Social Media

3/28/2012

3/28/2012

While Facebook and Google+ are popular social networks for everyday life, dozens of other networks have been created to provide safe and effective social learning environments for K12 education. Social learning networks (SLNs) allow students to learn 21st-century skills, help students build online portfolios or resumes and collaborate with peers through project-based learning.

3/28/2012

Educators are finding a new way to organize and collaborate resources for transition to the Common Core, curriculum mapping, and classroom activities.

3/28/2012

On Feb. 23, Steven Anderson, instructional technologist for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (N.C.) Schools, celebrated his three-year anniversary on Twitter. Anderson began exploring Twitter in 2009 as a way of finding people with similar interests, opposing views, and resources on integrating technology in the classroom to share with teachers and staff in his district of 57,000 students.

3/21/2012

3/21/2012

Edmodo, the free and secure social network for education, announced it will open its API to third–party and independent web developers to enable the creation of

3/16/2012

3/16/2012

ePals Corporation announced that its Children’s Publishing Division, formerly Carus Publishing, captured 13 awards of excellence at the 2012 Parents’ Choice Awards. 

3/14/2012

3/14/2012

A 12-year-old Minnesota girl was reduced to tears while school officials and a police officer rummaged through her private Facebook postings after forcing her to surrender her password, an ACLU lawsuit alleges.

3/7/2012

3/7/2012

Edmodo is a startup looking to disrupt the education industry with its social networking tools for the classroom. 

3/7/2012

Schoology, developers of the free, cloud-­based collaborative learning platform for K12 classrooms, announced a $1 million investment from Cempaka Schools in Malaysia and a partnership to jointly promote increased usage of the Schoology platform in schools throughout Malaysia and Singapore.

3/5/2012

3/5/2012

The Davenport Community School District is using Facebook to connect with students that have dropped out or are thinking about dropping out.

3/5/2012

Jefferson County (Ky.) Public Schools, serving more than 100,000 students in the greater Louisville market, announced that it has approved eChalk as a software partner for creating School and Teacher Websites. 

2/28/2012

2/28/2012

While school district officials have wrestled with the issue of whether to set boundaries for teachers and coaches when texting and communicating with students using social media, high school students may have come up with an answer.

2/17/2012

2/17/2012

Beginning July 1, 2012, Gaggle will include its Human Monitoring Service as a part of its subscription service in order to better protect students and allow educators to focus on teaching.

12/20/2011

12/20/2011

School districts are reviewing guidelines to better define the use of social media in classrooms, as educators grapple with the benefits and drawbacks of online relationships.

12/15/2011

12/15/2011

Google has launched a YouTube for Schools service to make educationally relevant videos available for use in school. It's a great idea, but for it to actually be used in schools, many districts around the country will have to modify their filters to allow teachers to access at least this portion of YouTube.

11/17/2011

11/17/2011

After what can only be described as a poor start for Google's much-anticipated Gmail app for Apple's iOS platform, the software has returned.

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