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Saturday, October 25, 2014

With no internet at home, kids crowd libraries for online homework

E-School News – Douglas Hanks

“School and public libraries play an integral role in student learning and internet use.” (more)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Teachers and social media: trekking on treacherous terrain

The Mercury News – Doug Oakley, Teresa Harrington and Sharon Noguchi

“When news broke last month that Newark teacher Krista Hodges used Twitter to express her desire to stab some of her students and pour hot coffee on them, the questions arose quickly: Aren’t there rules about that? Why wasn’t she fired?.” (more)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Breaking down the digital divide for lower-income families: Editorial

The Star – Editorial

“But a new barrier threatens to divide the haves from the have-nots at school — and later on in their careers. It’s a lack of access to home computers and affordable, fast connections to the Internet. In 2012, almost 98 per cent of the top income households were connected to the Internet, compared to only 58 per cent of those earning less than $30,000.” (more)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Common-Core Math Textbooks to Get Online Ratings

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“A new group billing itself as a “Consumer Reports for school materials” will soon begin posting free online reviews of major textbooks and curricula that purport to be aligned to the Common Core State Standards—an effort, some say, that has the potential to shake up the market.” (more)

Monday, July 28, 2014

How do teachers, parents approach online safety?

E-School – Laura Devaney

“Today, children in elementary school often have just as much, if not more, technology know-how than adults. But as children’s tech use increases, and as they spend more time online, digital citizenship and safety issues become even more important.” (more)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Heavy web use harms a child’s mental health: Every hour raises risk, warns watchdog

The Telegraph – Daniel Martin

“Overuse of the internet is causing mental health problems for children, government health advisers have warned.”(more)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

High school students are all about computers but get little instruction in computer science

The Washington Post – Donna St. George

” Their lives swirl in technology, but the nation’s high school students spend little time studying the computer science that is the basis of it all. Few are taught to write lines of code, and few take classes that delve into the workings of the Internet or explain how to create an app.”(more)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Alarm bells over computers and child development

The Irish Times – Mark Hilliard

“Children as young as three are increasingly using tablet computers in the home leading to calls for a debate in Ireland on how cyberspace should be controlled in the future…Psychologist Mary Aiken believes parents are becoming less able to provide safeguards alone and filtering software is not always reliable.”(more)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Excellent Checklist for Evaluating Information Sources

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Digital literacy, as a set of skills that students need to develop and master in order to properly use digital technologies, is an essential component of the 21st century education….the second most important skill…is that of evaluating and assessing the validity of information found online. One of the versatile tools teachers can use to teach students about web content evaluation is called CRAAP . The acronym CRAAP stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, and Purpose.”(more)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ways to help kids unplug from technology

The Kansas City Star – Jennifer Chung

“Our lives feel busier than ever – cellphones, tablets and laptops can certainly help us be more efficient, but they also can make us feel like we need to be accessible to everyone all the time. Kids are introduced to technology at a younger age than ever before. Is technology a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to raising our kids? Here are some tips to help parents find balance and set some boundaries around screen time.”(more)