children tagged posts

Social Media in Education

It is part of our lives.

We see it, every day. In the news, on our devices, in conversations with family and friends. We communicate with it. We share our lives, our passions, our anger and our sadness on it. It grows more, every day. There is a multi-billion dollar industry built around serving it to us, in every possible way, shape and form. If you are in business and not using, many say it is only a matter of time before your business will be a memory.

So, with all of this in mind, why is Social Media still not being taught or embraced in our schools? The government, which funds education, understands how vital Social Media is in its communication with the public...

Read More

An Emotional Journey

This is the year that I have decided to stop thinking about it and start doing it.

I have been toying with the idea about writing a book, for a while. Last year I even came up with an idea that I thought would be fun and started to write an outline. In December, however, as I was getting into a number of conversations about Cyber-Bullying (a subject which I am very passionate about), I realized that if I was going to write about something that involved Social Media, I should write about something that a lot of Social Media people don’t write about.

There are a number of books out there, about Cyber-Bullying, and many are very good...

Read More

Educate About Social Media Rather Than Banning It

When the Vancouver School Board announce that they were creating a new Social Media Policy of the School District and that the were looking for some public input, I immediately started that convo on Twitter. Soon the Vice Chair of the School Board jumped into the convo and, eventually, I submitted my two cents in the mix (writing about it in an earlier post, too).

The more I look at Social Media in the world of education, the more I see our system (in North America), banning or demonizing the medium, rather than adopting it. I have to wonder why.

I understand that the education system is slow to adopt many new things, because they need to review, assess, plan and develop what ever needs to be added into the curriculum...

Read More

Anti-Bullying Education Starts at Home

For years we have been watching the ebb and flow of anti-bullying campaigns. Something horrible happens, such as the death of a child that is attributed to bullying, and the media/governments/education system go into full focus mode. Soon, however, it subsides and things plod along until the next incident happens and the whole thing starts again. The problem is, however, that the focus never changes and the real resolutions to the problem are never really found or addressed. Another new program is started to educate kids, another training session is set up for teachers and administrators, but the a significant piece of the puzzle seems to be avoided, all together; parents.

I am going to say something here that will be VERY unpopular...

Read More