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Twitter Reading Level: How Smart Are Your Tweets? 10 Reasons to Educate Elementary Students about Social Media | Big Ideas in Education. Laptop It is always interesting to me, to find out that more and more of our younger students are becoming involved with the Internet and Social Media. Due to their developmental age, most students have some kind of difficulty with self-management throughout childhood. But, this is to be expected with children.

They simply lack the maturity, brain development, and personal experience to understand how to manage themselves in every situation in real life, let alone online. With person-to-person interactions, students have Parents, Teachers, & other Educators (we hope), who are helping to appropriately guide them throughout each day. However, when using social media and the internet, kids are often left to their own devices to navigate new worlds of Social Media. Despite the fact that students are required to be 13 years of age or older to use many of the Social Networking applications online, it can be alarming to realize that many of our younger students are already using them. Universities, Students Still Trying to Find Best Fit for Social Media on Campus. By Reginald Stuart When students at Grambling State University began campaigning for leadership positions in the university’s Student Government Association (SGA) one year ago, they approached university officials about using social media as part of their campaign strategy.

The request made Grambling administrators realize there were no institutional guidelines or policies about using this latest wave of evolving media. With student, faculty and administration input, a social media policy was developed in time for students to stage their multimedia campaigns without breaking the university’s code of conduct or, more importantly, offending fellow students, faculty or administrators. Grambling is among a growing number of institutions taking a serious look at social media, having seen it evolve quickly over the past decade as the instant communication vehicle for students, teachers and administrators.

Why so popular? “It runs the gamut. Related articles. Facebook as required reading: NJ bill would teach teens social media savvy  Slate : Facebook just made a significant... Facebook trending topics: Twitter-like feature focuses on news. Image courtesy of Facebook When Facebook added hashtags last year and almost no one used them, you might have thought the social network would give up on trying to become more like Twitter. You'd have thought wrong. Today it doubled down on its bid to rival Twitter as a hub for real-time public conversations about the news, adding a "Trending" section that highlights topics your friends and others are talking about at any given time. This is not a minor change: Facebook has placed the section at the top right of its main news feed, which is prime real estate on the page.

It's the clearest signal yet that the company is serious about becoming a destination for news, not just a place to share photos with your friends and family. The challenge to Twitter is obvious from the first line of Facebook's press release about the new product: That's actually a perfect description of Twitter, if you think about it. Then again, maybe that's part of the point.

That's the best-case scenario. What should a networked educational leader tweet about? Study: Women Love Social Media More Than Men (Unless It's LinkedIn) Women use every major social media channel more than men—except for LinkedIn—according to a Pew Research study released today. Pew found that 76 percent of online U.S. adult females use Facebook, compared to 66 percent for online males, while fairly similar women/men percentage splits exist for Twitter (18 percent/17 percent), Instagram (20/17) and Pinterest (33/8).

Indeed, one-third of women are now using Pinterest. But then there's LinkedIn: the researcher said 24 percent of Internet-using men employ the site compared to 19 percent of women. Every major platform, Pew says, has experienced an uptick in users compared to December 2012, as 73 percent of online consumers now utilize at least one social media channel and 42 percent use multiple ones. Instagram made particularly strong gains in the last year with 18-to-29-year-olds (up nine percentage points to 37 percent) and African Americans (up 11 percentage points to 34 percent), the researcher said. Check out the full Pew study here. Digitally savvy Beaverton High School builds its name locally and internationally.

Beaverton High School’s Social Media Team has it down to a science. They know that moms of students use Facebook between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and love to share stories about their kids. They also know that Beaverton High students prefer the photo-centric Instagram over Facebook. (Now that their moms and dads use FB, it’s no longer cool.) Both sides still tweet, but adults tend to use it for business whereas kids will tweet anything. And, of course, everyone knows email is old school. Beaverton High is creating a name for itself in the digital world. They call it digital marketing. “There is a tremendous story to tell here,” said Beaverton High Principal Anne Erwin, who is in her second year at the helm. She realized e-newsletters, a neglected school website and newspapers were not getting the word out about the school. Now, Erwin said, “There’s a buzz about what’s going on at Beaverton High School.”

