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Today's Featured Discussions | Youth Voices - 15 views

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    Youth Voices is a vibrant home for young writers seeking an authentic audience and a space to publish writing across a wide range of genres. The site is essentially a social network, so students can easily align their interests and make meaningful connections with other young writers. Students touch on issues ranging from the environment and politics to personal narrative stories and video gaming. Some students also add multimedia components like video.
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The Personal Is Political on Social Media: Online Civic Expression Patterns and Pathway... - 11 views

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    by Emily C. Weinstein, Harvard University International Journal of Communication 8 (2014), 210-233. Social media have dramatically altered the communication landscape, offering novel contexts for individual expression. But how do youth who are civically engaged off-­line manage opportunities for civic expression on social media? Interviews with 70 U.S.-­based civic youth aged 15 to 25 revealed three main patterns characterizing the relationship between off-­line participation and online expression: blended, bounded, and differentiated. Five sets of empirically derived considerations influencing expression patterns emerged: organizational policies, personal image and privacy, perceived alignment with civic goals, attitudes toward the platform(s), and perceptions of their audience(s). Most civic youth express the civic online, yet a minority highlight tensions that lead them to refrain from sharing in certain or all online context.
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Werner Herzog Tackles Texting and Driving in Devastating Documentary 'From One Second t... - 82 views

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    Famous director, Werner Herzog, commissioned by AT&T films an emotional and striking documentary about texting and driving.
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Football vs Math (It's The How) - YouTube - 44 views

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    Football vs Math: This is a video about a core concept in 21st century education- students don't care about what they learn, but they do care how they learn. This is unscripted and the students in this video were not coached in any way.
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Money Cuts Both Ways in Education - NYTimes.com - 19 views

  • If you doubt that we live in a winner-take-all economy and that education is the trump card, consider the vast amounts the affluent spend to teach their offspring.
  • This power spending on the children of the economic elite is usually — and rightly — cited as further evidence of the dangers of rising income inequality.
  • But it may be that the less lavishly educated children lower down the income distribution aren’t the only losers. Being groomed for the winner-take-all economy starting in nursery school turns out to exact a toll on the children at the top, too.
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  • There is a lively debate among politicians and professors about whether the economy is becoming more polarized and about the importance of education. Dismissing the value of a college education is one of the more popular clever-sounding contrarian ideas of the moment. And there are still a few die-hards who play down the social significance of rising income inequality.
  • When you translate these abstract arguments into the practical choices we make in our personal lives, however, the intellectual disagreements melt away. We are all spending a lot more money to educate our kids, and the richest have stepped up their spending more than everyone else.
  • spending on children grew over the past four decades and that it became more unequal. “Our findings also show that investment grew more unequal over the study period: parents near the top of the income distribution spent more in real dollars near the end of the 2000s than in the early 1970s, and the gap in spending between rich and poor grew.”
  • But it turns out that the children being primed for that race to the top from preschool onward aren’t in such great shape, either.
  • “What we are finding again and again, in upper-middle-class school districts, is the proportion who are struggling are significantly higher than in normative samples,” she said. “Upper-middle-class kids are an at-risk group.”
  • troubled rich kids. “I was looking for a comparison group for the inner-city kids,” Dr. Luthar told me. “And we happened to find that substance use, depression and anxiety, particularly among the girls, were much higher than among inner-city kids.”
  • “I Can, Therefore I Must: Fragility in the Upper Middle Class,” and it describes a world in which the opportunities, and therefore the demands, for upper-middle-class children are infinite.
  • “It is an endless cycle, starting from kindergarten,” Dr. Luthar said. “The difficulty is that you have these enrichment activities. It is almost as if, if you have the opportunity, you must avail yourself of it. The pressure is enormous.”
  • these parents and children are responding rationally to a hyper-competitive world economy.
  • “When we talk to youngsters now, when they set goals for themselves, they want to match up to at least what their parents have achieved, and that is harder to do.”
  • we live in individualistic democracies whose credo is that anyone can be a winner if she tries. But we are also subject to increasingly fierce winner-take-all forces, which means the winners’ circle is ever smaller, and the value of winning is ever higher.
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NSTA :: Gaming Strategies Enhance Learning - 3 views

  • Embodied learning theory maintains that associating movement with content results in better learning. The creators of SMALLab, an immersive virtual learning environment, introduced the Flow system last spring. Flow allows educators to implement embodied learning at a much lower cost: In classrooms with an interactive whiteboard, the only new equipment needed is a Kinect camera. The Flow learning scenarios (some available free, but most by subscription) are projected onto the whiteboard, and the camera captures students’ actions.
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    Good article on game technologies that facilitate embodied learning strategies, which connect movement to concepts. 
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Homepage - Youth on the move - European Commission - 8 views

