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Why Teachers Need Social Media Training, Not Just Rules | Spotlight on Digital Media an... - 6 views

    Under a new set of social media guidelines (pdf) issued by the New York City Department of Education, teachers are required to obtain a supervisor's approval before creating a "professional social media presence," which is broadly defined as "any form of online publication or presence that allows interactive communication, including, but not limited to, social networks, blogs,  internet websites,  internet forums, and wikis." 
    Great insight into educating teachers about the use of social media within their schools so that they can help students navigate these waters as well.
Peter Beens

Teachers warned away from Facebook, Twitter - The Sault Star - Ontario, CA - 64 views

    Keep that status update to yourself. That's the advice teachers are being given as the education system grapples with the expanding use of social media by students. Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation has been conducting workshops with high school teachers in Algoma in recent months after the Ontario College of Teachers issued an advisory that teachers should keep their distance from students when it comes to Facebook, Twitter and other electronic communication.
Peter Beens

The Canadian Press: Students failing because of Twitter, texting and no grammar teaching - 25 views

  • Almost a third of those students are failing.
  • For years there's been a flood of anecdotal complaints from professors about what they say is the wretched state of English grammar coming from some of their students.
  • the failure rate has jumped five percentage points in the past few years, up to 30 per cent from 25 per cent.
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  • Some students in public schools are no longer being taught grammar, she believes.
  • Emoticons, happy faces, sad faces, cuz, are just some of the writing horrors being handed in, say professors and administrators at Simon Fraser."Little happy faces ... or a sad face ... little abbreviations," show up even in letters of academic appeal, says Khan Hemani.
  • The Internet norm of ignoring punctuation and capitalization as well as using emoticons may be acceptable in an email to friends and family, but it can have a deadly effect on one's career if used at work.
  • "These folks are going to short-change themselves, and right or wrong, they're looked down upon in traditional corporations," notes Postman.
Peter Beens

The Canadian Press: Canadian Centre for Child Protection launches site to teach teens s... - 14 views

    The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is launching a website targeting texting teens to teach safe use of the popular technology amid growing concerns about young people sending sexual messages and nude photos via text.
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