Social Media

How Social Networks Might Change the Way We Read Books

How Social Networks Might Change the Way We Read Books

| August 17, 2011 | 8 Comments

Reading hasn’t always been seen as a solitary act. Our first experiences with books demonstrate that: before we know how to read, we often have people — a parent, a teacher — reading out loud to us. But once we know how to read, there’s a sense that we’re supposed to read silently and oftentimes, […]

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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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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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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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Harry Potter, Henry Jenkins, and the Power of Social Media

Harry Potter, Henry Jenkins, and the Power of Social Media

| May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

At the Learning from Hollywood conference last week, USC professor Henry Jenkins talked about his theory on building what he calls “participatory culture” around Harry Potter Alliance as a means to teach kids how to be social activists and realize their transformative powers. Jenkins believes that schools should embrace the powers of social media and […]

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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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How are College Educators Using YouTube?

How are College Educators Using YouTube?

| April 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

This is just part of a fun infographic on MindJumpers depicting different studies about how college educators are using social media. The one that stands out: 40% of educators report having a YouTube account. I’d love to know how college professors are using YouTube in (and out of) the classroom. Part of the information from […]

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Five Ways Silicon Valley is Changing Education

Five Ways Silicon Valley is Changing Education

| April 15, 2011 | 8 Comments

There’s no argument that Silicon Valley startups have influenced how businesses operate. The fact that most companies now count social media strategy as a crucial part of their operation is a testament to the Internet culture infiltrating far beyond the Internet-only based businesses. The same phenomenon is happening in education. Here are five ways tech-based […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| April 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

While the federal government did avoid a shutdown this week, the budget negoations hammered out this week included some major cuts for ed-tech, including the elimination of the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program. RIP Flip camera. Cisco announced this week that it was shutting down production of the popular video device. Although Flip cameras […]

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