Professors Consider Classroom Uses for Google Plus – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Facebook’s default approach—sharing with everyone in your personal network—has created a dilemma for professors whose students want to be their online friends. Often the students inadvertently share their party pictures and other private material with their instructors on Facebook, giving some faculty members the feeling that they have crossed too far into students’ personal space. Professors have also accidentally shared comments with students that they meant only for fellow instructors.…

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One of my students used a SHU blog during a trip to Europe. Here she describes Warsaw: It was almost as if we were stepping into a real-to-life version of the Festival of Fools in Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” I’m not insinuating that the Warsawians are fools… but there was chainsaw juggling, mile-high piles of balloons, ice cream shops by the dozens, cobblestone walkways, etc. Behind the joyful…

Collaboration and Ownership in Student Writing – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Another great suggestion from Nick Carbone, via Techrhet. lau and Caspi learned two things: first, that in general students felt that collaborating with partners improved the quality of drafts. On the other hand, the students mostly felt that their edits improved other people’s drafts, whereas other people’s edits worsened their own drafts. Blau and Caspi posit that a sense of ownership of the draft was pedagogically useful–that students’ perceptions of…

America’s biggest teacher and principal cheating scandal unfolds in Atlanta – CSMonitor.com

What a way to socialize the school-building kids. The 55,000-student Atlanta public school system rose in national prominence during the 2000s, as test scores steadily rose and the district received notice and funding from the Broad Foundation and the Gates Foundation. But behind that rise, the state found, were teachers and principals in 44 schools erasing and changing test answers. One of the most troubling aspects of the Atlanta cheating…

» A Busy 1979 The Digital Antiquarian

While 1979 wasn’t yet the year that adventure games broke really big, it was the year that Adams laid the groundwork for their doing so, for the changing of the calendar left him poised with a new company, a portable adventure-game engine, and a nice catalog of already extant games in a wide variety of genres. He had even created a stripped-down “sampler” version of Adventureland for those looking to…

MediaShift . The Twitter Effect: How Social Media Changes the News Narrative | PBS

This gossipy “hive” narrative yields little new information, despite that it has the look and feel of news (stock file videos and stills of the “Jackass” guys being Jackasses and a lame movie of the “crime scene” two hours after the fact designed, cynically, to draw hits). For journalism students, the result of such coverage is not just that they’re prone to emphasize unmediated narrative, or superficial gossip, when the…

Google+ will gobble up both Facebook and Twitter – International Business Times

Getting publicity for a post becomes easier with Google+ as publishers of contents pay a lot of attention to Google, from search engine optimization to increase the ranking on Google searches, search engine marketing keyword ads to drive traffic, and on-site advertising solutions ranging from AdSense to DoubleClick. Search rankings will increase by posting contents on Google +. –Google+ will gobble up both Facebook and Twitter – International Business Times.