Social Media Revolution 2011 Video

The 2011 revision to a great video by Erik Qualmann.


Yoono sidebar versus Flock – does one need a social browser?

yoonoWhen the latest version of Flock arrived on the scene I spent several days using it as my primary browser. I never used Flock much in the past as I was not a regular participant in the “social web” and bookmark synchronization across the various browsers I use was less than satisfactory. I am impressed with this new version as all the Firefox extensions that I regularly use worked with it and I was able to easily sync my bookmarks. Its social media integration is top-notch for my uses, and access to media, both mine and my Facebook friends was pretty cool. But, after a while it became too distracting when all the features and media bars were open. Having been use to the clean user interface of Safari Beta 4, I started to feel overwhelmed by Flock, and slowly started to move back to Safari and Firefox 3.5 RC1. And then I ran into Yoono sidebar.

As Webware remarked “Yoono now offering an elegant solution to social networking clutter “. Yoono connects to all  the major social networks and can update your status across them at the same time. Most of the major IM services are also available. The Discovery widget recommends websites, products, images and videos related to the site you’re currently viewing. It can also highlight keywords on a web page for quick access through Discoveries. Highlight a word on a web page and discover related content videos, Google search results and Wikipedia.

Yoono makes it easy to share links, images and video right from the page you’re on through all your social networks at the same time. You can even drag and drop media from the page you’re viewing into an IM conversation. Other widgets in beta at the time of this post permit you to stream music from and Imeem. You can check your Yahoo mail or Gmail accounts. The news widget allows you to access your Google Reader or Digg feeds. There’s even a widget for web notes available to your other computers connected to the Internet. Notes can be organized into folders, and Yoono provides basic word processing functionality like bold and italic formatting, underlining, strikeout, bulleted lists, highlighting, embed a link, etc. You can even send your notes to your blog. The media bar lets you search for YouTube videos, images on services like Flicker, and then add them to your note. Yoono is amazing.

No doubt, Flock is a good application if you are looking for a dedicated social media browser. But for me and maybe you, Yooono is all you need. I’ve found Yoono to be the most efficient and useful sidebar I’ve ever encountered. On my wish list is a widget to connect to YouTube favorites and Pandora personal radio stations. Yoono has been a constant companion since I installed it. It’s available for Firefox and a beta version for IE8. Highly recommended. Give it Yoono try.

Update: A previous version of this post indicated the need for syncing notes across computers. I missed seeing that functionality (as pointed out in the comments) and subsequently deleted the reference.

I continue to use Yoono, especially for writing drafts of blog postings and notes for my textbook. I like being able to work on notes in the sidebar, while displaying web content in the main browser window … and listening to Pat Metheny via the Yoono widget at the same time, and all in one app. Brilliant!

New Learning and Understanding Our Students

In my opinion, many university professors continue to use the medieval lecture model of teaching which may not be the best way to engage today’s students. On many occasions I’ve seen colleagues go off on a tirade because their students “just don’t get” the importance of what they are lecturing about.  Maybe their students haven’t been provided the right context to know why or an appropriate method to learn the importance of what they are being taught.  We as educators need to better understand our students if we want to them to succeed.  We need to spend more time understanding today’s student and the cultural milieu in which they get, process, and use information.

These videos address what I’m saying about understanding today’s students:

and about Web 2.0 and its potential for learning:

and this one about media literacy:

We need to explore new ways of delivering our content and engaging students. Just look at the faces of the students in this video and tell me that they aren’t learning:

The best way to learning may not be the  “full frontal assault” of a lecture. I really like what Randy Pausch called the “head fake” approach to learning, i.e. get students interested in learning without them realizing it.  This man was an amazing individual that we can all learn from. The “last lecture” video should be required viewing for all professors:

These people and what they have to say have had a profound effect on me over the last year, and it is now what I’m dedicating the my time to.

A Vision of Students Today

I’m impressed and enthralled by the work of Michael Wesch. His YouTube videos really struck a chord with me. It has made me rethink a lot of what I do in and out of the classroom of late.

Check them out:

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