November 24, 2014

Tennessee School District’s Tech Policy Blocks Students’ Constitutional Rights, ACLU Says

A Tennessee parent and the ACLU claim that a school district’s tech policy, which students much sign to participate in activities on campus computers, violates free speech and compromises student privacy.

Project ReimaginED: Online Coffee Klatch for Educators

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Educators encourage their students to head online for digital resources that enhance their classroom learning. Now it’s time for them to do the same.

Skype, Now an Everyday Tool in Schools

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Ask teachers and librarians about their experiences with Skype today, and you’ll hear a long list of projects, from the traditional Skype author visit to virtual writing workshops, interviews with scientists in the field, Mystery Skype connections, and more.

Nicole Mirra and Antero Garcia on Connected Learning, Civic Engagement | TDS14

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Civic engagement and a sense of shared purpose are key to connected learning, educators Mirra and Garcia emphasized in a tag-team presentation during the Digital Shift virtual event “Libraries @ the Center.”

Anil Dash Keynote Rallies Librarians to Demand a Web for the People | TDS14

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In an intellectually provocative keynote speech focusing on the privatization of the Internet, Dash called upon librarians to raise their voices and demand a more transparent, public Web.

What You Should Know About Banned Websites Awareness Day, September 24

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The fourth annual Banned Websites Awareness Day makes excessive filtering an intellectual freedom issue in K–12 learning.

Fight the ‘Zombie Librarians’ | ISTE 2014

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Jennifer LaGarde’s sold-out ISTE presentation, “How to Survive the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse!,” struck a chord among teacher librarians. Her talk hinged on a statement she’d once heard: “There are only two types of librarians: zombies and zombie fighters.”

Transmedia and Education: How Transmedia Is Changing the Way We Learn

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SLJ explores how transmedia storytelling, or telling a story across media platforms, has cracked open possibilities for educators to teach and assess, as well as opportunities for students to learn.

Being a Savvy Social Media User

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Recently my colleague Karen Smith-Yoshimura noted a blog post that demonstrates effective traits for using social media on behalf of an organization. Titled “Social Change”, the post documents the choices that Brooklyn Museum staff made recently to pare down their social media participation to venues that they find most effective. As they put it: There […]

What’s Not to ‘Like’? Rethinking Restrictive Social Media Policies

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Most schools have highly regulated Internet policies that don’t address the productive use of social media by students. It’s time to revisit these rules.