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Thought of The Day

“Computer networks are social networks.”

(I can’t remember where I read this recently)

Thinking about … Social Networks

I was thinking about Konrad’s Post and all the different places I have recently started to generate lists of friends in social networks:

Also thinking about the social networking laws that Rheinhold mentioned in “Smart Mobs.”

Moore’s Law – The empirical observation made in 1965 that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit for minimum component cost doubles every 24 months.

Reed’s Law– The utility of large networks, particularly social networks, can scale exponentially with the size of the network.

Metcalfe’s law – The value of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of users of the system (n2).

Sarnoff’s Law – The value of a broadcast network is proportionate to the number of viewers.

Tracking Down Educators that Use Photo Sharing (flickr)

ShareI have been building up a new section on the wiki on Photo Sharing in Education . There were a number of ideas that I built upon from the RSS Ideas for Educators guide and developed in this section.

I wanted to ensure, as I had done for other sections of the wiki, that I included examples of K-12 educators that are using photo sharing web sites. (I also included a Higher Education section for Chris Lott .)

As I had done for the social bookmarking section, I used a number of different strategies to track down educators that are using photo sharing with a focus on Flickr. Included are some of the strategies that I used.

  1. I took the names of educational bloggers and educators that I used in the social bookmarking tools section of the wiki and plugged them into Flickr, using the "People" search feature .
  2. Once a user was identified, I examined their profile in order to find more information about that user. A profile might include specific teacher information like Aaron Smith or the url of a web site/blog for more details about the user.
  3. Once a user was identified as an educator, I was able to search through that user's contacts in order to identify other educators. This works particularly well for profiles of well known educational blogger like Tim Lauer.
  4. Another method of tracking down educators was by joining Flickr groups and examining its members. A few groups were particularly useful: FlickrEdu, Flickr for Education, and Educational Bloggers.

And here is the big list, and my own Flickr site. Please let me know if I you would like to be added to the list or if I made any

Elementary Teachers Anthony Hardwick Jeanne Simpson Collin Bonner Derrall Garrison Doug Noon Craig Carignan Cathy Evanoff James Tubbs Jackie Campbell Aaron Smith

Secondary Teachers Vicki Davis Steve Dickie Darren Kuropatwa Dan McDowell Bud Hunt Eric MacKnight Jo McLeay Paul Allison Neil Winton Dana Huff John Blake

Administrators Tim Lauer Chris Lehmann

Educational Technology Geeks Will Richardson David Warlick David Jakes Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach April Chamberlain Karl Fisch Judy O'Connell Miguel Guhlin Wes Fryer Stephen Dembo Stephen Downes Charlene Chausis Elizabeth Ross Hubbell Garry Chapman Jenny Levine Jeremy Price Leigh Blackall Jo Kay Joel Solomon Janice Stearns Doug Belshaw Josie Fraser Dean Shareski Tim Wilson Thor Prichard

Higher Education Alan Levine Paul Baker Christopher Sessums Clay Shirky Chris Lott D'Arcy Norman Cyprien Lomas George H Williams Brian Lamb

Tech Musings on Frappr

Danny over at TILT inspired my to start a Frappr map for those of you that are reading Tech Musings. So if you are interested in joining my Frappr map it can be found in the side bar.I like that the map I created has it’s own RSS feed and that it supports tagging, but it is definitely a social networkinjg tool. You can look at Frapper once you signup at Local.Frapper. You can see restaurants and clubs/bars and shopping areas that other members have recommended. As well as what other Frappr members are in your area, with People.Frappr.
Frappr is one of those great mash-ups using Google maps open API to create a social networking tool.

I was looking over towards Kitchener and Guelph using Frappr because I have a meeting in the area early next year. I came across a Frappr member had added local history pegs to the google map around the Kitchener area. What a neat idea? Why not add local history pegs all over Toronto? Students investigating the history of the area in their social studies classes, putting down pegs to show people who might be interested in the area the local history, by using a social networking tool to leverage the power of groups students work would be valued by many travellers or at least by people like me how have to go to meetings in other cities. Another by-product is that you can switch to satelliete view because we are dealing with Google maps, and if the map is available get a better look at the area.

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