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Integrating Technology: Social Networking
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Integrating Technology: Social Networking

This article describes what an online social networks is, provides examples of ... (more)

This article describes what an online social networks is, provides examples of education-focused social networks, and how anyone can use NING to build an online social network. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Geoscience
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
Graphing Your Social Network
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Graphing Your Social Network

Students analyze their social networks using graph theory. They gather data on ... (more)

Students analyze their social networks using graph theory. They gather data on their own social relationships, either from Facebook interactions or the interactions they have throughout the course of a day, recording it in Microsoft Excel and using Cytoscape (a free, downloadable application) to generate social network graphs that visually illustrate the key persons (nodes) and connections between them (edges). The nodes in the Cytoscape graphs are color-coded and sized according to the importance of the node (in this activity, nodes are people in students' social networks). After the analysis, the graphs are further examined to see what can be learned from the visual representation. Students gain practice with graph theory vocabulary, including node, edge, betweeness centrality and degree on interaction, and learn about a range of engineering applications of graph theory. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Engineering
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
IMPART RET Program, College of Information Science & Technology,
Ramsey Young, Brian Sandall
TeachEngineering.org
Shakesbook: social network to access Shakespeare
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Shakesbook: social network to access Shakespeare

Facebook is a popular social network which allows people to connect to ... (more)

Facebook is a popular social network which allows people to connect to long lost friends. In Shakesbook, students are asked to take on the persona of one of Shakespeare's characters and create an imaginary profile for them. Using contextual clues and a dash of creativity, this exercise is a wonderful way to assess students' literary comprehension and analysis. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Games
Lesson Plans
Provider:
California Shakespeare Theater
Provider Set:
Individual Authors
Author:
Emily Morrison Trish Tillman Tara Misra
New Low-Cost University Plans to Use Social-Networking Tools
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New Low-Cost University Plans to Use Social-Networking Tools

Can the University of the People, a new online institution, add teaching ... (more)

Can the University of the People, a new online institution, add teaching components to the growing body of free online materials and social-networking tools so that students get college credits? Read the story from the Chronicle of Higher Education and the discussion posts that follow. (less)

Author:
Jeffrey R. Young
Who Do You Know? The Theory Behind Social Networking
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Who Do You Know? The Theory Behind Social Networking

This video lesson will introduce students to algorithmic thinking through the use ... (more)

This video lesson will introduce students to algorithmic thinking through the use of a popular field in graph theory—social networking. Specifically, by acting as nodes in a graph (i.e. people in a social network), the students will experientially gain an understanding of graph theory terminology and distance in a graph (i.e. number of introductions required to meet a target person). Once the idea of distance in a graph has been built, the students will discover Dijkstra's Algorithm. The lesson should take approximately 90 minutes and can be comfortably partitioned across two class sessions if necessary (see the note in the accompanying Teacher Guide). There are no special supplies needed for this class and all necessary hand-outs can be downloaded from this website. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Video Lectures
Provider:
MIT Learning International Networks Consortium
Provider Set:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Dr. F. Jordan Srour, Dr. George Turkiyyah
The Rise of Social Networking
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The Rise of Social Networking

In this video segment from FRONTLINE: digital_nation, teens talk about why they ... (more)

In this video segment from FRONTLINE: digital_nation, teens talk about why they use social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook. (less)

Subject:
Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
Verizon Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Social Networking Sites and Our Lives
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Social Networking Sites and Our Lives

This report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project takes a ... (more)

This report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project takes a critical look into the social impact of widespread use of social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter. Written by Keith Hampton, Lauren Sessions Goulet, Lee Rainie, and Kristen Purcell, this 85-page report was published in June 2011. Visitors can download the report or read it online; the materials here also include the survey questions, along with information about the authors' methodology. The report is divided into five parts, including an introduction and a chapter titled "Who are social networking site users?" There are a number of interesting findings here, including the observation that the number of people using social networking sites has nearly doubled since 2008 and their population has gotten significantly older during that time. The report is well written and full of insights that will be of use to media specialists, sociologists, and those with an interest in how technology affects human interaction. (less)

Subject:
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Author:
Hampton, Keith
Purcell, Kristen
Rainie, Harrison
Sessions Goulet, Lauren
Introduction to Social Network Methods
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Introduction to Social Network Methods

This on-line textbook introduces many of the basics of formal approaches to ... (more)

This on-line textbook introduces many of the basics of formal approaches to the analysis of social networks. The text relies heavily on the work of Freeman, Borgatti, and Everett (the authors of the UCINET software package). The materials here, and their organization, were also very strongly influenced by the text of Wasserman and Faust, and by a graduate seminar conducted by Professor Phillip Bonacich at UCLA. Many other users have also made very helpful comments and suggestions based on the first version. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Textbooks
Provider:
University of California, Riverside
Provider Set:
University of California, Riverside
Author:
Robert A. Hanneman and Mark Riddle
Department-level change: Using social network analysis to map the hidden structure of academic departments
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Department-level change: Using social network analysis to map the hidden structure of academic departments

