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January 22, 2013

Teacher: Stop Saying 'Digital Natives'

Teacher Bill Ferriter argues that the use of terms "digital natives" and "digital immigrants" has "done more harm than good" in education.

November 25, 2012

Engaging In Global Conversations Through Social Media

Using social media to engage in global conversations can open up our worlds and the worlds of our students.

November 06, 2012

Tweeting the Election With Students

In a post on Edutopia, New Jersey high school teachers Jonathan Olson and Sarah Gross review the success they've had in creating Twitter dialogues for students and teachers (and parents) throughout the presidential campaign.

November 04, 2012

Social Networking and Freedom of Speech: A Good Combination?

Those people posting negative comments on Facebook were negative before Facebook ever started. Facebook just allowed them the venue to spew negativity. What has happened to common sense? Has Facebook and Twitter created a negative tone in society? Or was there a portion of society that was already ...

November 01, 2012

Teachers Report Mixed Impact of Digital Media

Educators say the Internet and digital tools are helping improve students' research habits, but hurting their attention spans, according to two surveys.

August 14, 2012

Is Connected Educator Month an 'Echo Chamber'?

On the new Smartblog on Education, Tom Whitby, contributing editor and former a high school English teacher, highlights a potential glitch with the Connected Educator Month idea: Almost by definition, most of the teachers who are aware of it are already, well, connected educators.

August 09, 2012

Ed-Tech Notebook: Twitter Bullying Scanner Debuts

Computer scientists at the University of Wisconsin say their program can automatically spot 15,000 tweets a day that show signs of bullying.

August 02, 2012

Educators Making Summer Connections

The U.S. Department of Education has declared that August is Connected Educator Month, a "celebration," as the website says, that is part of the Office of Educational Technology's Connected Educators initiative to support online professional learning. During the next four weeks, the department will ...

June 11, 2012

NCAA Opens Door to Text Messaging for Recruiting

A new NCAA rule that goes into effect June 15 opens the door for Division I and II men's college basketball coaches to text high school athletes.

April 13, 2012

ACLU Backs Students Accused of Cyberbullying Teachers

In a post I wrote yesterday, a blogger offered 12 cons for using social media in schools, one of which was the risk of cyberbullying. One thing her post didn't mention is that cyberbullying can be difficult to pin down--so there's an accompanying "con" that schools have to navigate the murky waters of online speech.

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