10 Ways to use Social Media for your Studies at UCT

I’m teaching this session today for UCT’s Learn@Lunch programme – it’s going to be loads of fun:)

We’re all experts at using Facebook and Twitter for our social lives, but have you ever thought of using these platforms for your studies? This session will discuss the benefits of social network sites and beyond and introduce you to some cool tips and tricks that will give you the edge.

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Levelling up your presentations with Prezi

Today I made my first Prezi🙂 I always found embedding video clips in PowerPoint  to be such a drag. Often you put your clips in the same folder as your presentation file and link it properly and when the big presentation day comes, it won’t work. Prezi is definitely a solution in that department. You can also embed YouTube videos and invite peers to collaborate on a presentation with you. What I like most about it, is the variety of social media sharing options available. I prezi-fied the first few slides of my Twitter presentation. I’m sure you will notice that unlike PowerPoint’s linear style, Prezi has much more visual appeal. Your prezi also autosaves as you work on it.When you sign up for Prezi, don’t forget to use your varsity email and get the EduEnjoy license. This allows you to use your own logo (rather than the Prezi watermark), download your Prezi for offline presentation and you get 500 MB of online storage space. And best of all, it’s FREE!!!

And if you want to embed your Prezi in a free WordPress blog like this, check out these tips for editing the embed code via Dr. Barbara Schroeder’s Technology Teacher blog.

Students’ use of Twitter in a social media seminar

Here is my presentation from the elearning update conference at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg on 1 August and Emerge Africa in July.

If you would like a copy of the presentation, click here. I am also working on a paper which you can download here. I would appreciate any comments or advice, as I am a bit thin on the literature and theoretical framework. At today’s conference proceedings, presenters mentioned ‘communities of inquiry’ and I also like Ito’s notion of genres of participation. I will also add a podcast of the presentation soon:)