Efforts to improve teaching in higher education have often focused on individual ... (more)

Efforts to improve teaching in higher education have often focused on individual faculty. However, there is a growing consensus that the academic department is a more productive focus of change initiatives. Yet, academic departments are not all the same. Understanding the structure of relationships within a department is important for identifying who should be involved in the change effort and in what roles. It is also likely that a successful change effort will modify the structure of relationships within a department. This paper presents the preliminary results from a study of two academic departments at a research university. A social network for each department was constructed based on a web survey that asked faculty to identify colleagues with whom they had teaching-related conversations. We identify characteristics of the individuals and departments and describe how learning about this hidden structure can be beneficial to change agents. (less)

Subject:
Physics
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Charles R. Henderson
Kathleen Quardokus
Researching Online Portfolio Social Networks at High School
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Researching Online Portfolio Social Networks at High School

This presentation was delivered to visual art students about Online Portfolio Social ... (more)

This presentation was delivered to visual art students about Online Portfolio Social Networks. Can be used to understand and present the basic motivations and enablers of online student portfolios. (less)

Subject:
Arts
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
UCT OpenContent
Provider Set:
University of Cape Town
Author:
Travis Noakes
Visualization of Social Networks with Node Graphs
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Visualization of Social Networks with Node Graphs

This lesson introduces the concept of node graphs for the purpose of ... (more)

This lesson introduces the concept of node graphs for the purpose of visualizing social networks. The lesson is presented with an introductory physical activity where students create a living graph. Students, building on their existing knowledge regarding common graph types, learn how node graphs can be used to visualize data from social networks. Students will participate in a simulated contagious infection event and will accurately record data about the transmission of the disease. These data will be used to construct a single computer file to be used to create a single node graph for describing the network. Students will then be responsible for understanding how to interpret the resulting network graph in the context of the activity. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Provider Set:
iCPALMS: A Standards-based K-12 Resources and Tools Pathway
Author:
Adam Santone
What Ants and Bees Tell Us about Social Networks
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What Ants and Bees Tell Us about Social Networks

New studies of social networks and their relationship to behavior in insects ... (more)

New studies of social networks and their relationship to behavior in insects such as ants and bees represents "a paradigm shift" for biology. The new network theory could change the way scientists understand social group interaction in species ranging from insects to humans.Dr. Jennifer Fewell, of Arizona State University, discussed her research findings at a lecture sponsored by the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion on January 22, 2004. Dr. Fewell studies behavioral ecology and evolution in social insects. Dr. Martinez Hewlett of the University of Arizona responded to her lecture, emphasizing what he saw as the dramatic paradigm shift in the current understanding of social behavior that Dr. Fewell's research represents. This resource also includes a summary of the lecture by Rebecca Booker. (less)

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
Jennifer Fewell (;)
Academic Social Networking Brings Web 2.0 Technologies to the Middle Grades
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Academic Social Networking Brings Web 2.0 Technologies to the Middle Grades

Educators can use online social networking tools to help teach academic content. ... (more)

Educators can use online social networking tools to help teach academic content. The authors describe one model for using academic social networking in the middle grades and discuss implementation and security concerns. (less)

Subject:
Life Science
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
Association for Middle Level Education
Provider Set:
Association for Middle Level Education
Author:
Gregory Taranto
Julie Gaetano
Melissa Dalbon
Middle School Journal
Jumping online to social networking sites brings rewards and risks for politicians
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Jumping online to social networking sites brings rewards and risks for politicians

Politicians caught on Internet candid camerashttp://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa001&articleID=51681A7C14879F9ECA39669DF858F75BPoliticians Try Out MySpacehttp://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB116078551947392672-z5ctEb9NpsFofVV_59CVPknP2Bo_20071013.html?mod=blogs2006 Politics Online Conference ... (more)

