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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.

April 10, 2012

Impact of Now-Defunct U.S. Ed-Tech Program Noted

The State Educational Technology Directors Association highlights innovative programs funded by the now-defunct federal Enhancing Education Through Technology program.

March 10, 2012

Social Media and the Youth 'Culture of Fear'

The Internet doesn't increase bullying, Danah Boyd argues, attitudes toward it increases the fear and misunderstanding about what teens are exposed to.

March 05, 2012

Pinterested in Education

Prominent Edublogger Alexander Russo, somewhat reluctantly, has jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon, creating a pinboard called "Hot for Education 2012." (Why am I not surprised to see our tireless teacher-blogger Larry Ferlazzo up there?) Pinterest, if you're not familiar with it, is the latest soc...

February 28, 2012

Twitter for 1st Graders?

The Chicago Tribune has a story on the apparently growing use of Twitter in 1st grade classrooms. According the article, some early-grades teachers have their students using the micro-blogging tool, as well as other kid-friendly blogging programs, to do things like send daily updates to parents or s...

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.

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