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.
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."
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.
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.
Monday, August 06, 2012
By Patricia Willens : Editor, WNYC News
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
Thursday, May 24, 2012
By Beth Fertig
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, April 27, 2012
By Steffen Schmidt : IAFC Blogger
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.
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.
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.
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.”