Can Companies Like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap?

Tom Murray

This past weekend I was searching for a particular feature inside the Facebook app while on my cell phone. Can Companies like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap? Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap to support students, particularly those most in need. Districts such as Lindsay Unified in California have worked with their local community and government officials to offer free access for families.

Facebook Campus: Repeating history misses the mark on students’ futures

The Christensen Institute

Facebook has gone back to college. It’s called, appropriately enough, Facebook Campus. College campuses were, of course, where Facebook all began. A tight-knit, closed community was core to the original Facebook. Can Facebook escape its past?


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Strengthening Digital Literacy Skills in Michigan with Facebook

Digital Promise

As the partnership manager of the Facebook Community Boost grant in Michigan, Celena serves as a thought partner and resource developer to partner organizations across the state. Celena’sexperience as a facilitator, educator, and administrator in Detroit—at an exciting time for the city and state—has shaped her approach to collaborating with Facebook Community Boost partner organizations in and outside of Michigan.

In the News: Schools Should Delete Facebook

Doug Levin

Schools Choose Not to Delete Facebook Despite Data-Privacy Worries.” A school district page or group gives Facebook “another data point” on the users who visit it, said Doug Levin, the founder and president of EdTech Strategies, LLC. Some districts also have Facebook trackers on their district sites, which could give Facebook further access to the online activities of people in the school community. As quoted in: Schwartz, Sarah.

The Top 5 Ways to Use Facebook in Your Classroom


You will find most of today’s young generation on Facebook. Now…Let’s take a look at various effective ways you can use Facebook in your classroom: 1. Create a Facebook Group for Your Class. If you wish to start a project for your class, you will be able to share complete details in the group and every student will have access to it. Social media is all about sharing… and videos are widely shared on Facebook. Friends of TeacherCast blog Facebook social media

7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap (coined in D.C. The statistics regarding the need are clear and I believe that equity in access is one of the main issues facing school leaders today. Districts such as Lindsay Unified in California have worked with their local community and government officials to offer free access for families. is a non-profit that works to support families in obtaining access at home.

Why I'm Not Leaving Facebook & You Shouldn't Either


You've seen the dramatic posts of friends who are bidding Facebook adieu because Facebook knows too much or it’s too depressing or, on and on. I won't be one of those leaving Facebook, unless something better comes along. Problems I don't have with Facebook Depressing posts Not a problem for me. Instead, when I go to the small, blue triangle on the top right side of my Facebook menu bar and go down to "settings" then "Privacy," I just make my posts public.

Facebook Launches Courses to Help Adult Learners Skill Up


In its latest move in the education space, Facebook has launched career development courses geared toward adult learners looking to get a foothold in the digital economy. The broader goal of this initiative is to give people access to economic opportunity, she adds. And in June 2018, Facebook announced plans to partner with 20 community colleges to offer training in digital marketing to students.

Indian EdTech Startup Unacademy Secures US$110M From Facebook Others


Social media giant Facebook joined hands with Sequoia India and General Atlantic to offer a fresh round of Series E funding worth US$110 million to the country’s most rapidly growing EdTech startup, Unacademy. Also, it offers students with live classes and access to 30+ exam categories.

Using Facebook Stories in the Classroom

Gaggle Speaks

” This is certainly true of the Stories feature on social media—made popular by Snapchat—which has recently been implemented by Facebook. On Facebook, users now can post updates that are only visible to other users for 24 hours , at which point they’re gone forever (or so it seems). It would be unreasonable to think that Facebook or Snapchat have the knowledge, experience and sensitivity to deal with issues like bullying and harassment.

The drama of Facebook

Learning with 'e's

The world''s largest and most successful social network, Facebook - celebrated its tenth anniversary in February 2014. Facebook is a social phenomenon that cannot be ignored. The diverse behaviours witnessed on the site are just one of the many features that provoke great interest from psychologists and social anthropologists, and many studies have already been conducted into Facebook''s impact of relationships, social movements, self concept and personal, digital identity.

Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners – SULS049

Shake Up Learning

The post Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners – SULS049 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Accessibility is and should be a huge topic of discussion across multiple industries but especially in learning. Reach all learners with Google’s accessibility tools on ep.

Can Facebook’s founder get full service education right?

