators in One for iPad on the iTunes App Store
HiCalc HD PRO – 11 Calculators in One
Students Through the Ages
As most students would tell you, education is part of our identity. We may not enjoy every moment of learning, but we know that it is part of who we are and that it is how we will get to where we want to be. Education is instinctual, we begin learning instantly, taking in sights and sounds to make sense of the world. We are all products of education, but the education process has changed dramatically through the ages.
Teacher Reboot Camp » Blog Archive » Free Ebook! Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Quick Tips & Resources
I believe mobile devices will transform education. This is why I created a free ebook, Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Quick Tips & Resources with helpful tips and several resources to help support this trend. One reason is because mobile devices are designed in a way that forces the teacher to give control to the learner.
Technology Integration in Education – Facilitating the Use of Technology in the Classroom
Resources and online community to support technology use in education.
Here at AutoCAD WS we’re merging the world’s best design software with the latest advances in web apps and mobile devices.
We want to build the best web and mobile design apps out there and we can’t do it without you. Let us know what you think about the product, what’s working and what’s not, and which new features you think will make our apps even better.
ZeroMail – Your personal email assistant
Most email isn’t actually email. It’s automated stuff like notification, newsletters, invoices, mailing lists, registrations, event invites. We have specialized views for these, leaving only real email from real people in your inbox.*
Discovering Voice webcast | Authentic Application of New Learning
Students apply their new insights about who has voice and who is marginalized, and why, to several writing tasks. They are also invited by a publisher to review a website under development focused on human rights.
NYTimes eXaminer | An antidote to the “paper of record”
Examine the news fit to print
Cortex for Google Chrome Solves One of Social Media’s Big Problems | Co. Design
Cortex, a free Chrome browser extension from Joey Primiani, uses an ingenious circular interface that lets you post stuff to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr with one click.
The best design innovations always make you slap your forehead and say, “Why haven’t we had that for years already?” Cortex, a free extension for Google’s Chrome web browser, gave me the same feeling.
Twitter for Admin (PSD70) – Google Docs
Twitter for Administrators (Parkland School Division)
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