In the latest installment of his Digital Lives of Teens series, principal and blogger Levinson considers the problem of translating the teenage urgency of 'always on' into the mindfulness of 'being present.' Also, check out two other blog posts in this series, “Code Switching,” about helping teens to find a balance between digital communications and appropriate classroom interactions, and “The Key Word is Trust,” about how building a culture of trust can help to prevent cyberbullying.
Ito, an expert in young people's use of digital media, shares her research on informal learning in online communities, where students can build technology skills, learn media literacy, and create and share their work.
Edutopia blogger Finley defines social media as the new frontier, and he notes that adolescents are the early frontierspersons. Included in this blog are ten tips for adding social media tools into the classroom.
Guest blogger Whitby, a 40-year veteran of the teaching profession and an extremely connected educator, offers some basic, practical wisdom about what a PLN is and how to get one—including tips for interacting and collaborating on social media. Also, check out George Couros’s post, "21st-Century PLNs for School Leaders," for additional tips geared toward school leaders.
Edutopia blogger and education consultant Dabbs highlights some of the most helpful tweets from New Teacher Chat, an online discussion on Twitter between educators at different career levels. For more on how to use Twitter for networking and sharing resources, you might also want to watch VideoAmy’s playlist, “Five-Minute Film Festival: Twitter in Education.”