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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.

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...

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 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 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.

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