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"A network of individuals knows more than a single individual." -- George Siemens
That's somewhat obvious. Sure, "wisdom of the crowds" (wikipedia) can quickly become "idiocy of the crowds" (youtube comments)...and experts do know more than novices (though a network of experts knows more than an individual expert). This is evident in the education field. Education employs more people than almost any other sector - 1 in 16 jobs in the US. Which means expertise is widely distributed and capturing great ideas about teaching practices can provide much value. Looking for a simple way to aggregate these ideas? Doug Belshaw used a simple Twitter hashtag approach, moving from idea to artifact in about one month. A .pdf of the project is available here.


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Study: Inc. 500 CEOs Aggressively Use Social Media for Business -- from Inc. bBy Tamara Schweitzer
Fast-growing companies are particularly visible on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, according to a new study.


Choosing the Right Social Bookmarking Widget for your Website -- from Digital Inspiration - Technology Blog by Amit Agarwal


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Harnessing the Power of Social Networks in Teaching & Learning - Couros -- from Dr. Z.

"He is doing what I am trying to do in my classes. He is using the web as a all around source for information and research as well as a place for his students to publish and submit their work. I was struck when he said that his students published on the web and instead of them submitting papers or putting their links on a wiki (which is what I tend to do), he has them use a social bookmarking site like to tag their work so that he can retrieve it."

May 2005 -- from Educause:

Social Bookmarking
Social bookmarking involves saving bookmarks one normally makes in a Web browser to a public Web site and "tagging" them with keywords. The resulting community-driven, keyword-based classifications, known as "folksonomies," may change how we store and find information online. More>>


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Because the world continues to shrink, community-driven sites continue to grow in popularity, and leading online-learning vendors (such as Blackboard) continue to develop online/networked/social learning-based tools. Blackboard believes (at least some of) learning will take place in communities/social settings.