One of the biggest ongoing concerns surrounding social networking continues to be questions
of privacy -- users' private conversations or users' personal data exposed, whether as a result
of error, negligence, or intent. So when Google unveiled its new social network Google Plus, it wasn't surprising to see the search engine
position Google Plus as an antidote to the "sloppy," "scary," and "insensitive" sharing options
-- in other words, the lack of privacy -- it pointed to on other social networks. Google actually
never mentions "privacy" outright in its blog post introducing Google Plus, but that's certainly the
subtext, as it positions itself as an alternative to Facebook, the dominant social network, but a
site that has had a long string of privacy snafus.
Elana Leoni is Edutopia's Social Media Marketing Manager. Follow her on Twitter, @elanaleoni.
Last week I attended #140Edu, the first ever 140 Characters Conference (#140conf) dedicated to education, hosted by Chris Lehman (principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia) and Jeff Pulver (thought leader, author, and social media advocate). #140confs are held all over the nation and explore "the state of now": the effects of real-time Internet. Pulver elaborates about the power of the real-time Internet: "There's something amazing happening on the Internet today -- right now. When enough people speak up, voices can be heard, and it can affect change."
Audrey Watters is a technology journalist specializing in education technology news. You can follow her on Twitter at @AudreyWatters.
Earlier this year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg caused quite a stir when, speaking at the
NewSchools Venture Summit, he indicated that he wanted to see kids under 13 be able to join his giant social network.
According to Forbes, Zuckerberg said that COPPA prevented Facebook
from allowing children on the site but "that will be a fight we take on at some point." "My
philosophy," Zuckerberg said, "is that for education, you need to start at a really, really young
Ira Socol is a graduate research and teaching assistant at Michigan State University. He also blogs at SpeEd Change.
Social networking sites like Google+ present powerful classroom opportunities, but they are also designed to create hierarchies.
"Let's face it, [The Social Network] presented [Mark Zuckerberg] as a relentless bully with a computer instead of muscles. It also made Facebook's creation seem like a ploy to get back at a girl, rather than the simple desire to create." -- Mike Eisenberg, ScreenRant
Do you remember the first staff meeting you ever attended? Did you look around the room and wonder who you might be able to work with in the coming weeks, months or years? I remember and can still feel that same sense of apprehension I had about whether or not I would have an opportunity to collaborate. As my first year progressed I found it easy to collaborate with a couple of teachers in subject areas other than mine but for the most part I was alone -- on my own when it came to learning, growing, and developing into the social studies teacher I wanted to be.
Sensory overload comes with the territory at an ISTE conference, and this year's ed-tech gala in Philadelphia was no exception There was plenty to see, between the exhibits, presentations, and must-have devices that attendees were wielding in the Bloggers' Cafe. You couldn't turn around without spotting another QR code to snap.
In 1763, a royal decree was issued from Great Britain to the North American colonists: Do not?do not!?expand west of the Appalachian Mountains. The colonists resented the proclamation, inferring that the British were trying to contain them along the Atlantic Seaboard where control and taxation could be more easily imposed. The King believed his proclamation to be motivated by good intentions, protecting colonists from instigating any more costly wars with Native Americans, for one. But nothing could stop the westward expansion fever. Frontiersmen had already plundered the fish-rich rivers and fertile lands of the west, unspoiled by settlements and tobacco-ruined soil. No matter how many punishments the King and his court imposed, the rules would be subverted. Unofficially, the revolution had begun.
In 2011, social media is the new frontier. Adolescents are the early frontierspersons because they discovered and embraced social media first.