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Fall decorating: a round-up of smart (and free) posters

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Every year, as we move back into our libraries and classrooms, we search for meaningful, inspiring, attractive visuals to fill our display cases, to grace our bulletin boards, to embed on our websites. Many of you have already experienced this, but if not, I must warn you of the dangers of searching Pinterest boards for [...]

New tools for balancing and enhancing digital identities

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Everything you do now ends up in your permanent record. The best plan is to overload Google with a long tail of good stuff and to always act as if you’re on Candid Camera, because you are.  Seth Godin, Permanent Branding in the Age of Google I think a lot about the fact that so [...]

On teaching digital citizens

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This We the Citizens Poster is just one element of the new Introduction To Digital Citizenship Starter Kit, a collaboration between Edmodo and Common Sense Media. Though the activities are specifically designed for students interacting on the Edmodo social networking platform, lessons are easily adapted for other online communities.  The kit includes five modules designed [...]

Infotention and digital citizenship

Confessions: I used to be smarter. I used to be a better friend. I used to be able to get more done. I think the same may be true of my students. Sherry Turkle, MIT professor and author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, describes the research [...]

A must-download/share: Our Space

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With great power comes great responsibility. So advises Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben. In a blog post Henry Jenkins re-imagines Peter/Spiderman as a case study representing a whole generation of youth who, like Peter, are deploying new media technologies and the processes associated with them to develop a clearer understanding of themselves and their place in [...]

Facebook & admissions & e-reputations

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Each year I have a chat with our junior class. It’s an opportunity to discuss resources supporting the college application process and it’s an opportunity to chat with them about their e-reputations. We talk about email addresses.  Though they are about to begin formal exchanges with the university they are interested in attending, it’s surprising [...]

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

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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”

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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

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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 [...]