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Six Ways to Use Social Media Tools in Journalism Classes

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 … Continue reading Six Ways to Use Social Media Tools in Journalism Classes →

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

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, … Continue reading Should Parents Have the Backdoor Key to Kids’ Facebook Accounts? →

Parents, Kids, and the Internet: the Problem of “Juvenoia”

It’s hard to find stories in the media about kids and the Internet that don’t propagate fearful messages. Parents are bombarded with stories about depression and isolation, and the imminent dangers lurking behind the screen. Ann Collier’s NetFamilyNews blog provides a refreshing antidote. Collier writes with insight and depth about parents’ negotiating the tricky territory … Continue reading Parents, Kids, and the Internet: the Problem of “Juvenoia” →

Weekly News Roundup

Microsoft announced this week that it has agreed to acquire the popular VOIP service Skype for $8.5 billion. Skype has become an important tool for educators bridging classrooms around the world, and the acquisition may boost Microsoft’s status in the education sector (provided, of course, Skype still works on Apple computers). According to the June … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

Silicon Valley Execs Funnel $3 million into Rocketship

Silicon Valley executives — CEOs and COOs of companies like Netflix, Facebook, and Skype — have funneled $3 million to Rocketship Education this year that will be used to refine its sophisticated software system. The money will be spent to improve four components of Rocketship’s computer software: assessment of students, the way it generates learning … Continue reading Silicon Valley Execs Funnel $3 million into Rocketship →

Five Ways Silicon Valley is Changing Education

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 … Continue reading Five Ways Silicon Valley is Changing Education →

Weekly News Roundup

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 … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

Stirring up Facebook Fear

On the heels of Friday’s MindShift article, Pitfalls and Promises of Social Media and Kids, in which I enumerate the subtleties of parents navigating social media with their kids, comes this new report, released today by the American Academy of Pediatricians: The Impact of Social Media on Children, Adolescents, and Families. The main news outlets … Continue reading Stirring up Facebook Fear →

The Pitfalls and Promises of Facebook, Social Media, and Kids

With more than 500 million Facebook users across the world, it’s hard to refute that the social networking site has profoundly changed the way we communicate and share information. But what’s the Facebook effect on kids? When it comes to navigating the social networking world – whether it’s Facebook or Fan Fiction sites – the … Continue reading The Pitfalls and Promises of Facebook, Social Media, and Kids →

How Young is Too Young for Kids to Start Social Networking?

What’s the appropriate age to start logging onto social networking sites? According to the Terms of Service for Facebook, at least, the answer is 13. But that doesn’t stop thousands of younger children from signing up. According to Facebook’s chief privacy adviser Mozelle Thompson, Facebook removes about 20,000 users a day who are underage. Should … Continue reading How Young is Too Young for Kids to Start Social Networking? →

How Does Media Multitasking Make Kids Feel? It’s a Mixed Bag.

FLickr:Christopher Frier Brown The effects of multitasking on the brain and the way we’re wired has been the subject of countless studies, radio shows, and articles. But a new study soon to be released explores the social and emotional effects of media multitasking on kids. Stanford professor Roy Pea presented some intriguing findings of a … Continue reading How Does Media Multitasking Make Kids Feel? It’s a Mixed Bag. →

Parents Keep Teens More Accountable Through Facebook

Here’s another reason why parents should friend their kids on Facebook (or at least try). According to a recent Kaplan Test survey: “38% of more than 2,300 students say that if their parents were able to see their progress in their SAT or ACT prep classes – just like they track their progress in school … Continue reading Parents Keep Teens More Accountable Through Facebook →

8 Social Media Sites Just for Kids

Flickr: P i c t u r e Y o u t h By Sara Bernard Technically, Facebook doesn’t allow kids under the age of 13 to register for the site. That hasn’t stopped pre-teens from simply lying about their birthdates. But kids under 13 don’t have to be left out of the social media … Continue reading 8 Social Media Sites Just for Kids →

5 Apps That Could Help to Stop Cyberbullying

By Sara Bernard Okay, no app is really going to “stop” cyberbullying, but a few are trying. Perhaps the most lauded recently is the “Find Help” application on Facebook. Often blamed as an easy venue for cyberbullies to target victims, Facebook has partnered with the monitoring site SafetyWeb to create an app that allows users … Continue reading 5 Apps That Could Help to Stop Cyberbullying →

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