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July 3, 2019
Should school libraries toss old books? Viral photo of a Chicago dumpster prompts heated debate on social media
While the initial reaction on Facebook was to denounce the school for tossing books, many educators sympathized with the need to free up space for new materials.
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October 17, 2018
Students were obsessed with social media. Here’s what this middle school counselor did about it.
In our “How I Help” series, we feature school counselors, social workers, and psychologists who have been recognized for their work.
June 29, 2015
Meet the man on a mission to brighten the image of Shelby County Schools
While school leaders have sought to hire a marketing director to improve the district's image, Memphian John Best has jumpstarted the process via #ibelieveinSCS.
April 24, 2015
Metro Nashville Schools first to partner with popular social media site
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is the first school district in the nation to partner officially with Nextdoor.
August 6, 2014
Some districts shine, others falter in coupling of learning and online media
School districts around Colorado are taking a variety of approaches to balance two sometimes competing concerns: how do you meet students’ and teachers’ need for increased access to educational technology and online media while simultaneously protecting their privacy?
March 3, 2014
Students take to social media to express feelings on tests
Colorado students took to social media to express their feelings on the state's standardized tests. They weren't happy.
April 24, 2013
AFT social media site joins growing list of free curriculum aids
Adam Feinberg, a high school global studies teacher, posted the most documents of any New York City teacher on ShareMyLesson.com, a new union social media website. It was more than just altruism that drove Adam Feinberg to post hundreds of instructional materials online for his colleagues around the world to use. There was also, he hoped, a wedding gift waiting for him when he was done. Feinberg, a global studies teacher at the Secondary School for Law in Brooklyn, was jockeying for a vacation prize that American Federation of Teachers offered to the teacher who posted the most documents to ShareMyLesson.com, the union's new curriculum-sharing website. Feinberg's tally of over 300 worksheets, lesson plans, and slideshows won him $5,000 to pay for his European honeymoon. The website, which the AFT launched in partnership with the British publishing company TSL Education last year, is part of a growing online ecosystem that has emerged in recent years as educators across the country confront the challenge of transitioning to new Common Core standards. Existing curriculum materials are not aligned to the new standards, which emphasis text skills, non-fiction, and critical thinking.
October 5, 2012
Students weigh ethics of Facebook at West Side Collaborative
Seventh-graders Dasbry Enriquez and Ousmane Niambele created a chart about social media ethics during their English class at West Side Collaborative Middle School on Tuesday. Dasbry Enriquez doesn't have a Facebook account. But if the seventh-grader did, she said she would refrain from posting personal information about her friends to the site without their permission. "It's not my business," she said. Her classmates agreed, but several noted that if someone else posted personal information, it would be hard to ignore, especially if it said somebody they knew was hurt or in trouble. Enriquez was among two dozen students who spent Tuesday morning debating the finer points of Internet privacy and social media ethics during their English class at West Side Collaborative Middle School. The lesson was planned for Digital Citizenship Day, meant to educate young people about the right ways to use the web. Almost all of the students were in agreement how to handle a number of hypothetical dilemmas that social media users might face. But they also acknowledged that the most ethical course of action is not always obvious, or easy to take.
June 12, 2012
Editor's blog: Just say "no" to Tweenbook
The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook is tinkering with a way to create a safe site for kids under age 13. This editor doesn't believe that's possible. She prefers "Facetime." What do you think the right age is to join Facebook?
May 1, 2012
Education department to review social media policy regularly
In a nod to the rapid rate of change in online communication, the Department of Education will review its social media policy every three months. That's what Chancellor Dennis Walcott told principals when he sent them the first version of the policy on Monday evening. As the Wall Street Journal reported Monday night, the policy includes guidelines for how teachers should interact with students online but does not set out rules or consequences that exceed existing ones for misconduct by people working in schools. Plus, the policy is designed not to interfere with educational activities that take place online. "Our guidelines were created to provide support and information to Department of Education employees who use social media technology for educational and school-related activities," Walcott said in the email. Stephen Lazar, a high school teacher, said he was relieved that the department had not gone so far as to ban online communication between teachers and students, as has happened in other school districts. But he said the guidelines showed a lack of understanding about a basic reality: Students often see no distinction between email and other forms of online communication, including Facebook and Twitter messages.
February 24, 2012
This week's healthy schools highlights
Asian salad makes a healthy school lunch - From caffeine sheets to Dust-Off: Do you know what your kids are doing? - Trying to find a cry of desperation amid the Facebook drama - Kids not exercising? Here's how to get them moving - New guidelines planned on school vending machines - What's on your kid's lunch tray? Poudre lunches get once-over - How much sleep does your child need? Even experts disagree.
February 21, 2012
Editor's blog: Laptop-shooting dad takes things a bit too far
If you spend any time whatsoever on a computer, then you’ve probably heard about the video that went viral in recent days of a fed-up dad literally pumping bullets into his teen daughter’s laptop. So, parents of teens - do you find yourself cheering this dad on, or feeling horrified?
January 6, 2012
This week's safe schools snippets
Rules to stop pupil and teacher from getting too social online - Boulder school among two recognized for Safe Routes to School top honor- Bullied girl's suicide has ongoing impact - School problems linked to Neenan Co. will likely boost state's scrutiny - Youth concussion rules among new Colorado laws in 2012.
December 23, 2011
Ask an Expert: Should a fourth-grader have a cell phone?
Is it wise to buy a fourth-grader a cell phone for Christmas? A Colorado parent wants to know. Find out what these experts say to this very important question for the holiday season and beyond.
December 21, 2011
Ask an Expert: Buying tech gadgets for kids/teens as holiday gifts.
Will there be a nice new iPod, iPad, laptop, cell phone or other device under the Christmas tree for your children this year? If so, read this excellent post from an EdNews Parent technology expert about how to make sure your child stays safe online and that the new toy remains a positive influence in his/her life.
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