Yesterday the NSW Teachers Federation in Australia announced that public school teachers have been granted permission to use Facebook, Twitter and other social media in the classroom. Students are still blocked.
The president of the NSW Teachers Federation, Bob Lipscombe, cautioned teachers to take care about who they became ''friends'' with on Facebook to ensure their professionalism was not compromised. He reminded teachers that any information they posted would be imprinted in the public domain.
The Department of Education has developed a social media policy in consultation with school principals and teacher groups. The policy, which is available on the department's website, has been distributed to all public schools. The guidelines advise teachers to be honest, polite and considerate and to use common sense.
As part of its commitment to education, Viacom partnered with The Associated Press to conduct "Young Adults' Perspectives on American Education 2011," a groundbreaking study based on a combination of peer-to-peer interviews and a large-scale poll of more than 1,100 American 18-24 year-olds.
Viacom and The Associated Press approached the study by looking at 18-24 year-olds as "core consumers of education" and evaluating how the education system is meeting their needs.
According to the study, young adults are optimistic that high schools and colleges can prepare them for the working world, but also feel these institutions aren't adapting quickly enough to meet students' changing needs.
As a result, more and more 18-24 year-olds are taking a less traditional approach to higher education, via self-directed curricula, internships and self-teaching.
Recognizing the important role young people can and should play in reaching their goals, Viacom launched Get Schooled, which provides the tools and guidance young adults need to succeed in today's competitive environment.
According to the study, students are increasingly creating individual, self-tailored curricula by cherry picking schools and courses. They're also taking longer to graduate because they feel that, by combining school with work and internships, they stand a greater chance of finding a desirable job.
Young adults are relying more on themselves, their families and friends and less on community or religious organizations and high school counselors when it comes to education decisions.
Detailed findings from the study include:
Overall, 27 percent of young adults say the education system has little to no understanding of their values and goals. More than a third (36 percent) report it is ambivalent to their values and goals.
Only 37 percent say the education system mostly or completely understands them.
Among those surveyed with a high school diploma, but no college experience, 33 percent say the education system has little to no understanding of their values and goals.
How College Leads to a Better Life is Unclear
The most consistent theme among those interviewed â from those with no college experience to those with bachelor degrees â is that college should prepare one to join the workforce.
But today's pragmatic, goal-oriented young adults are unsure that the education product being offered to them will deliver the job or career that they want.
More than half of young adults say it's more worth the money to get "an education that is focused on success in the world."
Visual Loop brings us another Infographic, that takes a deeper look at publishing in the digital era. According to their blog, this Infographic is based on the 2010 study provided by Bain & Company for the Forum dâAvignon, which can be downloaded here. | View Large
Even as the media continues its obsession (yes, Twilight Iâm looking at you) for the almighty 'six pack', boys have been gaining on girls in eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.
So all of this had me thinking about how your show frequently has shirtless, very buff dudes on during various segments. I know itâs all done in fun--and without malice on your part--however it seems like a bit like a double standard.
In one segment you are talking about how the media fuels negative body image issues for women/girls and then in the next segment you fawn over celebrity abs or have a segment with shirtless guys.
I hope that you wonât take this as a criticism. Itâs not. You have been a champion of kids and so many other issues. I admire how you have really used your high profile status to support so many, many social issues.
I really appreciate, in particular, you taking a stand on bullying. I was bullied so much in 6th grade that I had to leave school. At one point, as I was walking home from school, a bunch of kids stuck their heads out of the bus and showered me with their saliva. I know all too well how that stuff sticks with you well into adulthood. But I digress.... ;-)
I also work in the youth media/marketing world and know that we all struggle with these issues. Itâs a tricky thing to find a balance between providing entertainment, marketing to kids and making sure that we think about the messages--intended or not--that we send to these kids.
I hope that you will take all this into consideration as you move both your TV show and music business forward. If you have any feedback, questions or need anything else, please donât hesitate to let me know.
On Tuesday, April 19 (9:30 am PST) Facebook Live will host a live discussion focused on Facebookâs latest efforts to keep people safe online. This is going to be a great event that highlights the tools that Facebook offers parents, teachers and kids to protect themselevs online.
The event will also highlight several new initatives (nope, I can't tell you! But they are really slick!) including the project that I've been working on Facebook for Educators.
A few months ago Facebook asked BJ Fogg, Director of the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University and Linda Fogg-Phillips, author of Facebook for Parents and an expert on parenting in the digital age and myself to collaborate on the Facebook for Educators project.
You'll hear more about that during the Facebook Safety event on Tuesday, but it's been a really exciting project to work on.
The team at Facebook are really committed to providing everyone, but especially teens and young adults, with a safe and secure experience when they are interacting on the world's biggest social network.
So be sure to tune in on Tuesday to get the latest news on Facebook's efforts to keep everyone safe online.
Earlier this month 2011 Project Tomorrow released the report âThe New 3 Eâs of Education: Enabled, Engaged and Empowered â How Todayâs Students are Leveraging Emerging Technologies for Learningâ at a Congressional Briefing held in Washington, D.C..
The Speak Up 2010 project surveyed almost 300,000 students (along with 43,000 parents, 35,000 teachers, 2000 librarians and 3500 administrators) from over 6500 private and public schools last fall about how they're using - and how they want to be using - technology for learning.
67 percent of parents said they would purchase a mobile device for their child to use for schoolwork if the school allowed it, and 61 percent said they liked the idea of students using mobile devices to access online textbooks.
53 percent of middle and high school students reported that the inability to use cell phones, smart phones or MP3 players was the largest obstacle when using technology in school.
Additionally, 71 percent of high school students and 62 percent of middle school students said that the number one way schools could make it easier to use technology would be to allow greater access to the digital content and resources that Internet firewalls and school filters blocked.
Parents are increasingly supportive of online textbooks. Two-thirds of parents view online textbooks as a good investment to enhance student achievement compared to 21 percent in 2008. However, E-textbooks are still a relatively novel concept in the classroom. Slightly over one-third of high school students report they are currently using an online textbook or other online curriculum as part of their regular schoolwork.
Nearly 30 percent of high school students have experienced some type of online learning.
The Survivors is the first installment of the tantalizing tales of the fourteen ill-fated Survivors and their descendants, who have been content in hiding for over three centuries.
Isolated on a Montana mountainside, only Sadie, the rogue daughter, dares to abandon the familyâs sacred hiding place. But no matter how far Sadie runs, something always pulls her back. On a muggy summer night in Tennessee, she witnesses a shocking scene that will change her life forever.
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Music plays a big part in Havard's creative process and over on her website she shares the soundtrack that kept her writing mojo going.
For the first book in her series, Amanda teamed up with indie singer-songwriter (and Warbler #6 on Glee!) Chris Mann to record an original song based on the book.
The end result is "Pretty Girl" an anthem written by Amanda and masterfully recorded by Chris Mann.
What makes this series really interesting is the way that Havard has woven social media into both her own creative process as well as the reader's experience.
She has an exciting and new vision for YA Fiction that incorporates all types of media to share the story of The Survivors.
I'm in the process of interviewing Amanda, so I don't want to give too much away. But stay tuned!