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Free digital copy of @zephoria’s *It’s Complicated*

I heard danah boyd (intentionally lower-case) discuss her book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, at the Ford Foundation yesterday. Many thanks to Gina Marcel for alerting me to the opportunity after she saw danah tweet an invite.

danah’ research has led her to understand that kids aren’t addicted to technology. Rather, they’re addicted to socializing. They’d much prefer to meet up in person, but when they can’t physically gather due to curfew restrictions or other restraints, they meet up online. danah talked about many other things I’ve heard her share before – she’s always compelling – using great anecdotes from her years of researching teens and her own experiences.

danah offers a free PDF of her book here: http://www.danah.org/books/ItsComplicated.pdf

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Creating faux profiles of mathematicians in 7th math with Sabrina Goldberg:


Dr. Sabrina Goldberg is the extraordinary 7th grade math teacher here at The School at Columbia University. It’s about that time of year for Sabrina’s students to embark on the Great Mathematician Project (GMP). Each student is assigned a mathematician to explore deeply. They learn about that person’s history, education, skills, interests, life-work, and contribution to mathematics and beyond. Later, students write a research paper and eventually participate in a GMP Expo where they make a large informative poster, set up experiments, dress up in costume, and interact with their audience of students, teachers, and parents.

A few years ago, Don Buckley had the idea to use our in-house social network (powered by Elgg) to create fake profiles for these mathematicians. This gave students an opportunity to learn about how to fill in an online profile, connect with others, blog as their person, and locate commonalities amongst their mathematicians. Yesterday, I created accounts for each of the mathematicians. Today, students started fleshing out the profiles with an image, an image citation, a list of skills and interests, and a bit of background bio in the “About Me” section. We discussed how a social network is where people share who you are, who are your friends, and what do you do. I reinforced that we archive the previous year’s social network and use a blank social network every year. Thus, they see that a social network is empty and full of nothing until users willingly populate it with information. I quoted Danah Boyd a lot.

The students have had great success with the GMP over the years. Recently, Sabrina wrote a scholarly article about the GMP, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) chose it as their cover story for the December’s Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School journal.

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Talking with kids about Facebook privacy controls. Knowing is half the battle.

Jay Heath (@heathjw), a Technical Support Specialist at Ethical Culture Fieldston School, sent a message to the NYCIST listserv about teaching teens to navigate online privacy settings. He was seeking more resources, beyond the following sites:

The responses to his query were super informative and worth sharing so I gathered them below.

Karyn Silverman, High School Librarian and Educational Technology Department Chair at Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI) shared an awesome animated graphic of the evolution of Facebook default privacy controls created by Matt McKeon. Also of interest is Matt’s post about usage of this chart online and in print. (The direct link is here: http://www.mattmckeon.com/facebook-privacy/)

Karyn also shared the following articles that she discusses with her high school students:

Arvind Grover (@arvind) is currently the Director of Technology at The Hewitt School and will be an amazing administrator at Grace Church School next year. Arvind said he uses Mashable’s guide to Facebook privacy with his students.

Pat Hough (@PatHough) is the Lower School Technology Coordinator at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. She shared a link to Danah Boyd‘s (@zephoria) keynote from the Theorizing the Web conference last month: http://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/2011/04/11/audio-from-danah-boyds-ttw2011-keynote/


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