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Cheryl LaGuardia from LibraryJournal posted a link to Facebook applications for Education.

Some of the applications are for using when writing your dissertation, others allow you to create flashcards on Facebook while others allow you to create study groups. My institution only started using Facebook recently – and the list includes some useful links.

Here is the complete list:

  • Books iRead: Share the books you’re reading, and see what others think of books with this application.
  • Flashcards: With this application, you can create flash cards to help you study on Facebook.
  • SkoolPool: Get the lowdown on schools, online and otherwise, with this neat application.
  • Rate My Professors: Find out what other students think of professors before you register for their class.
  • BookTag: This app offers a great way to share and loan books out to students, plus create helpful quizzes for studying.
  • DoResearch4me: This app makes it easy to gather information using your thesis statement, instructions, and more.
  • Mathematical Formulas: Distribute formulas, solutions, and more with this application.
  • SlideShare: Create presentations to send to students with this slideshow application.
  • Calendar: This calendar app from 30 Boxes lets you organize your days, set reminders and share your calendar with others.
  • To-Do List: Stay on top of your tasks with this Facebook to-do application.
  • Zoho Online Office: You can keep all of your documents online, and even share them with classmates, students, and colleagues.
  • UdutuTeach: UdutuTeach allows you to import courses from myUdutu (a course authoring tool) manage which people can take your courses, and track the learners’ progress.
  • UdutuLearn: UdutuLearn lets you view courses that you have been given access to and shows your progress.
  • Courses: Courses offers loads of functionality for online education, with features that let you add your courses, post announcements and assignments, search university reviews find classmates, create discussions and form study groups.
  • Files: Powered by Box.net, this application makes it easy to store and retrieve documents in Facebook, so you can access them anywhere you have a connection.
  • WorldCat: Use WorldCat to do research, catalog your library’s collection, and share information with students.
  • HeyMath!: These mini-movies explain difficult math concepts, so these are great to share with students or use on your own.
  • Study Groups: Get everyone together on your group project by collaborating with this application.
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I love Twitter not because I want to know what Stephen Fry or Ashton Kutcher are up to but because if I follow the right people (like Guy Kawasaki , Mashable, DavidLeeKing, Chuck Green, Seth Godin, mattChevy or TEDTalks) I am constantly getting new and interesting websites and people to connect to!

And one such gem I found this morning in my Twitter feed comes courtesy of Guy Kawasaki.

It’s featured in TIME’s 50 Best Websites 2009 and I can see why!

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Academic Earth has at it’s heart the mission to give everyone on earth access to a world class education. And while this may sound like an almost impossible task it’s really not – if you break it down.

give everyone access – yup they do this by posting the video’s online. If you’ve got internet connection on your mobile, laptop or PC you’re in!

world class education – well, with Berkeley, HarvardMITPrinceton, Stanford, UCLA, and Yale on board they’ve got the world class thing sorted as well!

And it’s not just the “popular” classes Academic Earth is posting they are covering subjects such as:

Each topic can be further subdivided and the quality of the lectures and lecturers are really good.

The editors have also created “themes” of lectures and these look quite interesting and entertaining (when was the last time you used those two words together with lecture?) First Day of Freshman Year – 4 Lectures , Love Is In the Air – 6 Lectures, Wars Throughout History – 7 Lectures, Living a Good Life – 6 Lectures, Building a Company with Great People – 7 Lectures

So now I can benefit from learning from some of the best minds in higher education, without the high tuition fee and in Africa nogals!

Follow them on Twitter, subscribe to their Facebook fan page or subscribe to their emails.

I am very much a visual learner – too much text and I fall asleep within a few seconds!

So I was delighted to find VisualComplexity a website run by Matt Woolman that

intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project’s main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web.

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It has collections of visualisations from Art to Biology to Business Networks to Knowledge Networks to Semantic Networks and about 15 other categories.

Here is an example under the category: Social Networks for Facebook made by Sebastian Van Sande

visualcomplexity-com facebook It doesn’t seem like much just looking at it though …  but when you click on the link it access your facebook account and

graphically explore your facebook social network. You can use it to see how all your contacts are connected to each other, and in the process disclose unknown common friends. Other FOAF (friend-of-a-friend) disclosure would be interesting, but unfortunately, the Facebook API doesn’t include this important bit of data.

The tool allows filtering your network by Gender and Relationship Status (single, engaged, etc). You can also choose to see the inner connections of your facebook network and play with the distance between nodes (friends).

I tried it and here is my fb graphic and it shows how my friends can be grouped into family, school and work contacts:

facebook network visualisationYou can click on any specific node to view more info and visit their profiles.

Pretty cool!

I just found the site eMarketer which (according to them) do market research and trend analysis on Internet, e-business, online marketing, media and emerging technologies.

So far I like what I see … and this is what I saw in just my first few minutes on the site:

Who finds Twitter more effective: Advertisers or consumers

I don’t know about you, but everywhere I go (conferences, departmental meetings, friends’ houses) everyone is going on and on about Twitter.  But not many co-workers (especially those in the late Baby Boomer/early Traditionalist years) understand the big fuss.

And according to eMarketer it’s not just my co-workers: For advertisers:

Only 11% of 18-to-39-year-old advertisers did not know enough about Twitter to have an opinion on its value, compared with 20% of advertisers ages 40 to 49 and 21% of those 50 and older.

Among Internet users:

55% of 18-to-34-year-olds said they were not familiar enough to have an opinion, compared with 80% of those 55 and older.

Since the majority of my co-workers are over 50 and most don’t know anything about Twitter, it seems this time the marketers got it right!

Here is the eMarketer’s graph:

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– How to Old, the Young and Everyone in between uses social networks

(Thanks to Stephen’s Lighthouse for putting me on the trail of this entry)

e Marketer’s findings correlate with the above post (sorry ’bout the italics – I can’t get it to turn off! grrr)

The majority of Twitter users are in their early 30’s late 20’s – Gen X:

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