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    EU program aimed at youth (unemployment, skill development, intercultural exchange, etc.)
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New Statistics: The Rise of Smartphones, Apps and the Mobile Web « INFOdocket - 54 views

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      nteresting case for BYOD and making things accessible on mobile platforms.
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    The majority of 25-34 and 18-24 year olds now own smartphones (64% and 53% respectively);
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Welcome to Massively Minecraft « - 76 views

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    Massively Minecraft: a professional community of educators preparing to explore a new game suitable for children as young as 4 years of age, yet expansible enough to still stir the imagination and interaction of late teens and adults.
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ASCD Express 6.26 - Media Use Among U.S. Children: Where Are the Books? - 2 views

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    "white youth consume an average of 8.5 hours of media content and black, Hispanic, and Asian youth each consume about 13 hours...But when asked how much time they spent using computers for schoolwork, the rates ranged from 16 to 20 minutes a day, according to the study."
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The Arab World's Youth Army - By Ellen Knickmeyer | Foreign Policy - 17 views

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    Foreign Policy - Meet the chronically unemployed twenty-somethings fueling social and political upheaval across the Middle East.
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Study Finds the Internet Makes Youth More Engaged Citizens - 74 views

  • improved media literacy dramatically increased students' exposure to diverse perspectives and increased the likelihood of youth online engagement
  • among adults as well, Internet users were more civically-engaged
  • outh engagement in interest-driven online communities was associated with increased volunteer and charity work and in increased work with others on community issues. The Internet can serve as a gateway to online and offline civic and political engagement, including volunteerism, community problem-solving, and protest activity.
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    "Arguably, the upheaval, activism and revolutions in of the last two months may serve to counter what has been a longstanding stereotype: youth are largely apolitical. Moreover, those that do participate in politics and activism online do so in shallow ways, the so-called "slacktivism." But recent findings from a longitudinal study of high school-age students challenges these notions, suggesting that youth who pursue their interests online are more likely to be engaged in civic issues."
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    Interesting to read that time spent by many youth online can still promote engagement with the broader society.
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Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter - NYTimes.com - 30 views

  • too busy to write lengthy posts
  • uninspired by a lack of readers
  • social networking did a good enough job keeping them in touch with friends and family
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  • Blogs went largely unchallenged until Facebook reshaped consumer behavior with its all-purpose hub for posting everything social. Twitter, which allows messages of no longer than 140 characters, also contributed to the upheaval.
  • quick updates
  • If you’re looking for substantive conversation, you turn to blogs
  • With blogging you have to write
  • Some people write some phrases or some quotes, but that’s it
  • bloggers often use Facebook and Twitter to promote their blog posts to a wider audience. Rather than being competitors, he said, they are complementary.
  • While the younger generation is losing interest in blogging, people approaching middle age and older are sticking with it.
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    The gist of this is that blogging takes 2 much time & thought... with the younger more interested in quick soundbytes and informal social interaction
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The Elite Personified - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - 24 views

  • life isn't as simple as it once appeared. Career and Marriage are transformed from abstract hopes into concrete decisions. Every one that is made closes off other possibilities. And every so often, we take stock of life, pondering its purpose, what it is that makes us happy, our responsibilities to others, whether meaning can be found in our work, etc.
  • prep schools and top tier colleges traffic in a perverse illusion: that building a perfect resume is the same thing as building a perfect life
  • since every subculture has its pathologies, you're probably not doing things right unless the other people in your world are at least slightly uncomfortable with some way in which you're challenging its assumptions.
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Question Of The Week: "The Organization Kid" - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan - 44 views

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    In answer to the question: "Is there a book or article that changed your life?"
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TakingITGlobal - Inspire. Inform. Involve. - 40 views

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      This seems like it can be a great way to harness the youth's appetite for Web 2.0. I am seeking a collaboration project with another school in some other part of the world other than the United States. I would like to group my students on Diigo with student at another school to work on something together. Anyone interested?
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    Hi Phil, Not sure if you want to use the environment or sustainability as theme, but Caretakers of the Environment International (CEI) partners are often seeking ongoing collaboration with environmental projects that students can share. It might take some digging, but I suggest going to http://www.caretakers4all.org, click on some of the national branch links and try connecting with people. I coordinate a group from Salem, OR and we have partners in Chicago and NY. Good luck!
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YouMedia - 48 views

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    YOUmedia is an innovative, 21st century teen learning space housed at the Chicago Public Library's downtown Harold Washington Library Center. YOUmedia was created to connect young adults, books, media, mentors, and institutions throughout the city of Chicago in one dynamic space designed to inspire collaboration and creativity.
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