Club-Admiralty

v6.2.1 - moving along, a point increase at a time

Review: MOOCs and Educational Challenges around Asia and Europe

MOOCs and Educational Challenges around Asia and Europe by Bowon KimMy rating: 3 of 5 stars This was an interesting overview of MOOC (and some about OER) initiatives in selected Asian countries. It's interesting to see the role that MOOCs and OER take on in different contexts. I did find some issues with some chapters (naming things MOOCs which aren't really MOOCs), but I guess this was
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Review: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal NewportMy rating: 3 of 5 stars I've gone back and forth with this book. While listening to it some parts were just 2-stars and others were 4-stars. Perhaps the 4-star part was confirmation bias on my part. That said, some things in this book are just causes to roll your eyes, and other parts make a ton of sense. Over the
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Review: Networked Communities: Strategies for Digital Collaboration

Networked Communities: Strategies for Digital Collaboration by Sylvie AlbertMy rating: 2 of 5 stars It was an OK book. Definitely focuses more on the organizational and managerial aspects of networked communities (which aren't of much use to me at the moment).  There were some interesting nuggets of information buried throughout the book if you looked carefully enough.  I am kind
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Review: Group Cognition: Computer Support for Building Collaborative Knowledge

Group Cognition: Computer Support for Building Collaborative Knowledge by Gerry StahlMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Enlightening but I thought it was a bit imbalanced. The theoretical pieces of the book were very interesting (and dense). I tried getting through these chapters in a manner of days and I don't think I got everything (or at least things seem a little fuzzy at the moment).  That
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Review: Collaboration Uncovered: The Forgotten, the Assumed, and the Unexamined in Collaborative Education

Collaboration Uncovered: The Forgotten, the Assumed, and the Unexamined in Collaborative Education by Merle RichardsMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Quite an interesting collection of perspectives (and stories) about person-to-person collaboration in higher education. I think that you are looking for a book that deals with collaboration at the lower levels (i.e. not institution-to-institution) this
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Review: Collaboration and Networking in Education

Collaboration and Networking in Education by Daniel MuijsMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Interesting book on collaboration in education. I was expecting it to focus more on the specific of collaboration, and less on the inter-organizational aspects. As such I found it to be a bit high level for my purposes. Still, this was an interesting book to read, even if I did end up skimming through sections
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Adieu Raptr!

Well, in a couple of weeks Raptr is pulling the plug on the video-game social network which originally aimed to bring together a more unified view of gamers by allowing people to track the amount of time they put into playing games, showing off their achievements outside of closed and platform-specific views, and bringing people who play similar games together.  I actually liked this quite a
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Review: Collaboration in Distance Education: International Case Studies

Collaboration in Distance Education: International Case Studies by Louise MoranMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Even though it's a little dated at this point, it was an interesting view into cross-organizational collaborations in distance education. I started reading this thinking that it was more about person-to-person collaboration, not necessarily institution-to-institution initiatives. 
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Review: Star Trek Volume 1

Star Trek Volume 1 by Steve MolnarMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Both stories in this volume are titled after TOS episodes...which not surprisingly were comic adaptations of classic TOS episodes. As I was reading this collection I was getting mental images of the actual episodes and I was wondering why.  I a quick stop at Memory Alpha told me why! Overall this was not bad, but I think I was
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Review: Case Study Research: Design and Methods

Case Study Research: Design and Methods by Robert K. YinMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Quite a thorough book on doing case studies.  This is the second book just on case studies that I have read thus far, and it seems quite inclusive.  I did like the Stake book (see review a few weeks ago) but this seemed to give more of a roadmap.  This is probably the 8th or 9th book I've read
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Review: Star Trek: Starfleet Academy

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy by Mike JohnsonMy rating: 5 of 5 stars [SPOILERS] Quite an interesting adventure that kickstarts at least 2 new groups of crews in the Kelvin-timeline of Star Trek. I'd read more of this. The comic starts off with the TOS crew, when they were in their academy days (well Kirk, Spock, and Uhura...and a little bit of Chekov), but it really focuses mostly a new
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Good Adds up?

I guess this is one of the new facebook things: Good adds up.  I suppose it's a positive way to look at things.  Some people in my timeline have gotten videos, I got a more static infographic page. Yes, it's all Greek to you😜
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Review: Armada

Armada by Ernest ClineMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I was looking forward to reading this book as soon as I discovered that it existed. I really liked "Ready Player One" and this book did not disappoint. The book has a ton of references to (mostly) 80s pop-culture and it indulges the conspiracy theorists that say that the government is preparing us for the imminent arrival of our alien foes.
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Review: Exploring the Theory, Pedagogy and Practice of Networked Learning

Exploring the Theory, Pedagogy and Practice of Networked Learning by Lone Dirckinck-HolmfeldMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I liked this particular book on Networked Learning. It provided a nice balance between theory and actual practice. I think I am addicted to this Networked Learning thing.  I have a three more books on my to-read list on GoodReads, and I bookmarked the proceedings for
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Swarm year in review

