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Vicki Davis

The Blue Whale Challenge is Real, Sad, & Frightening | World of Psychology - 0 views

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    "You can tell someone is playing the game pretty easily, as they will have cuts on their hands with either the number 57 and/or 40 on them. You can check their social media accounts (the game says to use VKontakte, but users are using whatever social media they are currently on) and see if they've posted anything similar to #i_am_whale, a hashtag used in one of the steps of the game. The game is easily defeated by talking to your teen, child, or young adult about their suicidal feelings, and encouraging them to reach out to get help for them through psychotherapy or counseling. It's not an easy conversation to have, but it may be a life-saving talk."
Nik Peachey

Thinking Critically through Digital Media | PeacheyPublications.com - 3 views

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    In a world where anyone with an internet connection can access, create and share information, opinions and beliefs, it has become increasingly important that students are not only able to assess the credibility of sources but also to look more deeply at the underlying motivations, beliefs and bias of the creator.
Vicki Davis

Protecting Your Child's Privacy Online | Consumer Information - 4 views

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    New guide for parents from the Federal Trade Commission about protecting children online. It says that parents should get a "plain language notice" about information will be collected before they want to use features on an site or download an app that collects their personal information. I'm very curious how this is going to happen since often parents aren't involved in the app installation process for their children. Review the parent guide to understand the current rules.
Vicki Davis

Revised Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule Goes Into Effect Today - 3 views

  • The modified rule, approved by the Commission in December 2012, widens the definition of children’s personal information to include persistent identifiers such as cookies that track a child’s activity online, as well as geolocation information, photos, videos, and audio recordings.
  • It requires that operators of websites or online services that are either directed to children under 13 or have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information from children under 13 give notice to parents and get their verifiable consent before collecting, using, or disclosing such personal information, and keep secure the information they collect from children.
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    The revised COPPA act went into effect on July 1, 2013. Take time to read up on and know this act.
Vicki Davis

Invisible Children: Media, Mobilization, Protection and Recovery | Invisible Children - 0 views

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    This four part video series about the "Invisible children" is an excellent model for how you can share what you're doing. The design on this page is fantastic as well. This organization creaed #kony2012 as their 10th film. They understand social media mobilization. This is an important cause and also the example of how the story wouldn't be told if it weren't for good storytellers. We are first and foremost a "social media, storytelling organization" - they think it is fundamentally untrue that you cannot relate to someone halfway around the world.
Vicki Davis

Drafts - Agile Tortoise - 4 views

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    IF you tweet or share a to a lot of apps, this app, Drafts will connect to just about anything. Type it, then decide where to send it, or you can save your most inspirational items to tweet, Facebook, or wherever later. It links with evernote, twitter, facebook, app.net, email, messages, calendars, dropbox, evernote, bufferapp, toodledoo and more (as well as ifttt.com integration.) I'm still learning about all the ways to use this handy tool. The only thing I wish it did is that I could add to it from the web and then see it on my ipad.
Vicki Davis

Front & Center with the BSO - 2 views

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    "Front & Center with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Photos, videos and stories from our artists. Interviews, articles and links from our staff. A new way to follow the music!" So many organizations are finding an audience on Tumblr and YouTube. Schools, arts, and more. The stage is no longer the only stage or the most important stage - and websites like tumblr can help struggling nonprofits attract more.
Vicki Davis

#tesSciGCSE your revision challenge hash-tag! « Alessio's Blog - 2 views

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    I find this fascinating. Here is a Twitter hashtag for end of period exams - they have challenges and share ideas and thoughts. 
Vicki Davis

How do I get started using Quora? - Quora - 13 views

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    Quora is a website where people ask questions. It seems that it is growing in popularity. Some talk about pinterest, however, with the wiki-type of answering system, this slick way to ask and answer questions is going to be a platform that becomes familiar. This information is how to get started on Quora. This is the kind of website educators seem to be getting into.
Vicki Davis

Facebook's "Groups for Schools" Is a Walled Garden of Higher Education - 0 views

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    Facebook's group for schools has just been announced. You don't have to be friends with your students to add them to a class group on Facebook. This is only for highered but is a move to become a more formal learning network. Facebook may evolve from a social network to a social and educational network. This is a big deal and colleges should take a look at this.
Dean Mantz

How to Use New-Media Tools in Your Classroom | Edutopia - 15 views

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    7 video tips from great educators regarding the use of "New Media" in the classrooms. 
Vicki Davis

Education Department Wants Tweets from Teachers and Students - High School Notes (usnew... - 11 views

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    Great article on US news about initiatives in the US that have started but of special interest is the request that students and educators tweet. The biggest issues I've had with the town hall meetings is that most of them are in the middle of the day when everyone is teaching. On Thursday at 3 pm there is a chat about rural education. It is nice that they're having these meetings but if they REALLY want teachers to participate it will be when teachers are able to focus on the conversation. You can't have teachers teaching and Tweeting. It doesn't work. If you see me tweet during the day, most of the tweets are scheduled or I'm on break or lunch break. "February has been a busy month for K-12 education. On February 1, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan kicked it off by announcing that all U.S. schools should transition to digital textbooks within the next five years. On the 9th, President Obama waived 10 states from No Child Left Behind. And last week, the president proposed a 2013 budget that includes a $1.7 funding increase for education." Although these federal policy decisions may not seem directly connected to day-to-day classroom activities, the Department of Education is using Twitter to encourage teachers, administrators, parents, and students to play a more active role.
Vicki Davis

So.cl - 9 views

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    This is the Microsoft Research so.cl website (pronounced social) that is being tested in a few universities. I find it incredibly interesting that students sign in using Facebook instead of Windows Live ID, the preferred sign in for other services.
Vicki Davis

Twitter Template - Resources - TES - 5 views

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    This is a twitter template. Another tool for offline use for those schools who don't get a lot of access but would like to bring some fun social media style activities into the classroom. You do need to join the free TES site to access these, but it is a great site and I'm finding lots of things to use.
Vicki Davis

Experts differ on Klout's clout - 12 views

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    If you want to understand Klout, this article is a pretty balanced one.
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