The number of volunteers at the school has increased as have donations, Erwin said. 11 amazing Twitter chats for educators. Students get lesson in 'going viral' - News. Middle school and high school students in Iredell-Statesville Schools will soon be handed either a laptop or tablet device as part of the $20 million federal IMPACT grant. But first, they’re getting a lesson in staying out of trouble online. Each school in the district has been asked before the end of the year to prepare students for the technology roll-out by teaching digital safety and ethics.

At North Iredell Middle School (NIMS), a video posted on the school’s Facebook page is providing an example students can easily understand. The video, which shows staff members and asks people to share and like in an effort to go viral, has been shared nearly 200 times since Tuesday and been seen by more than 10,000 people. Comments have been left by people in Scotland, Brazil, Norway, the Philippines, California and several other states as the video makes its way around the Internet.

I-SS is planning to give students the wireless technological devices that are a part of the grant in February. Philadelphia Orchestra CEO: Our pop-up concert was packed, thanks to Twitter. When its concert at Carnegie Hall was canceled due to a strike, the Philadelphia Orchestra decided to hold a spur-of-the-moment performance at the Kimmel Center this October. It had six hours to get the word out. The Orchestra alerted the media and took to Twitter with the hashtag #PhilOrchFreePopUp.

The Kimmel Center was packed by showtime, said Orchestra president and CEO Allison Vulgamore. “We were trending that day,” she said. Vulgamore, speaking at the Campus Philly Annual Meeting on a panel about arts, technology and business, said that social media has been an incredible way for the Orchestra to communicate with its younger audience. Vulgamore’s not the only Twitter fan: so is the Orchestra’s “young, hot” conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vulgamore said.

“He’s a Twitter fiend. The Orchestra is also working on a project with Drexel to create a “GPS for concerts,” Vulgamore said. Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technically Philly in July 2012. Uber kicks off the holidays with Christmas tree deliveries. Uber passengers may be getting a faint whiff of pine trees in their next ride. That's because the car service is kicking off a promotion to deliver Christmas trees to customers' doorsteps. To promote its service, Uber has teamed up with The Home Depot to deliver on-demand Christmas trees in 10 US cities for one-day only. On Thursday, people will be able to open their Uber smartphone app, click on "UberTree," and have a freshly cut Christmas tree and stand at their home or office within minutes. "Instead of spending your weekend wrestling with a tree from the not-so-near farm or slushy street corner, kick back, pour yourself an extra glass of eggnog and watch your app as Uber takes care of the heavy lifting," Uber wrote in a blog post.

The car service warns that users should expect high demand, so it's a first-come, first-serve kind of deal. The whole shebang costs $135 for a 7- to 8-foot Fraser or Noble Fir. This isn't the first time that Uber has dabbled in on-demand delivery. Facebook Has Transformed My Students' Writing—for the Better - Andrew Simmons. The Internet has ruined high-school writing. Write the line on the board five hundred times like Bart Simpson. Remember and internalize it. Intone it in an Andy Rooney-esque grumble. I've heard the line repeated by dozens of educators and laypeople.

Thankfully it is untrue. As a high-school English teacher, I read well over a thousand student essays a year. However, while Facebook and Twitter have eroded writing conventions among my students, they have not killed the most important ingredients in personal writing: self-reflection and emotional honesty. High school is cruel to all genders, an equal-opportunity destroyer of spirit and self-esteem. When I was beginning high school in 1994 boys knew not to reveal weakness and insecurity. I have a Facebook page dedicated solely to my position as an educator. My observations have reaffirmed the widely held notion that the Internet is no refuge from the pains of adolescence.

Individually these may seem like small-scale admissions. Hey, Kids! Your Twitter Is Showing! Although I use Twitter every day for a steady stream of information, articles, advice, and positive communication, I see many students using Twitter as a form of instant messaging system, constantly sharing impulses, ideas, and complaints, usually without filtering very much. I have a hunch that most students don’t realize how public their tweets really are. Tweets are very easy to see. Tweets are even visible to those who don’t have a Twitter account!

