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January 18, 2012

Wikipedia Blackout Makes Lesson Planning Impossible

As you probably know by now--thanks to either the widespread media coverage or a failed Internet search this morning--Wikipedia and several other websites instituted a 24-hour blackout today in protest of two anti-piracy bills under consideration in Congress.

January 12, 2012

Could Free Resources Widen the Digital Divide?

The question is one that Harvard Graduate School of Education doctoral candidate Justin Reich is exploring in his research.

December 19, 2011

Is Microsoft's So.cl the Start of Something Bigger?

Designers of the new pilot social network say its intentions are to facilitate education and nothing more.

December 14, 2011

Can English Teachers and Social-Networking Sites Get Along?

Siobhan Curious posts an e-mail from a fellow English teacher who, try as she might, is having a difficult time stomaching all the poor usage and grammer on Facebook and other social-networking sites.

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.

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