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Safer Internet Day: Can Social Media Companies be Trusted?


As it's Safer Internet Day, perhaps it's apposite to ask this question: can the social media companies be trusted? Internet News Security Social Media TL Advisor Blog

Navigating Social Media as a Parent

Tech Helpful

Recently I became aware of an article that warns parents of dangers associated with the apps Recently I attended an e-parenting workshop at a local school here in Chattanooga and the speaker shared a great social media rating guide: This can be found at

Ann Oro: Developing A Digital Citizenship Curriculum

The CoolCatTeacher

Date: May 17, 2018. They shared an article in The Washington Post , and the leader of the programs said that they have been truly just been overwhelmed with the requests for information about this pilot program. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

Supercharge Student (and Teacher) Financial Literacy With #PowerofEcon Day on April 26

The CoolCatTeacher

He is responsible for leading economic analysis on global financial markets by identifying emerging trends, evaluating economic factors and forecasting their impact on CME Group and the company’s business strategy.

The Stories We Were Told about Education Technology (2018)

Hack Education

Subsidized by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, some publications have repeatedly run overtly and covertly sponsored articles that hawk the future of learning as “personalized,” as focused on “ the whole child.”

Top 5 Takeaways from ISTE 2018


ISTE 2018 in Chicago was my latest “half marathon.” Google for Education, Microsoft EDU, BrainPOP, and Apple all offered multi-level certification options on the Saturday and Sunday preceding ISTE 2018. Much like when I train for a half marathon, I train for conferences.

5 Ways to Teach Digital Citizenship (and the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship)

The CoolCatTeacher

I wrote about these in Reinventing Writing and in other articles. Safely Involve Students in Social Media and More Student Voice Tips. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

5 Ways to Overcome Cognitive Overload

The CoolCatTeacher

Date: May 25, 2018. Aerospace companies now realize that cockpits with all these switches is completely visually overwhelming for pilots and can create cognitive overload in stressful situations. This company has no impact on the editorial content of the show.

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Connecting Parents to Student’s Digital Lives

The CoolCatTeacher

Date: Friday, March 26, 2018. Mike: We’ve started a weekly email to about 400 parents so far, where we’re covering topics like digital citizenship, security, filtering, social media — everything that really relates to how students should use technology today.

Infographics in Education with Eileen Lennon

The CoolCatTeacher

Date: April 19, 2018. So I started with her, creating the social media guidelines for the New York City Department of Education. She writes incredible articles and blog posts, and then she sends me the blog post. Eileen Lennon (@eileen_lennon) February 6, 2018.

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5 Awesome Things for Teachers to Do This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

In a quote from Scientific American from their article, “ Can you catch up on lost sleep? ”. “Go Social media addiction can also be associated with anxiety, depression, loneliness, and ADHD. Enjoy your food in the company of the people there.

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The Work You Do Has Power

Tom Murray

The largest taxi company owns no (human driven) taxis (Uber) The largest accommodations provider owns no real estate. Alibaba) The most popular media platform creates no content. Netflix) The largest phone companies own no telecommunications infrastructure. Blockbuster.

Sit With Us App: How Kids are Fighting Bullying One Lunch Table at a Time

The CoolCatTeacher

Her “Sit with Us” apps and clubs are sweeping the US and other countries as kids use social media to find other kids and stand against bullying. Date: February 13, 2018. So you sign up, like any social media site.

Do Tech Companies Need To Step Up Their Accessibility Game?

The Innovative Educator

Let's take a look by looking at social media examples. This article takes you through the process while acknowledging what a hassle it is. SnapChat The least accessible of these social media platforms is SnapChat.

Program Combatting Privacy and Tech Overuse Encourages Students to Take Control

Dignity—it’s not a word often associated with social media and online interaction. COPPA, for example, doesn’t extend to sites like Instagram or Pinterest, and companies’ data privacy policies typically are just stating what they can do with the data and aren’t offering any protections.

How to help students tackle technology overload (and other useful skills)

eSchool News

Her work on media literacy comes at a critical time for educators as we try to support students in their search for credible sources of information. This article points out some interesting tactics used by some companies.

Building a Classroom Community by Having Parent Parties

The CoolCatTeacher

Date: April 26, 2018. You know, I always sent out a newsletter and I have social media, so I asked them, “What are some things you want to see at parent parties?” Dr. Shipley has written and published many articles and has social media to reach her students and families.

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#Supermuch teaching in the classroom and online

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve been published in Leading and Learning with Technology , and I’m currently co-authoring a book on how teachers can develop a personal learning network using social media and other digital tools.

Notes from Some Summer Reading 2018 f/ @shawnachor @gretchenrubin @micheleborba @IAmMarkManson @askpang @DanielCoyle @DanielPink @simonsinek


After all, isn’t that the way we think about success in our schools and companies? We want to graduate at the top of our class, get the job at the best company, and be chosen to work on the most coveted project. WHAT – Companies always know what they do – e.g. selling products.