Well, 2016 is done,  and one more social media app sent me my comings and going from last year.  This time around it was the Swarm app - formerly known as foursquare before the rebranding.It's not surprising that my most checked-in places are train stations (spent quite a lot of time in them last year, not just going to and from work, but also on our trip to Spain in October).  It's
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Goodreads year-end-review

Couldn't escape the GoodRead year-end-review!I am generally very conservative when I set my reading goals each year because I tend to think of books as thick things that take a long time to get through.  However, as this year has proven again I've read more books than I expected.  If you notice, you'll see that it's a lot of comic books and star trek novels (audiobook or text-to-speech ebooks
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Connecting on Miitomo

Seems like I haven't really found many friends and colleagues on Miitomo yet (maybe I am not the right demographic?)  So, if you're reading this, try it out and connect ;-)
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Gamercat explains miitomo

All I can say is... "yup..."
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Καλώς τα Miitomo

Την περασμένη εβδομάδα η Nintendo ανακοίνωσε πως έχει μια καινούργια εφαρμογή για Android και iOS που λέγετε miitomo. Απ όσο γνωρίζω είναι η πρώτη εφαρμογή της εταιρίας για πλατφόρμες εκτός των δικών της. Έτσι λοιπόν την κατέβασα και
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I'm 88 eh? You don't say!

The other day I took one of those silly Facebook tests. You know, the ones that ask you some limited amount of questions and they tell you something about yourself (your ideal profession, your age, your brain capacity, when you're going to die - whatever).  This is nothing new, I remember doing silly tests like these since I started surfing the web in 1995 (hey, remember the Spark, and their
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Adieu, LiveMocha

Well...seems like LiveMocha is going away.  The approach that I liked about LiveMocha was that it utilized social networking, and networks, for the purposes of language learning.  So, me - being a native speaker of Greek and English, I could earn points by teaching others those languages and  I could use those points to the in turn learn something new.  It allowed someone to be
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Adieu Raptr...

Normally with these "adieu" posts the service or software I am writing about the service shuts down or the software maintainer no longer updates the software. In this case Raptr isn't going away, but it's changing focus.  Raptr is (was) a great service to keep all of your gaming information in one place. I could consolidate my xbox gaming, my PC gaming, and the few PS games that I play in one
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Adieu, Orkut!

Well, I guess Orkut's time came!This past weekend both my Google accounts (because for some reason I needed 2 Orkut accounts ;-) ), got a notice that Orkut was (finally) closing down. Back when Social Networks were new (or new to me), back in 2004, I had created social network accounts on a lot of networks. I was interested in comparing various functionalities and affordances of each platform so I
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Top 5%, eh?

Well, this is probably old news, but a while back I got this note from LinkedIn saying that my profile was among the top 5%.  Pretty cool!I must admit that I was simultaneously creeped out, and delighted that I was that "popular" on the web.  I am wondering what that says about my personality.  I am also wondering, in the grand scheme of things, what this 5% means.  Maybe for next
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On Social Networking...

The other day one of my long time friends and colleague posted on Facebook a quick pondering: is LinkedIn the right place for academics? The underlying thought is that LinkedIn is very instrumentalist and positivist in how it represents someone. Essentially what this means is that we setup profiles that represent a reality that we want to market to others, and we want to pass on that reality (our reality)
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Adieu, Ping!

Well, shows you how much I used Apple's Ping social network!  It went offline at the end of September and I only realized it because it was mentioned on the Engadget podcast ;-)Ping was Apple's music social network, only accessible via iTunes.  This project was doomed from the start, and Apple seemed to be the only one not to know (or acknolwedge it).  Something that lived
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What is Google+? (ROFL)

άπαιχτο! (awesome!)What is Google+ (Google Plus) and do I need it? from Epipheo Studios on Vimeo.
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The power of the network - random thoughts

I was listening to Leo Laporte on Twit the other day and he and Robert Scoble were talking about how great Twitter is (all hacking of the twitter homepage aside) when trying to find some information. You just throw out your query into the twittersphere (is that even a word?) and your followers will answer it.Well, this might work for celebrities, but does it work the the average-joe-twitterer? For
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Social Network Parodies

A couple of parody trailers (parodies of the Social Network movie coming out soon) have hit the interwebs:Twitter:YouTube:
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The Social Network movie

When I first saw this title, initially I thought that it was a "scary movie" type of movie - boy was I wrong. It's a movie about FaceBook and it looks pretty bad - well pretty bad in terms that it is actually based on actual events.** shivers **
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Social profiles living on after a person's death - some thoughts

A while back I read this post (I wish I could remember the link) about Facebook suggesting that he reconnect with his friend but there was one gotcha in this situation - his friend had passed away a number of months ago - therefore even if this person tried to "reconnect" it would be a one-way conversation (unless they enlisted the help of medium).In any case, this got me thinking.  These days
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Skitch – δωρεάν εφαρμογή για screenshot

