Over at Free Technology for Teachers I stumbled upon the InfoGraphic below illustrating which generations (GenY, GenX, Baby Boomers, Silents) use social media most.

(Click on the image to enlarge or go to this link).

What I found interesting is the last comment made in the post:

This infographic confirms what many of us already know, kids are creating and consuming content online at a higher rate than their teachers and parents.

I found it interesting because at Tuesday’s conference Arthur Goldstuck, CEO of WorldWideWorx research, talked about what his company is calling the Digital Participation Curve.

The Digital Participation Curve argues that it takes people (on average) 5 years to get comfortable enough with internet technologies to start contributing content – whether it be on blogs, fb, social media sites etc.

So by this logic, the younger generation should be the ones to contribute more as they’ve had more constant experience with these technologies.


From the people who brings you the Horizon Reports each year, Educause has released another installment in their “7 Things You Should Know” series of guides.

The new one is “7 Things You Should Know about Next Generation Presentation Tools” and discusses:

New kinds of electronic tools are emerging that allow instructors to craft presentations that more closely reflect new approaches to teaching and learning. For instance, many of these tools allow collaboration between multiple authors, and some use nonlinear branching or sequencing so that class discussion can guide the presentation. Presentation tools based on new models of representing information also encourage instructors to rethink learning activities in ways that can improve learning.

The 2 page document discusses:

  1. What is it?
  2. Who’s doing it?
  3. How does it work?
  4. Why is it significant?
  5. What are the downsides?
  6. Where is it going?
  7. What are the implications for teaching and learning?

Thanks to the iLibrarian for alerting me to this!

Digitizd listed 15 Must-have-web applications for college students, and though they posted it a while back I was made aware of the list by The Centered Librarian, and I agree that the list is well worth reposting.
So here are the 15 web applications that college students must have:

Posti.ca – Students who love sticky notes will also love Posti.ca. It can be used to create and place digital notes around the web that can be accessed from any computer. Sticky notes can also be sent via Twitter and iGoogle and may be shared with anyone–even people who do not have a Posti.ca account.

Adobe Buzzword – Buzzword is a word processor that works in a web browser instead of on your desktop. This Adobe beta site can be used to create documents, collaborate with others, and track changes from anywhere.

Creative Pro Office – Creative Pro Office is a free suite of web-based office management tools. Features include an office dashboard, project manager, time tracker, calendar, and expense tracking. Creative Pro Office was designed for independent professionals and small tech teams, but it would useful to any student who wants to boost productivity.

Whiteboard – With this free web app, students can collaborate on documents from anywhere and view changes in a snap. Whiteboard allows users write, collaborate, and compare in real time without fear of losing information.

Bubbl.us – This free web app allows students to turn ideas into color-coded mind maps. Bubble.us is the perfect tool for brainstorming with visual aids.

PromoOnline – PromoOnline is a free way to create PDF documents without having to install software. With a few simple steps, you can create a PDF version of any file.

BibMe – BibMe is a free bibliography maker for students who want to create a fast bibliography or works cited page in MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian format. You can enter the required information in yourself or use the search feature to find books, articles, websites, or films.

ThinkFold – Students needing an easy way to work on group projects may find what they need in ThinkFold. This free web-based tool allows users to create documents, add images, and make changes–all in real time.

Awesome Highlighter – AwesomeHighlighter takes some of the confusion out of online research by allowing students to highlight the important parts of a web page and transform it into a less wieldy link.

FlashcardExchange – Easily the world’s largest online flashcard library, FlashcardExchange can be used to create and study flashcards online. Students who don’t have time to create their own flashcards can use ready-made cards created by other people.

Mindpicnic – Using Mindpicnic is like using learning software without the download. Visitors can choose from a wide range of Mindpicnic courses and begin learning as soon as they sign up for a free account.

NoteMesh – Created by students, NoteMesh in a free online service for university students who want to collaborate on a set of notes for a particular class. NoteMesh creates an easy-to-use wiki that can be updated by anyone in the group.

CollegeRuled – CollegeRuled can be used to create a color-coded class schedule, classroom message boards, to-do lists, and much more. Schedules can be linked to from a Facebook profile and accessed from any computer.

NetVibes – Netvibes is a handy app that brings all of your favorite blogs, email accounts, social networks, video providers, and more to one place–great for students who visit the same sites each day.

Walletproof – The beta version of Walletproof is a great online tool for students who need help with their finances. It can be used to set budgets and track expenses. Walletproof will also make budget recommendations and help you find money saving deals shared by other users.

Over at the Forrester Blog, Ted Schadler posted some prelim results from Forrester’s new Workforce Technographics survey.

Below are some of the highlights from the report:

Aviary blogs-forrester-com Picture 1What surprised me was the fact that Baby Boomers are neck-and-neck with Gen X to contribute to discussion forums, and yet they have not interest to contribute to wiki’s? At first glance it would seem that discussion forums provide a space for people to voice their opinions and the Boomers I know are very opinionated! But a wiki is also used to share opinions so why aren’t they using it?

Maybe it’s the collaboration side of  it? In wiki’s each individuals’ contribution is treated as equal, so perhaps that is what is putting off Boomers?

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:


– 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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Welcome to my newest endeavor!

Hopefully this blog will:

  • keep you up to date on what’s going on with academic publishing in Africa/South Africa (think calls for papers, conferences etc)
  • keep you informed about what’s happening in libraries in Africa/South Africa (if it happens and I hear about it, so will you!)
  • remind you that not everyone thinks like you (young people, older people and even older people all think and work differently – so prepare to broaden your mind!)
  • keep you entertained! (I would never read a boring blog, so why should you?)

I’m sure the path will be filled with broken links, un-upload-able pictures, typos and entries that won’t always resonate with you – but I’m just as sure there will be more than enough interesting stories, fascinating people and good times to make up for that!

So buckle up and enjoy the ride!