On social media: Bridges bring the heroes in while fences make more villains

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

Social media has done me well as a professional. Social media, however, has now been conclusively tied to petty violence and gang activity in Chicago and other major cities across the United States. Does that mean, though, that what we thought of as a limitless bridge is now collapsing and giving way to fences? Read More …

Ning in education: presenting as a first-generation digital native

Last week, I presented a session on Nings in education at the DeICE Engage mini conference.  I made the same presentation twice (check out the materials under the Extras menu above).  Fortunately (since it was my first time presenting at a professional development conference) I did not feel intimidated by the number of attendees.  (Maybe Read More …

facelift: new media and changing purposes

Now that Speech season is over (well, sorta until we go to Nationals…) and major gradschool projects are out of the way, I’ve had some time to nurture my online presence(s).  I have made a lot of new connections to trailblazers in education and educational technology through Twitter; my PLN has truly witnessed growth that Read More …

breast cancer, facebook and Big Brother

So, while I am sitting reading a bunch of suggestive “I like it on…” statuses on my facebook feed, I discover the source of the highly sexualized meme phenomenon.  I was particularly interested in my search because I found no evidence suggesting an organization was behind this; thus, there is no one responsible for the “awareness”/education. Read More …