It took less than two minutes for a video produced by 5th-graders to accomplish what a dozen concerned (adult) citizens set out to do: convince the Sacramento, Calif., Board of Directors not to slash “Splash” in yet another round of budget cuts. “Thanks to Splash, thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students have explored life in Sacramento’s streams and, in the process, have come to understand why taking care of our water supply is so vital to the community,” writes elementary school teacher Gail Desler in her blog. The 5th-graders “provided a compelling argument that led to a unanimous vote to save the program,” Desler added. Sylvia Martinez of GenYES wrote, “The fact that these young filmmakers changed a decision in these times especially affirms the power of student voice” and civic engagement. Martinez goes into a little more detail on the local and national significance of this program. GenYES is a teacher- and student-empowerment and tech-education program for schools nationwide (among other thing, it teaches students how to provide tech support for their teachers – see this about student “tech sherpas”).
NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- New Facebook policy targets guns, other regulated items
- Google’s new learning tool that learns
- The flap over Talking Angela the chatbot app
- About the worldwide ‘selfie’ phenomenon
- How technology will improve the well-being of young adults
- Calling our children narcissists on ‘a sociopathic scale’: Really!?
- Nothing complicated about this: Read ‘It’s Complicated’!
- Teens’ own (wise) perspectives on life with social media
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Adults spend 11 hour a day using electronic media
- Smartphones that promise user privacy
- Author danah boyd on why teens and social media are ‘complicated’
- Security experts at RSA decry government hacking
- In defense of Internet safety education
- ‘Neknominate’ is a stupid and potentially deadly online dare game
- Confessions of a binge viewer
- People who suffer from so-called ‘game addiction’ have other problems