Realizing Success in the Adult Basic Education Market

Digital Promise

Based on my experience, companies who have research that validates, or at least indicates, the efficacy of their products gain wider acceptance. While gold-standard randomized control trials are expensive, companies can conduct other forms of valid research at a reasonable cost. How does a company raise awareness and sell into a bifurcated market?

It’s Easy to Fake It on the Internet. So Let’s Focus on Authenticity in 2019.


This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year. This is hardly a revelatory statement, but in 2018, authenticity in politics, business and the technology industry as a whole feels more necessary than ever before.

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Generation Z’s Are Starting College, But Are Universities Ready For Them?

EdNews Daily

Guest article by Dan Lauer. For one thing, as the first generation to not know a world without the internet, Gen Zers view digital media as an indispensable resource. Dan is a long-standing, successful entrepreneur who’s founded multiple companies, including Lauer Toys Inc.,

The Complexities of 'Belonging' in the Digital Age, Part 1

The Playground Advocate

I recently read an interesting article on Fast Company by Sebastian Buck titled "The Best Brands Are The Ones That Build 'Belonging'." There is much to recommend this article, but I want to focus on 2 things: First, I buy it.

Digital Media Has a Misinformation Problem—but It's an Opportunity for Teaching.


This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year. Research has shown that 50 percent of college students spend a minimum of five hours each week on social media. But what really makes social media a tricky resource for students and educators alike is that most companies don’t view themselves as content publishers.

Generation Z Is Starting College, But Are Universities Ready For Them?

EdNews Daily

Guest article by Dan Lauer. For one thing, as the first generation to not know a world without the internet, Gen Zers view digital media as an indispensable resource. Dan is a long-standing, successful entrepreneur who’s founded multiple companies, including Lauer Toys Inc.,

Why Flipped and Blended Learning are Making Waves in education

Ask a Tech Teacher

An article published in the Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences indicates an increasing tendency to implement blended learning as a favored pedagogical approach due to the evident benefits it holds. social media or school intranet portal, etc. This is further backed by a research article published in the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education that claims blended learning’s most essential outcome is student satisfaction.

Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile for Your Edtech Job Hunt


Come join us for an evening of informal networking, panels with hiring companies, and some light bites. San Francisco, October 10, 2018. Boston, October 16, 2018. New York, October 17, 2018. Fill out this form and we'll get your information in front of attending companies. While the idea of being a social media magician may sound fun, it may also give potential employers the wrong impression. This article is part of the EdSurge Jobs Guide.

PR Campaign Tips: 10 Harmful Myths You Need to Avoid


For example, a PR agency can obtain media coverage that shines a positive light on your brand. While you may want to shave a few dollars off your bottom line, PR encompasses much more than media mentions. Our Ultimate List of the Best PR Tools for 2018. Social media strategy.

What Parents and Teachers Should Note From Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate Testimony


The leader of the social media giant, with over 2 billion active users, answered questions about data ownership and usage in light of the fallout over Cambridge Analytica’s access and use of 87 million Facebook users’ personal information. These are issues that educators are watching closely as the use of social networking tools in schools have expanded in universities and K-12 schools over the years. Zuckerberg says the company does not.

#DLNchat: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning?


was the question first posed to the #DLNchat community by Aneesa Davenport, social media and analytics manager for EdSurge. DLNchat — Dhawal Shah (@dhawalhshah) April 10, 2018. Shah shared that his company, Class Central, found that almost half of the MOOC-takers they surveyed found some tangible benefit to their learning experience whether they completed the course or not. DLNchat [link] — Lisa McIntyre-Hite (@lisa_hite) April 10, 2018.

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We Created Subscription Boxes for Learning—and Teachers Love Them!


Unboxing PD After researching companies with different types of subscription boxes, we decided we wanted to include an element of surprise, make it gift-like, offer individualized products and make sure it’s useful. For our first round, sixteen staff members including teachers, reading specialists, media specialists and para-professional educators signed up by completing a short interest survey. Our office is planning to grow our subscribers base to 60 staff members from fall 2018.

Hiring? The Secret to Finding Hidden Edtech Talent


Finding the right candidate is not only important in order to get the job done but it is also essential for building a healthy company culture. Building a quality referral program not only incentivizes your current workforce to take a personal interest in cultivating company culture, it also functions as a de facto screening system to ensure that you’re working with an internally-vetted applicant pool at all times. Be sure to interact with job seekers and other edtech companies.

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10 Data-Science terms and their applications

Playware Studios

From conventional systems such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Accounting Information Systems (AIS) to new sources such as Social Media, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Knowledge Management Systems (KMS).

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EducationPlus Extends Relationship with Discovery Education, Reaffirming 10-Year Commitment to Dynamic Digital Learning Environments


May 21, 2018) – Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced a renewal of its long-term partnership with EducationPlus. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc.,

Mississippi’s Columbia School District Selects Discovery Education to Support Innovative Before- and After-School Programs for All Students


CSD’s educators will also be supported by the Discovery Education Community as they transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc.,