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ICYMI: Teens Confront Challenges in Digital Age

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

This video of a town hall meeting for city high school students is a must-see for anyone wondering what happens in teens' digital lives. You'll learn the difference between drama and bullying, and hear how teens think adults should guide younger kids on Facebook use.

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Schoolbook

Wanted: New Standards That Embrace Technology

Friday, September 07, 2012

In an opinion post, a teacher writes: "With the new Common Core standards, I don’t see the fundamental shift in education that I had hoped for and expected from the impact of new media. Indeed, there’s nothing inherent in the Common Core that requires teaching to shift away from traditional teacher-dominated lessons."

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The Takeaway

Social Media #Bragging: The Science of Ego

Friday, August 17, 2012

"Posing for a cover shoot is scary..." That's the beginning of a tweet by Katie Couric, and it's a perfect example of a new subsection of social media. It's called a "humble brag." You know, telling people why your life is so hard, while subtly reminding us why your life is so sweet.

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The Takeaway

Is the "Like" Button Protected Free Speech?

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Political free speech is protected by the U.S. Constitution — but what about liking someone, some cause, or some candidate on Facebook? Facebook and the American Civil Liberties Union are now fighting to make the "Like" button a form of protected speech.

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Schoolbook

How to 'Talk Back' to Digital Deluge

Monday, August 06, 2012

More than 40 percent of teens in a recent survey said they felt "addicted" to their cellphones. The founder of Common Sense Media offers advice for parents who want to set boundaries on digital use at home. He says the adults have to model behavior they want children to follow, including taking their own "timeouts" from screens and phones.

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Students Urge Teachers to Embrace Digital Tools

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Students at an education conference said it was time to tear down the wall between their digital lives outside of school and in school, where much access to technology is restricted.

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WQXR Blog

Now Trending on Twitter: #ClassicalBands

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Classical music fans, some with a little too much time on their hands, took to Twitter this week to participate in a challenge known as #classicalbands.

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It's A Free Country ®

When Will NY Be Able to Register to Vote on Facebook?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Washington has just become the first state to allow people to register to vote via Facebook, and the way things are going, it won’t be the last.

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The Takeaway

Louisiana Sex Offenders Must Make Their Status Public on Social Media

Friday, June 22, 2012

While the standards for sex offender registration and notification have always been high, a new law authored by Louisiana State Representative Jeff Thompson takes public disclosure one step further and marks itself as the first law of its kind in the nation. Should sex offenders be required to list their past crimes on Facebook?

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Operavore

When Art is Noble and Beliefs May Not Be

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Can you appreciate a performer's music if his or her personal beliefs are deeply repugnant to you? That question comes up with growing frequency in the age of Facebook, writes Fred Plotkin.

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The Takeaway

Tailoring the Candidates to You — Specifically You — Through Social Media

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Politico reported last week that the Obama campaign employs over 150 social media experts who reach deep into data available through social media profiles and craft ads targeted at specific types of potential voters. Some experts claim advertising tailored to voters will determine the outcome of the campaigns. But there’s also the possibility that more specific advertising efforts will only increase the cynicism or apathy of some potential voters.

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Zombie Tweets: The Next Social Media Threat to Politicos

Thursday, May 31, 2012

For the past six months, a website called Politwoops has been bringing politicians' deleted tweets back to life. Does that mean it's time for them to change their social media strategy?

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Schoolbook

At a Tech-Savvy School, Smart Questions About City's New Social Media Policy

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The city's new social media guidelines for teachers shouldn't cause too many changes, according to tech-savvy educators at the NYC iSchool. But they do wonder about some online games and about the potential for scaring nervous teachers away from tools that can open their classrooms.

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The Takeaway

Klout Scores Rank Online Influence: How Do You Measure Up?

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

President Obama’s score is 91. Lady Gaga’s is 94. But Justin Bieber is the man to beat, with an all-time high score of 100. On what metric does the President of the United States lose out to pop stars? It’s not about style, humor or staying in key. It’s about Klout. As Anthony Wing Kosner, web developer and contributor to Forbes.com explains, and we hear from Sam Fiorella who failed to get a job because of his low Klout score.

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Schoolbook

New Social Media Policy Restricts Teacher-Student Contact

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

With allegations of inappropriate interactions between school staff and students on the rise -- and many of those interactions initiated on social media -- the city's Department of Education has issued new guidelines for online contact. The policy preserves the pedagogical uses of social media, but restricts personal uses.

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Schoolbook

Teachers vs. Kenneth Cole

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

At first glance, the latest billboard looked innocent enough: Next to a model dressed in a bright red pantsuit, the sign asks, "Shouldn't Everyone Be Well Red?" But beneath that slogan, in smaller type, as Gotham Schools reported last week, the sign said, "Teachers' Rights vs. Students' Rights ..." and directed viewers to wheredoyoustand.com, a Cole Web site that entertains discussion on topical issues stirred up by his ads. That set off a fury, Gotham reported, as some accused the company of pitting teachers against students, and the company issued an apology on Monday.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Obama's 'Narrowcasting' Playbook on Student Loans

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Obama reelection strategy is to "narrowcast" themes to very specific constituencies - women voters, Hispanic/Latinos, and young, college-educated or those just entering and in college.

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Schoolbook

Tweet, Tweet, Go the Kindergartners

Monday, April 02, 2012

Three days a week, as the school day draws to a close, Jennifer Aaron's kindergarten class at P.S. 150 in Manhattan sits down to compose a message about what they have been doing all day. Then they send it out to their parents and relatives through Twitter, the stomping grounds of celebrities and politicians, where few kindergartners have been known to venture.

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The Takeaway

Global Social Media Manhunts: All Fun and Games?

Friday, March 30, 2012

Tag Challenge is a worldwide social media manhunt taking place on March 31. Real people will act as the five thieves, and teams must use social media to track them down using nothing but their mugshots. J.R. deLara is the co-founder and project coordinator of the Tag Challenge. Evan Ratliff was the focus of "Vanish: Finding Evan Ratliff," a similar social media experiment sponsored by Wired in 2009.

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The Takeaway

Would You Give Out Your Facebook Password in a Job Interview?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

As much as most Americans might like to think that their social networking profiles are part of their personal life, increasingly, that’s not the case. Chris Kukulski, city manager of Bozeman, Montana, tells The Takeaway why the city used to ask new hires to fill out a form providing the usernames and passwords to their social networking accounts — and why it stopped that practice. Chandlee Bryan is a career coach, former recruiter, and author of the “Twitter Job Search Guide.”

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