Όταν αγόρασα το πακέτο MacHeist τα περασμένα Χριστούγεννα, το πακέτο είχε μέσα την εφαρμογή  Snapz Pro, μια επαγγελματική εφαρμογή για screenshot. Φυσικά το MacOS X έρχεται μαζί με την δωρεάν εφαρμογή Grab που κάνει την ίδια δουλειά, αλλά για
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Net4Mac – Κοινωνικό δίκτυο για χρήστες Mac

Έχω δει πολλά κοινωνικά δίκτυα τον τελευταίο, facebook, myspace, linkedin, και το ning σου επιτρέπει να φτιάξεις δικό σου κοινωνικό δίκτυο με ότι θεματολογία θες! Σήμερα ανακάλυψα ένα κοινωνικό δίκτυο για χρήστες Mac που λέγετε Net4Mac.Κατεβάζεις
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Delish – Desktop εφαρμογή τα bookmark σου από το del.icio.us

Σήμερα το πρωί είδα τα νέα για μια εφαρμογή που λέγετε delish (ντε λί ςς στην προφορά του).  Η εφαρμογή αυτή σου επιτρέπει να δεις όλα σου τα Bookmark που έχεις στο del.icio.us. να δεις όλα τα bookmark που έχουν το ίδιο tag και να δεις ένα preview
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Δοκιμάζω τα mycorner.gr και zuni.gr

Είπα και εγώ να δοκιμάσω μερικά ελληνικά κοινωνικά δίκτυα. Ήμουν ήδη μέλος του fatsa.gr (αν και δεν έχω βρει πολλούς φίλους) οπότε είπα να πάω να δω τι τρέχει με το mycorner και το zuni. Εντάξει, δεν λενε και πολλά, η αλήθεια είναι πως
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Πάει το Hi5!

Μετά από δυο (ή τρία;) χρόνια ως μέλος στο Hi5, έκλεισα επίσημα τον λογαριασμό μου. Περισσότερο χρησιμοποιώ το twitter, facebook και myspace παρά το Hi5.Πριν κάτι μήνες έλεγα να τον κρατήσω τον λογαριασμό μπας και με βρουν φίλοι που δεν έχουν
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Zuni.gr podcast...

Άκουγα τις προάλλες ένα podcast από το metablogging.gr και είχαν ως καλεσμένους δύο τύπους από το zuni.gr. Έγινα μέλος στο κοινωνικό τους δίκτυο, δεν έχω φίλους επειδή πήγα κάπου αλλού πανεπιστήμιο, και δεν προσκάλεσα κανέναν φίλο επειδή
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Twinkle: Twitter για το iPhone

Διάβασα σήμερα το πρωί στο tuaw πως υπάρχει μια νέα εφαρμογή για σπασμένα iPhone (και μάλλον για iPod Touch) που είναι σαν το twitterific για το iPhone. Σου επιτρέπει να δεις τιτιβίσματα από αυτούς που ακολουθείς, τιτιβίσματα από άτομα κοντά
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Κριτική: Θέλω συνδέσμους μεταξύ Social Networking και Addressbook/iCal!

Εδώ και καιρό χρησιμοποιώ τρία κοινωνικά δίκτυα (social networks) να βρω και να συνδεθώ με παλιούς και νέους φίλους, συγγενείς, και συνεργάτες. Τα δύο μεγαλύτερα που χρησιμοποιώ είναι το facebook και το LinkedIn. Φυσικά υπάρχουν αρκετά
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Twitterrfic – Ωραίος client για το Twitter

Εδώ και κάτι εβδομάδες χρησιμοποιώ έναν (από τους πολλούς) client για την δημοφιλής υπηρεσία micro-blogging twitter. Το πρόγραμμα είναι δωρεάν και υποστηρίζεται με διαφημίσεις. Αν σου την σπάνε οι διαφημίσεις μπορείς άνετα να αγοράσεις
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Το iPod Touch γίνεται καλύτερο...

... αλλά ακόμα χρειάζεται αναβαθμίσεις για να μου κινήσει την περιέργεια να το αγοράσω. Τα νέα προγράμματα (mail, stocks, notes, maps, weather) είναι καλά, αλλά η συσκευή χρειάζεται κάτι παραπάνω για να είναι σούπερ και για να κλέψει λίγο
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Ψηφίστε το αγαπημένο σας πρόγραμμα

Η σελίδα cool mac apps, είναι μια σελίδα που σας επιτρέπει να ψηφίσετε το αγαπημένο σας πρόγραμμα για το MacOS X. Αν είστε καινούργιος στον κόσμο τον Μάκ, ρίξτε μια ματιά για να δείτε τι προγράμματα μπορεί να σας ενδιαφέρουν. Όσοι έχετε
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Λογισμικό για Social Networking

Υπάρχουν αρκετά προγράμματα ΙΜ στο διαδίκτυο. Θυμάμαι τις παλιές καλές μέρες που όλες οι νέες κοινωνικές μου γνωριμίες γινόντουσαν στα τυφλά απλός πηγαίνοντας σε κάποιο chat room. Σήμερα υπάρχουν αρκετά μέρη στο ίντερνετ, με
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