YouTube Kids can be a parent’s best friend

My wife and I were having dinner with some friends recently when I decided to show their four year-old twins a video from YouTube. I loaded up the app on my phone, searched for a video and played it but — all the while — I had a nagging fear that maybe I had accidentally […]

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A YouTube for the littlest video viewers

Think of YouTube Kids as digital training wheels for the little video viewers at your house – something a lot of parents have been wanting for a very long time. We all know how popular but not always appropriate YouTube is for kids. Problem solved. Designed for kids through age 8, YouTube Kids carefully screens […]

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Teachers: Create your own online courses with Versal

  There are lots of online courses ranging from some that are incredibly compelling to others that, well, that are just plain boring. One of the problems with online learning is that it takes more than just aiming a video camera at a lecturer to create a compelling class. Sure, YouTube is full of videos […]

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We are “carefully taught” to hate

By Warren Blumenfeld Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein reminded us in one of the songs, “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught,” in their 1949 Broadway musical, South Pacific that:  You’ve got to be taught To hate and fear You’ve got to be taught From year to year It’s got to be drummed In your dear […]

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A conversation with Esther Wojcicki on ‘Moonshots in Education’

Esther Wojcicki is an award winning journalism teacher and the author of a new book on education called Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom. The book explores digital and online learning with models and examples from schools that are already implementing digital learning. Moonshots is an approachable book that’s part Wojcicki philiophy […]

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Banning Yik Yak from colleges is counterproductive

No doubt about it: There are some vile posts on Yik Yak and other social media platforms. But just because some people use these platforms to intimidate and spread hate is not justification to ban them from college campuses — Instead, people should (and often do) use the same platforms to condemn bigotry and spread […]

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‘Tread carefully’ before regulating Internet of Things

I was not surprised to learn that the Senate is looking into the Internet of Things. Senators are concerned about safety, privacy and security issues now that the tech industry is focusing on ways to connect devices to the Internet and to each other. There are just over seven billion people on the planet and, […]

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From public shaming to public compassion

The public discussion about “online reputation” has gotten darker, as “public shaming” appears in more and more headlines. We may think it’s tough to be a celebrity, having everything one does – good, bad or anything in between – go viral. But it’s even tougher not to be, if you post something negative online. Because […]

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Muslims using social media to ‘spark a social movement’

by Hani Khan   In September 2014, a community organization in East London, the Active Change Foundation, began a campaign built around the Twitter hashtag #notinmyname, which was created to denounce the beheading of the British aid worker David Haines and other brutal acts committed by the radical group Islamic State. The hashtag has been […]

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‘Revenge porn’ is about betrayal, not pornography

Sharing explicit pictures or videos with an intimate partner is not always a harmful practice, but it can be devastating if those images get into the wrong hands — like those of Kevin Bollaert. In the first criminal prosecution using a new California law targeting “revenge porn,” San Diego-based Bollaert, 28, was convicted Monday on […]

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