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November 22, 2011

Pop Culture's Place in the Classroom

This will be my last writeup on NCTE. Overall, I have to say it was an impressive conference, especially content-wise (the logistics were a bit hectic for me, but perhaps that's to be expected with about 7,000 attendees and 50 concurrent sessions during each time slot). On Friday, three high school...

November 08, 2011

ED Launches Registry; Microsoft Takes Over TEACH

Arne Duncan has had ed-tech in his crosshairs this week, appearing at the launch of one long-awaited digital initiative Monday before putting another in Microsoft's control Tuesday.

August 18, 2011

Rescuing Classroom Social Media Use

The recent banning of Facebook friendships between teachers and students in Missouri has raised questions about the pros and cons of using social media to engage students. But in an article for Mashable, Dan Klamm writes that the new law "shouldn't discourage the opportunities presented by social me...

August 06, 2011

'Show Me' Your Facebook Friends, Internet Filters

A recently passed Missouri law that restricts social networking relationships between teachers and students making local and national headlines.

August 01, 2011

Teacher-Student 'Friending' Outlawed

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently signed a bill that prohibits teachers and students from "friending" each other on Facebook. KSPR, an ABC affiliate in Springfield, Mo., reports that Senate Bill 54 forbids any kind of social networking activity between teachers and students in which they might ex...

June 27, 2011

To Be Tech Leader, Is 'Savvy' Necessary?

Principals here at the ISTE conference agreed that effective digital leaders need not be technology geeks, only willing learners.

June 20, 2011

Cases Uphold Students' Right to Mock Teachers on Facebook

Time.com legal columnist Adam Cohen, pointing to a couple recent court decisions, advises educators to take the high road when it comes to derisive or mocking postings by students on social-networking sites. Students, he says, have a constitutional right to make fun of their teachers—one they h...

June 15, 2011

Is It OK 4 Students 2 Use Text-Speak?

U.S. News and World Report has a story on students using text-message and social-media shorthand in their academic writing--including in essays for college applications.

May 26, 2011

Social Media: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

State and local education leaders continue to navigate the murky waters of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.

April 06, 2011

Teacher Suspended Over Facebook Post (Round Two)

Another teacher has garnered national attention as well as a suspension for posting a comment about her students on her Facebook page.

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