The Christensen Institute

Nor should it be about running parallel efforts to drive access to care and learning alongside one another. Late last year, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced they are starting a private PK–8 school in East Palo Alto, Calif. Chan will serve as CEO of the new school, called The Primary School, set to open this coming fall. The effort builds on a number of investments that the couple has made to improve education in the Bay Area and beyond.

Facebook Course Partner Raises $12 Million Series A


It was enough to support 300 students this summer, leading them toward certification in skills like Facebook’s digital marketing tools and designing virtual and augmented reality visualizations with Unity. The company offers four certificates at the moment: The previously mentioned Facebook digital marketing and Unity VR and AR design visualization ones plus a Salesforce customer relationship essentials certificate and a Silicon Valley Bank business and data analytics certificate.

How to Keep Your Students (and Teachers) Safe on Facebook

Gaggle Speaks

Every day, students and teachers provide information to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, whether they are chatting with friends or posting pictures from the classroom. To understand how this happens, consider how Facebook manages users’ content. According to an article on Gizmodo, Facebook doesn’t only collect data from users ; it monitors that data to make correlations about who those users are, creating a detailed profile for marketers.

Status Update: Facebook as a Reflection Tool

Educator Innovator

So for the past two years, I have been posting some of the most indelible teachable moments from my gallery experiences on Facebook. The moments I capture tend to be funny, which is why they make good Facebook posts. As you can see in the comments left by my Facebook friends, Disney’s ‘Frozen’ explores these ideas very effectively as well. Keeping up-to-date on popular trends among young learners can really help make genuine connections that make complex ideas accessible.

Your Facebook Privacy is YOUR Responsibility, Not Your Friends'.


I post shots of my family that I don''t want strangers to have access to! Unfortunately, we can not change this setting by ourselves because Facebook has configured it this way. Scroll below for some links that will tell you more about your Facebook privacy.) Don''t you want your Facebook friends to see these things? and ALL of your Facebook friends following them (just like you do everything your friends tell you to do in their posts, right?)

Awareness, Assessment, and Access: Improving Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

To address these different learning levels, RIFLI uses the Northstar Digital Literacy assessment exam as the basis for a curriculum that teaches how to use a computer to using Microsoft Excel and Word as well as social media, specifically Facebook. Access. But lending the tablets is only part of the access puzzle. Awareness, assessment, and access: these are the three things that RIFLI have in mind at all times.

South Korean Startup Looxid Labs Set To Introduce Cognitive Software for Seniors, ‘LUCY’ At Facebook Accelerator Seoul Demo Day


Register Korean start-up Looxid Labs Inc will unveil ‘LUCY’ – a cognitive care solution founded in biotechnology , at the forthcoming Facebook Accelerator Seoul Demo Day on December 2, 2020. This allows caregivers to access and manage the status of the user and chart their progress.

How Can Facebook Improve the Attendance at Your School’s Next Event?


Today we’ll teach you how to tackle Facebook, in particular, since it’s the most popular social media platform. Bonus: Download this free resource to receive a step-by-step guide for making your next event a success with Facebook Event Pages. Why You Should Focus Your Attention on Facebook. When Facebook first hit the scene, it was a way for college students to connect and network with other students at their school.

How schools can keep students safe, and on Facebook

eSchool News

In a BYOD world, managing access to popular social media sites has become critical. In addition to complying with regulations such as the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), K-12 administrators have to deal with concerns like cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and students accessing inappropriate video content on a host of devices—a problem made more challenging by the increasing adoption of mobile devices on school networks through one-to-one initiatives and BYOD policies.

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day


As you may (or may not) already know, today is “Global Accessibility Awareness Day.” ” Here at ProfHacker, we’ve written often about the importance of accessibility. Most recently — yesterday — Anastasia shared a post about making accessible games with Twine Audio. What is “Global Accessibility Awareness Day” about? To learn more about Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

How Facebook Can Improve Privacy By Talking More With Academics


It has evolved into the most prominent data scandals in Facebook’s history, after personal information from some 87 million Facebook was passed along by Kogan to the political consulting company Cambridge Analytica. But plenty of other academics said they saw the potential for such abuse clearly, and that this could have been avoided if Facebook had spent more time consulting privacy experts and scholars. And Facebook had rules that Cambridge Analytica violated.

6 Things Every High School Senior Should Have Access To Before Graduation

EdNews Daily

During senior year in high school, all students should have access, knowledge, and experience within these top six areas of education below. Before high school graduation, every senior should have access to financial education. When students have early access to understanding their potential work interests, which can include the culture, climate, and expectations of a role, they have a much better chance of choosing the right career path.

