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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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Notes/slides from a conversation about digital citizenship and social media

Last night, I facilitated a conversation on teaching digital citizenship and social media use to middle schoolers. Around the table were teachers, librarians, media specialists, technologists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators from Friends Seminary.

Their specific questions were:
1. How can we help middle schoolers be safe, responsible netizens?
2. How would you define digital citizenship and how does that play a role in your school?
3. How does social media play a role in your school and what do you do to prepare kids to use it responsibly?
4. What are some activities that you have done with middle schoolers on digital citizenship?
5. What is your scope and sequence in your school on digital citizenship (and others that you may know)?
6. What tools do you use, such as ELGG, to help kids understand digital citizenship and social media?

Besides showing projects I’ve developed/supported using Google Sites, our internal media repositories (powered by Drupal), or our internal social network (powered by Elgg), I shared how I weave in reminders, anecdotes, news stories, and life lessons at every opportunity.

I shared these three recent relevant articles which I’d seen on Twitter:

And this post recommended by Don Buckley to be a good conversation starter:

I also shared my collection of mantras that I repeat endlessly in class:

  1. Everything you put online is public, permanent, traceable.
  2. Use our technology academically, respectfully, responsibly.
  3. Make wise choices.
  4. We are a community.
  5. There’s no such thing as privacy online. It’s public versus less public.
  6. The only thing worse than kids behaving badly are adults behaving badly.

Rather than proceed through the slide deck I’d prepared, I ended up ignoring most of it and just sharing examples from specific projects (most of which are documented on this site). I embedded the slides below if anyone is super curious…

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Really liking how @RebelMouse gathers stuff from multiple sites into a “social front page”

(Follow me on RebelMouse by clicking the image above.)

Below is an explanation about RebelMouse from their website:

What is RebelMouse?

RebelMouse is based on the idea that people are proud of what they share on social networks, but are starting to feel embarrassed about their websites. RebelMouse creates your social front page, building a dynamic site around what you share.

But you don’t have to take our word for it; check out these articles by amazing writers:

By Sarah Lacy of Pando Daily
By Allyson Shontell of Business Insider

We’ve also been using our own RebelMouse to help us collect press like the above and provide updates that will help users better understand RebelMouse and how they can get the most out of it 🙂

But another way to say think about this is: What if you could build an awesome, social-first blog without spending on developers and designers and losing hours on your own efforts?

What if you could be active and engaging on Twitter and Facebook, and just because of that have an incredible site too?

What if you could also mix in your original content, creating blog posts, slideshows, and galleries on RebelMouse, complete with links that support your thesis (either personal or for your business or passion)?

Making this simple, effortless, and beautiful is our mission at RebelMouse.


P.S. Please email us to give feedback, or find us on Twitter or Facebook.

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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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