Politicians caught on Internet candid camerashttp://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa001&articleID=51681A7C14879F9ECA39669DF858F75BPoliticians Try Out MySpacehttp://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB116078551947392672-z5ctEb9NpsFofVV_59CVPknP2Bo_20071013.html?mod=blogs2006 Politics Online Conference Magazine [pdf]http://ipdi.org/uploadedfiles/Politics%20Online%202006%20Conference%20Magazine.pdfDeclare Yourselfhttp://www.myspace.com/declareyourselfHerblock̢ĺŰĺŞs Gifthttp://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/hbgift/Politicians have been taking advantage of reaching their constituents via the Internet for over a decade, and some have even been brave enough to create their own weblogs. Of course, there are still some esteemed elected officials who have referred to the Internet as ̢ĺŰĺĎa bunch of tubes̢ĺŰĺ, but most have begun to appreciate the key advantages of utilizing the web to reach certain groups of potential voters. Given the sustained and immense popularity of such social networking sites (like MySpace and their ilk), some politicians have created their own profiles, and in doing so, have gained the attention (and in a few rare cases, some admiration) from younger voters. Politicians have been rather outspoken about some of the results they have seen thus far. Peter Ashdown, who is running for a congressional seat in Utah this fall, remarked, ̢ĺŰĺĎIt̢ĺŰĺŞs the holy grail of politics. The amount of volunteerism was absolutely minimal compared to what we are getting now.̢ĺŰĺ Political scientists have spoken with interest about these virtual forays, and Professor Ray La Raja recently commented enthusiastically ̢ĺŰĺĎAnything that gets young people involved in politics is great.̢ĺŰĺ Of course, there are some merry pranksters who have created a number of fictitious profiles that have attacked some long-serving public officials, though few of them seem to be actively complaining about such hijinks. The first link will take users to a recent news article from the Boston Globe that reports on the ways in which various parties have attempted to create misleading ̢ĺŰĺĎprofiles̢ĺŰĺ of different politicians on sites such as MySpace.com. Moving along to the second link, users will be able to read about how various politician̢ĺŰĺŞs missteps and malapropisms have been recorded and duly placed online for consideration by the web-browsing public. The third link leads to a fine article from the Wall Street Journal which reports on the forays of politicians into the sometimes-chaotic world of social networking websites. New voters (or those who haven̢ĺŰĺŞt voted in sometime) will appreciate the fifth site, as it allows them to find out how to register efficiently for the upcoming election. The final link will serve as a nice sanctuary for those looking for incisive and visual commentary on the political issues of the past seven decades. This of course means that this last site leads to a lovely retrospective on the career of legendary editorial cartoonist Herbert L. Block (or ̢ĺŰĺĎHerblock̢ĺŰĺ, as he was known to readers), who started his career in 1929, and published his last cartoon in August 2001. (less)

Subject:
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Author:
Grinnell, Max
A Social Network
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A Social Network

Alan Alda explores the relationship between social and technological change, specifically in ... (more)

Alan Alda explores the relationship between social and technological change, specifically in Neanderthal and modern human populations in this video from The Human Spark. (less)

Subject:
Life Science
Social Sciences
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
John Templeton Foundation
National Science Foundation
WNET
Taste of Technology: Blogs, Wikis, Forums, Digital Libraries…Cafes, Web Seminars, Social Networks, Twitter
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Taste of Technology: Blogs, Wikis, Forums, Digital Libraries…Cafes, Web Seminars, Social Networks, Twitter

This presentation was a part of the "Taste of Technology" Workshop held ... (more)

This presentation was a part of the "Taste of Technology" Workshop held July 26, 2009 as part of the AAPT Summer Meeting at the University of Michigan. Many students today are already comfortable using common web-based tools -- uploading and linking files, downloading music, images, video, etc.. Students communicate electronically not only through email but also in web-based social communities such as Facebook and Second Life. Physics instruction infused with second as well as first generation web tools -- blogs, wikis, forums, cafes, web seminars, digital libraries and many other web-based tools could provide conduits for students-to-student and student-to-instructor communication and course application. No knowledge of HTML (or of Web authoring in general) is needed for blogging. Students’ blogs, linked to a course wiki functions as an electronic portfolio, showcasing concept development over time, capturing questions, connections and supplying feedback from sources outside the traditional one-instructor assessment model. Wikis (wiki wiki is Hawaiian for "quick") can afford the opportunity for a class “learning community” where ideas could be shared, edited and the construction of a “living document” profiling and recording the proceedings of a particular class or course. Web seminars are commonly used within and external to educational contexts where participants can interactively learn through scheduled “net meetings” or presentations by experts in a field. A second generation tool, similar to web seminars but less formal are science cafes where experts can meet online at a predetermined time with participants. Digital libraries can provide a wealth of vetted resources and advice with many targeting and representing a specific topic or user group. (less)

Subject:
Computing and Information
Physics
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Full Course
Instructional Material
Reference
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Cathy Ezrailson
Web 2.0: Risks for STI/HIV - Opportunities for Prevention
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Web 2.0: Risks for STI/HIV - Opportunities for Prevention

This lecture explores the risks and prevention opportunities presented by the emergence ... (more)

This lecture explores the risks and prevention opportunities presented by the emergence of social networking and internet dating sites. Presented by the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Audio Lectures
Full Course
Provider:
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Provider Set:
JHSPH OpenCourseWare
Author:
Kees Rietmeijer
Start Networking!
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Start Networking!

To get a better understanding of complex networks, students create their own, ... (more)

To get a better understanding of complex networks, students create their own, real social network example by interacting with their peers in the classroom and documenting the interactions. They represent the interaction data as a graph, calculate two mathematical quantities associated with the graph—the degree of each node and the degree distribution of the graph—and analyze how these quantities can be used to infer properties of the social network at hand. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics
Engineering
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Complex Systems Science Laboratory,
Debbie Jenkinson and Susan Frennesson, The Pine School, Stuart, FL
Garrett Jenkinson and John Goutsias, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
TeachEngineering.org
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