Why I'm Not Leaving Facebook & You Shouldn't Either

The Innovative Educator

You've seen the dramatic posts of friends who are bidding Facebook adieu because Facebook knows too much or it’s too depressing or, on and on. I won't be one of those leaving Facebook, unless something better comes along. Problems I don't have with Facebook Depressing posts Not a problem for me. Of course there are targeted ads based on my use of Facebook. Facebook knows about me and sells my data Yes. Do the benefits of Facebook outweigh the drawbacks?

Arkansas is first to participate in Facebook virtual reality initiative

FETC Converge

Arkansas high schools will be the first in the nation to receive 500 Oculus Rift virtual reality systems as part of an initiative by Facebook. Under the Arkansas & Facebook Techstart Partnership, schools will receive 500 kits that include headsets, 360-degree cameras, and computers. The program also will provide professional development for teachers and access to computer science events. Uncategorized coding education computer science Facebook STEM virtual reality

2 Tips to Connect with More Families on Facebook

The Innovative Educator

More and more educators and schools are using Facebook to connect with families. This is so the content can be more accessible for those with cognitive or neurological issues. 2) When you are in the inspect screen click accessibility and see what words come up for image. Will you incorporate these tips into past and future Facebook posts However, they might not be connecting with as many families as possible if they are not ensuring they are posting inclusive content.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access


Birthplace of Apple, Facebook, and everyone’s favorite edtech company, Google. This wide variety of lifestyle, income, and infrastructure can get in the way of student access to learning or our assessment of our students. and engage in deeper thinking during the school day, when they have access to their peers and their teachers. A surprising number of families still don’t have computers or access to the internet at home.

6 Simple Resources to Integrate Equity, Access & Cultural Awareness into Student Learning 

Discovery Education

Find new ways to connect with students in or out of the classroom with easy-to-access resources from the six programs below: . Meet Students Where They Are with Versatile Discovery Education Resources .

CFP: ‘Accessible Future’ Workshop in Atlanta, GA


Regular readers will remember that back in September of 2013 we announced the first Accessible Future workshop , which took place at Northeastern University in Boston. If you are interested in digital environments and accessibility, please apply. What : A 2-day Accessible Future workshop ( See workshop Agenda for details ). If you’d like to stay up-to-date on the project, you can follow the Accessible Future on Facebook or Twitter.

SMART Facebook Template

Hansen's Link to Tech

If you are an educator with a SMART Interactive Whiteboard, I''ve made a template that you can use to introduce a subject within your classroom that portrays the facade of Facebook and has already hyperlinked pages such as timeline, photos, videos, about page. If SMART Notebook is installed on computers students have access to, students can create research presentations. Students get excited over the most interesting things.

Why Facebook engineers helped this district build a personalized learning tool

eSchool News

Volunteer Facebook engineers helped a district create something truly personal. Working with a small group of volunteer engineers from Facebook, headquartered only a few miles away, Summit became one of few U.S. We needed something which could serve as the backbone for a very personalized experience and that could put kids in the driver’s seat by allowing them to access learning on a 24/7 basis. Can you share an example of how Summit works with Facebook?

Facebook Donates $15M to to Diversify Computer Science Education


Looking to diversify its portfolio of charities and its workforce at the same time, Facebook has pledged $15 million over the next five years to , a nonprofit working to expand the availability of computer science (CS) education. Founded in 2013, aims to expand access to computer science in a number of ways. He also said that “Facebook has more than money to offer us,” though the company currently does not plan to provide support outside of the donation.

Facebook’s Teachable Moment: What Higher Ed Can Do to Improve User Behavior


Who among us didn’t review our Facebook privacy settings this past March? By Facebook’s full-page apology in the New York Times? That Facebook was sharing more data than it stated really shouldn’t come as a surprise. Many end users may have been caught off guard earlier this year with the news about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. In most applications, passwords are coupled with an email address to grant you access to the application.

Do Tech Companies Need To Step Up Their Accessibility Game?

The Innovative Educator

Is accessibility baked into to the development process? Their site says: When you Tweet photos using the Twitter app for iOS or Android, or on, you have the option to compose a description of the images so the content is accessible to people who are visually impaired. Who wouldn't want content to be accessed by people who are visually impaired? Twitter has not stepped up its accessibility game. Facebook Facebook is a bit better.