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The new Pew on social networking: Regarding teens and kindness and cruelty

A report released this week from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, in partnership with the Family Online Safety Institute, with the support of Cable in the Classroom, explores Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites. Based on seven focus groups with teens and a nationally representative survey of nearly 800 […]

Truth, Lies, and the Internet


Truth, Lies and the Internet, a just-published report from the British think-tank Demos, shares that, despite their feelings of efficacy, young people are not careful, discerning users of the Internet. Researchers Jamie Bartlett and Carl Miller reviewed current literature and conducted an online survey of 509 primary and secondary school teachers in England and Wales […]

Celebrating “The Power of Open”


If you teach about Creative Commons, if you have students and teachers interested in creating new media, in remixing or mashing-up, you will want to download a copy of The Power of Open.  The pdf book is a kind of temperature check, more accurately a celebration, of the impact of  the global explosion of openness […]

Wylio: for image searching, embedding, attributing


photo © 2007 telmo32 | more info (via: WylioWes Fryer turned me on to Wylio earlier this week, suggesting I add it to my Copyright Friendly Pathfinders.  (Here’s our thumbnail version of that pathfinder.). Wylio is a little different from the other CC image portals and I kinda fell instantly in love.  It’s also perfect […]

Parents’ Guide to Facebook


Larry Magid and Anne Collier’s Parents’ Guide to Facebook is must reading for parents–and librarians. * 35-Page PDF guide * Chart of recommended privacy settings for teens Make sure you share the downloadable guide and accompanying online resources (available at The perspective is reasoned and realistic and focused on supporting responsible citizenship.  The authors offer […]

Building Digital Citizens @MICDS and beyond


Some stuff just seems harder to teach.  Some standards seem harder to own. Digital citizenship is a critical element of ISTE’s NETS (standards for students).  It is woven throughout AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Everyday I live, model, and teach citizenship.  But, to be perfectly honest, I haven’t been able to figure out […]

Apps for student teacher librarians


About a year ago around this time I began thinking of the apps I really wanted to load (metaphorically) on my students’ screens. This semester, I am very blessed to have a brilliant student teacher with me!  Nora has also been with us as a parent volunteer.  Like all my other student teachers, Nora arrived […]

CSLA introduces TeenLearning2.0


Once again, the fabulous and irrepressible leaders of the California School Library Association offer us all a little gift to use with learners this coming school year.  Teen Learning 2.0 is an updated social web tutorial, tested with middle school students. TeenLearning 2.0 explains its purpose: This tutorial is designed so that you can learn […]

Library of Congress Rules YouTube Remixes are Legal!

In addition to declaring it legal for iPhone users to jailbreak their mobile devices, earlier this week, on July 26th, the United States Copyright Office also ruled that it is NOT a violation of  Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for remixers to use copyrighted video excerpts from DVDs for the purpose of criticism or comment. […]