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The Facebook Conundrum: Where Ethics and Science Collide

Sat, 05 Jul 2014 14:00:31 +0000

The exploding field of "learning analytics" raises ethical questions similar to those arising from the recent Facebook revelations.

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What Teens Feel About Privacy and Social Mediachristopherfrierbrown-300×3001large

Wed, 22 May 2013 16:41:18 +0000

A new Pew Research study of teenagers and their parents reveals that teenagers are sharing more information on social networking sites than in the past, even as they carefully monitor and manage their profiles.

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Earn Facebook Time By Practicing MathAftermath#2

Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:58:20 +0000

One of parents’ and teachers’ biggest concerns about kids’ use of technology is the issue of distraction. As much as being wired can help kids with school work, it can also lead to temptations for goofing off. Pew Research Center study, “How Teens Do Research in the Digital World” recently reported that 87% of Advanced Placement … Continue reading Earn Facebook Time By Practicing Math

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Facebook and YouTube Offer Guidelines to Help Schools and Parents2044337954_0e59b3d184_z 2

Thu, 02 Aug 2012 14:00:02 +0000

Flickr:Dan Taylor By Matt Levinson Online social giants YouTube and Facebook have taken big steps to attempt to provide guidance on digital citizenship for kids online. Google (which owns YouTube) just launched its ten-step online program for smart and safe YouTube use, with a series of instructional videos that hit on topics from cyberbullying to … Continue reading Facebook and YouTube Offer Guidelines to Help Schools and Parents

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How Educators Are Using LearnistScreen Shot 2012-06-06 at 11.38.26 AM

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 18:41:20 +0000

By Jennifer Roland In the weeks since Learnist launched, educators have been finding ways to put it to use. Learnist, as many have already pointed out, works much like Pinterest — a way to catalog online resources on a topic and share them with the user’s social network. And like Pinterest, it looks like a … Continue reading How Educators Are Using Learnist

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Schools and Students Clash Over Use of Technology

Mon, 21 May 2012 17:52:29 +0000

By Katrina Schwartz When it comes to using technology in school, the tension between what students and parents want and what schools allow is becoming more apparent — and more divisive. Students want more control over how they use technology in school, but many classrooms are still making it difficult. That’s according to the most … Continue reading Schools and Students Clash Over Use of Technology

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How Should Schools and Parents Be Involved in Kids’ Online Lives?demoshelsinki

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 23:15:14 +0000

The most important goal is to maintain open communication, explaining to kids the responsibility that comes along with having an email account, and the need to ask an adult for help if the child feels uncomfortable with the nature of any online exchange.

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Facebook Groups for Schools Raises Concerns5600215736_b6d0ac73a9

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 18:01:05 +0000

Filckr:Birgerking By Katrina Schwartz The explosive growth of online social media sites specifically targeted at schools has compelled Facebook to edge its way back into the fertile ground of college campuses. Last week, the company announced a new feature available only to students and faculty with an active .edu email address, Groups for Schools. It’s … Continue reading Facebook Groups for Schools Raises Concerns

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Do Students Have the Right to Post Negative Comments Online?3772984885_e453a2cb30

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:00:06 +0000

By Corey G. Johnson Civil rights groups recently intervened in a free-speech controversy at the San Francisco Unified School District after a school suspended three high school seniors and banned them from graduation and prom over comments they made online. The students were suspended from George Washington High School after a teacher learned about postings on … Continue reading Do Students Have the Right to Post Negative Comments Online?

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Facebook Meets College Apps with Mission Admissioncollegeology1

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 17:42:47 +0000

By Nathan Maton Games and Facebook: We know those are two sure-fire ways of getting kids’ attention. Combine them, and you might have a tool to motivate low-income high-schoolers to apply to college. That’s the premise, anyway, for launching Mission Admission — to help students who don’t know what steps to take to get in … Continue reading Facebook Meets College Apps with Mission Admission

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Kony 2012: Viral Video Prompts a Teachable MomentScreen-shot-2012-03-16-at-10.20.45-AMScreen shot 2012-03-16 at 10.24.47 AMScreen shot 2012-03-16 at 10.39.35 AM

Fri, 16 Mar 2012 18:22:20 +0000

By Matt Levinson Over the past weeks, schools across the country have had the chance to witness the lightning speed with which viral videos can travel around the globe, particularly when young people are involved. The trigger in this instance: Invisible Children, a 30-minute video highlighting the horrors of child abduction and other atrocities perpetrated … Continue reading Kony 2012: Viral Video Prompts a Teachable Moment Screenshot of Kony 2012 YouTube Video

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Watch Out, Facebook: A New Social Network Targets Alumnigraduation

Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:00:31 +0000

Dave Herholz There has been a lot of excitement about bringing social networking tools into the classroom in recent years. These technologies have been touted as ways to encourage students to collaborate and communicate — both with teachers and with one another. It’s a way for students who might feel too shy to speak up … Continue reading Watch Out, Facebook: A New Social Network Targets Alumni

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Life in a 21st-Century English ClassScreen shot 2011-12-21 at 3.00.34 PM450px-The_Secret_Life_of_Bees

Wed, 21 Dec 2011 23:10:44 +0000

Creating a Common Craft-style video is part of the classroom assignment. By Shelley Wright I  teach in an inquiry, project-based, technology embedded classroom. A mouthful, I know. So what does that mean? To begin with, I don’t lecture. My students don’t take notes, at least not in the traditional sense, and we don’t read a … Continue reading Life in a 21st-Century English Class Creating a Common Craft-style video is part of the classroom assignment.

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Polishing the Student’s Image on Facebook TimelineScreen shot 2011-12-21 at 11.05.17 AM

Wed, 21 Dec 2011 19:07:31 +0000

Facebook and schools have been on a collision course, and especially in the past week, the media has spotlighted the tension between the social media site and its relationship with students and teachers. In the meantime, Lisa Nielsen, who works for the New York City Department of Education teaching teachers how to use technology in … Continue reading Polishing the Student’s Image on Facebook Timeline

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