Archive for Social Networking

Increased Engagement and Communication Through the Use of ConnectYard

I attended the Creating Futures Through Technology at the beginning of March in Biloxi, Mississippi.  This a local conference that is geared towards the use of technology in higher education in Mississippi.  This year, I presented along with my colleague Dr. Cindy Handley on our use of ConnectYard at USM.

Increased Communication and Engagement Through the Use of ConnectYard from ahornton
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Social Media for Business

I had the pleasure of being invited to speak for the Marion County Partnership Development today.  In the following presentation, I spoke about how social media, such as, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress, etc. can be used for business.

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Social Networking in Higher Education

We are struggling with how to create policy for using social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, Ning, etc.) at our institution.  We are concerned about security, that students’ private data will be misused and how our university could be held liable.  Right now, the unofficial policy is to NOT recommend any of these tools to our faculty.  It seems to me that there should be a middle ground, a way to develop reasonable policy to protect the institution, students, and faculty and use these tools to enhance our educational institution.

I would love to hear recommendations from anyone who has addressed this issue or who might be going through the same issues and how they are approaching it.

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Ning

Ning is a social networking tool. The sign-up is free and you are able to create private and public networking sites. A public site is like a Web site where everyone can see what you put up. A private site requires that you invite users to join the site for them to be able to see the content.

I have been using Ning for about 6 months now. I have created 3 Ning sites so far, one for our family that is spread out all over the U.S., Europe, and Africa. I created this one as a private network so that only those I invite can join our network. I also created a private site for our Boy Scout troop. I created one public site for the Scoutreach Division of our local Boy Scouts of America, of which my husband is the director. He uses this site to communicate with parents, volunteers, and others in his district about events and what is going on with scouting in his district.

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