learning.now: at the crossroads of Internet culture & education with host Andy Carvin

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Learning.now is a weblog that explores how new technology and Internet culture affect how educators teach and children learn. It will offer a continuing look at how new technology such as wikis, blogs, vlogs, RSS, podcasts, social networking sites, and the always-on culture of the Internet are impacting teacher and students' lives both inside and out of the classroom.
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Very interesting post. There are definitely many interesting and/or useful apps on facebook, however I find the larger amount of them annoying. I think that by opening itself up to more application facebook had to give up some of its core functionality. The carnival of vampires, fish, advanced poking devices, etc., narrows down the target audience of people alienating people who prefer a calmer use of the network. I for once added two and there are potential 2 or 3 that i am considering. But I also have 49 pending adds invites and i have no intention accepting any of them.

Again, there are interesting and good application out there, but they are few. In my mind it raises a few questions. First about myself. I am asking if me not liking the apps means i am getting old (seriously). Then about facebook. The main reason i remain there is because everybody else is there. There is no added value for me on being on facebook, but have it as a rather convenient address book. What is there i am missing?


Just yesterday as news hit that MS was window shopping (pardon the pun) FB, I sent an email to Elliott Masie posing a similar question to your’s (might there be an educational benefit as well?). I asked Elliott how the learning pros were reacting to FB as an informal learning app - especially since it reserves the rights to all users content. I believe there are learning benefits, but for my $$ I’ll stick with Socialtext to create a learning environment. At least they don’t lay claim to my intellectual property.


This is a great post and i was unaware of the amount of apps added to the facebook network this past year. I don’t feel as if the site should be blocked by filters in schools or campuses however the majority of facebook users arent using the apps for educational purposes. I myself have a facebook profile and account and i simply use it for connection with friends and family around my community and around the country. It is nothing like myspace therefore it deseverves the freedom to be accessable to students while at school.

When reading this post, I don’t really agree to the fact that Facebook can be used for educational purposes. Some of the apps might have a slight purpose for education. I simply use it for communicating with my friends. Most of the apps that are on facebook are completely random. Although there are many components to the site that are viewed as uneducational, Facebook could greatly effect education if given the chance.

Just read an article on bnet.com Facebook in Pinstripes,and as a Business Studies teaching I am trying to get my Sixth Form students to research and understand how Facebook might or might not be used in Business Communications in the future.

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