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The Facebook Conundrum: Where Ethics and Science Collide

The Facebook Conundrum: Where Ethics and Science Collide

| July 5, 2014

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 Media

What Teens Feel About Privacy and Social Media

| May 22, 2013 | 22 Comments

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 Math

Earn Facebook Time By Practicing Math

| November 28, 2012 | 3 Comments

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 […]

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Facebook and YouTube Offer Guidelines to Help Schools and Parents

Facebook and YouTube Offer Guidelines to Help Schools and Parents

| August 2, 2012 | 8 Comments

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 […]

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How Educators Are Using Learnist

How Educators Are Using Learnist

| June 6, 2012 | 5 Comments

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 […]

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Schools and Students Clash Over Use of Technology

Schools and Students Clash Over Use of Technology

| May 21, 2012 | 35 Comments

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 […]

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

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

| April 25, 2012 | 10 Comments

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 Concerns

Facebook Groups for Schools Raises Concerns

| April 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

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 […]

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Do Students Have the Right to Post Negative Comments Online?

Do Students Have the Right to Post Negative Comments Online?

| April 11, 2012 | 8 Comments

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 […]

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Facebook Meets College Apps with Mission Admission

Facebook Meets College Apps with Mission Admission

| March 19, 2012 | 5 Comments

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 […]

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