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How to grow resilience, Part 2

This is the second of two posts about the internal online (and offline) safeguard resilience. Here’s Part 1. Another perspective on resilience: this in a TED Talk in Edinburgh in 2012 in which game designer and author Jane McGonigal shares some simple ways people of all ages can build resilience – the four kinds (physical, […]

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The Snapchat New Year’s hack: Fuel for discussion

The hack against Snapchat at the turn of the year appears to have done more awareness-raising than harm, but awareness – on the part of users and their parents as well as startups and young digital media companies – is crucial. The publishing of the screennames and partial phone numbers of 4.6 million users was […]

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The White House’s K-12 students’ film festival!

This month the White House will hold its first-ever film festival for students – how cool is that?! The contest asks students in grades K-12 to submit short videos (under 3 min.) about education technology. “Your film should address at least one of the following themes,” says the White House’s page about the festival: “How […]

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Balancing external with internal Internet safety ‘tools’

As we welcome in a new year, some thoughts on the promise and protective properties of compassion and resilience for our children (and all of us)… In the US and probably many other countries, the Internet safety discussion has focused largely on external safeguards: filtering, monitoring and other parental control tools, household and school rules, […]

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‘Fabulousness’ & self-presentation in social media

Here’s a conversation about social media that would be good to have with our kids. You could headline it “Instagram envy”; the New York Times dramatically headlined it “The Agony of Instagram” (oh, brother). That the article appeared in this week’s Sunday Styles section I guess confirms that it’s fashionable, at least for newspapers, to […]

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Giving students ‘skin in the game,’ another anti-distraction tool [sidebar]

Chris Lehmann, founding principal at Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy, really sums it up: giving students “skin in the game,” as he put it to Education Week. That means, as the educators I mention in the main article show, using education technology not as another platform or delivery tool for traditional tutorial-style teaching but for the […]

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Dealing with distraction with the HELP of digital environments

Learning how to be present, attend to others, know what’s important in a given moment and stay focused on it has always been a vital part of growing up. “The ability to focus is a secret element to success that often gets ignored,” according to an article in Mind/Shift that cites the work of psychologist […]

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‘Bullying Experiment’ video: What’s wrong with this picture?

You may have seen “The Bullying Experiment” video that has gone viral (as of this writing, 3.1 million views on YouTube). Two actors stage a bullying incident (the bigger one threatening and pushing around the other) a bunch of times in various locations on a university campus. The “experiment” is apparently about seeing whether unsuspecting […]

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Coding is cool (& crucial to businesses, economies)

You’ve heard about it, right? Code.org‘s “Hour of Code” that’s going on right now (Dec. 9-13)? People may not have to know how to write it to create an app, but learning how to write code benefits economies as well as learners. Code.org, which is a nonprofit organization that aims to get computer science into […]

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Students developing apps (and businesses) on the side

There’s the app for cats. Yes, true – not feline iPhone users, but cats who play (i.e., all cats). The Guardian’s feature on young app creators leads with Oxford physics student Owen Beckett’s Cat Snaps, “a laser chasing game for cats [that] includes a function that takes a photo of your cat when it ‘wins’ […]

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