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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? →

Can Social Networking in College Prevent Dropouts?

Flickr: Helga Webber The vast majority of college students — 60% to 84% — will never participate in a school-sponsored activity, according to the National Survey on Student Engagement. This lack of engagement is cause for concern, and not simply because the NSSE score helps prospective students identify colleges with good campus environments. The low … Continue reading Can Social Networking in College Prevent Dropouts? →

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. →

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 →

Should Kids and Parents Be Facebook Friends?

Ideally, they kids and parents could coexist in the world of Facebook — communication is the lynchpin in healthy parent-child relationships! — but the site Coolmaterial has other ideas. It’s snarky to be sure, but it does provide the kid’s point of view. [via Mashable]

Parents: Keep Up with Kids on Facebook

“I’m 44 and I don’t know 3,000 people,” said Mike Hoose, a sergeant with a prosecutor’s office, in a speech to parents about Facebook and privacy. “If I don’t, they don’t. There is no way they know them intimately enough to let them into their life.” Hoose was referring to 12-year-olds who have thousands of … Continue reading Parents: Keep Up with Kids on Facebook →

What Does the Public Know About You?

Earlier this year, Katie Stansberry conducted an experiment in the social media class she teaches at the University of Oregon. Here’s her first-person account. Every term I struggle with a conversation I have with my students at the start of the class. Because I teach about social media, I have a frank discussion with my … Continue reading What Does the Public Know About You? →

6 Ways Social Media is Changing Education

By Sara Bernard “The fact that we as educators even have to have discussions on whether or not social media is good for schools is sad,” writes Steve Johnson, a teacher and Edutopia guest blogger. “Social media just IS…..it’s life.” He’s right — as of July, there were half a billion active Facebook users alone … Continue reading 6 Ways Social Media is Changing Education →

Facebook: Friend or Foe

Nancy Willard of Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, writes in about Wednesday’s post regarding an article in the Boston Herald about teachers getting fired over friending students on Facebook. Actually, I disagree. I am the Nancy Willard who was misquoted in this article. I agree with the vast majority of the Massachusetts policy. … Continue reading Facebook: Friend or Foe →

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