Net neutrality vote doesn’t end the debate

By Larry Magid: The Federal Communications Commission has ruled on net neutrality, but the debate lingers on. My Facebook feed is full of comments from friends with varying opinions about the FCC’s 3-to-2 vote in favor of network neutrality. Some feel that the vote is the beginning of a huge government power grab to control […]

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Online safety is not just ‘about life’

One of the sessions at the Family Online Safety Institute conference that was held in Washington last November focused on re-defining online safety. During the session, a couple of smart people suggested that we should drop the word “online” from online safety and drop “digital” when we talk about digital citizenship. It’s not about the online world, […]

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A Bully? My Kid? Impossible!

By Annie Fox No parent easily swallows the idea that their child would intentionally harm another kid. “OK, maybe if Emma were strongly provoked… But even that’s not likely. She’s so sweet. Not at all a mean kid!” Your daughter may well just as you say. And yet… according to 2011 data from the Institute […]

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LTE Broadcast technology could change mobile video experience

Millions of people already watch video on their smartphones, either on a cellular network or via Wi-Fi, but an emerging technology called LTE Broadcast could make that experience faster, richer and — potentially — less expensive. The difference between LTE Broadcast and today’s data networks is similar to listening to the radio versus speaking on […]

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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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Warren Blumenfeld: 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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