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50 Reasons to Invite Facebook Into Your Classroom

50 Reasons to Invite Facebook Into Your Classroom

| August 5, 2011 | 16 Comments

Editor’s Note: It’s not an easy decision to bring Facebook into the classroom. Teachers must contend with all kinds of issues — including breaking the law. In this fraught world of social media privacy, the terrain is that much less clear, but for those who are willing to think about opening that door, here’s an […]

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5 Ways Teachers Are Getting Inspired This Summer

5 Ways Teachers Are Getting Inspired This Summer

| July 27, 2011 | 1 Comment

Summertime is typically spent unwinding, unplugging, and for many educators, untangling from the daily rigors of teaching. But summer is also the perfect opportunity to get more familiar with ideas and tools that might take time to understand and use during the school year. We asked a few teachers how they’ve been spending their summer […]

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Journalism Students Miss the Potential of Social Media

Journalism Students Miss the Potential of Social Media

| July 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

By Devin Harner A couple of days after news broke of Osama bin Laden’s killing in Pakistan, a group of students at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where we teach journalism, sat in a classroom and talked about how they were first alerted to the story. Most said Facebook. Some said friends or family, […]

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How Do you Negotiate Public and Private Personas on Twitter?

How Do you Negotiate Public and Private Personas on Twitter?

| July 12, 2011 | 3 Comments

As teachers try to suss out how to integrate Google+ with their Facebook and Twitter networks in and out of the classroom, the line between public and private posts becomes that much more the focus of discussion. Google+ has made it somewhat easier by making users decide specifically which circles to post to. That function […]

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Will Google+ Replace Twitter or Facebook for Teachers?

Will Google+ Replace Twitter or Facebook for Teachers?

| July 11, 2011 | 11 Comments

It’s been almost two weeks since the launch of the “field trial” of Google’s new social network, Google Plus. As the hype grows, more and more people are receiving their invitations to the service, and in turn, there are an increasing number of discussions about how Google Plus might work for teaching and learning. (Take […]

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The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools

The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools

| July 6, 2011 | 57 Comments

From last year’s ISTE talk by Adam Bellow that’s making the rounds again: The new “F” word is Fear. Fear of using technology in schools, in the hands of kids. Here’s why that should change.

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30 Facebook Dos and Don’ts for College Professors

30 Facebook Dos and Don’ts for College Professors

| June 22, 2011 | 5 Comments

Privacy in the age of social media is almost an oxymoron. What’s acceptable to broadcast to each other and the world is constantly changing — and that’s especially the case in education. We’ve created a short poll about student/teacher Tweeting habits, and would love your feedback. In the meantime, check out these suggested Facebook guidelines […]

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Computer Science: Not Just for Geeks Anymore

Computer Science: Not Just for Geeks Anymore

| June 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

More college are being drawn to computer science degrees because of media’s glamorous portrayal of this traditionally geeky career path, today’s New York Times article suggests. Movies like “The Social Network” and Apple’s slick ad campaigns have created celebrities out of Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, and with tech company net worth numbering in the […]

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Six Ways to Use Social Media Tools in Journalism Classes

Six Ways to Use Social Media Tools in Journalism Classes

| June 6, 2011 | 4 Comments

By Nathan Gibbs It’s difficult to deny that social media platforms are changing the face of modern communication. Online tools are a growing part of how news is sourced, published, and consumed. The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt demonstrated the importance of social media literacy for journalists. Yet integrating social media into university classrooms can […]

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Should Parents Have the Backdoor Key to Kids’ Facebook Accounts?

Should Parents Have the Backdoor Key to Kids’ Facebook Accounts?

| May 18, 2011 | 9 Comments

Concern about children’s safety and privacy online has led to a number of initiatives and programs — by schools, by private companies, and by government entities. These efforts are all aimed at protecting children and teens from what are perceived to be the big dangers on the Internet: sexual predators, advertisers, and bullies, for example, […]

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