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    [video]Andy Gibson posted a video on 26 March 2009 - 7:07pm.
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    Michael Wesch and the Future of Education

    "The Explainer" (TM Wired Magazine) turns his attention to social media tools for education and media literacy.

    Interesting show-of-hands survey of a class:

    "How many of you like coming to school?" - c. 50%
    "How many of you like learning?" - all of them

    And my two favourite quotes:

    * "Being human is all about learning, it's the hallmark of humanity."
    * "Helping students create meaningful connections, because that's where learning really happens"

    Couldn't have put it better myself.

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    Claire Medcalf posted a Blog entry on 15 April 2009 - 4:41pm.

    Webby, Steady, Go!

    It's a very happy day at Everything HQ today. We had a picnic in the park at lunchtime, AND we've just been told that School of Everything has been selected as an Official Honoree for the Education category in The 13th Annual Webby Awards. This is a big deal people!

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    Andy Gibson posted a link on 31 March 2009 - 1:03pm.

    Tim Davies: one-page guides to online tools

    Fantastic one-page guides to using YouTube, Twitter and many other online tools.

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    Andy Gibson posted a note on 30 March 2009 - 3:18pm.

    Copy as interface

    Great presentation from Erika Hall at Web 2.0 Expo (via Matt Locke) on how to write copy for web 2.0 applications. Key message: write less, and write for action.

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    Andy Gibson posted a note on 26 March 2009 - 9:18am.

    Top ten PR tips for small businesses

    Nice post from David Meerman Scott about online PR here:
    http://www.webinknow.com/2008/05/top-ten-pr-tips.html

    I don't know David, but I liked his statement: "I realized that sometimes there is value to top-of-mind ideas. Nuggets of value may be lost when you obsess over getting every detail perfect." Couldn't agree more.

    Here's his list:

    1. The old ways to get noticed were to buy expensive advertising and beg the media to write about you and your products. The best way to get noticed today is to publish great content online.

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    Andy Gibson posted a link on 25 March 2009 - 11:44am.

    The Facebook Generation vs. the Fortune 500

    Great article (via @guykawasaki) on how the expectations of the next generation are reshaping the businesses they work for. 12 points about how the new workplace will need to reflect the principles of the social web.

    Here are my favourites:
    * All ideas compete on an equal footing.
    * Leaders serve rather than preside.
    * Resources get attracted, not allocated.

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    Andy Gibson posted a link on 9 January 2009 - 2:05pm.

    40 Key Elements to Getting Started In Social Media

    Really good set of practical tips for everyone looking to get online and get started with 'web 2.0'.

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    Andy Gibson posted a link on 7 January 2009 - 11:58pm.

    What is web 2.0?

    Just so we know what we're all talking about, here's a definition piece from the guy who coined this infamous term.

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    [video]Paul Miller posted a video on 12 December 2008 - 4:49pm.
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    Us Now

    The trailer for Us Now.

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    Dougald Hine posted a link on 1 December 2008 - 2:32pm.

    The Folksy ruler

    One of the things I really like about Folksy.com (the UK-based crafts marketplace) is the cool stuff they make to promote the site. Looking through their Flickr stream, there are plenty of other examples of them getting involved with the community of people who make and sell stuff through the site.

    There's lots of inspiration there for us at School of Everything - and for any other startup that's trying to find playful ways to spread the word about a useful service.

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    Andy Gibson posted a link on 1 December 2008 - 12:37pm.

    Public vs. Private

    An old observation of mine that seems to be becoming more and more significant - as anyone who has had to add their boss as a Facebook friend will be all too aware...

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    Andy Gibson posted a note on 25 November 2008 - 3:24pm.

    The Human Intranet

    Here's the presentation I gave at the NCVO yesterday, now with added Zappa.

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    Andy Gibson posted a link on 20 November 2008 - 11:29pm.

    The nature of power is changing

    Great 'world 1.0 -> world 2.0' post from Euan Semple. Best line:

    "It is not about technology but about a shift in behaviours from a command and control mentality to an instigate and nurture one."

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    Andy Gibson posted a note on 19 November 2008 - 11:48am.

    Too much technology

    I've just had a very interesting e-mail exchange with Rowena Young at NESTA about social innovation and social technologies, and particularly the need to reach out beyond the normal early adopter communities into the much larger community of 'non-webbies'. In Rowena's words:

    "We are concerned most with the application of innovation to social change and impact, so novelty gets tempered by what difference it's actually making."

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    Andy Gibson posted a link on 18 November 2008 - 11:40pm.

    What is Twitter and what's it for?

    Nice paper by Luke Razzell about Twitter, how it's being used and what it's really useful for. (Thanks Euan!)

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    Clive Holtham posted a link on 16 November 2008 - 11:13am.

    Steve Bridger Fundraising Slideshare

    great range of material covered

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    Clive Holtham posted a link on 16 November 2008 - 11:10am.

    Beth Kanter 2.0 presentation and David Wilcox Boston Game

    Good presentation; instructions for game right at the end

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    Andy Gibson posted a link on 12 November 2008 - 12:20pm.

    Controlling the conversations

    Here's an old post of mine about controlling conversations in web 2.0 projects. Key message: 'get out of the way'!

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    Andy Gibson posted a link on 7 November 2008 - 2:58pm.

    Fred Wilson on hacking education

    Nice piece by respected VC Fred Wilson on how the web is giving 'power to the people' and what this could mean for education.

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    Andy Gibson posted a note on 1 November 2008 - 10:58pm.

    Leadership as service

    In a representative democracy, I think people will cede authority to a leader if they think they won't lose their power. But in social media projects, they will only allow someone to lead them if their power will increase.

    The more active and engaged the population becomes, or needs to become, the more the task of leading them becomes about enabling and serving, and not setting directions or crushing dissent. Those dissenting energies are still valuable energies, and the direction is chosen by the crowd.

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