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We need to start thinking more creatively about texting (and other technologies) [VIDEO]

April 30, 2012 by Scott McLeod If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s Nancy Lublin’s 5-minute TED talk on texting that saves lives. It reminds me that we need to start thinking more creatively about texting, Facebook, and other technologies for which so many adults are uncertain… Happy viewing!

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Fear is a prison

Fear is a prison

As Howard Rheingold notes, The technology affords an environment in which students [can] take on more of the power and responsibility for their own learning. But we don’t see that. Instead, we see a hype-and-bust cycle that goes back to the personal computer. Look at all the marvelous things technology is going to do! And...

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Today’s biggest risk online [VIDEO]

Check out this video regarding “today’s biggest risk online.” [“Scary, like terrifying.“] Are you as terrified as these people are? Photo geo-tagging and other location-based services have been prevalent for awhile now. [You can find “her favorite fast food shop” and “the specific part of the park where she plays!“] Have you heard about a...

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Banned from the biggest library in the world

Banned from the biggest library in the world

George Couros says: If we got rid of a library in a school, people would be outraged that [we were] taking away information away from students, yet kids often hold the biggest library in the world in their pocket[s] and schools ban them from using it in the classroom. via http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/4278 They can use it at...

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Nullifying the Web [SLIDE]

Nullifying the Web [SLIDE]

Upcoming travel and events December 3-5 – International School of Amsterdam, The Netherlands February 3 – Virginia Is for Learners Innovation Network, TBD, VA February 25-26 – Missouri Educational Technology Leaders CTO Clinic, TBD, MO March 10-13 – Central & Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) Annual Conference, Budapest, Hungary June 8-9 – Roanoke County Public...

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Filtering social media in schools because it’s a ‘distraction’

Filtering social media in schools because it’s a ‘distraction’

Annie Murphy Paul said: according to the [American Association of School Librarians], schools’ top three filtered content areas are social networking sites, instant messaging and online chatting, and games. Such activities aren’t (necessarily) inappropriate or illegal, but they are big honking distractions, and if we want our young people to learn anything during the school...

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Cutting off our nose to spite our face

NorthJersey.com just posted an article on how New Jersey school districts are creating very restrictive social media policies for their adult employees because of new legislative edicts. Here is the comment I just left there: I wonder if the districts’ policies for employees also include no handwritten notes to students, no face-to-face discussions at church...

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We can do better than this

We can do better than this

Some random technology-related incidents that I have seen and heard about during the first few weeks of school here in Iowa… 1. Big Brother Nothing says ‘students, get excited about our new 1:1 initiative!’ like frequent, numerous, vehement reminders from administrators during the rollout that WE ARE WATCHING YOU and that WE CAN SEE EVERYTHING...

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School technology is neutered into uselessness

School technology is neutered into uselessness

An extremely complicated issue. There are many gaps between the learners needs, evolving technology and policy. I would sum it up saying, schools are not able to adequately protect children from all of the stuff in the world or themselves and are accountable to the parents of those children who are happy to sue to...

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I read blocked blogs

I read blocked blogs

Hi! My name is Sammi. I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Al. I will be summarizing my visits to your blog with a post on my class blog on 10/12/14. My Twitter name is @PoiseRed. Mr McLeod, thank you for bringing this subject to light. I...