How many Ph.D. students does it take to screw in a light bulb? One, but it takes 9.3 years.
Here are the inner workings of Facebook. I will not go into too much detail as it is fuzzy for me too However it is important to note it is a Linux based , i.e open source , customizable and secure platform running on Apache servers. For Data management Facebook uses MySQL and Memcache.http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/facebook-work-nuts-bolts-technology-explained/
Even the Estonians are on FB !? One detail I left out on the slide here--- it is free, but you do need a computer or smart phone with internet service to access it. Or you can use a free library …Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The website's membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It later expanded further to include (potentially) any university student, then high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over. The website currently has more than 400 million active users worldwide.When I signed up I had to use my uaa email as veryfication.As we know everybody is on facebook. If we think of making learning more accessible to the students we have to follow where they are
Since access is friendly quick and students are used to accessing the site every day it is spontaneously accessible. If you think of BB you have to access it , as a chore , sort of I have sit down and not have fun and do homework. There is a resistance to it. What is most important here ? Facebook promotes spontaneous conversation . As we all know Face book is neutral , its neither teacher nor student dominated. It is your space. Comments and discussions have time and space for all opinions.As you create your social space you gain an informal and less stressful environment.Facebook helps motivate you as you see updates from friends who have already started or are discussing the assignment. As we all know most things are easier once we start , it’s the procrastination part that complicates things.Your reputation in a public setting will help motivate you to turn in better work and collaboration will enhance this. Willingness to help others will enhance your reputation
of your shoe fetish friends vs. Academicstature (use groups) Kevin Lim Informality also creates a constant sense of closeness that has been termed ambient intimacy by Lisa RicheltThe more networks you add the more chance of this happening.Fear of the unknown, not everyone is aware they can opt out and adjust your settings to different groups.Social network service focuses on building and verifying of online social networks for communities and people who share interests
Different types of utility created ..Thoughts on participation:Creating is often a more productive process when shared and done together—Transparency – our ideas are reinforced and weededEveryone's ideas are out in the open
Stanford is but one (but illustrious ) example of what can be done for students on FB. There are video introductions, discussion starters and information, as well as information on their site. Stanford University uses its fan page on Facebook as the ultimate resource for students. Students have access to faculty and student projects and can get inspiration for their own projects there. But that’s not what makes this case unique. Stanford leverages Facebook to host faculty office hours. Students (fans) post questions to the wall for a specific faculty member and that faculty member answers the questions during his/her assigned “office hours” via video or the wall. Stanford’s online office hours do not replace in person office hours at the university, but they do make it easier for students to find answers to questions quickly, without leaving their dorm room." (5 Examples of How Schools Are Using Social Media to Enhance Learning buzz marketing daily, 5 March 2010today with social media it's actually become integrated with people's lives. So it's not a separate thing where people leave life and go do (social media). It actually has become part of what students do every day.... Chuck Martin created a course for the university called "Social Media in Marketing." (During class) the presentation was on the screen live, and we were dipping in and out of the web. We had a live Twitter feed projected to a large screen, and we had a third screen with another projection, where we had a back channel so that people could communicate anonymously on the big screen.... There were three big screens in front of the classroom with three live network feeds, and also had video and we had people patched in by Skype.Everybody in the room used a computer for the entire three-hour class, and they were encouraged and actually did interact. They were tweeting with people around the country during the class about the content, and people were tweeting from outside the classroom from different parts of the country with questions that we would then tackle as a group.And it turns out that the engagement level of the students was higher than a traditional classroom. We talked to a neuropsychologist, who is actually one of my co-authors, about this multitasking aspect and his view was that it's not really multitasking. It's really using different media simultaneously on the same subject matter.Source :http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=373207867130&ref=mfIf you remember I posted a YouTube video on the blog about a University of Florida professor who used Twitter to engage a large freshman class in discussions during class. I am also going to use FB next semester to facilitate discussions and answer questions on a class page specifically set up for that purpose. It will help me remember students and names Thank you very much and I hope you found this information useful.– Maj-Britt
I learned most from Kevin Lim’s lecture on slideshare. It was creative community license an he encouraged us to use his material.Dr. Kevin Lim recently graduated with his PhD in Communication at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).
Facebook as an Emerging Technology in Education
Inner Workings Memcache is a memory caching system that is used to speed up dynamic database-driven websites (like Facebook) by caching data and objects in RAM to reduce reading time. Memcache is Facebook’s primary for of caching and helps alleviate the database load. PHP is a dynamically typed/interpreted scripting language.Facebook uses PHP because it is a good web programming language with extensive support and an active developer community and it is good for rapid iteration. MySQL is used primarily as a key-value store as data is randomly distributed amongst a large set of logical instances. Linux is a Unix-like computer operating system kernel. It’s open source, very customizable, and good for security. Facebook runs the Linux operating system on Apache HTTP Servers. Apache is also free and is the most popular open source web server in use.
Details February 2004 Facebook created by Mark Zukenberg Initially for Ivy League universities only, then to international colleges and high schools (.edu) Sept 2006 Opened for anyone to join February 2010 reaches over 400 million active users More than 400 million active users 50% of our active users log on to Facebook every day Average user has 130 friends on the site Average user spends more than 55 minutes per day on Facebook History Facts
Advantages of using Facebook for Class Spontaneous Motivation by choice rather than coercion (peer pressure) Motivation for Blackboard vs. Facebook Reputation Motivation The willingness to help others can all work to increase one’s prestige in a community Informal Neutral space Lim, Kevin. "FACEBOOK Strategies for the Classroom."
Dangers of using Facebook for class Social issues Awkward social situation Converging identities Application spam Privacy Establish a strong identity online to forestall problems Walled Garden If you are doing original work publish outside -- data portability-trapped data Lim, Kevin. "FACEBOOK Strategies for the Classroom."
Benefits of Participation Collective intelligence-collaborative Transparent-instant gratification Non hierarchical-democratic Potential for passion-ownership Open to public-reputation Permanence-searchable resource Lim, Kevin. "FACEBOOK Strategies for the Classroom."
Examples Stanford University uses the fan page Access to faculty and student projects and can get inspiration for their own projects there. Leverage Facebook to host faculty office hours. “office hours” via video or on the wall. Chuck Martin University of New Hampshire Created a course on FB with live feeds on 3 screens Increased participation “It's really using different media simultaneously on the same subject matter.”
Facebook apps for Education WebinariaScreencast Recorder - Record your desktop screen movements, voice narration, webcam and post on Facebook. Create screencast demos, tutorials or record video presentations for sharing with friends. SlideShare - If you have a slideshare account, you can import your SlideShare.net presentations into Facebook and sync them Courses: Add your courses and activities, manage and share your weekly schedule, create class discussions. Upload and share files Udutu Teach - allows you to import courses from myUdutu, manage which people can take your courses, and track the learners' progress. Quiz Creator - make your own quiz app
Sources Lim, Kevin. "FACEBOOK Strategies for the Classroom." Lecture. 17 Apr. 2010. Theory Is the Reason. Wordpress. Web. http://theory.isthereason.com/?p=2103 http://www.slideshare.net/brainopera/prsa-social-media-strategies-instead-of-tools-1815614 http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/facebook-work-nuts-bolts-technology-explained/ http://www.facebook.com/press/files.php#!/press/info.php?factsheet http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=373207867130&ref=mf http://www.c4lpt.co.uk/jane.html 5 Examples of How Schools Are Using Social Media to Enhance Learning buzz marketing daily, 5 March 2010