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Is social media turning you into a zealot? If you get your information from social media, the world is an almost supernaturally dark place these days.

Is social media turning you into a zealot?

Our feeds and timelines are jammed with outrageous and incredible accounts that prove what we all already suspected: our political opponents are crazy. Maybe some of them are downright evil. A New Theory of Distraction. “At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction,” the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote, in 1839.

A New Theory of Distraction

Those were the days. Browning is still right, of course: ask any reader of Wikipedia or Urban Dictionary. She sounds anachronistic only because no modern person needs advice about how to be distracted. Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles".

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Sexting Common Among Middle Schoolers With Behavioral Or Emotional Problems (STUDY) BY ANDREW M.

Sexting Common Among Middle Schoolers With Behavioral Or Emotional Problems (STUDY)

SEAMAN NEW YORK Mon Jan 6, 2014 7:38am EST (Reuters Health) - More than one in five middle-school aged children with behavioral or emotional problems has recently engaged in sexting, according to a new study. What's more, researchers found those who reported sexting in the past six months were four to seven times more likely to also engage in other sexual behaviors, compared to adolescents who said they didn't sext. EtcML - Home. Meet The @FiveThirtyEight Of Education. Bruce Baker Will Bring Sanity To Reform Hype. Public school children have become lab rats of policymakers who are eager to see change faster than we can study what works.

Meet The @FiveThirtyEight Of Education. Bruce Baker Will Bring Sanity To Reform Hype

Experimental reforms are often founded on the lackluster research of ideological think tanks, who have filled the expertise vacuum left by academics unwilling to conduct policy-related research. “I’ve reviewed some just God awful stuff,” cringes Rutgers Professor Bruce Baker, whose influential data-driven education, blog, schoolfinance101 has helped him become a go-to reviewer for policy reports.

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Why Procrastinators Procrastinate. PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.) Simple_answers. Here’s the hard part about Facebook and news — it’s there, but users only find it accidentally. As the media industry continues to be disrupted by what we like to call the “democratization of distribution” produced by the social web, platforms like Facebook have become more and more important for news outlets as a way of reaching new readers.

Here’s the hard part about Facebook and news — it’s there, but users only find it accidentally

Unfortunately for media companies, using these platforms is not always as simple as it seems, and a new report from the Pew Research Center illustrates one reason why: it found that while many users come across news on Facebook, they don’t go there specifically looking for it. In other words, finding news on the giant social network is more of an accident than it is a deliberate event, and that complicates how news outlets handle what they do there. The study, which was done by the Pew Center in partnership with the Knight Foundation, found that news is “a common but incidental experience” on the world’s largest social platform. Post and thumbnail photos courtesy of Flickr user George Kelly. Partisanship as a Part of the Facebook News Experience.

Partisanship as a Part of the Facebook News Experience By Amy Mitchell, Jocelyn Kiley, Jeffrey Gottfried and Emily Guskin One question that comes with the development of news as more of a social experience is the degree to which people are more likely to get news that conforms to their views.

Partisanship as a Part of the Facebook News Experience

The data here offer some first insights but also suggest there is room for more research. Facebook news consumers are on par with U.S. adults overall in saying they prefer news that does not have a point of view over news that shares their own view. The Role of News on Facebook. On Facebook, the largest social media platform, news is a common but incidental experience, according to an initiative of Pew Research Center in collaboration with the John S. and James L.

The Role of News on Facebook

Knight Foundation. Overall, about half of adult Facebook users, 47%, “ever” get news there. That amounts to 30% of the population. Pew: 47% of US Facebook users, or about 30% of all Americans, get news from the social network. Given that Facebook is the world’s largest social network with over 1.15 billion users, it’s no surprise that many turn to the platform for news.

Pew: 47% of US Facebook users, or about 30% of all Americans, get news from the social network

In the US, about half of adult Facebook users, or 47 percent, get news from the social network. Facebook has over 128 million monthly active users in the US and more than 101 million daily active users in its home country. Extrapolating the previous figure, about 30 percent of the US population gets news from the social network. The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools. A survey of 2,462 Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers finds that digital technologies are shaping student writing in myriad ways and have also become helpful tools for teaching writing to middle and high school students.

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools

These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations. At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use.

The AP and NWP teachers surveyed see today’s digital tools having tangible, beneficial impacts on student writing. Framework for 21st Century Curriculum and Assessment. Updated February 2013 Adopted by the NCTE Executive Committee November 19, 2008 Context for NCTE’s 21st Century Literacies Framework In the 1990s, the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association established national standards for English language arts learners that anticipated the more sophisticated literacy skills and abilities required for full participation in a global, 21st century community.

Framework for 21st Century Curriculum and Assessment

The selected standards, listed in the appendix, served as a clarion call for changes underway today in literacy education. The NCTE definition of 21st century literacies makes it clear that the continued evolution of curriculum, assessment, and teaching practice itself is necessary: Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups.

Distraction

Manual of Style/Words to watch. A Big Mac miss by The Huffington Post.