Try this: Go to your favorite search engine. But what if a searcher doesn’t know your Twitter name? Yes, you can lock your Twitter account and make your tweets private. Recently I was looking at the additions to a school-based hashtag that I created. When I talk to classes about this, I sometimes hear, “Don’t teachers and administrators have anything better to do than sit around looking at our Twitters?” So, to sum things up, all of your tweets (and other online postings) are public or potentially public. Like this: Like Loading... Thunder Bay students learn to text with a critical eye - Thunder Bay. The students at Algonquin Avenue Public School in Thunder Bay aren't allowed to have their cell phones on in class, but they’re learning how to effectively use them. The Education Quality and Accountability Office reports that more than half of Grade 6 students in Thunder Bay read text messages and emails every day. A Grade 6 teacher at the school says she is not surprised by the outcome of the EQAO survey.

"These kids are growing up with technology around them,” Martine Engel said. “Most families have one, two or more devices in their home, whether they're cell phones or iPod ... so, it doesn't surprise me at all that that's the bulk of their reading. " Engel uses examples of text messages to teach literacy "When the kids are texting, they're using short forms all the time. I'm having a hard time keeping up with what their short forms are,” she said. “They have to think very carefully about who their audience is.

Once she put phone slang into a letter for her grandmother. Twitter Unveils Emergency Alert System. Twitter on Wednesday announced Twitter Alerts, a new system that enables public institutions and NGOs to send out emergency alerts via text message and push notifications in times of crisis. Users can sign up to receive emergency notifications from specific accounts, and will receive a text or push notification when that account sends a tweet it labels as an alert. In addition to the texts and notifications, 'alert' tweets will appear alongside an orange bell icon in the Twitter stream. "Twitter Alerts [is] a new feature that brings us one step closer to helping users get important and accurate information from credible organizations during emergencies, natural disasters or moments when other communications services aren’t accessible," explained Gaby Peña, a product manager at Twitter, on the company's blog.

Twitter already has more than 70 participants for the new system, including The American Red Cross, FEMA, and global non-profits like the World Health Organization. How Teachers Can Stop Being Scared Of Twitter. November’s EdTechTeacher’s iPad Summit (which, by the way, I found through Twitter) completely amazed, overwhelmed, challenged, and inspired me. I left feeling empowered about the 1:1 iPad environment in which I was teaching and excited about the possibilities of technology inside and outside of my classroom. My Twitter Addiction I also left the conference with a mild addiction to Twitter.

Mild as in I stopped taking notes within the first 5 minutes of the keynote when I realized that I could just tweet the links for great resources, apps, articles, images, videos… And went from following one or two people to dozens of the brightest stars in the edtech realm – including the EdTechTeacher staff and some pretty amazing teachers I met at the conference.

Like I said, it was a *mild* addiction. It went something like this: Presenter: I’ve used ______ with my students… (Frantic search – copy link – insert witty comment – hashtag – tweet – done). Repeat … several hundred times. Hashtags Ahoy! Google+ Introduces Embedded Posts. Google+ introduced a couple of new features on Monday, including a new tool that allows bloggers and content creators to embed public Google+ posts on other sites. Users who wish to highlight a Google+ post within a news story or on a personal blog can do so by clicking the "Embed post" tab from the drop down menu in the post's upper righthand corner. Users can then copy and paste the available line of code to embed the post, including text and photos. Once a post is embedded on another site, it should still be fully interactive, according to a Google+ blog post, meaning users can +1 a post, comment, or follow the post's author from the embed.

"We want to make it easy to expand your audience across the web," wrote Seth Sternberg, Director of Google+ Platform. Google+ was already testing this feature with specific publications like Sports Illustrated and National Geographic, but it is now available to all users. What do you think about Google+ introducing embedded posts? Infographic: The Social Media Facts Of 2013. Click image to view entire infographic Click image to view entire infographic Presented by the team at Twist Forum, this infographic is a quick summary of what’s going on in the top five social media networks this year.

While some statistics capture snippets of online activity on each network, other tidbits —like the fact that you have only 10 seconds to grab someone’s attention with a YouTube video—may help social media managers reach their target audience. Scroll down to view the rest of this infographic, or view it in its entirety here. [via Infographics Archive] Receive interesting stories like this one in your inbox. 7 Ways Teachers Use Social Media in the Classroom. 2013′s Complex Social Media Landscape in One Chart. 10 Little-Known Twitter Tools For Connected Educators. Facebook Finally Gets Hashtag Support.

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