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    Social media are changing who we are

    "Our body is physiologically rewarding us for talking about ourselves online" Moffit and Brown, ASAPScience video (below) It is clear from the research behind this video, that using social media not only changes what we do, but also who we biol
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    5 must-use social media for 21st century students

    You clicked! Are you also tempted by list blogposts and then find the content disappointing? There is a list at the end of this post, however. When I asked my colleague Dave's class of 13 year-olds here in Northern Europe how many of them were r
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    Explain it to me like I was thirteen

    [caption id="attachment_99" align="alignright" width="378"] We are not amused: Licensed under Creative Commons by Carl Lender on wikimedia[/caption] Two days ago I watched the film 'Queen Live at the Hammersmith Odeon' from 1975. It took me back t
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    I finally renounce my life of crime

    Many years ago while holidaying in South America, my friend and I were robbed at knifepoint. We had ignored advice and ventured into a deprived area of town. The young men who surrounded us were probably disappointed, however, when, wrenching it from
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    What we mean when we talk about privacy

    Have you seen this video? It demonstrates how far we have come in a short time, that these people receiving week-old news remind us of Rip van Winkle. So we bemoan our loss of privacy. We expect Facebook to allow us to join its network for
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    Digital contrails

    [caption id="attachment_78" align="alignright" width="447"] SW: freely modified from Pixabay images[/caption] Last week I overheard a conversation between some students. They were discussing one of my colleagues. A student had found his Facebook p
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    Talk the talk. Walk the Walk.

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="260"] ShutterStock: Family Values[/caption] Family values of the 21st century = Digital citizenship.   Family values have shifted to incorporate the right and wrong of the modern and technological
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    Course 2 Final RUP Project

    For this particular project, I choose Option One and continue to use an ongoing review our Middle School Responsible Use Policy with any assistance I could muster. I started editing the Responsible Use Policy with our school’s Technology Director f
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    The Evolution of the Library

    For examples of how technology facilitates communication and knowledge transfer, few cases are as illustrative as the changes in libraries over the last few decades. The word “library” still has certain connotations from the pre-internet era
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    Digital Citizenship through Blogs and Portfolios

    Digital citizenship conversations, especially when children are involved, tend to focus on what we shouldn’t do (this week’s essential vocabulary is sexting and cyberbullying). While I love the concept of Gregory’s iPhone Contract,” it contai
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    Course 2 Project: Student-driven Innovation

    One of my side projects over the last few years has been developing the WBAIS Geniuses, a student-run help desk and technology innovation club. They've contributed to the school community in a multitude of ways: fielding help requests around school
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    Digital Profiles

    Who should be taught about digital citizenship and the etiquette of the Internet and web? Everyone needs to be taught and learn how to act responsibly in the public arena, but something happens to people once they are behind a keyboard of any sor
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    Who cares if we cite our sources??

    Dear bright-eyed high school student, [caption id="attachment_208" align="alignright" width="170"] (Wikimedia Commons)[/caption] I get this question a lot and I understand your frustration. When I sat in your desk, in a time before EasyBib,
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    We blossom from copying

    [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="385"] http://bit.ly/1Wm4Ipp[/caption] As educators, it is our duty to teach proper usage of online sources and giving credit where credit is due. As a middle school humanities teacher, I do teach copyright
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    Privacy isn't for Facebook

    [caption id="" align="alignright" width="215"] http://bit.ly/1SHG4QC[/caption] I think one of my biggest concerns about privacy online is how most kids forget to think about it unless they are taught to pay attention. Even if you do teach it, does
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    Privacy vs Transparency

    With each passing year it gets easier to voice concerns about privacy online. The erosion of Facebook’s default settings reveals not just one company's inclinations, but serves as a bellwether for the internet itself. For another example we can
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    The Illusion of Privacy

    [caption id="attachment_62" align="alignnone" width="300"] Arab Eyes by Donna Frose is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.[/caption] Hiding in Plain Sight I lived and worked in the Mi
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    Not Like Footprints on the Beach...

    As a teacher in the international scene, one needs a professional online presence or a strong positive digital footprint. Personally, I feel lucky to all of the have a decent presence now, but I am not sure that what is critical to me to have would b
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    Would you want your grandmother to see this?

    Should we have a digital footprint as international educators? Thinking about this question over the last few days, my answer went from Probably, to Most Definitely, to It Could be Considered a Best Practice. I came up with three main reasons: