4 reasons you should use social media to study

I would like to propose a new way to study.

As I was sitting in my Online Journalism lecture today and tweeting using the hashtag #qutoj1, I thought to myself… why am I taking lecture notes in my laptop or on paper? The information is recorded in front of me in real time!

A great way to compliment this is to revise and record my notes in a blog post.

Why?

1. It’s fun and easy to use.

2. I can access my notes online from anywhere

3. I can signpost relevant tweets and thoughts from my peers and lecturers.

4. It’s interactive and creates conversation; I can share my posts and learn from other people too.

 

What do you think about this? Do you tweet or blog your lecture notes?

Keep a watch out for my next blog post, where I will use this study blogging technique!

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Note: this post is an example of an online story with the use of embedding images, maps and video clips. This is not a real story.

police car chase

A TEEN who allegedly rammed three police vehicles while leading officers on a two-hour chase through south east Queensland has been denied bail.

The 16-year-old Stockleigh boy, who is facing 15 charges, applied for bail in Southport Magistrates Court today after handing himself in to Coomera Police Station yesterday.

Duty lawyer Bridget Patchell told the court the teen had gone off the rails this year after his family situation at home deteriorated.

He had been living with his father after the relationship breakdown but recently moved to live with his mother.

Ms Patchell said all his possessions were left at his father’s house and he was driving to get them on Sunday when the incidents happened.

“It was a situation that just blew out of proportion,” said Ms Patchell.

The teen’s parents were visibly distressed in court when Magistrate Catherine Pirie denied him bail until a bail plan, including counselling and employment, was drawn up by Youth Justice Services.

He was remanded in custody and will reappear in Southport Magistrates Court on Friday.

The ‘chase’

Police say the boy reached speeds of up to 140km/h during the two-hour chase that started at Warwick at 10.30am on Sunday when officers sighted a vehicle wanted for an earlier evade police incident.

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The teen allegedly rammed a police car at about 11.30am while avoiding tyre spikes set up on the Cunningham Highway at Willowbank.

Police say the youth drove along Beaudesert-Boonah Rd to Bromelton. He allegedly drove at an officer and rammed two police cars at 12.10pm when he avoided road spikes on Waste Facility Road at Bromelton.

Police say he then abandoned the vehicle on Kurragong Drive at Jimboomba.

 

How often should you blog?

How often do you blog

It’s the question of the blogging age: how often should you blog?

To determine the answer, it’s crucial to look at the most important part of your blog: your readers.

Fashion blogger Nikki Parkinson spoke to a bunch of QUT students about her experience with posting.

A successful blog business is built on solid content and a solid community engaged with that content.

Here’s a few tips of the trade.

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The 20 people you should follow on Twitter

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With well over 645 million users and 500 million tweets sent per day, Twitter can be a daunting place to play. You may be one of the 271 million active users, or perhaps you make up the 40% of users who watch the tweets go by but never say a thing.

It can be a challenge to condense the right amount of wit, fact, comment or self-promotion into a 140 character tweet and send it out into the twitterverse. The 140 character phenomena has seen various ‘how to tweet’ blog posts and ebooks surface across the internet. And where some users may find this character count limiting, others see it as a challenge to conquer.

So who is top of the tweet line? Who are the best people to follow on Twitter to get your daily dose of news, sport, business, politics, tech, entertainment, lifestyle and travel?

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#Sponsor me on Instagram

When fashion meets Instagram Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 10.19.15 PM When Jessica Stein from fashion blog ‘Tuula Vintage’ posts a photo on Instagram, the #brandname cobalt-blue split skirt she is flaunting sells out in an hour; like throwing bread at hungry birds, her fashion-savvy readers snap it up. With the rise of Instagram, publicity is immediate. And when you’re talking about a blogger like Stein who has nearly one million Instagram followers, that’s big exposure for any brand. (more…)

Promises, promises

“The new government has failed to deliver on its election promises.”

These are words we so often hear thrown around the political sphere and today especially, the day after the Coalition announced Budget 2014.

From election promises to pinky promises and everything in between, broken promises are the bane of my life.

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Leila Cosgrove

Her schedule consists of running an art gallery, managing a bar, career counselling, helping with her fiancés Mexican food business and doing a yoga course as well as looking after her two young children, three chickens and one cat. Nothing and no one, it seems, can stop Leila Cosgrove.

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Is extended childcare hurting our kids?

We all know women are able to take maternity leave and get paid for it with the current system allowing a mother to be paid at the minimum wage ($622.10) each week for 18 weeks. Australian employers are required to provide 12 months of unpaid leave to employees who have worked for at least 12 months prior to the parental leave period.

But is this enough?

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