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Catholic School Clamps Down on Kids Using Facebook

TB By Joshua Johnson This past October, Saint Timothy Catholic School in San Mateo caused a stir when it added an addendum to its parent/student handbook. The new rule? Any student with a Facebook account will be suspended until the account is closed. Monica Miller, principal of Saint Timothy, acknowledges that she panicked some parents. … Continue reading Catholic School Clamps Down on Kids Using Facebook →

Kids Online: the Risks and the Realities

TB The Internet seems like another member of the family sometimes. It lives in our home and follows us wherever we go, it vies for our attention, and it entertains us. The habits we fall into around our online lives has a profound effect on our family relationships, especially when it comes to parents and … Continue reading Kids Online: the Risks and the Realities →

Grockit and Facebook: the Friendship Blooms

On the heels of Monday’s story about a new Facebook app called Hoot.me that focuses students on lessons at hand, and away from distractions, here’s some news from Grockit in the same realm: Facebook’s developer conference, Grockit, a social learning company, announced a new integration with Facebook that will make it even easier for students … Continue reading Grockit and Facebook: the Friendship Blooms →

Distractions Begone! Facebook as a Study Tool

Protecting student safety has been the rationale behind the recent spate of laws restricting teachers’ and students’ communication via social networking. The laws call into into question once again the educational value of these sorts of online social tools: Why do teachers need to talk to students on Facebook? Shouldn’t students be studying? Isn’t Facebook … Continue reading Distractions Begone! Facebook as a Study Tool →

Facebook, Students and Teachers: A Question of Free Speech

Getty By Rob Arcamona Last week, a Missouri judge issued a preliminary injunction against the state, suspending part of a law that would have made it illegal for teachers and students to connect via social networks. Section 162.069.4 of the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act — which aims to protect children from sexual predators — … Continue reading Facebook, Students and Teachers: A Question of Free Speech →

Which Rules Are Worth Circumventing?

Flickr:Bark Rules are important in any civilized society. Without them, chaos would ensue. But some rules are worth questioning, especially when the consequences negate their very purpose. Teachers are grappling with how to address regulations they consider unnecessary at best and harmful at worst. There’s no question that helpful guidelines can and should be put … Continue reading Which Rules Are Worth Circumventing? →

50 Reasons to Invite Facebook Into Your Classroom

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 … Continue reading 50 Reasons to Invite Facebook Into Your Classroom →

5 Ways Teachers Are Getting Inspired This Summer

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 … Continue reading 5 Ways Teachers Are Getting Inspired This Summer →

Journalism Students Miss the Potential of Social Media

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, … Continue reading Journalism Students Miss the Potential of Social Media →

How Do you Negotiate Public and Private Personas on Twitter?

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 … Continue reading How Do you Negotiate Public and Private Personas on Twitter? →

Will Google+ Replace Twitter or Facebook for Teachers?

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 … Continue reading Will Google+ Replace Twitter or Facebook for Teachers? →

30 Facebook Dos and Don’ts for College Professors

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 … Continue reading 30 Facebook Dos and Don’ts for College Professors →

Computer Science: Not Just for Geeks Anymore

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 … Continue reading Computer Science: Not Just for Geeks Anymore →

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