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Reading the comments on that post about @ElmwoodFranklin 2nd graders editing NFL players’ tweets:

The tweet above is from the Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo, New York. (@ElmwoodFranklin) The tweet links to their Facebook post pasted below:

Second graders are serious fans of football—and grammar! Elmwood Franklin School’s second grade students applied their lessons in proper sentence structure, noun and verb usage, spelling, and punctuation to correct the tweets of professional football players. The students partnered in groups and together found several mistakes in these tweets, including the incorrect spelling of “a lot.”

I shared this story with my community at The School at Columbia University over the weekend. A teacher was chatting with me about it just now, which prompted me to actually read the comments. Yikes.

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“Report: Every Potential 2040 President Already Unelectable Due To Facebook” via @TheOnion

Report: Every Potential 2040 President Already Unelectable Due To Facebook

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This semester, I’m taking TV and the Development of Youth at Teachers College. I’m grateful to my classmate for sharing the following post from The Onion. It’s a relevant and hilarious spoof about the persitance of online information…and reinfoces my constant plea to my students to remember that everything they post online is public, permanent, and traceable.


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“Social Networking and Literacy” at #Teach21c



As I wrote in my last post, Teach21 was a professional development institute for 21st Century educators organized by faculty and administrators at The School at Columbia University. Every day there was a keynote speaker (Sree Sreenivasan, Howard Gardner, A.J. Jacobs, Karen Cator) and many half-day and full-day concurrent offerings.

Thursday, I offered a session about “Social Networking and Literacy.” We started the 2.5 hours together with a discussion about literacy. I used to think literacy was just the reading and writing of text. Nowadays literacy is about learning how to comprehend/research/navigate/communicate/cite/re-mix/share all sorts of media.

We started off the session with a conversation about the new literacies and looked at a couple of sources:

Then I showed a couple of projects where students publish individual and group work online and collaborate via shared access, commenting, hyperlinking, and other interactions. We looked at The Independent Reading Site that I set up with Marisa Guastaferro three years ago and the To Kill a Mockingbird book groups set up by Eve Becker for her 8th grade English classes. Both projects are described in this post: http://karenblumberg.com/social-networking-and-literacy-on-2511-at-600

Then we looked at ways to set up similar projects with other available technologies.

Resources from this and other Teach21 sessions are here: https://sites.google.com/a/theschool.columbia.edu/teach21-resources/

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