Social Media

Facebook Groups for Schools Raises Concerns

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 … Continue reading Facebook Groups for Schools Raises Concerns →

Kony 2012: Viral Video Prompts a Teachable Moment

By Matt Levinson Over the past weeks, schools across the country have had the chance to witness the lightning speed with which viral videos can travel around the globe, particularly when young people are involved. The trigger in this instance: Invisible Children, a 30-minute video highlighting the horrors of child abduction and other atrocities perpetrated … Continue reading Kony 2012: Viral Video Prompts a Teachable Moment →

How Tweens Use Digital Media to Develop Their Identities

Flickr: JuliaKoz The following are excerpts from from “Kids Closer Up: Playing, Learning, and Growing with Digital Media” by Lori Takeuchi, International Journal of Learning and Media, Spring 2011, Vol. 3, No. 2, Pages 37-59. To protect the children’s identities, all names are pseudonyms, and location details have been altered. Read the first post in … Continue reading How Tweens Use Digital Media to Develop Their Identities →

A Look Inside the Digital Lives of Tweens

Getty The following are excerpts from from “Kids Closer Up: Playing, Learning, and Growing with Digital Media” by Lori Takeuchi, International Journal of Learning and Media, Spring 2011, Vol. 3, No. 2, Pages 37-59. To protect the children’s identities, all names are pseudonyms, and location details have been altered. While large-scale surveys have documented the … Continue reading A Look Inside the Digital Lives of Tweens →

College Students Embrace Meme Madness

By Dan Reimold College memes are suddenly invading the Facebook streams of students at schools throughout the U.S., Canada, and parts of Europe. As The Cherwell, Oxford University’s student newspaper, explains, the meme is “an idea or behavior that spreads through a culture by imitation. Internet memes follow this principle, humorous images are copied and … Continue reading College Students Embrace Meme Madness →

Students Want Social Media in Schools

In its Policy Priorities report, Can Social Media and School Policies be “Friends,” ASCD provides a state-of-the union on social media use in schools. How administrators and educators deal with federal regulations, defining what’s legal, parsing out school responsibilities and weighing them against the benefits of using social media to engage and communicate with students … Continue reading Students Want Social Media in Schools →

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 →

How Social Networks Might Change the Way We Read Books

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, … Continue reading How Social Networks Might Change the Way We Read Books →

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? →

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 →