Conversations on the evolution of social media, learning & the web

I’m Joan Vinall-Cox. My fascination with the web and learning has led me to continually expand my knowledge of the changing patterns of communication that the computer and web have brought us, and the practical use of our new communication tools.I enjoy speaking to groups about the web, learning, education and social media.

Below you can read some of my latest thoughts on learning, the web, social media and its impact on communication and education. If you want to dig deeper, I invite you to join the conversation for more posts and thoughts.

learner, web wanderer, edu-web-consultant, speaker



Social Media Basics

If you would like to know the basics of Social Media, and some information about Skype, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, so you can decide if you want to play in them, look at the slideshow below:

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Outlander: The TV Show

Watched Part 1 of The Outlander on Showcase last night. This morning I saw a Tweet dissing it. Having read almost all of the series, I thought, as an opening, it was well done.
True, they went on at length about Claire’s time with Frank, but every time I started thinking: “Get on with it; get to Jamie!” I’d realize that it was a necessary set-up. In a time travel story, using flashbacks wouldn’t work, so the long set-up was necessary. Then when we reached the Jamie part,

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Dissing Education

I’ve just finished reading the Saturday comics, this fine early August morning, and I saw something upsetting, pervasive, and subliminally powerful. I saw the ongoing American cultural disdain for education. Three of the comics were about how upsetting it is, for their characters, to think of the pain of returning to school. In one, a pleasant-appearing, bohemian-looking teacher eating an ice-cream cone, asks two kids how they are enjoying their summer. Their discussion after is about how disturbing it was to think about returning to school.

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