Interesting piece on The School at Columbia University in New York, which takes the “walled garden” approach in teaching kids about digital literacy.

Welcome to The Not-So Private Parts where technology & privacy collide In addition to reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic, the students at The School at Columbia University are getting lessons in “digital literacy.” In order to prepare its middle schoolers for a adulthood in which Google footprints and fluency in the use of social networks are necessary life skills, the school built its own private social network.

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